'Intimidator' An Unbe'weavable' Experience For Reporterhttp://www2.starexponent.com/cse/lifestyles/columnists/article/intimidator_an_unbeweavable_experience_for_reporter/54968/
By Rhonda Simmons
Published: April 1, 2010
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DOSWELL – Safety harness, check. Flip-flops, check. Weave? Er, check?
These are some of the minor details thrill seekers may want to secure before boarding any theme park ride.
One fellow writer learned that the hard way Thursday during her first experience on “The Intimidator 305,” Kings Dominion’s biggest, baddest, newest roller coaster named after famous race car driver Dale Earnhart.
Thursday was the 2010 Media Day event at the amusement park where hundreds of journalists, photographers, politicians and suits geared up to ride the park’s newest attraction.
For the rest of the public, Friday is opening day.
At the beginning of the ride, the young woman had a full, curly ponytail.
But by the end of the three-minute death-defying, gut-wrenching ride, she was weaveless, yet unaware.
Through my tears of laughter, I looked back and asked her if she was missing anything.
As she felt the top of her head, a panicked expression replaced her smile.
“Where’s my weave?” she shrieked.
But the guy sitting next to her couldn’t see a thing without his glasses. I’m telling you it was like watching a live comedy skit. By that time, I was doubled over with laughter. All I’m saying is that I can kind of relate.
I thought I had seen it all by then. The young woman was ready to search the park high and low for her valued removable hair.
But the funniest thing was, the missing weave ended up at the feet of the woman behind her.
That lady was like “Why is there a bunch of hair at my feet?”
We couldn’t wait to see the pictures of us on the ride. All I could think about was if the photo captured the young woman with or without the weave. It was without.
The young woman, who was laughing just as hard as I was, took it pretty well.
Without hesitation, she reattached the ponytail back onto her own hair and asked the lady who found it to pose in a picture with her. I’m anxious to read about her personal experience on her blog.
For me, the missing weave was the highlight of the day. In this case, the ride itself was more of sidebar material.
However for those interested in the ride, it begins with a slow, nerve-racking 305-foot climb in the air with the first drop descending at an 85-degree angle at more than 90 miles an hour.
Asked how we enjoyed the ride, I said it was “awful” but the guy next to me said it was “awesome.”
We did agree, however, that first ride was definitely an experience to remember.
And the lesson of this story is simply to always secure your weave when riding a rollercoaster.
I’m still laughing about it.
Want to ride?
What: The Intimidator
Where: Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Va.
When: Park opens Friday and will be open daily throughout the summer
Admission: Prices vary. Visit kingsdominion.com for additional details