Intimidator 305 opens at Kings Dominion

Posted Friday, April 2, 2010 1:34 AM | Contributed by Goliath Freak

The Washington DC Fox affiliate posts three segments from the park's media preview.

See the video from WTTG/Washington.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010 2:12 AM

More photos and video added here:

Saturday, April 3, 2010 3:07 PM

WOW. That thing looks totally bad ass. I love that quick turn-out after the first drop. Is this the first coaster actually made in reference to a real person? If so, that would be a great honor.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 4:17 PM

To an actual person? I think Evel Knievel at SFSL takes that honor.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 5:08 PM

Theme park review seems to think it's better. In my opinion they seem to enjoy other coasters being better than CP's Of course they travel the world, so there bound to find better.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 5:56 PM

It has nothing to do with Cedar Point as far as I'm concerned. As 305 is kind of a giant Maverick, it's just not as easy to ride endlessly. I think enthusiasts will generally have a mixed opinion.

Ditch the shoulder restraints, and it's probably the best ride on the planet. Right now, probably second best among steel to me.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 6:09 PM

Ensign Smith said:
To an actual person? I think Evel Knievel at SFSL takes that honor.

What about Batman? Oh, yeah....oops. Confusing reality and fantasy again. Guess mentally, I'm already at Great Adventure tomorrow.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 9:24 PM

jwhoogs said:
Theme park review seems to think it's better.

He said Renegade was better than Thunderhead. He will say anything about a new coaster before most have ridden it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 1:18 PM

To be fair, I reckon Renegade is better than Thunderhead ;)

I'm going to be there in six weeks; I'll hold my judgement until then.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 1:23 PM

Judge Roy Scream (a reference to Judge Roy Beam) opened in 1980. Predate that, beyotches! ;)

Sunday, April 4, 2010 3:26 PM

I was public rider #4 after the auction winners! I Camped at the park gate all night.
The ride is amazing. The first lift is faster and steeper than MF. The G's in the first turn are absolutely amazing. The ride has 2 good airtime spots, could have had 3....However, the ride is short and you feel the mid trim pretty good. MF is still my favorite, but 305 has a better lift/first drop and overall intensity IMHO.
I totally agree with Jeff, ditch the OTSR's!!
Want airtime? Sit back seat over the first drop!

Last edited by JoshuaTBell, Sunday, April 4, 2010 3:29 PM
Monday, April 5, 2010 5:57 AM

"He will say anything about a new coaster before most have ridden it."

To his credit, he went on it 50+ times and it is a personal opinion which he can post, it is not the law, just an opinion

I am with Jeff on this one(from just watching videos), without the shoulder restraints this probably would be the #1 steel coaster in the World. Makes me wish some themepark operator in Europe would just add a clone without those restraints...

Monday, April 5, 2010 8:27 AM

I honestly forgot the shoulder restraints were there during my rides. I had my neck bump them on one turn near the end of my first ride. Regardless of the restraints (and I've always found these particular OTSRs comfortable), I305 is the best steel coaster in the world IMO.

Monday, April 5, 2010 8:53 AM

The one thing I thought was weird is how short the que turnstyles were. Looked like it 
could only hold 1000 people..

Last edited by JoshuaTBell, Monday, April 5, 2010 8:53 AM
Monday, April 5, 2010 9:10 AM

The OTSR suck on this ride. I am battered and bruised from them. While I agree that this is one of the most intense coasters out there, but to me it was just not that much fun.

This ride has assigned seating like Diamondback & I232. I like it since I am almost always with a group of 3 or more. Problem is that KD has no idea how to do it. They were not asking people how many were in there group. They just pointed and told them which row. More then once I saw them assign a one row and watch 3 people walk in.

This was opening weekend and we saw multiple trains going out with empty seats. One had 6 empty seats and 2 of those were next to each other. It was a total cluster.

The other thing they were doing was assigning pairs from the single rider line. The point of the SRL is to max capacity on the ride not as a benefit for lonely coaster enthusiast.

My personal opinion is that I305 is the next SOB.

Monday, April 5, 2010 9:22 AM

The next SOB? Seriously? What are you on?

Monday, April 5, 2010 9:41 AM

I agree Dave, KD had no clue how to run a SRL. I did notice later in they day they had 
started "pulsing" the line, but not nearly as effective as when Disney does it...

Last edited by JoshuaTBell, Monday, April 5, 2010 9:42 AM
Monday, April 5, 2010 9:45 AM

DaveStroem said:My personal opinion is that I305 is the next SOB.

Ha ha.

Monday, April 5, 2010 9:56 AM

I am not kidding when I say that. I am not speaking from a roughness stand point but from a ride that is to intense for the public.

Monday, April 5, 2010 9:56 AM

SOB's problem wasn't intensity. It was a POS from day #1.


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