Kings Dominion is eliminating the Shockwave roller coaster next month.
The nation's oldest operating stand-up coaster will carry its last passengers on Aug. 9, the Hanover County theme park announced this morning.
The Shockwave, which was the first stand-up coaster on the East Coast when it opened in 1986, is being removed for future growth in the Candy Apple Grove section of the theme park. Kings Dominion plans to make an announcement on a replacement next month.
“While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to one of our older coasters, we’re excited for what the future holds,” said Pat Jones, Kings Dominion's vice president and general manager. “The park has evolved so much over the past 40 years and as Kings Dominion continues to grow, we’re committed to enhancing the overall experience for our guests. We’re happy that Shockwave was able to provide close to three decades of memories.”
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The long awaited announcement of Kings Dominion's new ride finally came today. Speculation and rumors have been flying ever since photos of supports and track hit the web. Well, the wait is finally over. Today Kings Dominion announced the details of its new Intamin AG giga coaster, Intimidator 305.
Standing at 305ft tall and boasting a 300ft drop, Intimidator 305 will become just the second giga coaster in the western hemisphere. A giga coaster is a complete circuit coaster with a height between 300ft and 400ft. The other giga coaster, Millennium Force, resides at Cedar Point. Intimidator 305's 300ft tall drop comes in at a staggering 85degrees, just five degrees shy of being completely vertical. Also, that drop will get the stock car themed trains moving at speeds in excess of 90mph.
This ride is more than just a big drop, however. Intimidator 305 features six airtime humps, including S-curve transitions. The largest airtime hill comes soon after the first drop; the two hills are separated by a high speed ground turn similar to the opening manuever of Intamin's popular Mega-Lite models. In addition to the six airtime humps, Intimidator 305 has three ground level high speed turns. These turns are designed to simulate the experience of driving a stock car through high speed turns on a race track.
Intimidator 305 will also sport trains themed to stock car racing. The trains will be designed to look like the stock car of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, who tragically lost his life in an accident at the Daytona 500 in 2001. Intimidator 305 draws its name from the nickname of Dale Earnhardt. He was knows as "The Intimidator" due to his aggressive driving style, which this ride attempts to imitate.
Coming in at $25 million, Intimidator 305 will be the single largest capital investment in the history of Kings Dominion.
With the ride having been listed for sale for over a year, Kings Dominion officials have confirmed that HyperSonic XLC will be dismantled prior to the 2008 season.HyperSonic, built by S&S Power in 2001, was the first ever roller coaster to utilize a compressed air launching system. This launch system catapulted the ride's 8-passenger trains from zero to 80 miles per hour in 1.8 seconds and up a vertical climb, cresting 165 feet in the air and then plunging down a 133-foot drop, which starts out vertical at 90 degrees. Following the drop, the ride maneuvered through two fast curves and over a hill into the brake run.The ride, which remains available for sale through ride broker Ital International LLC, will start coming down in the next few weeks. The coaster was originally built at a cost of 15 million dollars.The ride had received modifications in 2002 in order to increase its reliability. The most visible change was the new, larger seats installed on the trains.
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.