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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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They're both grueling extended positive Gs, but to a different degree, basically the same but not quite as long now. The first 80 degrees or so of the curve is unchanged. The forces start reducing towards the end of the curve because of slowing down as you rise. Before they held through the whole curve AND continued into the upward rising curvature which has been all but eliminated, the rise is in the curve itself. The airtime on the second hill starts maybe 15 feet of track later than originally but more suddenly, where it returns to the original track, vs. before it started on the end of a piece that was removed.

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Went on the last day of 2016 for a few hours in the afternoon... I hadn't gotten a chance to go in the past couple of months b/c of work.

Crowds were surprisingly large compared to past Closing Days, although I renewed my Gold Pass in the morning and cashed in my bonus FL+ same-day (Volcano line-skipping FTW!). Used my food pass one last time at Tower Pizza. (Unfortunately, I didn't get much usage out of my food pass or all-season drink bottle - bottle stolen from Rebel Yell article bin second day of use, didn't visit enough times for food pass, so I probably won't be renewing those. )

Hurler still intact/awaiting any sort of renovation/demolition - no RMC track spotted . Volcano was up and down all day. Intimidator line was nonexistent as usual. Delirium line was probably over an hour. Lots of families in Planet Snoopy/Dinosaurs Alive for the kids' activities. Haunt decorations seemed a bit lacking compared to last year, and more graphic props were covered up than in past years.

Oh, and they removed the trees around the Eiffel Tower! I can't decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing yet, but it was an interesting change!

I'm looking forward to the wait times feature for the KD app in 2017! (I'd be excited about the Wi-Fi, but TBH that sounds like an easy target for hackers looking for personal info, so I'll probably avoid that)

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(I didn't get any pictures, since I was using my phone for Pokemon... sorry )

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What???? They removed the tree's around the Eiffel Tower????? They provided a lot of shade and looked great there!

 

According to the park, the trees were infested with some type of beetle/bug that bore into the wood. This, in turn, killed them. There was no treatment that could save them (not sure if that was because the damage was too far along to do anything about it or there was not an effective treatment to kill the beetle/bug). Anyway, someone stated the park had posted signs around the area stating the removal of the trees and the reason around Labor day weekend. The park stated new trees would be planted to replace them (I guess during the off-season).

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I believe this is the bug in question: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/

They are a pretty big deal in Michigan (and have been for a while) but just moved in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area in the past couple of years. Some students at a University there designed a trap for the beetles, but as far as I know nothing has entirely stopped them. The trees can be replaced with another kind, but if they put ash trees back in they will die too (probably).

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News:

The park is showing Rebel Yell retracking on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/kingsdominionva/photos/br.Abpw6KCERZzEDVVPOP1FrVtbMQboro4FCVqXK30BswqnwW0dXY2xTlw_J20GZOkSHEc0ovN3B-ubDYBggFCO6mBLfOkrtSJnTjsmqwMO-aeV5Qh1C26yXLkLAVJlwUK3r92YKpIUSu18j9TTu-AB7JO2o51YupJgN4YUPbx08fMawUUeDk6i1iZbW5CeFKxTD0Q/10153946582921875/?type=3&theater

(Got my hopes up for Hurler when I first saw it! Anyone see trucks?)

 

They're also adding Panda Express and ChickFilA to the dining plan! I was starting to get a bit bored with it (although the deal for a local is undeniable) and sometimes their better non-franchise restaurants are closed, so this is really good. I thought a purpose of the plan was to help keep their own restaurants busier, maybe not, maybe there will be some difference of meal. I think they did a bit better on having places open this last year, that could have been in response to complaints. Choices are few when the park is dead.

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I saw a photo of the re-tracking a few days ago and completely forgot about it. That's a lot more than I thought they were doing! My rides last year on Rebel Yell varied through our visits; our best ride was probably opening day. It was a great ride in general; the best ride I had throughout my years going. After that it became hit or miss.

 

Glad to see work like this being put into the ride. We saw some minor stuff being worked one when we went in August, near the top of the lift. Nothing like this though.

