Kings Island tearing down dormant Son of Beast coaster

5:34 PM, Jul 27, 2012   |    comments
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KINGS MILLS, Ohio -- It's a wooden behemoth that has been sitting dormant for years. Soon, that snoring monster near Cincinnati will be destroyed.

Kings Island officials have announced they will be removing the troubled Son of Beast roller coaster to make room for future park expansion.

A post on the park's website announced the news Friday saying the decision was made after a lengthy evaluation of alternatives.

"The dismantling of the ride, which last operated in 2009, will begin later this summer," the announcement says.

The ride, which first opened in May 2000, was shut down several times throughout its short life due to issues with its performance -- including one instance in which more than two dozen people were hurt on the ride.

When it opened, Son of Beast made history as the first -- and only -- wooden roller coaster in the world to feature a loop.

Kings Island is owned by Cedar Fair, the parent company in charge of multiple parks around the country including Sandusky's Cedar Point.

Cedar Point is about to begin the removal of Disaster Transport, the park's indoor coaster, to make room for a new 2013 attraction.

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