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I really enjoy Kings Dominion as well. I find Intimidator a tad overrated. Don't get me wrong, it is a great coaster, but I prefer drops over the twisty things so it falls behind the B&M hypers in my opinion even though the speed is unreal. I too prefer Flight of Fear to Joker's Jinx, but find a noticeable difference. Flight of Fear seems to have a more powerful launch than Joker's Jinx, but Flight of Fear also has a stronger mid-course brake that saps a good amount of speed before the second half.

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^ I also noticed that Joker's Jinx has brakes immediately following the launch that slows it down dramatically. It takes away the intensity that the Flight of Fears have, but there's no need for the MCBR.

 

Funny story about the Flight of Fear MCBR: I was riding with a friend in the front seat, and he let off this extremely rank fart right at the end of the MCBR. Everyone behind us was royally crop dusted. It was glorious.

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I really enjoy Kings Dominion as well. I find Intimidator a tad overrated. Don't get me wrong, it is a great coaster, but I prefer drops over the twisty things so it falls behind the B&M hypers in my opinion even though the speed is unreal. I too prefer Flight of Fear to Joker's Jinx, but find a noticeable difference. Flight of Fear seems to have a more powerful launch than Joker's Jinx, but Flight of Fear also has a stronger mid-course brake that saps a good amount of speed before the second half.

 

I actually forgot about that midcourse brake. I remember sitting there when it happenned and wondering why the hell did we slow down. It really took a lot of momentum out of the ride.

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Didn't cross Toro off my bucket list, but scored a few new rides.

 

Intimidator 305 makes it to my top 2 dethroning Storm Runner for my second favorite coaster. Great ride, but the transitions are kinda like that kink in Alpengeist's midcourse done back to back. Skyrush still beats it for the smoother transitions.

Flight of Fear knocks Volcano down a few notches. Still runs fantastic, although not a very hands up ride

Dominator knocks Great Bear out of my top 10. My favorite floorless coaster ever.

Volcano is still solid but not as intense as I remember. The capacity still sucks though.

Rebel Yell and Scooby Doo are still the smoothest wooden coasters at KD. Funny since they're the oldest coasters in the park. Lots of fun and airtime to be had.

Stunt Coaster is INCREDIBLY underrated. Seriously that ride packs a serious punch.

Grizzly is crazy rough, but in a good way.

Hurler on the other hand needs to die in a fire. Funny that the newest woodie in the park is the worst one. Hasn't gotten better since last time I rode it.

 

New top 10.

Skyrush, Intimidator 305, Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, Manta, Montu, Flight of Fear, Apollo's Chariot, Lightning Racer, Dominator

 

Really enjoyed Haunt. Mazes and scare zones were on par with BGW's. Drop Zone and Windseeker were down due to high winds.

 

You keep a very thorough top 10 list.....

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A funny Story from my visit on Oct 10th.

 

We got there and the park was dead! Perhaps it was the rain. There was a slight drizzle that day. We arrived that park at 8PM. Why so late... LONG story!

 

First ride we headed to was Dominator. 1 train wait. We get on the ride and I could see that, outside the station, it appeared the rain was becoming a little more heavy. Dispatch! We exit enter the turn around and proceed onto the lift. First half of the lift was alright. As soon as we got 3/4 of the way up completely downpour! I am talking we were getting pelted. We crest the lift and down we go! No turning back! I tried to keep my eyes open but it was impossible. It stung! I couldn't help as laugh at our luck and scream at the same time. Our On Ride Photo - Hilarious!

 

We headed into Congo and got on Volcano... 1 train wait.

 

Next was Intimidator 305. 1 train yet a Walk On! We take our seats and off we go. As soon as we heard "Gentlemen Start Your..." the rest of the spiel was drowned out the sound of rain slamming on the station roof. Yes, the downpour returned. I was sure that the dispatch was going to be aborted however, we were already hooked up. I was wrong.... off we went. I never really focused on how steep the lift on i305 is until I had rain literally filling my eyes sockets. I was drenched before we made up the speedy lift.