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I thought Rebel Yell was pretty good this year and was surprised to see such extensive work being done. Not super smooth but no spot that stuck out. The few rides that seemed rough also seemed extra crazy. The return is a little slow so seems more like just enduring it. It's been truly bad some years, 2008 was when they stopped running a side backwards, by that point riding it forward was hazardous enough. For 2009 they retracked the rise to the turnaround and it stuck out as too smooth, by now that's getting a little rough again. Guess they've been working from there back towards the lift since then so the drop is where they are now.

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While Hurler did have an impact on Grizzly, just as much of the clearing can be blamed on Hypersonic. Even after Hurler, the front half of Grizzly was still almost entirely concealed.

 

So glad to see Grizzly getting some love around here. I think it's one of the best woodies in the south.

 

I agree with this, but Hurler took more trees. The thing was, when Hurler was built, a lot of the trees went but Grizzly was still awesome. There was a thin line of trees between the two that kept some of the "now exposed" sections of Grizzly a little covered. In full bloom, Grizzly wasn't affected too bad, but in the Fall there was a noticeable difference after Hurler was built. Fewer trees came out for Hypersonic, but they were the "last" trees covering some of Grizzly, leaving it totally exposed. Opening year of Hypersonic was worth it. I remember being mad about the trees, but the sheer raw power of the launch was AMAZING. After the first year, something happened and Hypersonic SUCKED. Still don't know why the first year was so much better.

 

Total change of subject, but does anyone have any decent/large images of Anaconda back from it's old color scheme? I REALLY hate the tacky pinkish color it's had for the past decade or so, but I can't find many pictures of the old color scheme that aren't super low res, very poorly lit, or both...

 

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When we rode it in October we found it to be perfectly smooth, but that's always nice to see.

 

I wish I could have enjoyed it, I was completely focused on my rib injury. It seemed like a great woodie and I am excited to get back and try it, as well as Grizzly. I might try to take a bite out of one of Grizzlys trains, just to get some sort of revenge, and a little closure.

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When we rode it in October we found it to be perfectly smooth, but that's always nice to see.

 

I wish I could have enjoyed it, I was completely focused on my rib injury. It seemed like a great woodie and I am excited to get back and try it, as well as Grizzly. I might try to take a bite out of one of Grizzlys trains, just to get some sort of revenge, and a little closure.

 

http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1218348#p1218348

 

Since this trip report came up today in the other thread it reminded me of your issue with grizzly. The last post in it is about that guy breaking 2 ribs and not sure which he ride he did it on, he thinks it was hurler but I wonder if it was actually grizzly as well.

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^^-- the spot coming out of the turn after the tunnel on Grizzly can hurt especially if someone else is thrown into you at the same time, I think it would be if you're on the left seat. Hurler same thing but surely you see that coming! Wild One was the last to really get me even solo, those sudden ejector lefts on the way back are a real surprise.

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When we rode it in October we found it to be perfectly smooth, but that's always nice to see.

 

I wish I could have enjoyed it, I was completely focused on my rib injury. It seemed like a great woodie and I am excited to get back and try it, as well as Grizzly. I might try to take a bite out of one of Grizzlys trains, just to get some sort of revenge, and a little closure.

 

http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1218348#p1218348

 

Since this trip report came up today in the other thread it reminded me of your issue with grizzly. The last post in it is about that guy breaking 2 ribs and not sure which he ride he did it on, he thinks it was hurler but I wonder if it was actually grizzly as well.

 

That's pretty funny. I know exactly where it happened to me, it was the first little hill right before the tunnel, after the 1st turnaround/2nd drop. I was on the left side of the train, my left side slammed into the side of the train and I heard/felt the crack as we hit that little turn into the tunnel. I guess it was better than losing a digit on the top/side of the tunnel.

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Although it's been almost 7 years since i305 opened, I haven't complained about KD not receiving a coaster. I still this it's an amazing and well rounded park with unique coasters, compared to my home park (SFA). I do think KD will receive a new coaster by 2019, but I wonder what's taking them so long. If you remove a coaster and have one SBN0, then the next addition better be worth it after a coaster drought.

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Although it's been almost 7 years since i305 opened, I haven't complained about KD not receiving a coaster. I still this it's an amazing and well rounded park with unique coasters, compared to my home park (SFA). I do think KD will receive a new coaster by 2019, but I wonder what's taking them so long. If you remove a coaster and have one SBN0, then the next addition better be worth it after a coaster drought.

 

It's basically been confirmed that Hurler is getting RMC'd in 2018.

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