Son Of Beast: Still closed at Kings Island

Posted Monday, April 25, 2011 1:38 PM | Contributed by CoasterDaddy

This summer, as other nearby rides are filled with screaming patrons, Son of Beast will again be silent. When Kings Island opens Saturday, wooden coaster lovers will have one less choice - for the second season in a row. The troubled coaster, once a signature feature at the park and the only looping wooden coaster anywhere, will not be operating.

Read more from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 1:46 PM

And elsewhere, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is STILL dead.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 1:52 PM

ROFLAMO
+1 to Brian

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Monday, April 25, 2011 2:49 PM

Obviously, the best choice for this ride is either:

1.) Rocky Mountain Rehab, like Texas Giant.

2.) Destroy the ride and try again.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 3:13 PM

choice 2 please :-)

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Monday, April 25, 2011 3:17 PM

IDK, If they can make the ride run as smooth as New Texas Giant and change the layout a bit for excitement reasons for Ten million Vs. B&M or Intamin 20 Million plus for a ride that size...............

You got a 214 ft drop there. Already built, DO SOMETHING WITH IT!

Last edited by Charles Nungester, Monday, April 25, 2011 5:02 PM
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Monday, April 25, 2011 5:31 PM

Got to agree with Charles on this one. I'd love to see another B&M come to King's Island because with the terrian Son of Beast sits on, you can have a masterpiece engineered by them. With the economy still on the "so-so" side, $10million to convert Texas Giant doesn't sound terrible right now. I remember we were nailing Six Flags for doing this when you think Holiday World spent only $7million on The Voyage. Even if it took King's Island $15million to fix Sonny, I would still consider that a "steal" with today's economic situation.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 6:41 PM

Sorry, but I rode v1.0 on day 1 and it was ready to be done then. Versions after that just got worse and worse. I think it needs to be brought down since even a rebuild will have people thinking if it is still safe. Please just put it in the past and move on. Maybe a Lost Coney section.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 10:14 PM

Son of Beast is a ride that the public knows is rough and many have the sense to stay off of it. It will take some pretty clever marketing to even woo some of them back even if they did a complete reprofile. Others, though, will think it's a brand new ride too... we know how the general public thinks.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 11:47 PM

Might be time for Cedar Fair to stop dying easter eggs and set a Guiness World Record that's actually impressive... World's Largest Bonfire :)

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:28 AM

This is just the silly Enquirer making a story. To be honest, it really does not appear that KI has even thought about SOB recently. Seems they are content to let it sit there or there would certainly be some more urgency by now.

Sure seems like Drachen Fire all over to me.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:14 AM

Why is it silly? The park is open, it's a local interest topic.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:47 AM

DejaVuNitro said:
Might be time for Cedar Fair to stop dying easter eggs and set a Guiness World Record that's actually impressive... World's Largest Bonfire :)

And here I was thinking it would be Mean Streak that would be the largest bon fire in the world.

Honestly, I wish they would give both rides the Texas Giant treatment. I know folks love their woodies, but I don't think either one is a good example of a world class woodie to begin with. Instead of tearing these down, give them a make over and get ridership back up...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 3:20 PM

But if the cost of converting those terrible titans to the Texas Giant treatment is a significant fraction of the price of building a new ride, why not? In the case of SOB, there is some terrific terrain under the superstructure that could be much better utilized by a less inept design team.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:22 PM

Honestly, I thought the layout of this ride never had much going for it. The structure looks fabulous, but it really was just a >200ft drop leading into a whole pile of pain. Scrap it.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:41 PM

I agree...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:08 PM

I second that. I have ridden all versions and the only part that was ever any good was the loop. That is gone so should the rest.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:13 PM

The bummer of it all to me is that the idea of *a* looping wooden coaster is simply fabulous, and remains an impressive feat that really WAS forgotten after it was abandoned MANY years ago, and proved very enjoyable. I guess it's similar to the kind of nostalgia that makes Flying Turns so attractive (dare I say sexy?). The "shame" is that *this* looping wooden coaster was SO layout-defective that it really led the industry to abandon the idea yet again. Hopefully not for another 90 years...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:11 PM

Random thought; I wonder whether this Rocky Mountain system is capable of inversions. Though honestly it's probably best classified as a steel coaster now rather than wood...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:32 PM

^I think looks on a wood coasters (well, maybe just a few...) is a great idea. SOB proved many things - and one of those things was that a loop on a woodie is possible. The loop was not the problem (I some think people use it to argue to case).

Not only the new Gerstlauer trains, but the Timberliners as well, different things are possible.

I think we have real true hybrid coasters now - the steel I-beams on American Eagle and Colossus have led to all this new stuff; topper track, Rocky Mountain rectangular beam track - we also have the Intamin plug and play wood/steel track (personally, not a fan of anything Intamin lately, uck.)

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