Son of Beast cleared by state, park gives no date for reopening

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 9:46 PM | Contributed by metallik

After a six-week probe, state investigators report that an inspection of the Son of Beast at Kings Island “revealed no irregularities” in the operation of the record-breaking wooden roller coaster. However, the ride remains closed because park officials have “not decided what steps they plan to take concerning the ride,” according to an investigation summary released Wednesday.

Read more from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:11 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

...not decided what steps they plan to take concerning ride

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:25 PM
stoogemanmoe's avatar

Hey buddy.... Got a match?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11:10 PM
LostKause's avatar

The ride has broken two people's necks, one persons back, injured 28 people in one day when the track split, killed a man after it punched him in the torso, and then shook this lady so hard that her brain was possibly bleeding.

Should they reopen it or demolish it?

If they foolishly decided to keep it open, each new injury case against the ride and the park can only get stronger and stronger. The next indecent could possibly be even worse.

Kings Island should get rid of the ride and build a thrill ride that more people can enjoy.

EDITED to add the word "new"

Also edited for spelling

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:21 PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11:17 PM
phoenixphan :-)'s avatar

Is maintaining the height record really that important to Kings Island? After the removal of the loop this coaster lost its real appeal to me, as then it was just a large twister - nothing special or out of the ordinary. And with limited exceptions my experience has been that when you go over 100 feet with wood you have trouble.

If they were to do anything to keep the height record for wooden coasters, I fell that they should speak with Intamin about either a complete retrack, or replacement with one of their prefabricated designs. From what I head El Toro is still holding up quite well. Then if the loop is still even a relevant gimmick, I am quite sure it would be much easier to execute with that track system.

Real men ride wood... coasters that is!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11:45 PM

Translation of report: It just sucks as usual.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11:52 PM

News Flash: New for 2010 at Cedar Point, Son of beast.....New for 2010 at Kings Island The Mean streak. Doesnt that solve the problem?
I believe son of beast was doomed from the get go, from the construction problems and loosing part during a partial collapse, with the collaspe i think Jeff Foxworthy would say it pretty good, "Here's your sign". Fix or tear it down, but if you fix it, fix it right.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:54 AM
D_vo's avatar

Of course they didn't find anything "irregular." It's not irregular for people to get hurt on that thing.

I call Cedar Point my home park even though I live in the Chicago Suburbs.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:39 AM

I'm really surprised by how many non-enthusiasts are commenting on the newspaper story defending the ride. It appears the misconception that a wooden coaster is supposed to beat the crap out of you is strong with these people.

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:15 AM

^As I've been saying to enthusiast someone who up until a few months ago went to KI a dozen times each month for over the past 2 seasons, the GP (thinks) they love SOB and up until it closed again many in line would still actually think it had the loop.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 9:09 AM
DaveStroem's avatar

It is Bill Engvall that uses the bit "Here's your sign" not Foxworthy.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:21 AM
rollergator's avatar

LostKause said:
If they foolishly decided to keep it open, each new injury case against the ride and the park can only get stronger and stronger.

And when the ride is running "properly" and injuring people, it only becomes a matter of time until the money defending lawsuits (and paying the valid claims) overwhelms any benefit the park gets from having the ride in the first place. I'm happy to have gotten the laps I did...

^Dave, not so sure it's a good idea to admit knowing the schtick of each of the blue-collar comedy guys... ;)

Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:51 AM
phoenixphan :-)'s avatar

DaveStroem said:
It is Bill Engvall that uses the bit "Here's your sign" not Foxworthy.

But... "You might be a redneck if..." You know whos comedy routine is whos from the Blue Collar Comedy tours! LOL

Real men ride wood... coasters that is!
Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:02 PM
DaveStroem's avatar

They call me Tater Salad.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:30 PM
LostKause's avatar

I live in the hill of WV where I have to converse with people look like they came out of that Wrong Turn movie. Half of anything they say has to do with:

1. "Here's your sign!"
2. "You might be a redneck if..."

And my all-time least favorite...
3. (in a grunty, high-pitched voice) "GIT-ER-DONE!"

It's probably the most annoying thing about living here, other than the country music.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:32 PM
phoenixphan :-)'s avatar

WOW! I live in NEPA and the culture is not much different. Does everyone have a confedrate flag decal across the back window of their pick-um-up truck there too? LOL

Real men ride wood... coasters that is!
Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:31 PM

What's scary is that West Virginia wasn't even part of the Confederacy -- or at least, it wasn't for very long. The counties that became that state actually voted to secede from the rest of Virginia and stay in the Union. I'm not sure why folks in WV have so many Stars and Bars in their pickup trucks -- it's somebody else's heritage they're celebrating, not their own.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 12:29 AM
LostKause's avatar

I've noticed that, Smith.

I lived in the center of PA, phoenixfan, and it was bad, but not half as bad as it is here.

About confederate flags, they are plastered anywhere they can be in my county. They are mostly seen as a scocially acceptable way to be predijist against African Americans.

A few weeks ago, I went to a fair in the next county over, and there was a cart that sold flags, jewelry, lighters, ect. They had two different styles of each item, symmetrically placed between the two halves of the booth. One style was, you guessed it, the confederate flag, and the style on the other side was rainbows and gay pride themed merch.

There were people gathered all around the confederate stuff. Only my female friend and I were brave enough to take a "gander" at "the queer stuff over there", as one toothless, barefoot, shirtless, greasy, chainsmoking, teenage boy put it. lol

At least here I am considered a genius. HAHA!

Friday, July 31, 2009 10:32 AM

I remember right when this thing opened that it was going to draw many people to it. But i would be a little nervous going on this ride thinking that if it didnt have enough speed to make it through the loop that it could go off the tracks. It just makes me cringe thinking that some people actually had to experience that

Friday, July 31, 2009 11:48 AM
john peck's avatar

With all the bad press that this ride has received, I wonder if they have finally decided to throw in the towel. Frankly, I would be surprised if it ever re-opens.


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