Kings Island's famous coaster, The Beast, is undergoing 2,000 feet of track refurbishment this winter, the amusement park announced Christmas Day.
The Beast, which stands as the world's longest wooden roller coaster, started undergoing construction on Nov. 1 and is expected to be finished by March 31.
According to the announcement, the Gravity Group, a Cincinnati-based wooden rollercoaster design firm, will be "breathing new life" into the coaster's first drop and through the first tunnel towards the second drop. The Gravity Group is the same firm that refreshed another Kings Island favorite, the Racer, last winter.
Along with the Gravity Group, Kings Island's carpenters will also re-track approximately 1,090 feet of the 7,359-foot long ride.
Updates to the first drop in the coaster will shift the hill from 45 degrees to 53 degrees. According to the announcement, this change will make the transition through the first tunnel and onto the second drop "buttery-smooth."
The helix crossover in the Beast will also receive a redesign, which will help evenly distribute the forces throughout the structure and provide a smoother ride.
According to the release, The Beast was first opened in 1979 and broke several existing roller coaster records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. According to Kings Island's website, the coaster reaches speeds up to 65 mph and takes about four minutes to ride.
"This winter’s track refurbishment ensures The Beast will maintain its spot as one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world for years to come," read the announcement.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: 'The Beast' at Kings Island is getting a 2,000-feet track refresh