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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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We even got a rollback on Volcano on our first ride of the day. Does anyone know how often Volcano rolls back? We asked one of the attendants and he said this was only the second time he's seen it rollback this year.

That's interesting. Did you roll all the way back to the first set of LIMs?

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We even got a rollback on Volcano on our first ride of the day. Does anyone know how often Volcano rolls back? We asked one of the attendants and he said this was only the second time he's seen it rollback this year.

That's interesting. Did you roll all the way back to the first set of LIMs?

 

Yup! Haha All the way back to where the first launch starts. It took like 10 minutes of crawling through the magnets and then maintenance evacuated us from the ride. It was pretty cool honestly.

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I was in El Toro_Ryan's group, and for most of us it's our first time at KD and I305 beimg closed was a big disappointment. We're praying it will be open tomorrow.

First impression: Volcano is awesome!! We had a rollback (which is personally something I've always wanted to experience), the crew evaced us very quickly and the total process including testing was about 25 minutes, definitely worth it.

Also I gotta say Grizzly was a huge pleasant surprise. Rode in the front and back, fromt is smooth with some great pops of ejector airtime, back is just plain wild. It snuck into my top wooden coasters! Overall I feel like the park is stuck in a weird limbo since it's transition to a Cedar Fair park. The distiction between the 70's era stuff, the Paramount theming, and Cedar Fair's more streamlined approach makes for some fairly awkward sections, but it's still a pretty nice place!

Shockwave tho...

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Hi.. I was wondering if anyone has been to Kings Dominion that is about my size.. I am 6' and weight about 285lbs - 42 inch waist..

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That's a close call. I used to ride with a friend about 270 lbs. and at least 6', could ride everything but Drop Tower (go figure), later approaching 300 lbs. couldn't ride much. Even wood coasters too uncomfortable. Did fit on Anaconda but he wouldn't have been able to handle I305, so never found out. We used to love SLCs, only recently I realized that's because the oscillation frequency of our car was different that everyone else's .

 

Have you tried other parks? Shouldn't be that much different.

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I was doing some research on 2016 attractions for KD, and there isn't much, except a recent interview with CF CEO Matt Ouimet, in which he stated that CF intends to roll out Triotechs to all 11 parks in the coming years. He also mentioned "empty boxes and blank spaces", with the KD Action Theater given as an example of a potential site. The theater really has fallen into disrepair since the motion seats were removed, it never draws a crowd except for Haunt when it moonlights as the No Vacancy maze, and they use the space underneath the projector screen to store bleachers for park events. Did I mention the 10-min, low-budget, cheesy movies are terrible? Regardless, this is not something that's popular, but it does occupy a pretty sizable space, large enough to convert into a Triotech. That's why I'm calling a Triotech for KD in 2016, with the Shockwave removed in 2017 as the park gears up for the next coaster, likely a very large B&M of some sort (i.e. the chain's big investment for the year), which will fly over parts of the Grove, Old Virginia, and International Street in 2018.

Do you agree? Partially? Disagree? Hate my guts? Let me know below (and please keep any insults regarding my perceived insanity and/or stupidity PG-13 or below).

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I'm pretty sure it has been stated that there are no Triotech rides for Cedar Fair in the making for 2016 and that they will begin rolling out into the parks in 2017. With that said, it is very doubtful that any parks would build a Triotech ride then a new coaster in back-to-back seasons. Triotech rides are going to run 8-12 million (depending on size, technology, placement) with a 'big' coaster being 15-25 million. Investing 27 (likely very low) to 37 million in a park is quite a big chunk of change.

 

KD's additions have been very predictable since Intimidator 305, but 2016 isn't quite as obvious as of yet... but then again, it's only June 1st and we have approximately 80+ days before an announcement.

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Hi.. I was wondering if anyone has been to Kings Dominion that is about my size.. I am 6' and weight about 285lbs - 42 inch waist..

SS

That's a close call. I used to ride with a friend about 270 lbs. and at least 6', could ride everything but Drop Tower (go figure), later approaching 300 lbs. couldn't ride much. Even wood coasters too uncomfortable. Did fit on Anaconda but he wouldn't have been able to handle I305, so never found out. We used to love SLCs, only recently I realized that's because the oscillation frequency of our car was different that everyone else's .

 

Have you tried other parks? Shouldn't be that much different.

