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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Monday, April 5, 2010 5:40 PM
Vater's avatar

Wow, really? I haven't ridden MF since 2000, but I don't remember greying out at all. Kinda funny to hear, actually, with all the grief Intimidator's first turn is getting. I've mentioned before that Titan's helix made me grey out like no other coaster (exactly how you just described, Jeff), and that was from a dead stop on the midcourse brake.

Never rode Dominator at Geauga, but it has been very smooth the last couple years. It seemed a bit rougher on Friday, however.

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Monday, April 5, 2010 5:45 PM
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I haven't greyed out on MF, either. But that may be because every ounce of my body is usually tensed up coming off the lift hill. :)


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Monday, April 5, 2010 5:51 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

That does help Carrie. :)

As a person who occasionally grey's-out on Millennium, I would feel safe in saying a much higher percentage of people will be affected on I-305.


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Monday, April 5, 2010 6:04 PM
Jerry's avatar

I grey out often on MF - so I may avoid this one :-/

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Monday, April 5, 2010 6:33 PM
Jeff's avatar

MF is more a brief moment of visual incompleteness, if you will. If you look carefully at the pull-out on that ride, it's like they took it and twisted it to the right in order to conserve space, but it doesn't truly end until you level out coming down toward the first tunnel. 305 is just straight out sustained G's for several seconds, and creates that tunnel vision effect. But seriously, if you're worried about it, squeeze the muscles in your legs and your butt, and you'll probably not have any loss of vision at all.


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Monday, April 5, 2010 8:15 PM

Easily the most intense ride I've ever been on. I went Easter Sunday and I had no trouble getting on the ride. It only took about 10 minutes to hop on the it each of the 3 times I rode it.

I took the second seat on one ride, the seventh and the last seat on the other two. I think it takes an act of Congress to get into the front seat. The last seat truly was amazing on the first mountain. (There is no way I'm calling that a hill.) It's great air time. The OTSRs weren't much of a problem for me. I had no trouble raising my hands and with them raised, my head didn't hit the sides. They sort of fit with the theme, considering that Dale rode the number 3 with them.

In the end though, it's the turns that make this ride. I've never felt the G's on turns like that before, though the Dominator does have that satisfying little "grunt" turn at the end of it. I didn't experience the gray outs, but I did fell like Dark Helmetgoing to plaid, my brains seemed to be in my feet.

I tend to agree that the general public may find this ride too intense. The broadcast warning (essentially it tells you if you are worried that you can't take the ride, then don't take the ride) and the very height of it makes it very intimidating. Let's face it, the name fits.

There will be many comparisons to MF, but honestly, it's apples and oranges, this ride stands by itself as the most insane ride ride ever. Whether that is good or bad is up to you.

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Monday, April 5, 2010 8:22 PM

Jeff said:


But seriously, if you're worried about it, squeeze the muscles in your legs and your butt, and you'll probably not have any loss of vision at all.

It's pretty impressive when you when you need advice usually given to jet fighter pilots in order to ride a coaster.

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Monday, April 5, 2010 9:09 PM

I dont understand why it would make someone grey out. Is it rough? I ride Millennium constantly and never have a prob.


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Monday, April 5, 2010 10:56 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Not rough at all. Just intense positive G's for several seconds.


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Monday, April 5, 2010 11:11 PM
LostKause's avatar

It was stated earlier somewhere that the positive Gs pull the blood away from your brain during the first curve for a prolonged amount of time, causing a gray-out, Coaster Crazed. According to Jeff, clenching your buttocks and legs will keep some of that blood from leaving your head, and can act as a remedy for the problem.

Millennium Force has been know to have the same kind of problem in its first turnaround, but it is being said that it is not as intense as I305.

:)

That's the recap.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 12:52 AM
Jeff's avatar

Coaster Crazed said:
I dont understand why it would make someone grey out. Is it rough? I ride Millennium constantly and never have a prob.

Because when strong forces pull the blood out of your head, you have a loss of vision.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 1:01 AM
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Hmm.. So this thread is the Grey out thread, and the other forum is the restraint thread?

Btw.. Redout is the inverse (neg G) and is far more dangerous and doesnt require much neg G to cause it... Its results can be far more detrimental than GO. Redout, can cause hemorrhaging or eye damage..

When I was going through flight school, I got to experience redout and yeah... Give me greyout any day.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:15 AM

DaveStroem said:
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.

:( And why, Dave, the Timmy's are nothing more than a credit. Middle train rides are such a snooze-fest.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:27 AM
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On DB I get the seat I request 9/10 times. The only time they don't seem to honor requests is during the power hour. I doubt they will even do that in 2010.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:36 AM

I get the seat I request 10/10 times. Because if they deny my request, I don't listen. :)


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:41 AM
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If they deny my request, I choke them out and steal their uniform. Then, I put it on, and assign that seat to myself.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:44 AM

Thanks for the recap. Sorry, but in all the years I've rode coasters I've never had a greying out problem. It seemes to me like this ones pretty intense, then again that is the point everyones trying to make. :)


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:08 PM

Also, when someone is dehydrated they have less blood making it easier to grey out.

While dehydrated I started greying out in every valley of Mamba. After that incident I made it a point to always drink loads of water in a park. Since then no grey outs.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:27 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

I drink about 64 oz of water a day. Plus cereal with milk. No pop, coffee, etc. I highly doubt dehydration was a factor for me.


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:03 PM
rollergator's avatar

Weird, I guess I'm one of the few that actually finds the greying-out to be enjoyable? I intentionally try to relax in high-positive areas so that I can maxinmize the sensation....like on B:TR's finale... :)

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