Last summer we saw a dormant coaster quietly celebrate its 20th birthday. After spending a clear majority of the 2018 season SBNO we finally know the fate of King's Dominion's Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Last night the park publish a blog looking back at last year's improvements, of which there were many, and looking forward to spring 2019. In this post they somberly let their fans know that Volcano is being removed and cannot reopen. No specific info was given other than this explanation,
“Part of getting ready for a new operating season includes an expert evaluation of our rides and operations. As a part of that evaluation, every aspect of our rides and attractions are analyzed, from guest satisfaction, throughput and rider capacity to reliability, uptime and maintenance. After thorough evaluation, the decision has been made to remove Volcano: The Blast Coaster. This wasn’t an easy decision for us, because we know that people love this one-of-a-kind coaster; however, over time it became nearly impossible to keep the ride up to our high standards of reliability and guest satisfaction, and for these reasons we had to make the tough call. We apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by the removal, but hope they will understand that it was done to enhance the overall guest experience here at Kings Dominion.”
Coaster-net is deeply saddened by this news as it was a really fun ride that was unique, and tied to our beginnings. The construction and opening of Volcano: The Blast Coaster by site founder Devin Olsen was our first content when the site launch in August of 1998. The volcano itself has been reused several times for different attractions, and it is unknown at this time if that structure will suffer the same fate as the coaster or if it will be reused on a future attraction.