Kings Island removing Son of Beast

Posted Friday, July 27, 2012 6:32 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Island issued a brief press release today indicating the removal of Son of Beast:

After a lengthy evaluation of all alternatives, Kings Island announced today the decision has been made to remove the Son of Beast roller coaster to make room for future park expansion.

The dismantling of the ride, which last operated in 2009, will begin later this summer.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 6:34 PM
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New for Kings Island in 2013: Son of Disaster Transport ;-)

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Friday, July 27, 2012 7:01 PM

I never got the chance to ride this monstrosity. Was it really not worth resurrecting? Just seems like a waste...

Friday, July 27, 2012 7:14 PM
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Yes, it was a waste. The only good part was the loop, which of course they took out.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 7:16 PM

Excluding the timing, I wasn't surprised by this news. I just hope Kings Island gets an Intamin. They need something for their mechanics to work on while their Huss Giant Frisbee is waiting for parts.

With the recent addition of giga coasters to all the sister (Paramount) parks, I wouldn't be surprised to see one at KI. But, I'd much rather see a high-thrill coaster breed that is unique for the area in SoB's place.

Last edited by Jeph, Friday, July 27, 2012 7:41 PM
Friday, July 27, 2012 7:20 PM
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Son of Beast was a terrible, terrible coaster. I tried to like it, but always came off disappointed and beat up.

Friday, July 27, 2012 7:37 PM

In other news: Duh.

Friday, July 27, 2012 7:58 PM

It's about time. Anybody gotta match? The local fire dept needs the practice......

Friday, July 27, 2012 8:10 PM

Jeph said:

Excluding the timing, I wasn't surprised by this news. I just hope Kings Island gets an Intamin. They need something for their mechanics to work on while their Huss Giant Frisbee is waiting for parts.

*snort* :)

Friday, July 27, 2012 8:29 PM

Does this mean I have to change my e-mail address?

I've been on record as being one of that minority that enjoyed the ride. I considered it my favorite ride until Toro opened in 2006. I'm not sure when my last rides were, but they were good. I'll miss the ride, but join in the chorus of those for whom a new wood coaster is on the wish list.

Does this removal leave Toro as the tallest wooden coaster, in the U.S. or worldwide?

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Friday, July 27, 2012 8:36 PM
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I rode it twice, even though I was at Kings Island dozens of times when it was open.

My first ride on Son of Beast was a week after it opened. I hated how much it hurt me. I am *roller coaster tough*, but that was just too much. I knew something was wrong when I rode it, and it was the only time I have ever been scared for my safety on any coaster.

My second, and last, ride on Son of Beast was a week or two before it closed for good. I heard that it was much better, and I was willing to give it a chance since my teen cousin wanted to ride. It was a little better, but still too rough, and really not much fun a at all.

And now when I visit Kings Island, I see it stand there, closed, unloved, and abandoned; sticking out like a sore thumb; blocking the scenery; like a dead King Kong in the middle of the New Your streets.

You can hear people talk about it while standing in line for the other coasters too. People tell stories of how a train derailed and people on it died, half of which really is the truth.

While pointing at the wooden monstrosity, I once heard someone exclaim, "This one isn't on the map".

Friday, July 27, 2012 8:49 PM
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I've never been to KI but I always thought it was cool that this thing went 80mph. There aren't too many woodies that I can think of that get that kind of speed, height, and length.

I think it'd be neat if they replaced it with a new woodie with equivalent specs but that is well-designed like El Toro. No messing around trying to put inversions where God didn't intend them (lol)

Friday, July 27, 2012 9:06 PM

I'm not surprised or too upset they're taking it down. I'm surprised it took them this long to determine that's what they wanted to do. I imagined it would just disappear some off-season. They seemed to be pretending it wasn't there anyway.

I rode Son of Beast a few times both before and after they removed the loop. It was slightly more tolerable without it. Like has been mentioned before, I didn't feel safe on the ride. It seemed dangerously out of control.

I was hoping they would decide to do a Texas Giant-like overhaul. I haven't ridden the new Texas Giant but it looks like a lot of fun! Perhaps they considered it and decided it wouldn't be worth the cost to overhaul.

Hoping for something exciting in its place in the next few years!

Last edited by SeanSnodgrass, Friday, July 27, 2012 9:07 PM
Friday, July 27, 2012 9:42 PM
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Friday, July 27, 2012 9:58 PM
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tAer it down11!!1!!!!1!

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Friday, July 27, 2012 10:45 PM
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It's nice to at least finally know. Now they can build a good coaster there.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 11:06 PM
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sirloindude said:

tAer it down11!!1!!!!1!

I forgot about that one. Good job bringing that back!

Friday, July 27, 2012 11:08 PM
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Eh, I will say I liked it more than most people did. But I don't really care about it being torn down. It never really reached a point where it could actually operate reliably. Let's hope KI finally gets an Intamin or something big.

Friday, July 27, 2012 11:17 PM

Ok, The Texas Giant at SFOT has been Redone as a Steel "Mini-Mega" Coaster.

The Rattler at SFFT is Coming Down, and So is Son of Beast at KI.

Any bets on CP's Mean Streak?

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Friday, July 27, 2012 11:26 PM
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Regulus said:

Any bets on CP's Mean Streak?

Moving to Michigan's Adventure??


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