After a lengthy evaluation of all alternatives, Kings Island announced on July 27, 2012 the decision to remove the Son of Beast roller coaster to make room for future park expansion.
Son of Beast opened with great fanfare in May 2000, and sported a 218-foot-tall lift hill, with a 214-foot-tall first drop. The ride included a 118-foot-tall vertical steel loop - the only loop on a modern era wood coaster. During the 2006/2007 off-season, the loop was removed after an incident, where several riders were injured.
The dismantling of the ride, which last operated in 2009, will begin later this summer.