 

I haven't been to a park in a few years.. and that time period is when I gained the weight.. a lot due to the fact I was put on steroid treatment probably 4-6 times.. which always seem to bulk me up.. you saying this now has me worried again.. sigh.. I really want to be able to ride the rides with my daughter.. if I can't ride them.. she won't either.. now I don't know what to do

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While Hurler displays lots of fresh wood this year, it all relates to steps and railings. I think maybe there was some crackdown from the county or OSHA, or just internal to meet standards. Check out Woodstock: new railings added to the drop on top of the originals with spacers, that raise the railing. I think Hurler's been kept "barely running" with the trim since 2010 -- without the trim it would have required more trackwork to still be running (to make it better without the trim in 2010, and again by now due to wear and tear). I don't think they've done anything to it that surely indicates it will stay around.

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I was doing some research on 2016 attractions for KD, and there isn't much, except a recent interview with CF CEO Matt Ouimet, in which he stated that CF intends to roll out Triotechs to all 11 parks in the coming years. He also mentioned "empty boxes and blank spaces", with the KD Action Theater given as an example of a potential site. The theater really has fallen into disrepair since the motion seats were removed, it never draws a crowd except for Haunt when it moonlights as the No Vacancy maze, and they use the space underneath the projector screen to store bleachers for park events. Did I mention the 10-min, low-budget, cheesy movies are terrible? Regardless, this is not something that's popular, but it does occupy a pretty sizable space, large enough to convert into a Triotech. That's why I'm calling a Triotech for KD in 2016, with the Shockwave removed in 2017 as the park gears up for the next coaster, likely a very large B&M of some sort (i.e. the chain's big investment for the year), which will fly over parts of the Grove, Old Virginia, and International Street in 2018.

Do you agree? Partially? Disagree? Hate my guts? Let me know below (and please keep any insults regarding my perceived insanity and/or stupidity PG-13 or below).

 

Dark rides are great and all, but doesn't KD already have boo blasters?

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^And Disney parks have multiple dark rides. Is there some rule that non-Disney parks can't have more than one?

 

I think this would be a much better use of the old Action Theater building, although I would miss seeing "Haunted House" during Haunt (it's a ghost story from a cat's point of view).

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I was in El Toro_Ryan's group, and for most of us it's our first time at KD and I305 beimg closed was a big disappointment. We're praying it will be open tomorrow.

 

 

Any luck today?

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^ YES!!

We rode it 6 times today so far, it's pretty incredible. The brake on the second to last airtime hill (H) reaaallly kills the momentum and ruins the rest of the ride, but I'd go as far to say the ride is perfect up until that point. It's like a cross between Maverick and Millennium Force and then all of a sudden all the trim brakes in the world combined hit you on an what should have been an airtime hill haha

Any seat is fine, I actually had more fun in middle rows than the very front! So happy right now

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^ YES!!

We rode it 6 times today so far, it's pretty incredible. The brake on the second to last airtime hill (H) reaaallly kills the momentum and ruins the rest of the ride, but I'd go as far to say the ride is perfect up until that point. It's like a cross between Maverick and Millennium Force and then all of a sudden all the trim brakes in the world combined hit you on an what should have been an airtime hill haha

Any seat is fine, I actually had more fun in middle rows than the very front! So happy right now

 

This may surprise you, but I would highly recommend riding the very back row for the most "thrilling" expierence! But if you want the best view while riding, then I would recommend the very front row.

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From what I've heard "Fury" (not 325) is trademarked by Cedar Fair. I think there's a good chance that will be used as the 2016/2017 coaster's name. I just hope they change the hornet theme and make it use the woody terrain like Grizzly.

 

OMG "Intimidator 305" at KD then "Intimidator" at Carowinds, now "Fury 325" at Carowinds and "Fury" at Kd? WHAT IS THIS?!

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^ YES!!

We rode it 6 times today so far, it's pretty incredible. The brake on the second to last airtime hill (H) reaaallly kills the momentum and ruins the rest of the ride, but I'd go as far to say the ride is perfect up until that point. It's like a cross between Maverick and Millennium Force and then all of a sudden all the trim brakes in the world combined hit you on an what should have been an airtime hill haha

Any seat is fine, I actually had more fun in middle rows than the very front! So happy right now

 

This may surprise you, but I would highly recommend riding the very back row for the most "thrilling" expierence! But if you want the best view while riding, then I would recommend the very front row.

 

Yep.

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I believe the brake is there to make it more rerideable but i could be wrong. Its hard to marathon. We all got upset with that brake there. But it was still the most unreal experience i had had on a coaster

I can reride I305 all day long (before and after trims) even though I have a very low "rough threshold", given that I become queasy from Dominator after one ride and find Alpengeist and Shockwave to be unbearably rough.

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