Playland's "The Beast" reopens after mid-air malfunction

Aug 26 2019, 9:51 am

One of Playland’s recently-built attractions has reopened, following a malfunction that took place earlier this month.

On Tuesday, August 13, The Beast, a swinging pendulum ride, was stopped in mid-air, with more than a dozen riders still on it.

At one point, oil even poured out from the attraction, spilling on some of the riders and park visitors.┬áPlayland explained that the ride was stopped because of “a parts issue resulting in a loud noise while the ride was running.”

It was later determined that the problem was the result of a part within the ride’s gearbox breaking.

A new part for the ride, which was ordered from a European manufacturer, has since been received. The ride reopened to visitors on Saturday, August 24.

“We got a new gearbox and the ride went through a series of inspections — our team did a fantastic job of getting the ride up and running,” Laura Ballance, a spokesperson for the PNE, tells Daily Hive. “The ride re-opened on Saturday and it’s been running with no issues.”

“Visitors were very happy to have the ride return to our roster — it’s one of our most popular attractions,” she adds.