Dominator, formerly known as Batman: Knight Flight under Six Flags' ownership of the Ohio park, will remain the longest floorless roller coaster after its move.
This steel beast designed by Bolliger and Mabillard carries its passengers to 161 feet before dropping them 157 feet back down at a curved angle. The drop leads to the world’s largest inversion: a 135 foot tall vertical loop.
Out of the 13 roller coasters currently standing at Kings Dominion, Dominator, the 14th, is one of the largest, standing four feet shy of the HyperSonic XLC's 165-foot tower. The ride also marks the first time Kings Dominion has opened a coaster with more than four inversions.Dominator features five: the loop, a cobra roll (two inversions), and interlocking corkscrew loops.
The Dominator will be constructed during an off-season that lasts until weekends in March through April. It is expected that Kings Dominion will open Dominator in late spring to early summer 2008.
Track and support sections have already begun showing up in Kings Dominion's parking lot, and COASTER-net will have coverage as this ride begins its transformation from an Ohio to Virginia ride.
Great America potentially for sale
A popular park in the Santa Clara, California area may be meeting its demise soon. The San Francisco 49ers have proposed a new stadium in the area, more notably, around theGreat America amusement park which may become a hassle for the park. Negotiations between Santa Clara, the 49er's, and Cedar Fair are in the works.
As some may recall, another park met it's end due to a stadium and the hassles of traffic and parking it created. Six Flags Astroworld closed due to it's close proximity to the infamousAstrodome in Houston, Texas, thus closing the park. The same story seems to be occurring to Great America and thus, Cedar Fair has opposed the proposition of the new stadium and hopes to alter the location of the sports facility. However, in the end, it will be up to the people of Santa Clara to decide the fate of the former Paramount Park.
Great America has been a favorite park in the area mainly due to it's affordable pricing, cleanliness, and value for the price. Major attractions have included Top Gun: The Jet Coaster(a B&M inverted coaster), Vortex (a B&M stand up), Invertigo (Vekoma Inverted Boomerang), and the former flying coaster, Stealth. The park was once in the same chain as it's Six Flagsequivalent in Chicago until both were sold to their respective chains, the California property toParamount and Cedar Fair, and the Chicago park to Six Flags.