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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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Every time I see updates on this I think "Holy F*ck this is in the same park as Intimidator".

 

This park's coaster lineup is going to be nuts next season. Despite the fact that it's market share doesn't warrant it at all, they'll probably have the best lineup in the entire chain after Cedar Point plus a kick a** drop tower, giant Frisbee, classic flyers and an amazing log flume. It's kind of ridiculous (in a good way).

 

Yes, I know the Kings Island people are coming. You can argue that, but I strongly disagree even without Twisted Timbers.

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Every time I see updates on this I think "Holy F*ck this is in the same park as Intimidator".

 

Kings Dominion really is a stacked park (ducks before the B&M Hyper dreamers attack)

 

Us Virginians are quite lucky to have KD and Busch Gardens in the state and SFA not too far from me but compared to those two noooobody cares

 

-Insane Intamin Giga

-RMC

-B&M Mega

-B&M Invert

-B&M Dive Machine

-B&M Floorless

-Unique Intamin Launched Inverted Coaster

-Premier Spaghetti Bowl Indoors

-Verbolten

-Sky Rocket II

-GCI

-Premier Themed Family launch coaster

 

Not a bad lineup to have within 1.5 hours of where I sleep.

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This park's coaster lineup is going to be nuts next season. Despite the fact that it's market share doesn't warrant it at all, they'll probably have the best lineup in the entire chain after Cedar Point plus a kick a** drop tower, giant Frisbee, classic flyers and an amazing log flume. It's kind of ridiculous (in a good way).

 

Yes, I know the Kings Island people are coming. You can argue that, but I strongly disagree even without Twisted Timbers.

Re: market, I'd argue that KD captures some of the DC area market, if only because SFA doesn't step it up. Traffic on the Beltway is also enough to keep Northern Virginia residents going to KD over SFA.

 

Re: vs. KI, the only thing the Cincinnati market has over the Richmond market is Beast, Bat, and Mystic Timbers. (Including BGW in the "Richmond market" to cover what KD is missing). In fact, I’d put KD+BGW up against CP and the only things CP would have over the two parks would be Top Thrill Dragster, Maverick, and Steel Vengeance.

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I have no doubt that you're right, but I'm referring to their attendance compared to the rest of the chain.

 

If we go on the TEA numbers (which of course aren't 100% accurate but they're the best estimate we have) we know that Knott's Berry Farm, Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point and Kings Island are tops in the chain. We're not sure where Kings Dominion falls as it's not even on the list but it's probably reasonable to assume that it's around the 1.5 million to 2 million guest mark (as that's how it was trending 2 -3 years ago) which is about 1.5 million guests below Kings Island, less than half of the Knott's number and about exactly half of the Wonderland number (which is a better comparison thank Knott's since both KD and CW run similar schedules, though Kings Dominion actually has more operating days).

 

They're probably #5 or #6 in the chain depending on how they perform compared to Carowinds (my guess is that Carowinds will beat them this year with Winterfest, but next year that's obviously a wash). We're estimating a lot and admittedly there's a large margin of error, but it seems reasonable to assume that they're somewhere around #5 or #6 in the chain.

 

So all of that said, it's pretty impressive that they've spent so much money on amazing new rides for Kings Dominion over the years. Dominator totally fell into their laps, but I still can't believe they ended up with an RMC and the world's most intense giga coaster plus a really impressive flat ride lineup. If you really think about it, it's absolutely insane.

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Re: market, I'd argue that KD captures some of the DC area market, if only because SFA doesn't step it up. Traffic on the Beltway is also enough to keep Northern Virginia residents going to KD over SFA..

 

I've lived in NOVA for five years now, haven't bothered to drive up to SFA once. While I personally haven't gone because KD is closer to me than SFA by an hour, those I know who have gone there swear they wouldn't return. It's infamous for being 'horrible' by my peers.

