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Encyclopedia > Son of Beast (roller coaster)
Son of Beast

Location Kings Island
Park Section Action Zone
Type Wood
Status Operating
Opened May 26, 2000
Manufacturer Roller Coaster Corporation of America
Designer Werner Stengel
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 218 feet (66.4 m)
Drop 214 feet (65.2 m)
Length 7,032 feet (2,143.4 m)
Max speed 78.4 miles per hour (126.2 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:20
Max Vertical Angle 55.7°
Capacity 1000 riders per hour
Cost $20,000,000 USD (estimated)
Max G force 4.5
Height Restriction 48 inches (121.9 cm)
Son of Beast at RCDB
Pictures of Son of Beast at RCDB

Son of Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Son of Beast is billed as the sequel to The Beast. At the time of its introduction, Son of Beast was the only wooden roller coaster in the top 10 categories (worldwide) that are dominated by steel-based coasters for track length, height, speed, and drop. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 710 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Son of Beast (roller coaster) ... Kings Island is a 364 acre (1. ... Kings Island is a 364 acre (1. ... The Texas Giant, a large wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX Thunderbird in the PowerPark amusement park A wooden roller coaster or woodie is most often classified as a roller coaster with laminated steel running rails overlayed upon a wooden track. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Werner Stengel is a notable German roller coaster engineer. ... A lift hill, or chain hill, is often the initial upward section of track on a typical roller coaster that initially transports the roller coaster train to an elevated point. ... The term g force or gee force refers to the symbol g, the force of acceleration due to gravity at the earths surface. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... The Texas Giant, a large wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX Thunderbird in the PowerPark amusement park A wooden roller coaster or woodie is most often classified as a roller coaster with laminated steel running rails overlayed upon a wooden track. ... Kings Island is a 364 acre (1. ... “Cincinnati” redirects here. ... The Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. ...


The sign located at the entrance of the ride features a large wooden box covered with chains, rope, and metal straps. The front of the box is ripped open, suggesting a large creature of some sort tore its way out. The words, "Son of Beast" are located in the center of the hole. As part of a marketing campaign for the ride before its debut, the same box was placed next to a footpath in the park. Beastly growling and snarling noises came from inside the box and it shook violently, as if something inside was trying to escape.

Contents

Facts

Design team

  • Designer: Werner Stengel
  • Construction: Roller Coaster Corporation of America / According to various sources - Kings Island crews were used to construct the structure - which some say could have caused the failure. [1]
  • Current Trains: Gerstlauer
  • Original Train Design & Manufacturer: Premier Rides

Statistics

  • Official debut: April 27th, 2000
  • Height: 218 ft
  • 1st drop: 214 ft at a 55.7 degree angle
  • 2nd drop: 164 ft (50 m) at a 43.4 degree angle
  • 3rd drop: 150 ft (45.7 m) at a 37.3 degree angle
  • Top speed: 78 mph (126 km/h)
  • Acceleration: 4.5 g (44 m/s²)
  • Inversions: 1 x 118 ft (36 m) vertical loop (removed December, 2006)
  • Helixes: 2 x 540 degree Helixes (one left, one right; hills/valleys incorporated in both)
  • Max banking of helixes: 68.9 degrees
  • Track length: 7,032 ft (2143 m)
  • Duration: 2 minutes, 40 seconds
  • Current Number of trains: 2 (24 passengers each)
  • Original Number of trains: 3 (36 passengers each)
  • Passenger's restraints (cars): Wide lap bar
  • Hourly capacity: 1000 guests
  • Land area: 12 acres (49,000 m²)
  • Timber used: 1.65 million board feet (3,900 m³)
  • Cost: $20,000,000 USD (estimated cost, park officials won't confirm actual cost)

Materials used

  • Main Structure: Southern Yellow Pine
  • Track Piles: Douglas Fir
  • Loop Structure: Steel
  • Loop Track: Wood

