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Let's look at the layout objectively. Outside of the first drop, which was okay, it was two helixes to the left, straighten out for an inordinately long brake run, drop into the loop (smoothest part of the ride) and then two more helixes to the right. The grand finale was a forceless extended right turn with drops that provided no air time. All the way through the ride, you're getting sledgehammered, particularly in the "rose bowl". In other words, boring layout while being extremely rough. No nostalgia from me at all. Sadly, I logged a little over 30 rides on the blasted thing, convinced that maybe I was approaching it wrong. Every time, the ride brutally reminded me that my perceptions were not in error.

 

Here's hoping a nice wooden coaster from TGG or maybe a giga from Intamin or B&M takes the area over. I rode Voyage, Legend, and Raven at Holiday World and lamented the fact that each was superior (by a long way) to the SOB for a fraction of the total cost.

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Massive section down in 8 seconds.... What a sound! As entertaining as Space Spiral? Thoughts?

 

Video link http://www.digtriad.com/news/national/article/248576/175/Kings-Island-Son-Of-Beast-Comes-Down-

 

Gannett News Service

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Written by Rachel Richardson

October 4, 2012

 

Eight seconds.

 

 

That's how long it took to reduce Kings Island's Son of Beast roller coaster into a twisted heap of metal and wood.

 

You might say the troubled coaster, once a signature feature at the park and the only looping wooden coaster anywhere, went out with a bang.

 

Crews brought down the $10 million coaster with cables Tuesday a little more than a week after work began to dismantle the ride to make room for future park expansion.

 

Son of Beast was heralded as the world's tallest, fastest and only looping wooden roller coaster when it opened in 2000. The track climbs to a 218-foot peak, followed by a 214-foot drop; its trains would reach speeds of 78 mph.

 

But its history was troubled from the start. A string of accidents, closings, repairs, five lawsuits, settlements and one trial would ultimately shutter the ride.

 

Officials from Kings Island's parent company, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. and park management spent three years weighing all possible alternatives before ultimately deciding to raze Son of Beast, said Don Helbig, park spokesman.

 

"We weren't satisfied with the ride's performance," he said.

 

Son of Beast will be taken down "the same way it went up" - in sections, Helbig said. He is unsure what will happen to its parts.

 

It will take several months to fully dismantle the ride, which includes 53 concrete pilings, about 6,000 feet of steel track, 50,000 pounds of nails, 225,000 bolts and 1.65 million board feet of wood, he said.

 

Officials don't yet know what they intend to do with the 12 acres that Son of Beast will vacate in the park's north end.

 

"We're going to have a lot of room to work with for future expansion," said Helbig.

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From Kings Island's Facebook-

Limited edition plaque with piece of track from the Son of Beast roller coaster now available for $99.99. Authentic pieces of wood structure ($49.99) and structural bolts ($24.99) from the ride are also available. To order call (513) 754-5776 between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday while items last.

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In other words, boring layout while being extremely rough. No nostalgia from me at all. Sadly, I logged a little over 30 rides on the blasted thing, convinced that maybe I was approaching it wrong.

 

I couldn't agree more. Even if CF had found a way to "stabilize" the ride from future wear / safety issues, the combination of horrible roughness and a boring layout made the ride unsalvageable in my book...

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Is it wrong to watch that footage of SoB falling down over and over and laughing gleefully every time? Because if so, I don't want to be right.

 

Good riddance to one of the worst coasters ever. You won't be missed.

 

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I will miss it. I did have a few bad rides on it, but those bad rides were when I rode anywhere else instead of the front. Oh well at least I got to ride it with and without loop multiple of times. Now I am just wondering what will replace the big plot of land, a new coaster or a new theme area?

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New and Improved Action Zone, or a completely new area. I could see a coaster or two. Surely they can fit more than just ONE coaster back there.

 

P.S.

It seems Cedar Fair has found something even more profitable than their food. Selling deteriorated wood at 400,000,000% profit.

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Is it wrong to watch that footage of SoB falling down over and over and laughing gleefully every time? Because if so, I don't want to be right.

 

Good riddance to one of the worst coasters ever. You won't be missed.

 

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Not at all! I did the same. Just in case anyone missed it

 

http://www.digtriad.com/news/national/article/248576/175/Kings-Island-Son-Of-Beast-Comes-Down-

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Is it wrong to watch that footage of SoB falling down over and over and laughing gleefully every time? Because if so, I don't want to be right.

 

Good riddance to one of the worst coasters ever. You won't be missed.

 

dt

 

Yes, but it is all so right! I had a huge smile on my face when I saw it. However, I like the sound of the Space Spiral video. You know what would make me laugh the most... KI putting in Hypersonic XLC!!!

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^ No they couldn't have because the structure was so badly designed that fixing it would take more money then the renovation would be worth. Also the ride had little to work with as far as making it an extreme ride like NTAG & IRAT.

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Also the ride had little to work with as far as making it an extreme ride like NTAG & IRAT.

 

Um...it was 218 feet tall and opened with a loop. I think they could've come up with something.

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Also the ride had little to work with as far as making it an extreme ride like NTAG & IRAT.

 

Um...it was 218 feet tall and opened with a loop. I think they could've come up with something.

Yeah, but even then, wasn't the structure and/or wood used complete garbage? Even if they would have done an I-Box reconstruction, wouldn't the ride still be rough because of its structure?

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