Lareson Posted April 2, 2013 Share Posted April 2, 2013 "On March 15, 2010, the General Manager of Kings Island, Greg Scheid, stated that the park had spent nearly $30 million on the ride 9Son of Beast) to date, and that it would not reopen for the 2010 season." as per wikipedia. 30 Million??!! Changing trains, removing loops, fixing poor supports. What a colossal disaster. Nothing but several lawsuits and an empty space in return for that money. The only cool thing about Son of Beast was that it was MASSIVE, a real presence at the park. I miss seeing its massive structure driving down I-71. Kind of random to bring that up, but okay. The $30mil was over the lifetime of the ride, Cedar Fair only put a small portion of that into Son of Beast. Paramount knew how bad of a ride Son of Beast was, they just kept putting money into it to try and fix it, but of course the year that Cedar Fair takes over, a bent breaks which pretty much begins the end of the ride. Things were just going wrong from the moment it was built: - Roller Coaster Corporation of America had (what I think) faulty support design which eventually led to the 2006 accident. Mind you they were also the company that was the center of the whole Rattler debacle back in 1993. - The construction company for the roller coaster using sub-par wood to keep cost low, even though they still managed to spend over $20mil on construction. First sign of this was when a section of the lift collapsed during construction, which I think was covered up by either the construction company or Paramount as "weather related." - Premier's heavy 3-bench trains, which destroyed the track more than what PTC trains do and was a factor in the 2006 accident. - The loop was probably the best part of the ride, due to it being a steel structure. Unfortunately the Gerstlauer trains were too light to complete the whole course with the loop so it was removed. I think this was one reason why the ride additions after 2000 at Kings Island, before Cedar Fair bought the Paramount Parks, weren't anything spectacular. All of the major expenses went towards getting Son of Beast back into a rideable shape. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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