Specific Type: Wooden, Out-&-Back
Dutch Wonderland has operated as the “Kingdom for Kids” since potato farmer Earl Clark built and opened the park in 1963. The park has always contained a varied collection of rides appropriate for kids of all ages to enjoy, but for nearly four decades, the park never had what it could call a “signature attraction.” In 1992, the park changed that by adding their first-ever roller coaster, Sky Princess.
For the new project Dutch Wonderland reached out to the newly formed Custom Coasters Incorporated (CCI), a coaster company built from the ashes of Dinn Corporation who initially promoted themselves in building small, affordable, family coasters, precisely what a small, kid-friendly park needed. As a result, the Sky Princesswould become the first ever coaster built by Custom Coasters International. Originally sporting a white paint scheme, those colors would change to a vibrant blue and purple color scheme in 2007, when the Princess was renamed Kingdom Coaster.
Outfitted with buzz bars, the small Kingdom Coaster utilizes a single train of two-bench vehicles to carry young passengers and their friends. A right turn out of the station, a short jog ahead, and a brief turn left engages the train with the 55-foot tall lift hill, which crosses over the park’s monorail. Cresting the lift, a short drop banks and curls to the right, leading to the first drop which begins the “out” portion of the ride. A low hop and rise to the left takes the train up and over the first hill where the train then turns slightly to the right. A half drop towards the ground banks to the left and sends the train up and around a swooping fan curve that sends the train careening towards the “back” portion of the ride. Just above the ground, the train blasts through a very short tunnel, flat-turning to the left for a quick dose of lateral forces. A bunny hop and slight roll to the right pulls the train alongside the original out section. Another rolling hill and a rise leads into a low-turnaround that hugs the first drop and lift hill. Back to the ground and over another bunny hop, the track rolls and breaks to the right through a final upward helix that leads into the final break run.
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