Kings Island closes Son of Beast
Just got a report that Kings Island has closed the Son of Beast roller coaster
amid a state investigation of the ride.
A 2006 accident sent two dozen riders to the hospital, and was later found to be the result of broken timbers on the wooden coaster. The ride closed then for an extended state investigation and repairs. New trains were installed in 2007, but the ride continues to suffer a painful reputation.
Kings Island fans, what are you hearing?
Was it the design of the cars that caused the timbers to fail? If not, why replace the cars when the timbers were the cause of the accident. Why wouldn't they fix and check the wooden timbers. Doesn't make me feel secure enough to ride it again...
They took out the loop. So they no longer needed trains capable of inversions.
I have not been on this ride for around 5 years nor will I ever be on it again! Worst headache afterwards ever from riding a coaster! 1 and done for son of beast! Now The Beast, That is one of the sweetest coasters ever!
I was on the ride a few weeks before it broke in 2006, and then again in 2007 with the new trains. Personally, I think the loop was the best part because it was a break from the roughness.
Oh no! I'm not a KI fan, but I like to keep up with my amusement parks... (I followed diamondback's construction for the WHOLE time) anyway, I'm also going later this year or next to KI for the first time! I had always thought that the first trains they tried were too light, and couldn't get around the track because the loop slowed it down too much. So, they tried heavier trains, which worked. Later in '06, it got slightly derailed (because the trains were too heavy) and a lot of people got injured. KI was forced to take out the loop, so they could put in lighter trains. NOW-- I think that the heavy trains eventually messed up some of the timber. I don't know about you, but that's what I think!
It is closed due to a woman having a head injury from the ride.
While the ride is really just a shell of its former self now that it is "loop-less", I can't imagine it being closed down completely. It is still the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the country and while my girlfriend hated the ride because of the unbearable amount of pain that it caused, I was thrilled with the speed and jarring turns. While I usually try to hit Cedar Point every year (from NJ) I was planning to go back to KI for the first time in 4 years and this is slightly disappointing if the ride is not in operation.
It says right in your link Robert. A woman called in and reported that she hit her head while riding. Kings Island in turn contacted state inspectors and they are investigating the ride. It will be closed until they are finished.
Why did it take so long to close down due to the injuries?
I just rode it a few weeks ago with my 7 yr old daughter.
@Anthony Murphy - the person apparently didn't come forward until more recently.
well it was broken timbers in the large helex what they call the rose bowl but why change the trains and remove the loop why not just replace the timbers but its closed again in 2009 and i love kings island and i hope it reopens its one of my favorite rides but the loop made it even bettter but its still a good roller coaster
I have never been on the ride personally, but I think the experience one has is all up to the rider. Any person with common sense should be able to figure a 200+ foot tall roller coaster made out of wood will hurt. I've heard people complain about Vortex, a steel coaster that's much shorter than SOB.
I was on it three weeks ago. It is a shame that it is closed. It is a very rough ride, but still made for a great wooden coaster. Since that was my first trip to KI, I did not experience SOB with the loop. I think it would have been great.
Cincinnati 11:00 News on Channel 5 - NBC had the story as one of its "Top 5" stories last night. Really they had nothing to add other than what we already knew from the Newspaper (online) article and the Channel 12/CBS report.
I rode the Son of Beast a couple of weeks ago and found the ride to be very rough. I mean it is a wooden coaster so I did expect it to be a little rough, but it was a very rough ride. Worse than even the Mean Streak at Cedar Point. If it was not so rough and jarring, I would say it is an awesome coaster, but unfortunately its just too much. Maybe KI will smooth it out some while its shut down and make it more enjoyable.
I was just on the ride a few weeks ago. I thought it was fine. It was a lot smoother than the beast. Not really sure why they would close it down.
While I question the woman waiting two weeks, I also know that some injuries do not always result in immediate trauma or pain. And can build over days as fluid collects, pain increases, and bruising becomes visible. A doctor visit a week later, a legal consultation, and then the formal report could all add up to a two week window pretty easily.
