After a successful run since opening its new coaster, Diamondback, for the 2009 season, Kings Island has come upon the first mishap of the season.
Allegedly, on May 31, a woman reported to have gained a head injury on Son of Beast after riding it. However, the complaint wasn't filed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which oversees amusement park operations, until June 16th. The park has since voluntarily closed the ride due to the inspections upon the woman's complaint, and the park also states that mechanical reasons called for the ride's closure. It is now known at the moment how long Son of Beast will be down for this incident.
Son of Beast is no stranger to long closures and accidents. The ride was plagued with delays when it first opened in 2000, and in 2006, a damaged piece of track in the first helix sent a train load of 27 passangers to the hospital, prompting the use of new trains and the removal of the signature loop that once had the ride claim to be the world's only looping wooden roller coaster.
While the recent closure has prompted rumors on the ride's removal, Kings Island has not revealed public intentions to perminately close the ride.
Six Flags, owners of 20 theme parks across the United States have declared chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company declared bankruptcy in an attempt to get rid of their large amounts of debt.
Although Six Flags posted record revenue and served over 25 million guests in 2008, the company had $1.8 million worth of debt. This debt accumulated over time with the addition of new rides and the acquisition of new parks into the chain. Six Flags was forced to declare bankruptcy in order to get out of their massive debt.
Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro has stated that filing for bankruptcy will not effect the day to day operation of parks throughout the chain. This means that you will still be able to ride your favorite rides at your local Six Flags the same way you have in the past.
Six Flags took measures to relieve themselves of debt in the past, but none were successful. Out of court deals with creditors have been attempted, but they did not work out. Other measures taken by Six Flags to relieve debt have been to restyle and update old rides instead of building new ones. Examples of this are Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2(formerly X), Six Flags Great Adventure's Bizarro(formerly Medusa), and Six Flags New England's Bizzaro(formerly Superman - Ride of Steel). However, Six Flags has not stopped building brand new rides in their parks, as Six Flags Magic Mountain's Terminator Salvation: The Coaster represents.