The Beast was "unchained" April 13, 1979 on Press Day. The first ride consisted of the following individuals at 10:30am.
-- Charles S. Mechem, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Taft Broadcasting
-- Dudley S. Taft, President, Taft Broadcasting
-- Gary S. Wachs, Executive VP, Amusement Park Group, Taft Broadcasting
-- Charles Flatt, VP Construction & Engineering
-- William C. Price, Vice President & General Manager
-- Frank Thompson, Operations Director
-- Walt Davis, Director of Park Services
-- Charles Dinn, Director of Construction, Maintenance & Engineering
-- Bill Reed, Director of Rides
-- David Palmer, Director of Marketing
-- Dick Fussner, Director of Loss Prevention
-- Chris Schaffer, Controller
-- Al Collins, Resident Engineer
-- Jeff Gramke, Assistant Engineer
-- Jimmie Nickell, Assistant Director of Construction, Maintenance & Engineer
-- Charles Swing, Maintenance Manager
-- Charles Wright, Carpenter Foreman
Media members then had the opportunity to ride the Beast from 10:35am until 3:00pm, with the order determined by random drawing.
Lunch was served from 12:00pm until 2:00pm in the Chicken Palace. The menu consisted of chicken or fish, cole slaw, soft drinks and beer.