However, I liked the coaster overall. In and of itself, it was a really magnificent. If they decided to take it out, I'd base my reaction on what would go in its place. Another wooden coaster would be nice. Maybe one designed by GCI?
Still not quite sure what to think. :\ I'll wait and see.
My question is this. According to this story, the woman waited two weeks to report the incident. She rode on May 31st, and reported on June 16th. Most people who hit their head on a ride would report such a thing immediately. Don't get me wrong, I hope she is okay and all, but if you bumped your head, something likely would have happened immediately or the next day, be it a concussion or a bruise. Why wait 2 weeks to contact the park?
As for Son Of Beast, it became a much better ride when the trains were replaced and the loop taken out. The ride is still intense, as it was meant to be, but I now have more leg room and can actually enjoy riding instead of fighting to keep my knees from hitting the bar. I used to avoid at all costs, but now I ride every visit.
SOB (as it's affectionately called) however, seems to have been cursed from day 1. In 9 years the ride has been retracked twice, had part of the structure rebuilt, had it's loop removed, has had excessive amounts of maintenance necessary to keep it open, an accident due to cracked supports, and now this report. At one time the park filed suit against the designer and some of the contractors for all the issues they have had. I'm not sure what happened with it.
Personally, I think that the design was flawed from the beginning. The trains were too heavy for the structure, and the structure couldn't handle the weight without excessive strain on the supports. The lighter trains have remedied many of those problems, and also have increased rider comfort. I don't think the ride will be closed for the year. Still though, if Kings Island continues to have problems, perhaps it's time to call in GCI or The Gravity Group and let them build a winner.
I was leery to ride it since the 1st experience on it was bone-jarring. It was the roughest coaster I had been on - in a bad way.
I was pleasantly surprised that the ride (sans loop) was very fun and not nearly are rough as it had been years ago. So I was quite surprised to read that story today.
I do hope the ride re-opens.
Here's a link to a story from the Hamilton Journal News:http://tinyurl.com/p4b5pk
According to Don Helbig (PR director), although the incident happened weeks ago, KI took the complaint seriously and shut it down and informed the OH Dept of Agriculture (who is responsible for Ohio ride safety). The Dept of Agriculture will be inspecting the ride.
It strikes me as odd that the woman now comes forward weeks later - not sure what she hoped to gain, although I hope she's ok.
I also think part of the problem is people today. Honestly, people won't hesitate to file a lawsuit against someone for the stupidest stuff. This woman could be blowing up her injuries bigtime, after taking two weeks to report it. However, if she did sustain major injuries, best wishes to her and her recovery.
Personally though, I'm not sure if I trust this ride enough to go on it.
Hate to see the SOB suffering through another setback. I haven't road it since they re-tracked it and with the new trains but was happy to hear of people's feedback that it's been smoother. Last time I rode ith with the loop, I had a pretty good headache for the day and my dad didn't ride any other rides the rest of the day.
Unfortunately Vortext and Flight of Fear have gotten rougher year over year as well. Very happy to see Firehawk and Diamonback on the scene offering newer, smoother rides. I am still amazed at how smooth Flight Deck aka Top Gun is after all these years. Not big on thrills but always one of my favorites when we visit the park.
Frankly, at some point one must wonder whether keeping this ride provides any PR benefit to Kings Island. If the ride is not bringing in more fans than it is turning off, then it has become a liability and KI is better off closing it... and even better off replacing it.
Having monitored this ride's reputation for years now, I would not hesitate to recommend to KI... keep this closed permanently, then give GCI a call.
Fast forward to this year...I know someone who moved to the Cincy area this year, and got the entire family a Season Pass. Brian (the dad) took the family, and they rode SOB. His reaction, without the loop, was the same as mine. He mentioned he would never ride it again as well.
It might be the biggest and tallest wood roller coaster, but it is simply not a great ride...I'm surprised more people haven't complained to KI. However, I don't have any suggestions for KI on how to improve the ride. I can just tell you that I don't head to KI with the idea of riding the SOB...it's not a draw at all for me.
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 was the park a few weeks ago it was running fine. The Beast was having issues. Trains were going up the lifts supper slow and sometimes stopping. Someone was taking away by an ambulance.
Also they took the loop out when it was closed before because guests complained it was ruff.
First off, I hope they re-open it this summer, THEN take it out.... (I'm going later this summer) still, if they do take it out, they won't get another coaster from cedar fair for a while... at least 2-3 years. Think about it- CF already gave them a new coaster this year, and they are giving the other past paramount-owned parks new ones, and most likely huge ones at that. What do you expect?
And not all Wooden Coasters have to thrash you about, slam you into the sides, shake the heck out of you or otherwise. Voyager at Holiday World is a great example. As is the new Terminator ride based on videos and people's feedback.
Yeah, Alex, but not everyone is a coaster enthusiast and many people who ride coasters once in a while (or less) wouldn't necessarily know that.
Even after thirty years The Beast is still one of the best coasters around. It is the right combination of speed, length, and environment to make for an excellent ride.
We regularly go to CP and this was our first trip to KI in 20 years. What surprised me is that even though KI is now owned by Cedar Fair, the maintenance and upkeep on the rides is not up to par with CP. Neither is the saftey procedures. We were there while it was raining quite heavily and the coasters were still running. CP shuts down at the slightest sprinkle.
The new Diamondback is OK, Millenium Force at CP is better in mine and my daughters opinion.
It is nothing but a painful experience and I would venture to guess there are many more one time riders than repeat riders.
It is my humble opinion this ride must (and will) come down.
Of course, I tend to ride near the front of wooden coasters where it is less rough, because my back is "sensitive". And I ride on my toes to take the pressure off my back.
But in the front seat, SOB is one of the best rides around.
I hope they get it back open quickly. My first trip to Kings Island was in 2006, unfortunately after the shut SOB down and took out the loop, so I never got to ride the only looping wooden coaster in the country.
So, does everybody think it just got really rough this year, or is everybody riding it in the back?