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Son of Beast
Website: Kings Island Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.4615
TPC Overall Rank: #307 out of 2930 rides.
Reviews: 103
Last Review: 6/26/2010 11:04:00 PM
In User Top 10: 90 times.
User Tracker Count: 233 times.
 

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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up razor12 on 4/25/2006 8:31:00 PM
I went on it when it first open (I went the year it opened). I was expecting it to be smoother, but oh my god that was so rough! The loop was cool, but your so distracted by banging and jumping around having mental concusions in your head that you dont even notice it. The feeling of derailing haunts every inch of your mind during this ride. It was fast and intense, but really, I mean really, rough.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 4/25/2006 7:53:00 AM
This coaster is a awesome beast. It can be seen as soon as you enter the park. I dont give it a ten because its a little bit rough depending on where you sit and I dont care for the type of cars they use. This coaster is very fast and fun but lacks air time. I especially like the loop in the middle of the coaster. This is a true classic that will be treasured for life like my favorite wood coaster in the USA The Beast. I would give Son of Beast a ten if it had tunnels, air time, and less bumpiness but its my #2 wooden coaster on my list. This is not a coaster to be ridden by all but you should ride it at least a few times in the front or 2nd seat. These are the best seats to ride in in my opinion.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Mikewhy on 9/5/2005 1:32:00 AM
We chose a center seat that was not over the wheel, and while the ride was far from smooth, it was not as bad as I feared. I loved the height, the speed, and loop, and look of this coaster. The layout is not all that stunning and there are times where it feels like they installed speed bumps on the track! But it was still a lot of fun and not as bad as I was led to believe I am glad I rode it!

1 Rating
-3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up stoogie on 7/19/2005 10:56:00 PM
This coaster really sucks! It is painful. It is extremely rough. It pumps all over the place. It is really really a terrible ride. What was KI thinking when they put those terrible trains on the track? Holy cow, Im 55. and weigh 165 lbs. I could hardly fit in the car! Come on KI. wake up and get rid of this firewood.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up spoon on 6/5/2005 2:39:00 PM
The first time I rode this I actually kind of liked it. Very rough, way too much braking going on, doesnt really do much, but for some reason I wanted to go for another spin. The next day it was rough as hell, even when riding in the middle of the car, and made me think I had been out of my mind the previous day as I could not wait to get off this thing. Almost a week later I still have visible bruises from this ride. Worth a ride for the experience, but be prepared for a painful ride.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 6/3/2005 12:07:00 PM
What the hell is this? Beats the holy hell out of you with absolutely no upside. THe layout is seriously lacking, and whatever speed you have is shut down by brakes and the constant trick track of the trains. Worth a ride, just to see how terrible it really is.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RaptorFan on 1/3/2005 10:08:00 PM
This shows that it is possible to have a great 200+ foot wooden coaster. Its fast, intense, and it strikes fear just by its gigantic structure. May be a bit bumpy, but what wooden coaster isnt?

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up I_E_G on 12/15/2004 12:43:00 AM - User's Top Ride #2
Before you even get in the park, you can see this gigantic wooden structure standing tall in the air. Its awesome. It takes wooden coasters to a new level. The only reason this doesnt surpass my beloved Thunderhead is because of how much it beats you up, which kills the re-ride value, even on a slow day, you cant possibly take another round, but it would almost be criminal to have a top 3 coasters without this one in it. The thrills definantly outweigh, and are worth the punishment recieved from this rough adventure.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 10/11/2004 3:06:00 PM
Appearance-8 the track looks amazing from any view in the park, i dont care for the trains the trees around the area are great but closer to the coaster its still pretty bare.
Ride Quality-4 the hill and loop were nice but the other areas left me wanting more. It was very rough, but not sharp pain rough just constant banging rough. the lap bars are pretty tight and leg room is minimal.
Capacity-10 looked like three trains, line moved smooth and the ride ops worked on gettting you checked in a hurry.
Fun- 3 I was disapointed and really wanted more. I just didnt have fun when i was on it. The loop was cool but it is still just a loop. You can get a no otsr loop at a lot of places.
Reride-1 I will probably never do this ride again. I have rode a lot of woodies but few have left me sore the next day. This one did and I dont want anything to come between my enjoyment of the beast when I got to kings island.
overall-26 or 5.2 Ill give it a six because it looks so good but my opinion is its a lot more fun to watch then to ride.

3 Rating
+5 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 10/4/2004 4:37:00 PM
Make no mistake, if your idea of excitement is Xbox 2, Son of Beast will rough you up, steal your lunch money, and send you home crying for momma. It is a serious ride for serious thrill-seekers. Although I would not recommend it for everyone, it deserves to be THE destination coaster for the hardy traditionalist seeking the outer limits of the wood coaster experience. From start to finish, it is absolute mayhem. What it lacks in airtime and variety it makes up for with the insanity of its first (make that second) drop, breakneck speed, and relentless pacing. Nevertheless, the ride wont shake out your fillings like the late, rarely-lamented Hercules (which felt as if its wheels had corners and every bolt had been loosened to its last thread) nor send you to the chiropractor like any number of Vekoma SLCs.

Look, reasonable people can disagree over what they want in a coaster. If you want a smooth, swoopy ride with lots of inversions, or if you dont have the patience to traverse a lift hill, good for you. Nobodys stopping you from enjoying your B&Ms and Intamins. In fact, with every trip to Six Flags or Cedar Point, the traditional coaster enthusisasts subsidize the research, development, and construction of your favorite rides. Now, finally, when the wood coaster loyalists have a new ride worth living for, every kid whos ever cut his teeth on Medusa is screaming for PKI to tear it down.

Dont listen to them, PKI. Stay the course. We, the faithful, will back you. Youve seen how we responded to the Beast, and youve rewarded our loyalty and patience. Withhold your trim brakes and stay the reprofilers hand from its progeny. The souls of countless dead trees will cry out for justice should you repeat the infamy that has turned a legion of wood coasters from thrill ride to environmental tragedy.

For those of you whose sensibilities were ruffled by Son of Beast, I will only say that youre not hurting for alternatives. Know your limits and educate yourselves, and you need never have an unpleasant coaster experience. And when you come across that rare roller coaster that actually demands something of you, keep walking. Theres a another B&M floorless coming to a park near you.

***UPDATE: 21 May 2006***

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Son of Beast fan club, never very large, has now decreased by one. Ive taken a few lumps for my vigorous support of this ride, but based on my experience in October 2004, I was proud to champion what I truly believed to be a daring and successful effort to redefine the limits of the modern wooden roller coaster. In the intervening months, I have been very eager to revisit this ride. The steady tirade of criticism against Son of Beast from nearly all corners of the learned coaster community could not easily be dismissed. A classic, I understood, needs to display staying power, not just the odd and unlikely moment of brilliance.

Having now ridden Son of Beast again, I have no choice but suspend my support. As of yesterday, this was a coaster trying to tear itself apart. Ive been riding wooden roller coasters of virtually every age and description since 1978, and never have I been on a ride and seriously considered the possibility that it would fail to remain intact until my train reached the station...until now. The lateral shaking of the train and spine-compressing pothole sensations from the track were so intense and persistent that I had to wonder if karma had caught up to me for misleading the coaster faithful. I began to imagine that I was to was to be part of that fateful circuit in which Son of Beast finally self-destructed and buried its riders, still immovably wedged in the vice-like grip of their Premier Rides restraints, in a monumental heap of lumber and steel.

I will say this. The experience had a sort of terrible beauty, like watching Keith Moon or Bon Scott at their frenzied hei

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