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Wait, there is actually going to be a safari-themed ride in Safari Village? Is that allowed? 🤣

My money, in all seriousness, is on Tiki Twirl.  CF already has a logo drawn up and everything.

He has a lot more history with Kings Dominion than just 2 years. You also forgot that Carnival and Winterfest also came in under him (I know they aren't rides, but I feel they are big improvements for

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Good thing I'm going in two weeks!

 

I love the comments from the GP as usual:

 

"First backwards Rebel Yell, now Shockwave? Man, Kings Dominion is slowly dying"

 

Fast forward 3 months and the same man will be freaking out about whats coming in...

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Kings Dominion Bids Farewell to “Shockwave” Rollercoaster

Oldest operating stand-up coaster in the United States will give its last ride on August 9

 

DOSWELL, Virginia (July 9, 2015) – After 29 years, Kings Dominion will say goodbye to the iconic stand-up rollercoaster, Shockwave. The history making coaster will give its final ride to park guests on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Shockwave is being retired for future growth in the Candy Apple Grove section of Kings Dominion.

 

Over 22 million riders have stood up to their fears on Shockwave since its installation at Kings Dominion in 1986. Manufactured by TOGO, Shockwave provides a unique experience where guests stand with both feet flat on the floor. The train climbs to a height of 95 feet before leveling out, then descending into a 180-degree loop. The ride lasts two minutes and travels at speeds of 50 miles per hour.

 

“While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to one of our older coasters, we’re excited for what the future holds,” says Pat Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion. “The park has evolved so much over the past 40 years and as Kings Dominion continues to grow, we’re committed to enhancing the overall experience for our guests. We’re happy that Shockwave was able to provide close to three decades of memories.”

 

Guests can take their last stand on Shockwave over the next month before the ride is retired on August 9 at 10 p.m. Special events surrounding the closure of Shockwave will be announced on Kings Dominion’s social media channels. Additional plans for the 2016 season will be announced at a later date.

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This announcement has me in tears... of happiness!

 

Although the ride looked beautiful and was the perfect sized (and colored) centerpiece for Candy Apple Grove, it isn't a good ride compared to everything else in the park (yeah even you Hurler). I get to the park about 8 times a season and ride the ride once a season - if that. I'm excited for what the future holds as the possibilities in that area of the park are endless!

 

One month from today we will be saying our goodbyes. I plan on riding a few times before then and be there on August 9th to pay my respects to a ride I grew up with, but at the end of the day this is a happy goodbye! Smart move KD and Cedar Fair!

 

Now all you "Cedar Fair isn't investing into KD" noobs can calm down!

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Glad i got the credit last month. Too bad it hurt like crazy in the process. Good riddance

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Well, good thing I am on my way to Virginia for vacation roght now. Shockwave (or any Togo) tops my list for must-have credits. I just really want to try one out, but flying to Japan wont be an option.

 

Atleast the KD fanboys can shut up about removing Shockwave, but... *incoming speculations*... Sigh.

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Is this the Last TOGO stand up in America?

 

Yes. Now the only Togo left in the USA will be Big Apple Coaster @ New York, New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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The fact that it's closing so early in the season is a good sign...

 

HUSS giant frisbee possibly?

 

To be fair, ANYTHING can happen with it closing this early! Remember dismantling of Disaster Transport didn't begin until August 6th for GateKeeper. I'm not saying expect a GateKeeper sized coaster, but with the August 9th removal date it definitely seems like they're making way for something of significant value in 2016.

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Will be interesting to see if it will be scrapped or relocated. I cannot imagine there being a huge demand for old standup coasters, but considering that SkyRider from Canada's Wonderland soon will re-open in Italy I guess anything is possible...

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The fact that it's closing so early in the season is a good sign...

 

HUSS giant frisbee possibly?

 

To be fair, ANYTHING can happen with it closing this early! Remember dismantling of Disaster Transport didn't begin until August 6th for GateKeeper. I'm not saying expect a GateKeeper sized coaster, but with the August 9th removal date it definitely seems like they're making way for something of significant value in 2016.