 

**PAUSE** - I was not ready for the insanity I was about the endure! I've been on i305 plenty of times but never in rain... as for that matter, I've never been on a coaster sans the earlier painful ride on Dominator in a torrential downpour. I mean it was raining buckets at the top of the 305 ft. tall lift.

 

**PLAY** - The inevitable took place. Down the drop we went.... and OMG! There was no way you could black out because this took pain to a new level. The pain alone would've woke you up. Getting pelted with 90 mph bullets of rain was insane. I was thinking this cannot be happening! It was Crazy! There was no laughing this time. I had to cover my face and did my best to imagine where I was along the course of the ride to try and brace for the swift transtions. I was not going to be able to brace for much of anything especially the quick transitions. I was whipped around like a rag doll.... yeah Intimidator Owned Me! We hit the trimmed bunny hill and alas some relief as we reduced speed somewhat. Almost to the end, we whipped around into the brakes. It continued to pour. The expressions on my face and surely the rest of the riders were self explanatory and priceless. The looks we were getting from the people in the station were forth-telling at best. As we exited, the weather downtime spiel began. We dashed to the store to get some relief from the rain. All I can say is wow... never again! Well... definitely again when the rain stops!

 

The rain calmed but rides were still closed so we checked out some haunted mazes. Soon thereafter the rain stopped and rides resumed operations. We checked the other rides. Drop Zone was closed the rest of the night. I must say I took my first ride on Bad Apple and I so love these flat rides. I wish there were more. Shockwave was regrettable as always, Rebel Yell was awesome, Grizzly was the surprise hit... it was so smooth I had to do a second ride to make sure I was not delusional... But really, the ride must've been re-tracked... it was that good! In all my years of visiting this park, I've never seen grizzly run this good! (Rode one in the front seat and once in the middle). Ricochet and Hurler were closed for the night (not sure if they were closed for the night or during all of fright fest... I hope KD didn't just cut staffing just because (that would be disappointing). We did some more mazes (i must say all of the mazes felt like that had only 5 monsters in them.. they were desolate...at least they were free). We then finished the night with some amazing rides at I305. I was not allowed to ride more than 2 times in a row on i305. Ride ops forced us to walk around for safety reasons. On this ride, I can appreciate it because I see the toll it takes on the human body. My ride partner completely blacked out on the bottom of the drop during our second consecutive ride. His body went limp ( I thought he was playing) but he really blacked out. My only gripe was that on the last ride of the night. My party and I were on the train before the last one (so we had one more ride before we would have to walk around). When we returned to the station the platform was empty except for the front row and the last row. Essentially everyone on my train could have ridden one more time. The op was very rude (not the same one from earlier) and said "no re-rides for the last ride of the night". Despite the fact that only 4 people would be on the last train. He said they never allow re-rides for the last ride and said he would call security if everyone did not leave. I did not understand the need to be so excessive to all the patrons. Not just my group but to all of the guest who were inquiring the logic behind kicking us all off when we all clearly could have ridden again. It was a unfortunate ending to the night! But oh well... we made the best of our 4 hours there and headed home. I just wanted to share my funny story about riding i305 in a downpour.

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^ I rode I-305 once in a drizzle, and it was horribly painful. I can't imagine what it would have been like in a torrential downpour! Your ride on Dominator reminds me of my first ride on it (back when it was Batman Knight Flight at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure!). It was pouring down rain and I had a front seat ride. Up to that point in my life, it was the most painful rain ride I had ever experienced.

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Yeah there were no staff at Ricochet either so Im not sure. Hurler I don't care for... but I had a first time visitor with me so I would've ridden for her sake.... but if they closed it early then I have no complaints about that ride. I already know about FOF.

