As of December 2012 Son of Beast is no more. After not operating for three seasons Kings Island decided to tear down the roller coaster to make room for future attractions.
Son of Beast was a record breaking wooden roller coaster that was designed to elevate the "classic" wood coaster experience to a new level. Son of Beast was the tallest, fastest wooden coaster in the world while it operated and the only one at the time to feature a evolutionary concept, a 118-foot tall vertical loop. Unfortunately, the loop was removed for the 2007 season. Son of Beast was appropriately named after its legendary predecessor, The Beast, which was built in 1979 and to this day is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the world's longest wooden coaster. Thanks to this $40-million investment in building a sibling, Kings Island laid claim to all of the world records for wooden roller coasters for nearly a decade.
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2009-2012 – Standing-but-not-operating (SBNO)
June 2009 – Son of Beast closed until further notice.
2007 – Trains replaced. Vertical loop removed after problems with the roller coaster.
2006 – Original Premier Rides designed trains shortened from six cars to five cars
July 10, 2006-July 3, 2007 – Closed as a result of an accident.
Son of Beast opened with the first loop on a wooden roller coaster.
Elements: Second Drop: 164 feet at 43.4 degrees; Third Drop: 150 feet at 37.3 degrees; Two 540-degree helicies
Opening date: May 26, 2000
Estimated cost: $40 million
Train has five cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Ride capacity: 1,600 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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