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Son of Beast has Re-opened at KI!

Kings Island: Son of Beast began running again on the 4th!

From Don Neal
Posted July 5, 2007 at 8:20 AM
An article in one of the Cincy newspapers has said that the Son of Beast re-opened on the 4th and was running trains. Was anyone there and can confirm this?


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Derek Potter
Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:02 AM
This is true. SOB is once again open. Rider reviews indicate a marked improvement in ride quality due to more room in the trains and also due to the retracked sections of the ride. I'm anxious to ride again now after swearing the old version off.

From Don Neal
Posted July 5, 2007 at 10:26 AM
Wow, sounds like it has improved. I was just there a few weeks ago so not sure if I will make it back again this year or not. but I am anxious to hear if it is truly improved. So be sure to let us know. :)

From Michael Santmyer
Posted July 5, 2007 at 12:13 PM
Why did it close? i cant remember

From steve lee
Posted July 5, 2007 at 6:53 PM
There was an accident involving an abrupt stop.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/200607/154/

From Russell Meyer
Posted July 5, 2007 at 8:33 PM
I just missed SOB on my recent trip through Ohio when I was in the park on Monday, July 2, 2007. I guess I have a reason to go back to a part that I wasn't too terribly impressed with.

From Danielle H
Posted September 8, 2007 at 12:46 PM
How are the restraints now? I remember riding it with the loop, and the lapbar was less than pleasant.

From Ashley Keene
Posted October 16, 2007 at 11:14 AM
I rode the Son of Beast in July shortly after it re-opened. They have taken out the loop, lightened the weight of the trains and shortened the trains... there are 2-3 fewer cars than before.

The ride experience was excruciating. I will NEVER ride SoB again. It was so physically painful around the helixes, that I wanted to get off before the ride was halfway finished. I am young and fit and never tire of riding coasters multiple times, but I had a pounding headache after riding SoB. I was in the back seat, which I'm sure contributed to the jarring ride, and I heard a lot of complaining from everyone about their own aches and pains.

Not to mention, their photo spot is the worst... it's right after you leave the station, leading up to the lift hill. Seriously? It's the worst.

From steve lee
Posted October 16, 2007 at 3:30 PM
And yet people say the new trains aren't as bad as the old trains...

I just remember standing in the station, looking at the trains and thinking "well, last time I was in that train it hurt like hell. Let's see if a different coaster will make a difference."

It didn't.

I actually didn't have a terrible ride on SOB, but I have to imagine if you're in the back or over a wheel that thing has to be insanely brutal. Guess we can't have Millennium Flyers on there, huh?

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 16, 2007 at 10:44 PM
Did SOB have tubular steel in the loop or flat steel? Seems to me, having flat steel track would make it impossible to do a loop. I can't tell on the video footage I've seen of it. Anyone here know? Thanks.

From Ashley Keene
Posted October 26, 2007 at 7:14 AM
It was tubular steel... it became a metal coaster for the loop, basically.

From Zack Wilson
Posted December 11, 2007 at 9:08 AM
I think that they need to put the loop back on, that was the best part of the ride.

From Danny Melillo
Posted December 11, 2007 at 1:40 PM
Why did they take it off?

From Danny Melillo
Posted December 11, 2007 at 1:40 PM
Why did they take it off?

From steve lee
Posted December 11, 2007 at 3:04 PM
Too intense for the trains. Although it didn't appear to be a factor in the accident last year, they decided to kill two birds with one stone. Ironically, most people say the loop was the smoothest part of the ride (but it was slowly ripping the trains apart).

From Zack Wilson
Posted December 12, 2007 at 5:13 PM
Thats true but the trains sent around 22 people to the hospital. Anyways, new thought/question, So if there are ghost(s) at KI do you think it is possible that one or some of the ghost(s) made the support beam break and send 22 people to the hospital? I'm just sayin'.

From Danny Melillo
Posted December 12, 2007 at 5:25 PM
possibly, but they could NEVER prove it

From Zack Wilson
Posted December 12, 2007 at 5:54 PM
true but its a possiblity

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