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Kings Island is a 364-acre (147 ha) theme park located in Mason, Ohio, 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati. Since the opening of the amusement park in 1972, at least one attraction has been added every year except 1978, 1980, 1983, and 2008. The park is known to have attractions such as Flight of Fear which was the world's first linear induction motor launched roller coaster, and The Beast which has held the record for the world's longest wooden roller coaster since its opening in 1979. Also, The Beast continues to be ranked as one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world by industry polls. Kings Island's newest attraction is Mystic Timbers, a wooden roller coaster manufactured by Great Coasters International. With this addition, Kings Island claimed the record for most wooden roller coaster track of any amusement park in the world, and tied the record for most wooden roller coasters, with five. Up until 1989, Kings Island did not have a water park. WaterWorks, a 12-acre (4.9 ha) water park was constructed near White Water Canyon. The area featured 15 water slides, a lazy river, and a children's play area. Since its initial opening, the water park has had three expansions and four names (present name is Soak City).For safety, Kings Island uses a ride rating system that classifies the attractions based on the intensity of the ride. The ratings vary from one, for rides that are calm and gentle, to five, for rides that have high speeds, aggressive forces, and rapid elevation changes. A separate set of ride ratings criteria is used for attractions inside Soak City, though the rides are still rated on a scale from one to five.