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Son of Beast

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roller coaster
Son of Beast
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Kings Island
Location Kings Mills, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 26, 2000 to June 16, 2009
Replaced by Banshee
Statistics
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, Roller Coaster Corporation of America
Type Wooden - Hyper
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height218 feet
Drop214 feet
Top speed78.4 mph
Length7,032 feet
Inversions0 (previously 1)
Steepest drop55.7°
G-force4.5 g
[1]HELP

Son of Beast was a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. When opened in 2000, it was marketed as the sequel to the Beast. It was the tallest wooden roller coaster and the only wooden hyper roller coaster ever built. It was also the first modern wooden roller coaster with an inversion, however this was a vertical loop which itself was made out of steel.

Multiple incidents occurred on the roller coaster before it was ultimately closed in June 2009. After standing but not operating for three years, it was demolished and Banshee was installed where Son of Beast once stood.

There is a tribute to the ride in the queue for Banshee, it is an eternal flame and a gravestone with a marketing piece for the ride with 2000-2009 underneath it. The station is still used as a haunted house called Wolf Pack during Kings Island's Halloween event.

History[edit | edit source]

Son of Beast was originally manufactured by the Roller Coaster Corporation of America, who had been open to the idea of building a wooden hypercoaster from as early as 1997. However, Kings Island fired them early on in the project and undertook the ride's construction themselves, making many design corrections in the process.

Son of Beast was officially announced on May 11, 1999.[1] It was announced as part of the second phase of the new Action Zone area at Kings Island. It was revealed that the ride would break seven world records upon its opening in 2000, including world's tallest wooden coaster and world's only inverting wooden coaster.

The ride originally opened sometime in April 2000, however it was shut shortly after due to a rough section of track that was 15 feet long. The ride officially opened on May 26, 2000 after this was fixed. Son of Beast suffered several periods of downtime during the opening season. Kings Island filed a lawsuit in November 2000 against three companies involved in the design and manufacture of the roller coaster, claiming defects in the design and construction led to negative publicity as the roller coaster was closed for repairs.[2]

In July 2006, a train came to a sudden halt, injuring 27 riders. Following investigations, it was found that a support beam had collapsed causing a dip in the track which jolted the train. It was found that the structure was not designed to bear the weight of the track and trains. The park announced in December that Son of Beast would reopen in 2007 with lighter rolling stock, which necessitated the removal of the vertical loop.[3]

On June 16, 2009, another major incident occurred in which a woman claimed to have suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain after riding on May 31, 2009. The ride was immediately shut down for investigation.

Despite findings revealed on July 29, 2009 that showed nothing wrong with the ride, the ride remained closed in 2010 following a closure for the rest of 2009. Kings Island's general manager stated in early 2010 that nearly $30,000,000 had been spent to date on Son of Beast. The ride then remained closed during 2011 and 2012 with no clear fate. On July 27, 2012 Kings Island announced that the ride would be demolished to make way for future developments.[4] Demolition began in September 2012 and was finished on November 20, 2012. The ride's replacement, a B&M invert named Banshee, opened on April 18, 2014.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements
  • 218 feet chain lift hill with 214 feet drop at 55.7°
  • Hill with a 164.1 feet drop at 43.3°
  • Hill with a 150 feet drop at 37.3°

The ride was referred to as a wooden hyper coaster, which the ride's manufacturer, the Roller Coaster Corporation of America, had previously discussed the addition of to Kings Island. The ride was the second longest wooden coaster in the world after its "father" The Beast. It was also the world's tallest wooden roller coaster and (at the time) the world's only inverting wooden roller coaster. Despite the fact that other wooden roller coasters with inversions have been built by manufacturers such as Rocky Mountain Construction and The Gravity Group, LLC in recent years, none of them have thus far featured a vertical loop, meaning that Son of Beast is the only wooden roller coaster in recent times to have featured a vertical loop.

Trains[edit | edit source]

Original[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train. The original trains were built by Premier Rides.[1]

Final[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

In the 2005/06 off season, one car from each train was removed, reducing the capacity to 30. After the 2006 incident, the Premier trains were replaced with lighter Gerstlauer trains from Hurricane: Category 5 at Myrtle Beach Pavilion for the 2007 season.

Tease[edit | edit source]

Apparently, there was some teasing going on at HalloWeekends at Kings lsland. The teasing was of a casket with broken chains around and a tombstone behind it that said My beloved son. This was located in front of The Beast. It could have been a reference or tease towards the future.

Also, in early August 2018, pieces of lumber has been placed in front of the eternal flame monument in the ride queue of Banshee. Additionally, fliers were distributed at Cedar Point containing numerous references to the Son of Beast.

References[edit | edit source]

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