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This is awesome. I really enjoyed Hurler when I went on it back in 2001 and I thought it had some decent g-forces and great airtime. It's nice to see that they are keeping some of those crazy airtime elements and throwing in some even more insane elements. I love that parks on the East Coast are doing more things for the Holiday season...that just makes it easier to travel out there because not all of us can escape during the summer time to hit up some of these parks.

 

Jimmy "I guess I should have submitted my resume to RMC when I had the chance" Bo

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Apparently the park sent out an email saying that Kings Dominion will open on March 22nd! Oh, did I say March? I meant May. Alpengeist, InvadR and Verbolten are open tomorrow. This comp

Yesterday, after my brief stop at SFA, I fought through the perpetual Northern Virginia I-95 traffic to check out Kings Dominion's Taste of the Season event - a COVID-blamed Winterfest-lite.  And beli

Too bad Volcano isn't still around. It was ahead of its time not only technologically, but it already had limited capacity down to a science.

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Looks like RMC El Toro

Uhhhh... okay?

 

He's probably comparing them due to the sequence of multiple straight airtime hills (first for RMC)

 

Based on what I've seen from construction, I think the third airtime hill in that sequence may be banked (to the left, the opposite direction of the following turn). The animation may not be a 100% accurate representation of the ride, so it's possible we could see other differences, as with Twisted Colossus and Wicked Cyclone.

 

I'm so glad KD is getting this. Their lineup is going from good to great!

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I haven't been to the Virginia parks since 2002, and I've been wanting to get back ever since. I was thinking of going this year, until I got the feeling (earlier than most, if you search back through this thread) that Hurler was going to be RMC'd in 2018, and delayed that until next year. So now I'm really geeked for my highly anticipated return then! TT looks SO great, and it'll be my first time on I-305 as well! But yeah, KD hit it out of the park with this RMC makeover, and while it's not nearly as impressive as Steel Vengeance in my opinion, it's not too far behind!

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Great update!

 

This ride looks awesome. Once this thing opens I think you can make a strong case that Kings Dominion has the best coaster lineup in the chain after Cedar Point. Even if this is one of the weaker RMCs (and I doubt it will be), an RMC in the same park as the world's most intense giga coaster, probably the world's best floorless coaster, Volcano, Flight of Fear (which I love and find infinitely smoother and more enjoyable than the Kings Island version) and a bunch of other solid rides (like Avalanche, Grizzly and Backlot) sounds absolutely great.

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Flight of Fear (which I love and find infinitely smoother and more enjoyable than the Kings Island version)

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one who strongly believes in this. Also, I agree on your statement of the park's lineup.

 

It should be noted that the placement of Twisted Timbers is fantastic too, as it will finally even crowds out within the park a bit more since Safari Village/Congo has all the 'big' coasters besides Dominator.

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Great update!

 

This ride looks awesome. Once this thing opens I think you can make a strong case that Kings Dominion has the best coaster lineup in the chain after Cedar Point. Even if this is one of the weaker RMCs (and I doubt it will be), an RMC in the same park as the world's most intense giga coaster, probably the world's best floorless coaster, Volcano, Flight of Fear (which I love and find infinitely smoother and more enjoyable than the Kings Island version) and a bunch of other solid rides (like Avalanche, Grizzly and Backlot) sounds absolutely great.

 

Not to mention a relatively solid flat collection! Delirium, Crypt, Windseeker, Drop Tower, etc (Oh and Shenandoah Lumber Company).

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Looking to the future, it wouldn't surprise me to see Dino's Alive be removed soon.

 

I sure hope not! I know I'm in the minority about the whole thing but it's the best Dinosaurs Alive that I've been through. Love me some dinos!

 

Great coverage on the announcements, Chuck! While TT isn't anywhere near as wild as SV, I'm really looking forward to it. Sometimes the most fun coasters are little and all the small bunny hills in TT are really appealing. I'll definitely be checking out Winterfest as well. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to BGW and SFGAdv in that respect.

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Great update!

 

This ride looks awesome. Once this thing opens I think you can make a strong case that Kings Dominion has the best coaster lineup in the chain after Cedar Point. Even if this is one of the weaker RMCs (and I doubt it will be), an RMC in the same park as the world's most intense giga coaster, probably the world's best floorless coaster, Volcano, Flight of Fear (which I love and find infinitely smoother and more enjoyable than the Kings Island version) and a bunch of other solid rides (like Avalanche, Grizzly and Backlot) sounds absolutely great.