World records set

  • Fastest wooden roller coaster
  • Only looping wooden roller coaster (The loop was removed after the 2006 season.)
  • Tallest wooden roller coaster
  • Tallest wooden roller coaster drop (1st and 2nd drops beat the previous record)
  • Longest looping roller coaster (Steel or wooden)

2006 Incident

On July 9, 2006 at 4:45 PM, a structural failure that created a bump in the track caused 27 injuries and required rescue units to enter the scene. Most of the injuries were of the chest or neck. 17 people were released from hospitals within five hours of the accident and 2 were admitted. None of the injuries were life-threatening. The ride was shut down until the State of Ohio completed its investigation. After an inspection done the following day, the park stated that the accident was caused by a crack or split in the wood. The park completed repairs of the ride but the state asked for extensive testing to be done to ensure it would not happen again. The park indicated that the ride may not reopen until the 2007 season. [2] [3][4] [5] [6] // This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at various Cedar Fair-owned theme parks. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Beginning in December 2006, the park removed the loop portion of the ride to enable the use of lighter trains; the park anticipated the ride would be open for the 2007 season. [7] The two Gerstlauer trains from the now demolished Hurricane: Category 5 coaster from the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion were long rumored as the lighter replacement trains for the ride.[8][9] Lift and 97 degree first drop of Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter Typhoon at Bobbejaanland Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH is a German manufacturer of stationary and transportable amusement rides and roller coasters, located in Münsterhausen, Germany. ... Hurricane: Category 5 was a wooden roller coaster located at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. ... The Myrtle Beach Pavilion was an amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ...


In late June, reports circulated that the ride had once again begun testing. Eyewitnesses reported seeing both a red and a blue train running on the track with test dummies in the seats. On July 4th, 2007, Son of Beast re-opened for the first time since the accident[10] with the previously rumored Gerstlauer trains in place. King's Island still claims that the coaster is indeed the fastest wooden coaster in the world. The next fastest wooden coaster is Colossos in Heide Park located in Germany. [11] July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 180 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Lift and 97 degree first drop of Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter Typhoon at Bobbejaanland Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH is a German manufacturer of stationary and transportable amusement rides and roller coasters, located in Münsterhausen, Germany. ... Colossos is a wooden roller coaster at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. ... Heide-Park is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony. ...


External links

Roller coasters at Kings Island

Adventure Express - The Beast - Face/Off - Fairly Odd Coaster - FireHawk - Flight of Fear - Italian Job: Stunt Track - Little Bill's Giggle Coaster - Racer - Rugrats Runaway Reptar - Son of Beast - Top Gun - Vortex A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... Kings Island is a 364 acre (1. ... Adventure Express is a Mine Train roller coaster located at Kings Island amusement park. ... The Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. ... Face/Off is a shuttle roller coaster at Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The Fairly Odd Coaster is a Junior Wooden Rollercoaster located at Kings Island and Carowinds. ... Firehawk is a steel flying roller coaster under construction at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Flight of Fear is a roller coaster at Kings Island and has a clone at Kings Dominion. ... Little Bills Giggle Coaster, formerly known as Top Cats Taxi Jam and Scooby Zoom, is a junior roller coaster at Kings Island, remodeled in 2006 to reflect its new theme as part of the Nick Universe. ... The Racer is a dueling roller coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. ... Rugrats Runaway Reptar is the 1st junior inverted roller coaster from the company Vekoma. ... Top Gun is a steel suspended roller coaster at Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio. ... Vortex at Kings Island is a steel roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics and officially opened on April 11, 1987. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Beast (roller coaster) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (286 words)
The Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Paramount's Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio.
It was also the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world until Kings Island opened Son of Beast in 2000.
The Beast became the world's longest wooden roller coaster when it opened its queue on Friday April 13, 1979.
Wooden roller coaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (912 words)
A wooden roller coaster or woodie is most often classified as a roller coaster with laminated steel running rails overlayed upon a wooden track.
However, there are exceptions; Son of Beast has a 208 foot high drop and a 90 foot tall loop, although the loop has metal supports.
Once a staple in virtually every amusement park in America, wooden roller coasters appear to be on a slow decline in popularity for a number of reasons.
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