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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Fri May 11, 2012 9:32 am

cfc wrote:^This was the second year that KD served as a site for the Rescue Challenge. Roanoke was supposed to host it this year, but couldn't quite get it together, so it came back to Central Virginia. According to Gene Petriello, Anaconda was grabbing most of the coverage, so it was nice to give Grizzly the spotlight for a change.


Very interesting to see but why haul a victim all the way up to the top of a structure only to repel him down when it would be easier (and safer) to go out by ground in this scenario?

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Fri May 11, 2012 10:48 am

I'm pretty sure he's supposed to be at the bottom of a shaft of some sort, and you can't exactly walk out of a shaft from underground. Hence the repelling, and pulling him up to the top.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri May 11, 2012 11:43 am

KDCOASTERFAN wrote:
cfc wrote:^This was the second year that KD served as a site for the Rescue Challenge. Roanoke was supposed to host it this year, but couldn't quite get it together, so it came back to Central Virginia. According to Gene Petriello, Anaconda was grabbing most of the coverage, so it was nice to give Grizzly the spotlight for a change.


Very interesting to see but why haul a victim all the way up to the top of a structure only to repel him down when it would be easier (and safer) to go out by ground in this scenario?


They're acting out a scenario with certain rules and parameters. Yes, I could've hauled the poor victim out of there myself in the manner you described. ;)
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Meteornotes » Fri May 11, 2012 1:14 pm

This was a really cool report. I know they do these sort of exercises, but I don't think I've ever seen one done at a park before.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby bull24471 » Fri May 11, 2012 7:18 pm

The reason they hoisted the victim up was the exercise was a hole which was outline with yellow tape. So you have to go up and out then zipline down past the outlined area.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Nozzy » Sun May 13, 2012 9:38 am

Had a great day at the park yesterday, got rides on pretty much everything. Dominator and Backlot Stunt Coaster both had all 3 trains going (first time I've ever seen that on Backlot) and while there were lines they were manageable (never waited over 20-30 minutes for anything). Volcano had all rows open as well, not sure if it had still been at 12 seats last week.

While I was a bit fearful after my day at Carowinds, Fastlane at King's Dominion was implemented extremely well. All ride stations that use it now have groupers to keep crowds down, which was a much welcome addition for me at Avalanche, though the groupers could do a bit better job-Avalanche's line was out of the queue (not hard to do, esp. without the station being full) but they kept having empty cars since the grouper gave no guidance and never seemed to look at the corrals. Still, the operators made sure to try to fill the empty cars, and operations in general were great.

All the coasters were running great, and I finally got to experience a Windseeker. If I had to sum it up in a word it would be relaxing, but I think I prefer to watch it over riding it.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Thu May 17, 2012 4:25 pm

Nozzy wrote:Had a great day at the park yesterday, got rides on pretty much everything. Dominator and Backlot Stunt Coaster both had all 3 trains going (first time I've ever seen that on Backlot) and while there were lines they were manageable (never waited over 20-30 minutes for anything). Volcano had all rows open as well, not sure if it had still been at 12 seats last week.

While I was a bit fearful after my day at Carowinds, Fastlane at King's Dominion was implemented extremely well. All ride stations that use it now have groupers to keep crowds down, which was a much welcome addition for me at Avalanche, though the groupers could do a bit better job-Avalanche's line was out of the queue (not hard to do, esp. without the station being full) but they kept having empty cars since the grouper gave no guidance and never seemed to look at the corrals. Still, the operators made sure to try to fill the empty cars, and operations in general were great.

All the coasters were running great, and I finally got to experience a Windseeker. If I had to sum it up in a word it would be relaxing, but I think I prefer to watch it over riding it.

Overall, can't wait to get back, especially for Coasting for Kids!


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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Coaster_Fanatic » Sun May 20, 2012 5:48 pm

I went to KD on Sunday, May 13th, and I was AMAZED how light the crowds were. I got to the park at about 2:00, and got a walk on, on Dominator in the 3rd row. We then cut through KidZville to get to the Congo (Surprisingly, KidZville was the most crowded part of the park). I raced to Intimidator 305 and I was able to get a walk on onto the 2nd row =) . I then waited in line to get on Scrambler (Just to get the credit), and it had the longest wait of the day (20 min.). I then went to Volcano to see that it had only a 7 minute wait! I got 5th row, and then got off and quickly went on it again afterwards. It took me 2 minutes to go onto the 2nd row =) . I then went to Drop Tower (I have never ridden it, so I thought I was going to pee myself LOL). I rode it and got off and wondered why I had been so scared to go on it. It is now my 3rd favorite ride after Intimidator 305 and Volcano. I then rode it 2 more times and the view of Intimidator at the top is friggin' beautiful, by the way. I then went to WindSeeker and got a walk on, onto that too. Then, I went to Grizzly, and then I got a walk on, in front row! I then left the park at 7:00. I know you ALL are jealous!
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Sun May 20, 2012 5:54 pm

We went today from 1030-2, and it was pretty much the same. Volcano's line grew after 1130 or so, but aside from that nothing was more than a two-train wait anywhere in the park.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Intimidator305 » Sun May 20, 2012 6:14 pm

Coaster_Fanatic wrote:I went to KD on Sunday, May 13th, and I was AMAZED how light the crowds were.


It was Mother's Day, which is considered to be one of the least crowded days of the season... which is why it (and Father's Day) are gold & platinum passholder "bring a friend" day for a discounted ticket price. They are definitely great days to go to the park if you can.

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