The answer to the question “will Son of Beast reopen” has finally been answered. After a lengthy evaluation of all alternatives, Kings Island announced today the decision has been made to remove Son of Beast, the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster to make room for future park expansion. The dismantling of the ride, which last operated in 2009, will begin later this summer.
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In fact, Son of Beast also held a record for longest roller coaster with a loop, a record now held by California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure. After numerous problems, the 118 foot tall vertical loop was removed after the 2006 season and the ride itself has been standing but not operating (SBNO) since 2009 (and thirty something million dollars down the drain). Ironically, the ride was located in the Action Zone section of the park but has been out of action for many years. The park won’t say what will be replacing the ride but many coaster enthusiasts are hoping a wing rider or giga coaster will take its place.
Personally, this ride will not be missed. I was able to ride Son of Beast once while it still had the loop. Even if the ride were miraculously made silky smooth it wouldn’t make up for the fact that the layout was rather uninspiring. Whether you loved it or hated it, you can’t argue with the ride’s reputation. Everyone knew about this ride. Whenever I have visited an amusement park the past couple of years I have almost always heard someone talking about Son of Beast. The ride is being removed but its legend will live on.
What do you think? Did you ever get a chance to ride the Son of Beast? With or without the loop? What type of ride or attraction would you like to see replace Son of Beast?