MASON, OH (FOX19) - Happy birthday to The Beast roller coaster at Kings Island.
The Beast roller coaster at Kings Island was officially unchained 35 years ago on Friday, April 13, 1979.
Hundreds of media representatives from around the U.S. and Great Britain were on hand. Members of the media spent four and one-half hours taking turns aboard The Beast, many attaching cameras to special mounts on the front cars to try and capture the sights and sounds of the unique thrill ride.
A grand total of 48,882,975 rides have been taken on the world's longest wooden roller coaster by park visitors. The record year was 1980 when 2,150,353 rides were given.
Each of the three trains on the Beast has traveled a total of 865,000 miles.
In 2004, The Beast was given the Coaster Landmark Award by the American Coaster Enthusiasts, an award designed to recognize coasters of historical significance. Kings Island opens for the 2014 season Friday, April 18.