It's agressive, but I don't think excessively so. I've never felt the ride was violent or painful. It's big, it's bad, and it'll kick your butt.
The restraints I really don't have a problem with. I do find them to be a tad uncomfortable while waiting for the train to dispatch, but once the ride starts I really don't even notice them.
I go to PKI at least once a summer, but I highly doubt that I will ride SoB on my next visit; it just isn't worth it. But I love the Beast (especially at Night!)
One of my favorite memories of PKI from this past Saturday was riding the Beast at night; as the park got closer to closing time the atmosphere in the Beast's station was just awesome. I got in about 3 rides between 9:30 and 10:00; the ride ops were getting everyone clapping and yelling before leaving the station; it was a blast.
The best part was that the ride op would ask all the riders if they were ready for the Beast. And everyone would yell and clap. And then she would ask if we had been on Son of Beast yet, and we would all yell yes. She would then ask; "is it as good as it's Daddy?" And everyone in the car and the station would yell "No!" It was a lot of fun. We would then all start clapping in unision in the station and up the lift hill. I love the Beast!!! Puire adrenaline rush! The SoB is a red headed stepchild (imo).
Give me wood or give me B&M! :-)
(330 plus and rising)
Basically what I'm saying is that if I complain about a coaster, that coaster damn near tore me apart. That said, my first and only ride on Son of Beast in August of 2000 gave me the worst beating I've had in my 25 years riding coasters. It wasn't the restraints (although they were definitely less than comfortable), as my legs endured no pain whatsoever (unless the headache I received made any pain I may have had in my legs seem non-existent). I literally felt like I received some brain damage after exiting the ride. The positive Gs at the bottom of every hill, which caused my head to violently shake uncontrollably to the point that I couldn't see straight, made my brain feel like it was bouncing around inside my skull like a damn basketball. I was literally wincing in pain. This may sound like an exaggeration, but I assure you this is exactly how I felt.
I couldn't ride anything for two hours. I thought I'd be out of commission for the rest of the day, but fortunately I did recover enough to take one more spin on The Beast before I left PKI with only a slight headache.
The pain I felt may have been caused by a number of things--dehydration, perhaps; lack of food; slight fatigue due to the fact that PKI was last stop on a trip that began with one day at Hersheypark, one day of driving, two full days at Cedar Point before driving until I arrived in Cincinnati at 3am the night before--I don't know. The one thing I'm sure about is that I was feeling pretty good before boarding Son of Beast.
Aside from the near-death experience (fortunately I didn't see any bright flashes of light :) ), the coaster itself, while quite beautiful and impressive to look at, offers no airtime and I found the pacing to be quite lousy. It certainly can't be argued that SoB is a powerful coaster, but when the only good part of a massive ride like that is the steel loop (that loop is awesome), what's the point?
As hypocritical as it may sound, I'm actually looking forward to my second trip to PKI (this year, hopefullly) so I can ride Son again. I will be more selective about where I sit this time (the very front was where I sat 3 years ago), but I really do want to like this ride. Hell, as much as I wanted to hate it after my first ride, I just couldn't--certainly solidifies the statement, 'I never met a coaster I didn't like.'
Son of Beast will never hold a candle to its poppa, though.
Son of Hulk
I literally felt like I received some brain damage after exiting the ride. The positive Gs at the bottom of every hill, which caused my head to violently shake uncontrollably to the point that I couldn't see straight, made my brain feel like it was bouncing around inside my skull like a damn basketball. I was literally wincing in pain. This may sound like an exaggeration, but I assure you this is exactly how I felt.
Vater - I had the exact same experience on my only two rides on Mean Streak in '98. Since then, it's become my benchmark for measuring ride roughness.
I rode SOB for the first time two weeks ago - I knew about the middle seat strategy, but I opted for the last row instead so I could have a riding partner. It wasn't as brutal as my Mean Streak experience, but it came close. The vibrations were definitely jarring to my head and back, but my ribs seemed to suffer the most from slamming into the side of the car. I was convinced I had popped something after my ride.
Still, I'd put SOB at my 3rd roughest ride, below The Rattler and Mean Streak, and just above The Beast. While I won't ride the top two ever again, I might consider riding SOB again... in a different seat.
darn this quoting function...
*** This post was edited by Olsor 6/12/2003 1:31:14 PM ***
I rode Mean Streak again in 2000, and I might as well have been on a carousel. It's far different from what it was a few years ago. I didn't enjoy it that much, but you might if you're worried it may be a bit too rough. Trust me, it isn't anymore.
Son of Hulk
I WILL marry The Legend. Please only refer to me now as Mrs. Legend.
When was the last time you drove 251 km/h (156 mph)?
But I have a question that has been bugging me for awhile. If The Beast is the dad and SOB is the son, what's the relationship of Beastie?
The pet gerbil
*** This post was edited by Antuan 6/12/2003 2:57:23 PM ***
SoB is not a coaster that I would hop right back into line for. But it's definitely a highlight for the park. It's brutal, yes.. but extremely intense. There's nothing else like it in the world.
NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulator
...PKI did good (and continues to do good as far as new ride selections).
I don't know about you but I'm gettin tired of the flat rides. I think Tomb Raider is lame and even though Delerium is pretty cool it's time for them to build a new, SMOOTH, steel coaster. I hyper coaster would be great, maybe even a terrain steel coaster.
*** This post was edited by Bakeman 6/12/2003 3:28:13 PM ***
Son of Hulk