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Son of Beast at Kings IslandLast updated by Nick on Sunday, June 10, 2012 19:30
Submitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 08:04
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Jun 26, 2000
Jun 19, 2009
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Son of Beast is a wooden hypercoaster designed by the Roller Coaster Corporation of America and Paramount Parks. It is the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster currently standing, and the second longest after its namesake, The Beast (also at Kings Island). To date, Son of Beast is the only wooden roller coaster in the hypercoaster (200 feet or taller) category.
Son of Beast was originally constructed with a 118 foot tall vertical loop, making it the first modern wooden roller coaster to incorporate a loop and the longest looping roller coaster on Earth.
In June 2006 after an incident with the ride's wooden structure, the ride was closed and lighter trains were installed to reduce stress levels. Consequently, the loop was removed.
In June 2009, a reported injury on the ride again prompted its closure (despite being certified by the state of Ohio) with park representatives noting that they are displeased with the infamously rough ride experience, and that Son of Beast will not open until a solution to its problems can be found.
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Latest news on Son of Beast:
Kings Island begins removal of Son of Beast roller coaster
Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:05
Kings Island has begun the long process of removing Son of Beast, the record-breaking wooden roller coaster that has been closed since June 2009.
Kings Island to remove troubled Son of Beast roller coaster
Monday, July 30, 2012 07:23
Kings Island has officially confirmed that it will finally dismantle and remove the shuttered Son of Beast roller coaster from the park.
Report: Son of Beast rollercoaster to remain closed at Kings Island throughout 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 07:03
Kings Island's troubled Son of Beast rollercoaster will remain closed throughout the 2011 season, according to a new report.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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