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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