What should replace Son on Beast?Kings Island: What should PKI do with Son Of Beast.
From Jake CountissI have been thinking if Son of Beast should be closed down what should take its spot. I think they should just get some Millenium Flyer trains for the ride and make some paths ways under the Structure, put in a flat ride inside the first helix. I know the ride is kind of new but I am not so sure that they should keep the ride or tear in down for something a little better like a GCI woodie or a Intamin Accelerator coaster.
Posted August 6, 2006 at 10:14 PM
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From ryan saunderswww.coasterbuzz.com has info about what they are goin 2 do with son of beast, they are re building some of the ride, check it out...
Posted August 7, 2006 at 7:03 AM
From Jake CountissI know their rebuilding but I think that they need to get some Millenium Flyer Trains and maybe make some walk ways under the structure. Perhaps make another entrance and maybe a few flat rides.
Posted August 7, 2006 at 2:48 PM
From Derek PotterA good concept, but Millennium Flyer trains are not built to withstand the kind of forces SOB delivers. Remember that these trains are built for coasters with 100 foot drops and 55 mph speeds. I honestly think that Intamin wooden trains or souped up PTC trains would be the best fit. When Kings Island finally collects its money from the lawsuit they won against the manufacturers and designer a few years ago, they can move forward with something.
Posted August 7, 2006 at 8:49 PM
I also wouldn't be surprised if SOB lives a short life. They already have to rebuild part of it under state supervision. What's to stop them from throwing up a big steel beast?
From Dustin KernWhat happened on SOB will only happen again. The sheer force that is exerted on the structure will only cause something to happen again. There is no way to check every part of that ride every day unless you have a maintinece crew on it 24/7, in which case the ride wouldn't be able to run. In my opinion, a wooden coaster should never have been taken to that extreme.
Posted August 7, 2006 at 9:10 PM
From Jake CountissI think that it would have been better if it was a hybrid wooden coaster. I like Derek's idea with making the steel beast. Maybe it could be the first ever two mile long coaster. Son of Beast is on a big chunk of land.
Posted August 8, 2006 at 8:29 AM
From Eugene KohHow about an Intamin Pre-Fab?
Posted March 5, 2010 at 5:40 AM
From Don NealWith KI being the home of the Beast, the original longest woody bad boy, I would really like to see them build something like the Voyage down at Holiday World. A mix of steel and wood, long ride, good airtime, a couple of killer hills. It just seems appropriate that a ride like that would have a home in the den of the Beast.
Posted March 5, 2010 at 6:14 AM
From Eli KatzmanHow about a long drawn out Intamin hyper coaster going through the woods called Beast of Steel? .... I don't know how close the clearing of the 2 coasters are (SoB and Beast), but if they are close enough, maybe the new one could cross over once or twice.... just some ideas ;)
Posted March 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM
From Nick MarkhamHow about instead of replace SOB they do what they are doing with Texas Giant?
Posted March 6, 2010 at 8:09 PM
From Adam NodjomianEli, SOB and Beast are on opposite corners of the park, so unless they built the coaster starting in SOB's original location and wrapped it around the perimeter of the park, I dont see that happening. That would be quite a long ride considering KI is a larger park. They could bring the coaster over the park, but that would probably be pretty unsightly. If they were to build a Beast of Steel, I would have the beast station near it so they were sort of like two warring beasts. One of steel and one of wood. Then just leave the former SOB land open for something else in the future.
Posted March 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM
From Bradley KeithAs much as other people hate SOB, I would be really sad if they tore it down. Kings Island can get really confusing. Like King Cobra. I have heard they tore it down because TOGO went out of business, and to build Delerium. Another steel coaster on its site would be great, but I really doubt it because they just built Diamondback. They removed it from the 2010 park map, and its not on the website. I say, say goodbye to SOB. A wooden coaster should have never gotten that extreme.
Posted August 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM
From Bob MillerI think it's ok but it needs to have the El Toro track
Posted August 21, 2010 at 3:56 PM
From James KoehlWhat should Kings Island do with Son of Beast? How about a great big bonfire? Cedar Fair could practice on Mean Streak.
Posted August 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM
From Nick MarkhamAll they should do is do what they are doing wih Texas Giant if that proves successful, or redo the track with Intamin prefabricated track known to work well at tall ehights if Texas Giant does not work out.
Posted August 22, 2010 at 7:57 AM
Whatever they do, I don't know who in their right mind could take out Beast as mentioned in a few posts above. It is a classic, original, and one of the best wooden coasters out there!
From James KoehlNick, we're not talking about The Beast, but are talking about Son of Beast, the first looping wooden coaster. It is the only coaster so violent that I refused to ride it again. The Beast is a terrific ride- SOB is (or was) so violent that they had to remove the loop from it, and people were getting hurt by it. I think there was an accident on it several years back.
Posted August 22, 2010 at 4:23 PM
From Formula 40They should start from scratch an make a new GCI woodie with millennium flyer trains. To me SOB just proves that the biggest, tallest, and fastest doesn't always mean the best. Most of the better woodies are under 100 ft. anyway.
Posted August 22, 2010 at 7:35 PM
From Nick Markham^^James, I know, I was refering to some old posts a few above yours. Somebody thought it would be smart (and possible?) to tear out SOB and Beast and put in a giant Intamin hyper as if they are right next to each other! Doesn't matter.
Posted August 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM
Anyway, we all agree the one reason all of you rode Son of Beast in the first place. It was record breaking. You tear it down and build a new GCI you get off thinking "Gee, that was really fun, but I can get the same thing at 20 other places all over the world". Now, you redo the track and add new cars, fixing the ONLY problem with Son of Beast (roughness) and you get off thinking "WOW! That was fast, thrilling, fun and now I know I've ridden a record breaking coaster!"
You know you can't help but resist a smile when you think about riding something record breaking. ;D
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