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My visit this past weekend was great, even with Saturday being very busy and me missing out on FL until Sunday.    I went into Orion not having followed its construction or watched a POV or even

This.

I actually thought the food at the brewhouse was legitimately really good.

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Haha no they did not just "chop off a row." That's the most GP thing I've heard on here in a while.

 

One of the designers of the Beast, Jeff Gramke, still works for the park and has discussed this at enthusiast events before. The maintenance staff has done all the modifications to those trains, from shorting the cars, to changing the lap bars, adding the seat belts, and the headrests. Those trains are the original trains, or at least pieces of them are I have no idea what percentage is original at this point.

 

I recommend going to Coasterstock and asking him yourself. He is doing a Q&A during the event this year. Although if you have been in previous years he has explained in the past why the cars were shorted and how it was done.

 

I'll take your word for it, but color me skeptical. Just seems like something a major park wouldn't do, even in the '70s/'80s.

 

It is not "supposedly." The Beast did open with 4-row cars. There are some very good 1979 pictures here: http://rcreride.com/html/coastercon_ii.html

 

Great photos...thanks!

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That’s from IAAPA 1978 and was the original design for the train for what we know as The Beast, although it is also before the park had decided on a name, they changed the look after the ride was named.

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That’s from IAAPA 1978 and was the original design for the train for what we know as The Beast, although it is also before the park had decided on a name, they changed the look after the ride was named.

 

Nice find. I wonder what happened to the head lights.

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Nice find. I wonder what happened to the head lights.

 

They were replaced with the sculpted logo they have today before the ride opened due to the park expecting a lot of media coverage. Basically they wanted the rides name and logo in the pictures. The ride did open with the leather seats complete with buttons you see in the photo, but it was replaced pretty quickly in I believe the first season.

 

If your wondering about the headlights, consider that there is an entire Beast lead car out there somewhere. The lead car of the 4th train was completely refurbished and given to Ruth Voss when she retired. Voss was the head of Media Relations at the park when The Beast was built and is credited with coming up with the name. She passed away more than 20 years ago, so there should be a real Beast lead car out there somewhere, likely in a private collection.

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That’s from IAAPA 1978 and was the original design for the train for what we know as The Beast, although it is also before the park had decided on a name, they changed the look after the ride was named.

On a second look to the picture I'd like to know what Intamin presented on that IAAPA. It may be Wilderness Run.

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Nice find. I wonder what happened to the head lights.

 

They were replaced with the sculpted logo they have today before the ride opened due to the park expecting a lot of media coverage. Basically they wanted the rides name and logo in the pictures. The ride did open with the leather seats complete with buttons you see in the photo, but it was replaced pretty quickly in I believe the first season.

Oh, too bad.. I'd like to see the headlights in the night (although I loved the night rides in the pitch black).

 

If your wondering about the headlights, consider that there is an entire Beast lead car out there somewhere. The lead car of the 4th train was completely refurbished and given to Ruth Voss when she retired. Voss was the head of Media Relations at the park when The Beast was built and is credited with coming up with the name. She passed away more than 20 years ago, so there should be a real Beast lead car out there somewhere, likely in a private collection.

Wow, didn't know that. As I am a big fan of roller coaster nostalgia I'd really love to see a today's colored picture.

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I ran across the color version on another forum so I figured I would share. Here is the original appearance of the train for the Beast. According to posters with more knowledge of the history of the ride this was done 100% by PTC because the park was still undecided on what they wanted it to look like. So it might not even be fair to say its the original appearance. PTC has never painted the trains on the Beast, the trains were delivered to the park with only primer applied and the park painted them in house and has done all maintenance for the trains in house.

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What the hell grade is that workbook intended for, High School? Most of the math is beyond me, but then there are questions like this one:

Bumper Cars resemble automobiles, except for their bumpers. How are their bumpers different?
which seems like it's made for 1st graders?
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^I went through the entire workbook and the concepts and math presented here is the type of stuff I did in late middle and early high school, so my guess is 8th-11th graders, depending on whether this is an "advanced" course or not. I assume there were several blatantly obvious questions to those who maybe have never been to a theme park before or know anything about how roller coasters work.

 

As a second-year civil engineering major and physics/math person, I REALLY wanna print out that workbook and go to Kings Island now. #nerdsrule

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What the hell grade is that workbook intended for, High School? Most of the math is beyond me, but then there are questions like this one:

Bumper Cars resemble automobiles, except for their bumpers. How are their bumpers different?
which seems like it's made for 1st graders?

Page 5 answers this with the "Ohio Content Standards" and "National Science Content Standards" descriptions. It's for high school, grades 9-12, but the teacher would select which part of the workbook for them to do depending on what content they are learning. Some of it is directed more for grades 11-12 but mostly grades 9-10.

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I don't think you guys can call Kw6sTheatee a nerd because he clearly misspelled the 'Theater' part of his username when hastily signing up.

Or maybe not? I definitely did not misspell "rocking" when creating my username

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A new dining option is coming to the park this year!

NEW BREWHOUSE RESTAURANT OPENING AT KINGS ISLAND

Kings Island will continue to build on its dining experience in 2019 with the opening of a new restaurant. The Miami River Brewhouse will be located in the Rivertown area of the park directly across from the award-winning Mystic Timbers roller coaster.

 

The menu, personally crafted by Kings Island’s Executive Chef, James Major, will feature taps from the finest local breweries as well as appetizers, salads, gourmet sandwiches and premium burgers. Selections will include:

 

  • Pull Apart Bread – cheddar, garlic butter, scallions with beer mustard and Sri-Rancha (appetizer)
  • That’s One Big Pretzel – Bavarian twist with bacon jam and beer cheese (appetizer)
  • Texas Bahn Mi – smoked beef, cucumber, carrot, cilantro with Sri-Mayo served on French bread
  • London’s Bridge – fried cod, cheese, tartar sauce served with super slaw
  • Big Bacon Burger – a double patty burger with Havarti cheese, candied onion, bacon jam and sliced bacon
  • Impossible Burger – vegan burger with herb mustard, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and onion

Last year Kings Island opened Coney Bar B Que, featuring various barbecue favorites including St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage along with a fresh selection of side dishes.

 

Miami River Brewhouse will be included in the park’s dining plans.

 

Kings Island opens for the 2019 season on April 20. Click here for 2019 operating days and hours.

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KIBlog Post Showcasing the Announcement

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