When I think back about the i305 in the pouring rain... I can't help but laugh in retrospect but it was no laughing matter when I was on it.

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This addition looks great and it gives me a reason to go back to the park.

 

This is a little off topic but before I305 was installed in the park wasn't there a plan for a Vekoma GIB to be installed? I don't know if it's just a rumor or whatever but I thought there was suppose to be one in the place of Hypersonic XlC. But instead we got the amazing I305!

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This addition looks great and it gives me a reason to go back to the park.

 

This is a little off topic but before I305 was installed in the park wasn't there a plan for a Vekoma GIB to be installed? I don't know if it's just a rumor or whatever but I thought there was suppose to be one in the place of Hypersonic XlC. But instead we got the amazing I305!

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This addition looks great and it gives me a reason to go back to the park.

 

This is a little off topic but before I305 was installed in the park wasn't there a plan for a Vekoma GIB to be installed? I don't know if it's just a rumor or whatever but I thought there was suppose to be one in the place of Hypersonic XlC. But instead we got the amazing I305!

 

I doubt there is any validity to this rumor.

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This addition looks great and it gives me a reason to go back to the park.

 

This is a little off topic but before I305 was installed in the park wasn't there a plan for a Vekoma GIB to be installed? I don't know if it's just a rumor or whatever but I thought there was suppose to be one in the place of Hypersonic XlC. But instead we got the amazing I305!

 

I think you could be thinking of the rumor from a few years ago that Invertigo from Californa's Great America could of been relocated to Kings Dominion in the Hypersonic/former Wayne's World area. This rumor was going around before it was announced to be relocated at Dorney Park as "Stinger". It might not what your'e thinking of, but it's a possibility.

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Any good pics of the water park expansion construction? I want to see if they have started raising the 65 foot tower.

 

The park stated they were to start to do prep work for the new slide complex in mid-late November (Facebook). I assume that means a good deal of digging for the water lines, drainage, splash pool, etc. They did not state any timeline as to when the concrete for the tower footers, pool, and walkways would start nor the slide tower build. There is supposed to be a good deal of infrastructure improvements throughout the water park, so I would think a lot of ground work is involved.

 

Unless the park releases construction photos, I don't think you are going to see much.

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This addition looks great and it gives me a reason to go back to the park.

 

This is a little off topic but before I305 was installed in the park wasn't there a plan for a Vekoma GIB to be installed? I don't know if it's just a rumor or whatever but I thought there was suppose to be one in the place of Hypersonic XlC. But instead we got the amazing I305!

 

Kinda true. The park was suppose to get a Stealth Flyer in 2000 (located where the go-carts are now) vs XLC in 2001, but plans changed....R.I.P (2001-2007)

 

Hypersonic's Back Story: "S&S Worldwide", which was the company's first prototype coaster of its kind—Kings Dominion named it Hypersonic XLC. Bringing many screams and disappointments to the park starting in 2001. It was a love/hate type of coaster amongst many. Launching from 0 to 80 mph in 1.8 seconds up a 90° incline, XLC crested a 165-foot hill, and without fully slowing, plummeted down an 90° dive. Next, the coaster performed a banked left turn, went through a smaller banked right turn, and came to a abrupt stop before heading into the station. Was an amazing experience for many fans, but it suffered extended downtime, very low capacity/extensive wait time and was closed for nearly three months at the beginning of the 2002 season. Went through multiple of trains throughout its suffering lifetime. Over years of screams and overwhelming maintenance, XLC took its last lap on October 28, 2007.

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But who doesn't miss the brakes that sounded like dozens of metal trash cans crashing together? I swear you could hear it all over the Grove.

 

You could here those things across the park lol.

I will never forget, back in 2001 (opening year). I was working XLC's photos. I came in to open like a regular morning, walked down to the Grove and maintenance was everywhere. Apparently during testing that morning, the train was traveling around the curve and a support popped out of the ground, it was CRAZY! She was down for weeks.

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