 

If you've watched Coaster Studios, he predicted that Kings Dominion will get a 200 ft tall invert. That would be epic. Either that or a launched wingrider.

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To be fair, the first drop and the loop were fun, if you were standing in the front row.

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I'm glad I got to ride it last year on my visit, but I'm not sad to see it go. I'm looking forward to hearing whatever KD's future expansion will be!

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Kings Dominion finally pulled the trigger on Shockwave . I have way to many credits on this ride than I care to admit because Kings Dominion is in my region and I never remember this being an enjoyable ride and I always remember thinking why did I get on this thing and when will the banging stop. I am sad to see it go because the coaster count will be going down at Kings Dominion but other than that, good call on their part.

 

Lets the specualat-o-poolza begin!

 

1. B&M Winged coaster- Shockwave has a small footprint but there is land near the ride to make space a larger roller coaster near where the Blue Ridge Tollway sits.

2. Upcharge attraction- Grumble, grumble...

3. A legit thrill ride like a Frisbee or a Super Swing.

 

My bets are with the coaster to cap off the 2 years 40th anniversary celebration.

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Kings Dominion finally pulled the trigger on Shockwave . I have way to many credits on this ride than I care to admit because Kings Dominion is in my region and I never remember this being an enjoyable ride and I always remember thinking why did I get on this thing and when will the banging stop. I am sad to see it go because the coaster count will be going down at Kings Dominion but other than that, good call on their part.

 

Lets the specualat-o-poolza begin!

 

1. B&M Winged coaster- Shockwave has a small footprint but there is land near the ride to make space a larger roller coaster near where the Blue Ridge Tollway sits.

2. Upcharge attraction- Grumble, grumble...

3. A legit thrill ride like a Frisbee or a Super Swing.

 

My bets are with the coaster to cap off the 2 years 40th anniversary celebration.

 

It should be a launched B&M wingrider because they are way more intense than the regular wingrider. It could be like Kingd Dominion's own Maverick.

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To be fair, the first drop and the loop were fun, if you were standing in the front row.

 

I loved this ride 25 years ago.

5 years ago I probably would have been first on a "Taer it down!" campaign.

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Given the early dismantling of Shockwave, I can think of few possibilities:

 

1) The ride is being scrapped.

A. New attraction(s) being added for 2016 on that site.

B. Site will set empty for 2016 and 2016 attraction(s) installed somewhere else.

C. Site will set empty for 2016 and that 2016 is another "off" year for park attractions being added at KD.

 

2) The ride has been sold

(See A-C above)

 

I heard a few folks state on other sites that ShockWave's supports were re-painted/touched up this season. If that information is true, then I would lean toward the coaster being sold.

 

As far as A. though C. goes, I am going to keep an open mind. I am not too keen on another coaster being crammed into that site. Of the 3 Togo Standup coasters in the old KECO park chain, KD's was the shortest in length; due to the limited land they had available to work with. I could see part of the land used for a larger coaster to pass through that area; with the rest of the land used for some future flat ride(s). I never locked in my head that 2016 was a coaster year anyway. I thought 2017 would be viable for a new coaster.

 

Should be interesting to see what we get for next season.

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Didn't seem like there is THAT much space when we watched it a couple of weeks ago (actually RIDE it?. . oh hell no).

 

I seriously doubt a new coaster is coming in, as KD has a lot of them, and the only thing that would really fit there is a mouse -- which KD already has (so unless they are going to move the mouse there. .. . .and open up THAT space?).

 

Considering they said they wanted to expand Candy Apple Grove?. . I think you're looking at 2 (maybe 3) new Flats.

 

one of which is definitely a Frisbee sort ride (KD doesn't have one), or perhaps a Round-up (that would fit in well with the themeing there)

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If a coaster isn't replacing ShockWave, I believe we could definitely see a Disk'O coaster. To be honest though, with it being removed so early in the season it is only because of one of these reasons: 1) New coaster OR 2) Sold and moved to another chain/park by a certain date.

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