 

After visiting Kings Island last month, I didn't really notice much difference in their FOF other than they had a lot more light peaking through, which makes the one at KD superior imo, the one at Kings Island might as well had the lights on.

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Good thing is that this opens before SV, so it can build a name for itself before SV gets all the hype.

How do you know?

 

Also, agreed that FoF at KD is much, much smoother than FoF at KI. Also, as far as Arrow loopers go, I enjoyed Anaconda more than Vortex.

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I am so excited for this coaster! It looks awesome. I really like the unique cutback after the series of epic looking camelbacks. Some people are already saying it looks like a "low tier" RMC but to that I say "what do you call an RMC that's not the best RMC?" the answer is "An RMC."

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Great update!

 

This ride looks awesome. Once this thing opens I think you can make a strong case that Kings Dominion has the best coaster lineup in the chain after Cedar Point. Even if this is one of the weaker RMCs (and I doubt it will be), an RMC in the same park as the world's most intense giga coaster, probably the world's best floorless coaster, Volcano, Flight of Fear (which I love and find infinitely smoother and more enjoyable than the Kings Island version) and a bunch of other solid rides (like Avalanche, Grizzly and Backlot) sounds absolutely great.

 

I agree...this looks like the addition that KD really needed to boost an already pretty damned good lineup into a seriously awesome lineup.

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Good thing is that this opens before SV, so it can build a name for itself before SV gets all the hype.

How do you know?

 

Also, agreed that FoF at KD is much, much smoother than FoF at KI. Also, as far as Arrow loopers go, I enjoyed Anaconda more than Vortex.

 

You honestly think this is opening in May?

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Well it's not Steel Vengeance but I guess it may be o.k.

 

Why is there a need to compare Twisted Timbers and Steel Vengence? They're both RMCs opening in 2018 yes but there is no point in letting a larger faster longer coaster overshadow another one. I'm not going to ride Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens and be bummed that it's not Intimidator 305 or El Toro. If you constantly think about how much better coaster x is than other coasters it makes the hobby a lot less fun for you. Just ride coasters and have fun.

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Good thing is that this opens before SV, so it can build a name for itself before SV gets all the hype.

How do you know?

Kings Dominion opens at least a month before CP does. This year KD opened March 25th and CP on May 6th. So as long as it opens with the park (and there shouldn't be any reason it won't), it will open first.

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Well it's not Steel Vengeance but I guess it may be o.k.

 

Why is there a need to compare Twisted Timbers and Steel Vengence? They're both RMCs opening in 2018 yes but there is no point in letting a larger faster longer coaster overshadow another one. I'm not going to ride Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens and be bummed that it's not Intimidator 305 or El Toro. If you constantly think about how much better coaster x is than other coasters it makes the hobby a lot less fun for you. Just ride coasters and have fun.

 

This!!! So much this!!!!

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I'm still kinda curious why this project didn't debut in 2017? I'm not complaining at all, it just seems weird that RMC had no major projects conversions in 2017, and now they have a handful for 2018. It's probably just when Cedar Fair decided to order the projects, or maybe it had to do with the new trains? It doesn't really matter at this point, but I was wondering if there was any rumblings about this?

 

I'm so pumped to finally have an RMC less than 3 hours away.

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Well it's not Steel Vengeance but I guess it may be o.k.

 

Why is there a need to compare Twisted Timbers and Steel Vengence? They're both RMCs opening in 2018 yes but there is no point in letting a larger faster longer coaster overshadow another one. I'm not going to ride Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens and be bummed that it's not Intimidator 305 or El Toro. If you constantly think about how much better coaster x is than other coasters it makes the hobby a lot less fun for you. Just ride coasters and have fun.

 

 

100% this! A lot of enthusiasts spend so much time comparing every coaster to every other coaster they have been on that they completely forget just to have fun. This is one reason why I do not rank my coasters.

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It does make me wonder when was the last time Cedar Fair sent the bigger, better to a park other than Cedar Point when multiple Cedar Fair parks were getting something announced at the same time. But at least it's not Michigan's Adventure.

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