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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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THANK YOU Millinnium for the video - it was GREAT and a lot of fun to watch, with a great song in the back ground. I went opening weekend and had a great time (looks like you did too). For me, it's in the exclusive league of Bizzaro/RoS (#1), El Toro (#2) and my personal #3, Intimidator 305 - WOW.

 

And to all those Intamin bashers, Intimidator 305 proves Intamin can open a ride on-time and free of down-time (for the most part). On my second ride, we got stuck (or stopped on the lift, 75 feet from the top) for about 2 minutes during the charity auction rides.

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Sorry if this has been asked, but are these fairly unique anti-rollbacks? I haven't been to KD yet this season so I've not seen them yet.

 

Nope they're Intamin's standard eddy-current anti-rollbacks. That's why Intamins have silent lift hills.

 

Yep, and just something to add to that. They are used on Darien Lake's Ride of Steel, which opened in May of 1999, so they've been around for a while.

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Went for a few hours tonight, very cool but sunny day, park was dead!

I305 seemed to be running a little faster, airtime seems more forceful.

Volcano was down (and on the board at the gate) might have been all day, I got there at 5. I did not see anything unusual.

Shockwave was supposed to reopen this weekend but was still missing the chain cog and chain. (if anybody cares)

 

JEFF

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We was also there yesterday. My boyfriend got there around 2:30,I got there around 3:45. Went to I305 for a while,then to Backlot Stunt Coaster. Notice the changes to the trains. Anyway,back to I305..the practice of assigning seats was gone,you could sit anywhere you wanted...overall,it was a nice 4 hours...going back this weekend to ride everything else.

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I went there on Sunday too There were not very many people there but I wished Shockwave was open. i305 broke down maaanny times. Volcano was running one train earlier in the day and then it broke down for the whole day I assume. Drop Tower was closed some of the day...I hate that Flying Eagles doesn't have eagles on it anymore.

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Anyway,back to I305..the practice of assigning seats was gone,you could sit anywhere you wanted...overall,it was a nice 4 hours...going back this weekend to ride everything else

 

That's good, though I could see them doing it again on the real busy days this summer.

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I hate the fact that the Q dumps into the front of the station, cause of course you have inconsiderate people waiting for the front and taking up the whole Q!! Is it really that hard to stand to the side or at least let people know to go by.

At least they did some planning for Dominator's Q in this regard.

 

BTW I saw you Shannon, I was wearing my red BBW shirt waiting for the 2nd to last car and you just came in on the back car. I will say Hi next time now that I know what you look like (cross referenced you with Danny's facebook page )

I was there with my kids and Aidan was dying for some Rebel Yell (his new #1 he just turned 48")

 

JEFF

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I was there sunday and Dominator was a walk on. Volcano was'nt to long about 30-45 mins. Intimadator was practicly a walk on execept the front seat. Anaconda was a walk on. Rebel Yell and Grizzly we're only running 1 train. Drop Tower was a short line. The Crypt a walk on and also Berserker. Ricochet and BLSC had short lines. Flight of Fear was about 15 minutes waiting. I did everything from 10:00 am-6:00 pm

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I meant it wasn't much of a loss as far as being selfish and wanting to get through the line much faster than the regular line.

 

There don't seem to be a great deal of groups in odd numbers where one guest doesn't have someone to ride with, so I'm not sure it made much of a difference all in all, even on opening weekend.

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^I disagree. The single rider line worked perfectly the two days I was at the park (April 2 and 5). Its success relies on the person at the front making sure only singles (and not sneaky groups) are using the line AND the grouper is on top of their game.

 

On opening day the groupers would use the singles to fill in space, but would also occasionally fill a couple rows with a pair of singles if that line was getting a bit long. They were cranking through trains, so the regular queue never suffered.

 

During slow times I agree there is no need for the singles line, but during busy time, it serves its purpose. The regular queue doesnt seem to be long enough to hold all the regular folks, PLUS the singles.

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Personally, the times that I used the single rider line other than opening day didn't cut down on the wait time. A lot of people abuse it and go in as a group then complain when they get separated.

However on Sunday, they were using the regular queue as front row only and single rider line for all other rows.

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Hey everybody! I'm supposedly going to KD tomorrow for my sis cheer competition and the weather says 60% chance of rain all day. Does anyone happen to know KD's bad weather policy? Will they shut down the park? Also I plan on buying my ticket online to get a discount, would they give me a refund or a ticket to come back if they close the park? Also if the park stays open, will they run the coasters? (especially Intimidator(if its open yet), Dominator, and Volcano)

 

Sorry for asking sooo many questions! But thanks in advance to anyone with answers

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The grouper should NEVER let singles ride together if they are indeed part of a group, or put singles together just because the single riders line is getting too long. If the SR line is taking too long, people will leave it on their own. Even at Disney when I worked at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, our answer at grouper was simply "No, you can either split up or exit." Our managers strictly told us to not let anyone abuse the SR line. People tried all day long to skip the standby line and ride together using the SR line, claiming that they "didn't know". Really though, I don't have a problem with people using the SR line if they are indeed part of a group so long as they are willing to split up once they get to the station. It still makes the standby line shorter.

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Hello all,

This is my first post on these forums, however, I'm a long term reader of these boards. I am taking a trip down the Virginia this upcoming weekend and I'm stopping at Kings Dominion on May 1st (my birthday). I was wondering what to expect from I 305. The only other Intimans I have been on are El Toro, Kingda Ka, and Volcano. As you can see, all these coasters are really in separate categories and are hard to compare. So what I really want to know is does I 305 really give you that same feeling like El Toro does through its "twisty" area or am I trying to compare apples to oranges? Also, I'm curious to how filled up the queue gets and what the wait times are like. It sounds to me like Volcano and FOF still have longer wait times and I understand that I305 has a larger capacity. Would you say the line is about the same as Dominator?

Sorry for so many questions but I'm eager to ride my first giga and still don't know how I'm going to drag my girlfriend on it. (She cried on KK but loves El Toro )

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