Son of Beast was a ride I wish I could have ridden. I was only eight when it opened in 2000 and I had a fear of roller coasters at the time. I didn't get a chance to go to Kings Island from about 2004 to 2011 and during that time I didn't pay much attention to the park so I kind of forgot about it.
I finally got a chance to go to Kings Island in June of 2012 with some friends of mine and when we walked into Action Zone I kept looking up and staring in amazement at that monstrous wooden coaster wondering what it was and why it was not running. When I got home I did some research on the park's history and learned all about Son of Beast. I still had a fear of roller coasters at the time but I was hoping it would open again but as we all know just a month later, Kings Island announced it would be removed from the park. On Labor day that year I rode The Beast for the first time and that was all I needed to get over my fear of coasters and since then I have been left to wonder if I would have liked Son of Beast. I love that we have Banshee, its my second favorite ride in the park but I do miss seeing that giant wooden monster looking over Action Zone and the rest of the park.