Screamscape has a brief update on KD's 2008 additions that seem to confirm where GL's Dominator is going.It looks like Dominator's trains have now arrived on site at the park & it shouldn't be long until we see some track being delivered as well.
I imagine that it will be announced soon.
Anaconda is a typical Arrow with some really bad transitions (Do I have to mention the butterfly turns?). It doesn't draw in the crowds like it once did. VtBC took care of that.
Flight of Fear will be twelve-years old next year, and is no longer cutting-edge.
Hypersonic might be on the chopping block (it's for sale), it's uncomfortable, and its capacity sucks.
So, the most cutting-edge coaster we have there is Volcano the Blast Coaster introduced at the tail-end of 1998 (not that I'm complaining-that's where my screen name came from). You've got a really short ride that doesn't eat people either.
Let's look at the other steel coasters that everyone can ride:
1) Shockwave-Not everyone likes standups, and it takes a while to load
2) Richochet-Even with the extended layout, it's still a mouse and capacity is low. It's also a low-intensity ride
3) The Italian Job (well, not for much longer) Again, low-capacity and while a fun ride, again, not a high-intensity ride.
4) Avalanche-The only Mack bobsled in America, it too has low-capacity due to the train design. Again, a fun ride, but not very intense.
And why John does CP need another coaster? They just got Maverick. Why John can't we have a fast coaster with a midcourse that is also smooth? WoF already has Mamba. Sorry John, you're just going to have to accept that this is the right decision and will bring a solid boost of people to the park next year.
The capacity is a plus for PKD (and having it as the "new" ride means shorter lines for Avalanche)... :)
*** Edited 10/18/2007 1:20:28 AM UTC by rollergator***
Besides after all the low capacity launchers the park has added recently something with a lift,and of significant duration will be greatly appreciated by the locals....now if they can just get a hyper to go along with it in the future. :)
Sure, Griffon is ten-wide as opposed to four, but it's still a legitimate floorless coaster. But that's where the comparisons end. There really isn't a whole lot to Griffon element-wise, but with "whatever they're calling it," there's a whole lot of action going on.
I agree Vater that it's nice that there's a lift as opposed to a launch (not that there's anything wrong with being launched, but there are four launchers in the park), as that first drop is very steep into the 130ft. tall loop.
The park's original coasters are Avalanche (excellent) Volcano (very original) and Hypersonic (problem filled and very low capacity). This gives them another great, original coaster.
Living in Ohio, the floorless from Geauga Lake was the best coaster in Ohio IMO. I hated to see Geauga Lake undermined to non-existance like it was, and hate to see this coaster leave. But it is a HUGE plus for the park that gets it.
Lets just hope that when they add it, they don't just plop it down in the parking lot and do some landscaping and build a berm around it and try to give it some kind of theming and name that fits in with international street instead of they typical Cedar Fair generic name.
Kings' Dominion has some theming flaws due to Paramounts reign (such as the go karts in Old Va and Flight of Fear and Italian Job in the Congo), but out of the Paramount owned parks this park has managed to keep most of it's integrity and has a great isolated feel when you are in the park. A parking lot coaster would definitely take away from the feel of the park.
It seems everyone has forgotten about "The Mythical Griffon". To be honest it kinda turned out to be a dud here with locals.
Some of the comments made were; "It took 8 years to come up with this", and "This ride is way to short and boring"
Personally I like Griffon, although it comes no where near my most favorite coaster. I do enjoy the vertical drop although not new to me or anyone who had ridden a coaster built within the past 10 years.
Dominator is a much larger ride than Griffon. It has five awesome inversions, the worlds largest loop, speeds of 65 mph, it is still the largest floorless coaster in the world, and something no B&M at Busch Gardens has, that amazing "roar" that B&M coasters are famous for!
If marketed correctly "Dominator" could very well be the biggest draw in Kings Dominion's 33 year history.
Now what are they going to name it. I think Dominator is fine, really. A nice bright red, and yellow color scheme would really brighten up International Street!
Can you imagine pulling up to Kings Dominon and have this amazing coaster greet you! (huge smile)!
2008 is shapping up to be a great season for new installations!
Dominator will be the longest coaster at KD and believe me, they are in need of something lengthy. I think KD is the perfect place for Dominator to go.
I too had heard the trains were on site now. I think we will see a November announcement.
john peck said:
Dominator in my opinion just isn't needed at PKD. They already have Anaconda and Flight of Fear. Worlds of Fun would have been a better bet, but I don't think they get the attendance to support a ride like that. Cedar Point would have been another good choice.
BATWING FAN SFA said:
^Of course & that's the whole idea...I mean the next closest floorless coaster in the mid-atlantic market is Medusa at SFGRADV & hardly anyone from the Richmond area probably makes the 6 hour commute all the way up there so it'll be a new experience for them.
That's the best way to leave as many parking spaces on that side of the lot as possible even with the ride going in there.
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