Son of Beast lift hill comes crashing down

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:03 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Thrilling memories by many fans came plunging to the ground as Kings Island’s Son of Beast roller coaster went out with a bang and a cloud of dust. Work crews brought down the final section of the $10 million coaster, its 215-foot lift, with cables Tuesday afternoon nearly two months after work began to dismantle the ride to make room for future park expansion.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:05 PM

Watching amusement park rides get destroyed never gets old.

Friday, November 23, 2012 3:54 PM

Depends on the ride. I've seen a couple John Millers go down, and it was in no way enjoyable. TX Cyclone as well.

On the other hand, there are Psyclone, Hercules, Sonny...

Friday, November 23, 2012 6:47 PM

Here are some nice shots of the ride that someone who apparently enjoys the Mighty Ducks trilogy took while walking the track. Really an impressive looking ride.

Last edited by Walk-Off HBP, Friday, November 23, 2012 6:50 PM
Friday, November 23, 2012 7:15 PM

Those are cool photos. I don't get the Mighty Ducks reference though, I'm only 22.

Friday, November 23, 2012 7:35 PM

I'm 48, and I don't get it either. Great pix of a former favorite coaster of mine, though.

Friday, November 23, 2012 8:14 PM

Awesome pictures! It is interesting how such a beautiful coaster could have been such a terrible ride.

Saturday, November 24, 2012 4:10 PM

bjames said:

Those are cool photos. I don't get the Mighty Ducks reference though, I'm only 22.

The pictures were taken and posted by Gordon Bombay.

Saturday, November 24, 2012 4:44 PM

I'm assuming that was the name of a character in the movie(s)..maybe even that of Charlie Sheen's brother?

Sunday, November 25, 2012 1:18 AM

Indeed. Emilio Estevez. A promising hockey player dealt the triple whammy of letting his team down in the clutch, career-ending knee injury, and a DUI that results in community service (youth hockey coach).

Nowadays, NHLers don't even need to fail in the clutch, shatter their knee, or get a DUI in order to resort to coaching youth hockey, as the 2nd NHL season in the past 7 years will be cancelled any day now.

Monday, November 26, 2012 4:28 AM

SoB was a terrible coaster, but watching that video was still tough for me to watch (Who am I kidding? I watched it over 20 times.). I never understood those that thought it was an eyesore; I thought it was a beautiful work of art, and the pictures that Gordon Bombay (from KIC) took really capture that.

I am one of those people always trying to save, repair, and re-use everything I can, but I have the sense to let things go when a repair is not cost-effective. SoB was probably a case where it needed to be let go, but I'll forever wonder if they could have deleted the rose bowl and made it a giant out-and-back coaster, saving the first hill and a good chunk of the ride. Without high-speed turns and with a bunch of straight air-time hills, I think a fix could have worked and been cost-effective. But, the risk was too great.

Monday, November 26, 2012 5:35 AM

I have a hunch that what's going to take its place will make (most of) us forget all about SOB fairly quickly.

Monday, November 26, 2012 6:29 AM

:-) I think you're underestimating the enthusiast community. I expect to see SoB comments live on for generations as an example of a coaster design disaster along the lines of The Bat.

I get the point of your positive post though...I'm looking forward to the replacement as well. I know I've said it before, but I want it so badly to be an epic steel terrain coaster that throws back some elements to Beast (tunnels, final helix) with a "Steel Beast" type name. That'd be such an awesome quirk for the park and get me much more amped up than..."Here is our new generic B&M...Python."

Monday, November 26, 2012 9:34 AM

Wow, kinda sad. . . . . ok I'm over it.

Whats coming next Ensign?

Monday, November 26, 2012 10:25 PM

How should I know?

Okay, maybe I've heard a thing or two. Or maybe I haven't. But if I have, I guarantee I didn't hear it third-hand from Lance.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:29 AM

How about a B&M with 2 lift hills... (OK, probably not going to happen...)


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