The first wooden coaster that included a loop is now a memory as Son of Beast at Kings Island Amusement Park has been completely torn down. In an era that is bringing back wooden coasters going upside down and involving multiple inversions, the father will now be only a memory. Kings Island officially brought down the lift hill this past week which was the final piece in the puzzle. According to Cincinnati.com, workers brought down the 215 foot lift hill. The project took over two months to complete and the next phase of the future has begun.
According to the article, Cedar Fair had spent three years weighing all of the options on what to do with the massive structure. The ride had been closed for a few years after several problems over the course of its history. The ride started with a loop but was soon taken out after there was a change in the trains. There were numerous lawsuits and court hearings which took its toll on the ride and the company. The park ultimately decided to close the ride and then the next phase was what to do with the structure. After three years of planning, they decided to tear the structure down and develop the land for a new ride coming in the future. Park relations director Don Helbig said in a statement, “There’s plenty of room to work with and we’re excited about that opportunity as we look towards the future.” The park has claimed that is will have to do extensive planning for what will be added in its place, but the tear down has created about 12 acres of open space to work with.
The park offered pieces of the ride to the public as mementos for up to $99. According to the park, the sales were decent and the memory of the ride will live on. Even though the ride will become a distant memory, the coaster world will always remember the first looping coaster that transformed the way the world looks at woodies today.