Coaster enthusiasts around the world love when there is news of a new ride being built, but the same can be said for a ride that has been closed for a long time and being reopened. This is exactly what is happening at Alabama Splash Adventure. This past weekend, the park opened up the recently renovated Rampage wooden roller coaster. The coaster originally opened in 1998, but when the park closed the doors the coaster sat idle.
According to the Tuscaloosa News, this past weekend, the park opened up the coaster for the American Coaster Enthusiasts group if they wanted to be the first to ride the coaster. The park was closed to the public, but the general public will be able to ride the ride when the park opens for the 2015 season in May. The massive wooded coaster reaches a height of 120 feet and has a max speed of 56 miles per hour. The coaster has lived through two park names and then a complete closure of the ride park as the park only operated as a water park.
Over the past several months, the restoration of Rampage has included replacement of 1,400 boards and supports and a complete rehaul of the 28 passenger train. “We’re very excited to bring Rampage back to the public,” said Dan Koch, one of the owners of Alabama Splash Adventure. “It’s a great ride, and it’ll be a thrill to see Alabama’s signature roller coaster entertaining our guests once again.”
An Ohio man took the 50 millionth ride on a roller coaster that opened 35 years ago at Kings Island.
Mark Specht of Berea, Ohio took the ride Friday on The Beast during the park’s Halloween Haunt event.
Specht received a Beast t-shirt, cap and ornament, picture frame, a 2015 VIP tour for eight guests and a large sign proclaiming him as the coaster’s 50 millionth rider.
When The Beast opened to the public April 14, 1979, it was acclaimed America’s ultimate roller coaster. It broke all existing records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. The Beast is still listed in the prestigious “Guinness Book of World Records” as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet.
The Beast sprawls across a densely-wooded, 35-acre site at speeds up to 65 mph, with a ride time exceeding four minutes.
The ride was constructed in less than a year, after two years of research and design – all by Kings Island personnel. By the time workmen had completed the massive Beast construction in March of 1979, they had used 650,000 board feet of southern pine lumber; 37,500 pounds of nails; 82,480 bolts and washers and 2,432 square yards of concrete.
Each of the three trains on The Beast has traveled a total of 889,850 miles. That’s the equivalent of more than 35 times around the world!