Son of Beast closed for investigation

Posted Monday, June 22, 2009 11:08 PM | Contributed by Pagoda Gift Shop

Kings Island has voluntarily shut down the Son of Beast roller coaster after a woman claimed that she had suffered a head injury after riding the coaster last month, according to park officials.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:19 PM

Chris M said:
^Yep. A non-wheel seat near the front of the train isn't bad at all.

SOB trains are two-benchers. Which seats aren't on the wheels?

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:23 PM
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What I find sad is that only about 1/4 of the ride is where all the discomfort comes from. From the 2nd hill to the midcourse is awful, basically the rose bowl from start to finish.

The station drop is slower with the new trains, but still interesting. The lift is obnoxiously loud, but the first drop is the best part of the ride. The second half is now boring minus the loop, but not painful. I'll never understand why they thought a double helix with that much banking would be a good idea. I'd much rather have a trim (gasp!) on the second hill followed by a helix which is identical to Beast's.

When I think of the Beast, I think of tunnels, not helices. When they converted the Scooby-Doo coaster to The Beastie, they added a tunnel!

The whole concept of a ride which is the "son" of Beast was such a good one. Too bad it was so poorly executed. Just imagine if they had a built a "Voyage-like" coaster (it has tunnels!) instead.

Last edited by Pagoda Gift Shop, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:27 PM
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RCMAC said:

...I seriously considered bailing at the mid-course brake. ("Hey, Carrie! What are you doing standin' here?)

Planning my payback. Care to join me?

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:55 PM

Got a match?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:40 PM
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YoshiFan said:
Six Flags is worse since they only have 3 levels, low thrill, moderate thrill and high thrill. The Dark Knight, Skull Mountain, Runaway Mine Train and Rolling Thunder are all rated as high thrills, the same rating as Kingda Ka and Nitro.

Wait... Dark Knight isn't as thrilling at Nitro or Kingda Ka? Heehee...

My Top 5: 5- Alpengeist 4-Superman: Ride of Steel 3-El Toro 2-Milleunnium Force 1-Nitro

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:22 PM
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PRWagner said:
Wait... Dark Knight isn't as thrilling at Nitro or Kingda Ka? Heehee...

Less thrilling. But definitely more fun.

Then again, most things are more fun than Nyquil...err, Nitro - the nighttime sniffling sneezing coughing aching stuffy head fever so you can rest roller coaster.

Gonch said about Nitro on April 20, 2004:

I prefer a powerful ride that tries to throw me off like an angry bull over one that caresses my buttocks as it gently floats me around like a child in the arms of his mother.

Interestingly, 2 years later El Toro was installed. You're all welcome. ;)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:03 PM

YoshiFan said:

I hate the 1 - 5 rating system Cedar Fair has. How can Gemini be a 5, the same as TTD and MF when they aren't even close to the same intensity levels.

Because, in reality, Gemini should be a 3.

Last edited by Captain Hawkeye, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:04 PM

This Isn't A Hospital--It's An Insane Asylum!

Thursday, June 25, 2009 7:03 AM

When I went last year Vortex is the one that "injured" me... I'm in the minority though and have always enjoyed SoB minus getting into the old trains. It's nowhere near the fun without the loop though.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 8:16 AM

^^True...but it helps keep other Action Zone ride queue's in check!!


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