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I305 was down all day yesterday and was down the evening before. Anybody know anything about this?

 

Right after I book a trip to VA to ride it for the first time, of course...

Eh, it will probably be back up when you go. Even if it isn't, you still have Dominator!!! (It's much better than people say)

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Gentleman... start your engines. According to a very reliable scholarly source (twitter, lol), I305 is back open.

Let's hope it stays that way until the 27th!

 

On that note... any advice for a first-timer to VA parks? Planned on doing KD on 8/27 and BGW on 8/28.

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You don't really need a ton of advice for those parks. Lines shouldn't be a problem, ride Volcano first at KD. Eat a Bavarian pretzel at BGW (over by Verbolten) and ride Apollo's Chariot in the very back row. Don't miss Escape from Pompeii at BGW. You barely get wet and the theming is great.

 

That's about the extent of it.

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You don't really need a ton of advice for those parks. Lines shouldn't be a problem, ride Volcano first at KD. Eat a Bavarian pretzel at BGW (over by Verbolten) and ride Apollo's Chariot in the very back row. Don't miss Escape from Pompeii at BGW. You barely get wet unless someone is using Water Cannon # 1 and the theming is great.

 

That's about the extent of it.

 

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Gentleman... start your engines. According to a very reliable scholarly source (twitter, lol), I305 is back open.

Let's hope it stays that way until the 27th!

 

On that note... any advice for a first-timer to VA parks? Planned on doing KD on 8/27 and BGW on 8/28.

 

The advice I can give you is that try and go on Volcano first before anything. Lines for Volcano can potentially go out the queue while there is a walk-on for I305. Flight of Fear is pretty iffy, sometimes it's complete walk on and the ride ops will give you double-rides because of it, other times, it can get extremely long.

 

Anaconda isn't as horrible as people say, but it is best to brace yourself during that weird helix...

 

I personally found Grizzly to be better than Hurler, even though they're both pretty rough woodies.

 

Backlot Stunt Coaster is actually a pretty solid ride if you want my opinion. It's perfect for families, but those helices in the beginning sometimes pack a good punch.

 

Dominator is pretty solid too, although people do point out the B&M rattle at some points of the ride.

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Dominator is an excellent coaster, especially in the back row. The front row is fun for the floorless effect but really this ride is all about the back with the first drop and drop off the mid-course. Unless you're literally pressing your ears or cheek against the side of the restraint there's never an issue and I find it incredibly smooth for how large and relatively intense it is. It's for sure my second favorite coaster in the park.

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So I took my first visit to Kings Dominion today from 2:30 until closing at 10. Even though it was just 2/3 of a day, it was enough time to do almost everything. The only lines were the long lines on Volcano and short lines for Intimidator 305. I305 was down for most of the day and the staff said they probably won't be able to get it ready, but they managed to open it during the evening. The workers were pretty friendly, and the operations were decent. A lot of the park had some nice charm to it that I wasn't expecting. I met up with Coaster Studios and Coaster Fanatic multiple times during the day, so that was cool. Also earlier we stopped at Central Park Funland and we met Clint Novak. I was there to ride their Rock-O-Plane, which was a really cool ride. But back to the actual park. I had a really great first impression from the park, and I'm going tomorrow. Here's the ride list:

 

Dominator x 3 - back, front, middle rows - This is a really great coaster! It has great hang-time, and it's very forceful. I love how it focused less on inversions, and more on the turns. It's a smooth and addictive ride.

Woodstock Express - back row - This is a nice little ride, and the second drop had insane airtime! The first drop also had some floater air. The rest of the coaster was very mild.

Volcano - front row - The theming was much more interesting than I was expecting. The actual ride is great and smooth, and the turn at the beginning is really awesome!

Avalanche - back row - It's no Flying Turns, but it's a really good family ride.

The Crypt - 8 inversions! Great Adventure's only has 4! And the flips are really forceful, too. Wonderful flat ride.

Backlot Stunt Coaster - back row - It's a little jerky, but it's fun. Nothing to really rave about, but it's fantastic for kids.

Anaconda x 3 - front, middle rows - This was a huge surprise! It's pretty rough, but it's a fun coaster with an excellent drop and great inversions. It think it's in the top 5 coasters in the park.

Flight of Fear - front row - It's a bit rougher than Joker's Jinx, but because of the theme they're about equal.

Drop Tower - Pretty good drop tower. It's better than the 2nd generation Intamin towers, but not as good as the other ones. It's really fast, so that's great!

Delirium - Easily the best flat ride in the park! It's not quite as good as MaxAir and Black Widow, mostly because of the short ride cycle.

Rebel Yell - row 2 - This was another pleasant surprise. It was really smooth, and there was some nice moments of long-sustained floater airtime. I was on the red side and lost the race. It has a great old-school feel.

Intimidator 305 x 3 - back, front, middle rows - One of the best roller coasters of all time! It had tons of ejector air which I didn't expect, and the turns were simply mind-blowing. It may be the most intense coaster I've been on. Best ride in the park by far! 2 of these rides were night rides, which only made it better.

Wind Seeker - I rode this at night, and it was tame but wonderful. It has some amazing views.

Flying Eagles x 2 - A pretty nice set of flyers. There's some snapping, but not that much. But it's one of the better flyers. Nice family ride.

