Yesterday, Kings Island has announced that it will remove the Son of Beast Wooden Coaster. After much evaluation, the park has decided it will remove the troubled Coaster.
Son of Beast opened on May 26th, 2000. When it opened, it broke 7 world records, including tallest, fastest, largest, and only looping Wooden Coaster. The ginormous Wooden Coaster was 218 feet tall, 7032 feet long, with a drop of 214 feet reaching speeds of 78.4 miles per hour.
Son of Beast was a very troubled Coaster and had many problems while it was in operation. On Sunday July 9th, 2006, a structural failure occurred on the ride. At 4:45 pm, a support beam on the ride broke and sent 27 people to the hospital. Luckily, no one was serious injured. The Coaster remained SBNO from July 10, 2006 to July 3, 2007. During its down time, the park removed the Coasters loop. The Coaster then operated normally until June 16, 2009. A women claimed she broken a blood vessel in her head, after riding Son of Beast on May 31, 2009. The park then did a full evaluation on the Coaster and found no problems with it. Many people (including myself) think that she was just making up the story. Nevertheless, for safety and lawsuit reasons, Kings Island has left the Coaster SBNO for the last three years...
A picture of the Son of Beast at Kings Island
(Photo taken by Coaster Of The Day)
Nevertheless, Kings Island will be removing the troubled Coaster. After talking to many park reps after the announcement, they seemed like they did explore many options to save the Coaster. It seemed like they were very involved in thinking about repairing the ride. For the last three years, there has been a ton of rumors on what will Kings Island do with the Coaster. Some rumors said Cedar Fair would remove the Coaster, just re-track the Coaster, and even hire many companies (Gravity Group, Intamin, Rocky Mountain) to modify the Coaster. (You can read the whole story over at Screamscape)
Many people are not shocked that the park is going to remove Son of Beast. The Coaster had a ton of problems, and a over 4 lawsuits, it would be just easier to remove the Coaster and start from scratch. When the Son of Beast is fully removed, Kings Island has plans to expand the park. It is now unknown what exactly will replace the Coaster, but it seems like it wont just be 'one attraction.' Son of Beast takes up a lot of room, and Kings Island will most likely make a new section of the park, with many new rides, attractions, and Coasters. What ever replaces Son of Beast, it will be much better than a troubled Wooden Coaster.
This is an areal photo of Son of Beast at Kings Island.
As you can see, the Wooden Coaster took up a lot of space, and Kings Island will have a lot of room to expand the park.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
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Expect deconstruction to begin in late summer, and several months for the Coaster to be fully removed.
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