While word of Son of Beast’s demise has come and gone for many months now, questions lingered as to how long the coaster would remain standing before its final demise. Many predictions saw the coaster coming down after the park’s Halloween Haunt season, toppling after the park was closed, but that is not to be. Son of Beast is coming down NOW.
Last week, cranes began rolling in on the site of the Standing But Not Operating (SBNO) Son of Beast following announcements of its final demise. Over the weekend, pictures from sites such as kicentral.com began pouring in with images of parts of the coaster now being toppled to the ground.
After being shut down in 2009 after an accident, the once tallest, fastest, and only looping wooden coaster has sat dormant and waiting. Despite the iconic structure standing high in the back of Kings Island, the massive ride was missing on the park’s map for years, and indecision led to years of dilapidation due to not maintaining the ride. Finally reaching the breaking point, the park announced on July 27 that the coaster’s story would come to an end before 2013. The ride’s destruction frees up a massive tract of land, which could open up as much as 25 acres of expansion in the future.
Son of Beast will soon be entirely no more, as the tall, wooded structure is being slowly toppled to the ground for removal.