Kings Island has been quite busy this off season. With all the news surrounding Soak City and their new web site, many will have noticed another ride along side Son of Beast is missing from the ride listings. Crypt, the park's indoor Giant Top Spin, has also disappeared from the website. The news finally saw some light today as on Kings Island's Twitter, they made it clear that Crypt would be gone for 2012 and replaced by a Haunt attraction in October.
Crypt has gone through a bit of transformation in its history. It opened in 2002 as Tomb Raider: The Ride while under Paramount ownership. It opened as the world's first and only Giant Top Spin made by Huss, able to carry over 70 riders up to heights of over 80 ft. The ride had lots of theming and even a soundtrack to enhance the ride experience.
As 2006 came, Cedar Fair took over and had to change the ride's name to Crypt. Along with that, they made several changes to the ride itself, including ditching all the Tomb Raider theming and the program. However, the ride program was such that the ride couldn't handle the more intense movements, and thus, the ride began to tear itself apart. In years following 2007, Cedar Fair has changed the program over and over to both give it a program, but to make something entertaining as well. As such, it only did on average 1-2 flips in those programs, and word of mouth followed to lack of ridership.