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Published: Friday, 8/2/2013

Kings Island plans new thrill ride

Project to replace ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MASON, Ohio  — Planning documents show that Kings Island’s new thrill ride will occupy the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood at the southwest Ohio theme park.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports zoning records indicate that a new coaster identified only as “the 2014 Project” is in the works. Kings Island has declined to discuss the new ride, but has scheduled an announcement the night of Aug. 8 to unveil plans for what it calls a new “world record-breaking attraction.”

The Son of Beast opened with fanfare in 2000, billed as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster with a signature loop. But it was plagued by shutdowns and injuries. After a reported injury in 2009, it closed for good and was finally taken apart last year.



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