Kings Island has confirmed that The Crypt, a HUSS Giant Top Spin ride that was previously known as Tomb Raider: The Ride, will not reopen for the 2012 season.
The park revealed via its official Twitter account that the building that houses The Crypt will temporarily host a horror maze during 2012's Halloween Haunt events, but no permanent replacement has been announced. It is not known whether Kings Island will attempt to sell on the attraction to another theme park.
Tomb Raider: The Ride was a major addition to Kings Island in 2002, combining the classic Top Spin ride experience with Hollywood-style special effects. This included a 70-feet-tall model of the Hindu goddess durga, a synchronized soundtrack based on that of the Tomb Raider movies, and a "lava pit" which housed fountains that soaked riders.
Following the takeover of Kings Island by Cedar Fair in 2007, references to the Tomb Raider franchise were removed and the ride was subsequently renamed The Crypt. Many of the effects were removed or allowed to deteriorate, with the ride taking place in complete darkness so that some elements could no longer be seen. The lava pit was also drained of water, removing a key aspect of the ride experience.
Fans of the ride were offered some hope in 2011, when the ride's queue was updated to feature music from the movie Inception. Some of the lighting effects were reinstated, although the lava pits remained empty.