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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 July 4, 2007 to June 16, 2009
May 26, 2000 to July 9, 2006
Statistics
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, Roller Coaster Corporation of America
Type Wooden - Hyper
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height218 feet
Drop214 feet
Top speed78.4 mph
Length7,032 feet
Inversions0 (previously 1)
Steepest drop55.7°
Duration2:20
G-force4.5G
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Son of Beast was a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. It was billed as the sequel to Beast and was the only wooden hyper roller coaster ever built. When the ride first opened in 2000, Son of Beast was the only wooden roller coaster in the in the world to feature a vertical loop. The loop was later removed after an incident in which 27 people were injured. The loop was not directly related to the incident, but was removed to allow for lighter trains, to reduce the chances of a re-occurrence.

After the incident in 2009, the ride remained closed for the rest of the season. At the Halloween of 2010, the loading station was wrapped with gray plywood for a new attraction.

On July 27, 2012, Kings Island announced that the roller coaster would not reopen, and the ride was later removed from the park.[1] It was later replaced by a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster named Banshee in 2014.

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]

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. 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.

In 2006, a major incident occurred. The repercussions of this incident meant that lighter ride vehicles needed to be used. These lighter ride vehicles could not navigate the ride's loop, so the loop was removed during the 2006/2007 off-season.

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 $30million 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. 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]

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]

Originally (2000-2005/6) 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. Final (2007-2009) 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. These trains were designed by Premier Rides. 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]

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.

References[edit]

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