Grizzly x 5 - front, back, mostly back row - WOW! What an incredible night ride! I rode with Taylor and Coaster Fanatic, and we had a great marathon. You are really in the woods and you can't see the track in front of you. It's a little rough, but not painful. The laterals are amazing, and there was some great airtime in the back! This is easily the 2nd best ride in the park. One of the most underrated coasters of all time.

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There's the announcement of an announcement, Aug. 20. Looking it up, Delirium was announced the same day last year. There's one every year (although this is a Saturday this time ?!?). Can't conclude anything.

 

Couldn't see any activity on Hurler yesterday but was getting dark already. Noticed Hurler's first turn doesn't look big at all from Ricochet... My thoughts are that their maintenance has not been consistent with a wood coaster they're planning to keep in operation. But, there are possible other reasons for this, such as thinking halfway measures won't work, or simply priorities.

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There's the announcement of an announcement, Aug. 20. Looking it up, Delirium was announced the same day last year. There's one every year (although this is a Saturday this time ?!?). Can't conclude anything.

 

Couldn't see any activity on Hurler yesterday but was getting dark already. Noticed Hurler's first turn doesn't look big at all from Ricochet... My thoughts are that their maintenance has not been consistent with a wood coaster they're planning to keep in operation. But, there are possible other reasons for this, such as thinking halfway measures won't work, or simply priorities.

 

Putting two and two (and two) together, I think Hurler is getting RMC'd for 2017. In the video the guy gave three hints:

 

1. GCI will not be coming up to Kings Dominion

2. Mentioned red (a prominent color of RMC track)

3. Said "maybe you'll ride its replacement" when asked about Hurler.

 

Now of course I could be wrong but this is my prediction.

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There's the announcement of an announcement, Aug. 20. Looking it up, Delirium was announced the same day last year. There's one every year (although this is a Saturday this time ?!?). Can't conclude anything.

 

Couldn't see any activity on Hurler yesterday but was getting dark already. Noticed Hurler's first turn doesn't look big at all from Ricochet... My thoughts are that their maintenance has not been consistent with a wood coaster they're planning to keep in operation. But, there are possible other reasons for this, such as thinking halfway measures won't work, or simply priorities.

 

Putting two and two (and two) together, I think Hurler is getting RMC'd for 2017. In the video the guy gave three hints:

 

1. GCI will not be coming up to Kings Dominion

2. Mentioned red (a prominent color of RMC track)

3. Said "maybe you'll ride its replacement" when asked about Hurler.

 

Now of course I could be wrong but this is my prediction.

 

Hey! I've maintained this prediction all along, even when most people wrote it off! Keep the faith! RMC for Hurler, 2017!!! (And RMC Streak for CP in 2018!)

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There's the announcement of an announcement, Aug. 20. Looking it up, Delirium was announced the same day last year. There's one every year (although this is a Saturday this time ?!?). Can't conclude anything.

 

Couldn't see any activity on Hurler yesterday but was getting dark already. Noticed Hurler's first turn doesn't look big at all from Ricochet... My thoughts are that their maintenance has not been consistent with a wood coaster they're planning to keep in operation. But, there are possible other reasons for this, such as thinking halfway measures won't work, or simply priorities.

 

Putting two and two (and two) together, I think Hurler is getting RMC'd for 2017. In the video the guy gave three hints:

 

1. GCI will not be coming up to Kings Dominion

2. Mentioned red (a prominent color of RMC track)

3. Said "maybe you'll ride its replacement" when asked about Hurler.

 

Now of course I could be wrong but this is my prediction.

Be careful! Or you will be criticized for your "Ridiculous speculation"!

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Be careful! Or you will be criticized for your "Ridiculous speculation"!

 

Trying to interpret actual hints when the park is openly teasing something is much different than spewing random crap just because you want the park to get something and it fit properly when you tried it in Rollercoaster Tycoon. Nobody is going to go after this post. If you get called out for ridiculous speculation it's because it's ridiculous.

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There's the announcement of an announcement, Aug. 20. Looking it up, Delirium was announced the same day last year. There's one every year (although this is a Saturday this time ?!?). Can't conclude anything.

 

Couldn't see any activity on Hurler yesterday but was getting dark already. Noticed Hurler's first turn doesn't look big at all from Ricochet... My thoughts are that their maintenance has not been consistent with a wood coaster they're planning to keep in operation. But, there are possible other reasons for this, such as thinking halfway measures won't work, or simply priorities.

 

Putting two and two (and two) together, I think Hurler is getting RMC'd for 2017. In the video the guy gave three hints:

 

1. GCI will not be coming up to Kings Dominion

2. Mentioned red (a prominent color of RMC track)

3. Said "maybe you'll ride its replacement" when asked about Hurler.

 

Now of course I could be wrong but this is my prediction.

 

Hey! I've maintained this prediction all along, even when most people wrote it off! Keep the faith! RMC for Hurler, 2017!!! (And RMC Streak for CP in 2018!)

 

Yeah I think Hurler will be the guinea pig for Cedar Fair's RMCs.

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although people do point out the B&M rattle at some points of the ride.

 

Okay, nobody can argue that Dominator doesn't rattle in the corkscrews. It used to be a hell of a lot worse, but it's still there no matter what train you ride. It's the only part of the ride where it happens, oddly, but it's very noticeable. Just like that kink in the loop that nobody knows the origin of.

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