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I just remember being at one of those family style Amish buffets and the family we were with lived in the town with Six Flags America, but they made it clear that they drove to Hershey anytime they'd go to an amusement park. On one hand, it makes sense since Hershey is awesome. On the other hand, it says a whole lot about Six Flags America.

 

Kings Dominion really is in an area with a ton of competition.

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Kings Dominion really is a stacked park

 

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-GCI

To be fair, your GCI is INCREDIBLY mediocre.

 

It's cute...

 

Absolutely fair. I've ridden good GCIs though at least. Hershey is only 3 hours north of where I live so if I need a solid GCI fix (as if I'm some sort of coaster junkie that just craves specific coaster makes and models as I go through day to day life) I'll go there.

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Re: GCI fix, Roar at SFA satisfies my GCI fix pretty well, I thought it was slightly smoother than Lightning Racer. Neither were objectionably rough.

 

I just remember being at one of those family style Amish buffets and the family we were with lived in the town with Six Flags America, but they made it clear that they drove to Hershey anytime they'd go to an amusement park. On one hand, it makes sense since Hershey is awesome. On the other hand, it says a whole lot about Six Flags America.

 

Kings Dominion really is in an area with a ton of competition.

Not really "a ton of competition" so much as "one serious competitor". I don't think Hershey is close enough to steal away many Virginia residents. Maybe DC/Maryland like you said.

 

KD was always far behind BGW until the 2008 season. Dominator caught them up, and the one-two punch of BGW losing the Big Bad Wolf and KD getting Intimidator 305 made KD the leader, though InvadR was a big gain for BGW. It all comes down to Project Madrid in 2019.

 

About the only thing SFA has on either park is the included water park in the summer and the coaster lineup in the winter.

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What is this Lightning Racer is rough crap? We rode it in late October and while it felt more out of control than usual we (the missus and I, and she is a complainer) both thought it was smooth as ever and one of our favorite rides we've had on it.

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You know . . . I may very well switch my Season Pass for 2019 to King's Dominion/Cedar Fair.

 

The last time I actually went to KD was for a summer camp day trip in '94 (I was 13 at the time).

 

It's only a 2 hour drive to KD for me (depending on Beltway traffic and such)

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With the addition of Twisted Timbers, is KD the 3rd best Cedar Fair park?

I feel like it just completely depends on what people are looking for, so to throw out "Now it's the third best" seems pretty arbitrary. If people are more into atmosphere, short lines, and family rides, Kings Dominion is better than Cedar Point. It's all personal opinion.

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With the addition of Twisted Timbers, is KD the 3rd best Cedar Fair park?

I feel like it just completely depends on what people are looking for, so to throw out "Now it's the third best" seems pretty arbitrary. If people are more into atmosphere, short lines, and family rides, Kings Dominion is better than Cedar Point. It's all personal opinion.

I guess my question was too broad, how about “3rd best cedar fair park” in terms of it’s coaster collection or top 3.

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Every time I see updates on this I think "Holy F*ck this is in the same park as Intimidator".

 

This park's coaster lineup is going to be nuts next season. Despite the fact that it's market share doesn't warrant it at all, they'll probably have the best lineup in the entire chain after Cedar Point plus a kick a** drop tower, giant Frisbee, classic flyers and an amazing log flume. It's kind of ridiculous (in a good way).

 

Yes, I know the Kings Island people are coming. You can argue that, but I strongly disagree even without Twisted Timbers.

 

Why do you think they get this much investment, when its not warranted? Is it because of the competition in the area? Or because its the sister park of Kings Island, to try and keep it on KI's level?

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With the addition of Twisted Timbers, is KD the 3rd best Cedar Fair park?

 

This is completely and totally subjective. What do you look for in a park? Do you only care about coasters? Do you have kids and therefore need plenty of family rides for your whole pack to enjoy? Is themeing important to you? Atmosphere? Landscaping? Great food?

