Aug 4, 2013

Kings Island new coaster

Kings Island new coaster, 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 (http://cin.ci/1cu67Tx) 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."

Park officials have been teasing the ride on Twitter.

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.