Beast at Kings Island turns 33

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The Beast roller coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park celebrated a milestone Friday turning 33-years-old.

It was on Friday, April 13, 1979 before hundreds of media representatives from around the U.S. and Great Britain, that the Beast was officially "unchained" during a steady downpour.

Members of the media then spent the next four and one-half hours taking turns aboard the Beast. 

The Beast made its public debut the following day on April 14, 1979.

Since that time, the Beast has given 46,218,944 thrilling rides -- the third-most in park history.

Its record year was 1980, when 2,150,353 rides were given.

Kings Island opens for its 40th anniversary season April 28.

The park is closed April 29 for a private event and re-opens for weekend operation May 4.

Daily operation begins May 11.

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