 

There's really no such thing as "what is the best" of anything because everyone is different and will have a different response to this question based on what makes a park the best to them.

 

Personally, I've only been to 3 CF Parks - Dorney, Cedar Point and Kings Dominion, so I don't have as much to compare to as others, but Cedar Point has the best coaster lineup imo, very closely followed by KD, and Dorney trailing far far behind. But CP I feel has a great thrill ride collection while KD's lineup is more well rounded for families. Both have a great flat collection. And I much prefer the landscaping/atmosphere/general vibe of Kings Dominion to the sterile midways and clean lines of Cedar Point.

 

I know some people actually prefer to go to Kings Island over Cedar Point and some will tell you they much prefer the atmosphere of Knotts over any of the CF parks. My point is everyone will have a different answer to this question.

 

Or because its the sister park of Kings Island, to try and keep it on KI's level?

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Why do you think they get this much investment, when its not warranted? Is it because of the competition in the area? Or because its the sister park of Kings Island, to try and keep it on KI's level?

 

Competition was a factor for sure. For years, there was a stable stand-off between BGW and KD, it was fairly well established that KD had more coasters but BGW was a nicer park. But then they reached a point that BGW had 3 B&Ms that were arguably better than anything at KD and KD had no B&Ms, and many were saying BGW was the better coaster park as well (some still do). If this had been allowed to stand, KD would be going the way of SFA by now. Even after adding Dominator in 2008 (at the expense of Hypersonic), there were times I expected to see tumbleweeds blowing across the empty asphalt in 2009. So they added I305 which was a huge step. I think that was part of a 5 year plan of improvements but went in the first year of it, so it's taking a while (including the loss of 2 coasters, although I'd argue that Hurler was lost in 2010 with the trim brake) to add another coaster even with a budget solution.

 

 

NEWS

 

Looking around the net, short bit of news is the peak side of the Volcano is covered with scaffolding. There was a little at the top last year, and some work done without scaffolds at the back, but this looks big.

 

Twisted Timbers trackwork is almost done, with the overbank turn over halfway and the only other missing track the spot for the crane to pass thru.

 

The "Cutback" element on TT is fascinating to me and I have spent a good while analyzing it. From overhead, it actually looks like the track curves opposite of the overall curve right in the middle of the inversion. What I think is happening there is the train/rider heartline goes in a straight line in overhead view for a length, but the twisting activity during that makes it so the track following it curves. There is a slight bend between the mini-hills before and after the Cutback and the rest of the coaster as well, the Cutback itself is not as wide as the original curve nor does it include a full 180 degrees of turn as part of it. However, a lot of the remaining 155 degrees or so of curve is compressed into two curves forming the entrance and exit to the cutback that look quite small and lightly banked. The mini hills sort of cut a straight line across the curve of the wide footers towards the center of the curve and then heading back out towards the outside -- the footers start to turn quite far away, on the original ride there was a very parabolicly smoothed entry for what it was worth.

 

This is another variation on the "stall" element. On Goliath and T Colossus there is a twist to upside down, the twisting movement is forced to a stop, and then there is maybe 2 seconds of complete forcelessness. With Wicked Cyclone the stall has only an instant of forcelessness and a slightly longer time of low twisting forces only; it is also asymmetrical with a tall steep entrance. TT's is a lot flatter and symmetrical, as well as bigger and faster, but will probably only have an instant of forcelessness, or 2 (symmetry), or maybe even that whole section will be weightless with a constant very gentle twist acceleration. Entering the element is a curve to the right and up with a clockwise twist. At approx. the time it reaches sideways the twist acceleration stops and shortly after there appears to be a rather defined point that 3 things happen: The twist begins to decelerate, the rider heartline ceases to curve in the horizontal dimensions, and the heartline takes on a weightlessness-generating hill shape. The twist reaches a stop and reverses at the dead center of the inversion and the element concludes by a reversal of how it started.

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