Don Neal nails it. There's a huge difference between making a phone call to the park and making a formal complaint, backed by a medical evaluation and a lawyer. Two weeks to do all that is not long.
I rode the SOB a number of years ago when the loop was still in place...it was the worst roller coaster ride I had ever been on. We were shaken side to side (a few in my group, including myself) and all complained of our ears being smashed up against the upper side head restraints. The compression on my spine in going through the loop was bad as well...I swore I would never go on the ride again.
Yeah a new GCI would be nice. Close SOB 2009. Tear it down 2010. Start 2011. Open in 2012. Even 2013 wouldn't be that long. I know us park junkies can't wait 2 years for a new ride but 4 years to replace a eye sore and bad PR moneypit like SOB with something new and exciting would be great!
I have been to kings island many times and buy a pass every year. I rode the Son Of Beast when it had the loop and it was the roughest thing i had ever expirienced. I literally had bruises on my knees and felt like my lung was collapsed. The loop was cool but i was glad when they took it out, it made the ride alot smoother, even though it still gives me a migrane everytime i ride it. Personally i wouldn't care if they never opened it again, as long as they replaced it with a taller, faster, smoother coaster than that one had ever been.
Here is what I have heard (more like read):
Ok, lets slow down.
Well ruff is an understatement, 27 people were taken to the hospital and the ride closed to an accident.
Doesn't surprise me. I love coasters, but that sucker left me and my friend feeling like we had headaches. It's a little too rough for its own good.
I went to KI yesterday and the Vortex stoped on the first hill. Everybody had to walk back down. Someone said it was a safety check because the waterpark rides were shut down for a bit too. I still dont know if it was the coaster or safety.
The son of beast was closed yesterday, right?
I am so thinkin why wait 2 weeks to report this ? Is this woman out for money ? Sounds like it to me , I personally have never rode the ( SOB ) and never will . I am not a loop coaster or being jarred form side to side and yanked arround like a slaughtering pig ... Thanks but no thanks there are plenty of other things for me to do at Kings Island ...
It doesn't have a loop anymore...
"I am sorry, but I have to throw this in. It is a WOODEN coaster. Duh, you are going to get thrown around a bit and hitting your head on the headrest is no big surprise!"
I have had a season pass at King's Island for years. When Son of Beast first opened, I rode it many times and thought it was absolutely awesome. I rode it 3 weeks ago. It was horrendous!! THE MOST painful experience on a coaster in my 46-year life. My brother and I both got off and said, "Never again!" It doesn't surprise me that it's closed. I was at the park yesterday and a park employee told us that the ride is closed for good and is going to be scrapped. That doesn't surprise me either. You expect some jolts, but when it becomes painful and people are getting hurt, it's time to tear it down. It's just not worth the risk. Apparently wood and speed just do not combine well. It was an expensive mistake. And I think most of the issues have arisen since they made all of the changes, including removing the loop. On a side note, the Diamondback is an incredible coaster and has the Beast and Son of Beast beaten, hands down. They have finally designed a coaster with speed and height that makes you want to turn right around and get back on.
My 8 year old daughter and I rode SOB for the first time 2 weeks ago. When we got off we both said NEVER AGAIN. I had bruises on my arms and both of our backs ached for days afterwards. My wife was the smart one, she wouldn't even get on it. This is the same reaction I had the first time I rode the Mean Streak at CP. As was said before "wood and speed do not mix". There is just to much force and inertia on the tracks at that speed, materials will not hold up well. The tracks are relativly thin steel plates nailed onto laminated layers of lumber. This will not hold up as well as a steel track.
SOB was labeled the biggest waste of wood by most people that were regulars to the park the week after they cut the ribbon on this ride.
I don't really care how rough it is; i just wanted to try it! I'm not going to KI this year...
I think they should close it down for about six months an find out what is going wrong because this ride is a classic with the firs wooden rollicoaster with a loop.
OK, maybe it just got really rougher this year, but this is my favorite wooden coaster. I rode it last August, and don't remember it being any rougher than usual, and it wasn't nearly as rough as the Grizzly at Kings Dominion, which is my example of one of the roughest wooden coasters.
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