Kings Dominion announces Dominator

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Dominion will soar to new heights in 2008 with the introduction of its 14th roller coaster, Dominator. Debuting in late spring, this innovative 4,210-foot steel coaster will be the longest floorless coaster in the world and have the tallest roller coaster loop.

Riders will board the coaster on the east side of International Street, just behind the park’s Berserker ride. Once seated, guests begin their journey with a short, twisted U-turn and climb the 161 foot-tall lift hill. After the 32 passenger train crests the top of the lift, riders are sent flying down a 157 foot drop, eventually speeding into the gut-wrenching, record-breaking vertical loop, which stands 135 feet tall. Four additional inversions will follow during Dominator’s two minute and six second, adrenaline pumping experience.

Read the press release from Kings Dominion.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:04 PM
delan's avatar The longest in the world? Is it me or does Krypton Coaster at SFFT look / feel longer. Learn something new everyday.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:07 PM
Yippee....another lack-luster coaster announcement from about some graphics or renderings?

I know VooDoo is just an impulse but this is a fairly good B&M we've got would think they'd want to hype this a little.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:27 PM
I was hoping for a name change. I was also hoping for a location a little deeper into the park. Heck, I was hoping Geauga Lake would outlive me. Whatever. I hope they at least paint the thing, it's lookin' real washed out.

You'd think more hype would be in order, but who knows - maybe they don't want to raise the ire (irre? eyre?) of media digging up dirt on where it came from and how old it is. I don't think they cared so much at Kings Island with Firehawk, people had exposure there to Geauga Lake. This is different. Besides, they know they got a darn tootin' great coaster, it'll sell itself next year with word of mouth.

Dominator is indeed the longest floorless they've ever built, believe it or not. It may have only five inversions, but there's lots of quality track time in between them. Great ride, great park. Done bitchin'.

Though I did think the loop on Krypton was taller...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:43 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Great coaster when it's not headbangin'. Definitely added value to KD. The name doesn't matter. It's not a new credit or anything. ;)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:52 PM
uhh - it is for me. I read my Creative Coaster Accounting Inflation Handbook cover-to-cover. New park, new location. There's a bunch on my list I've counting twice. There's a bobsled up in the Adirondacks I got THREE credits on, baby.

OK, I'm kidding. PLEASE don't turn this into a counting method discussion. I hope I didn't already.

But on the subject of counting, note in the release it says 14th coaster - does that mean they're at least expecting Hypersonic will be there next year?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 9:14 PM
^Yes,HS:XLC will remain for at least one more season of head banging thrills.

I'm glad that KD is finally adding a coaster with some substance & capacity to it that....for the first time in a decade will not be a launcher,sure Ricochet is also chain driven but it's a rather small ride by comparison.I would've liked to have seen a better location within the park for it though but at least there's always the possibility of some at least halfway decent landscaping to make the ride look good & not like a Scream! east clone.

Perhaps instead of naming it Dominator they should've just gone ahead & named it Scream's revenge?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:06 PM
My vote was to rename it "Dominionator." Good ride though, sad to see it move out of my state.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:11 PM
Color Scheme?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:25 PM
rollergator's avatar AV said:

"Great coaster when it's not headbangin'. Definitely added value to KD. The name doesn't matter. It's not a new credit or anything."

LOL, yeah, if only it had gotten a new name.... :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 11:39 PM
Their 14th coaster, eh? Seems like there are more than a handful of parks out there that are unintentionally contending for largest collection of roller coasters. The counts used to be separated by a pretty big number, but Magic Mountain and Cedar Point are getting their tails chased. ;)

Cedar Point - 17 roller coasters

SF Magic Mountain; Canada's Wonderland - 15 roller coasters

Kings Dominion - 14 roller coasters

Kings Island; SF Over Texas; SF Great Adventure; SF Great America - 13 roller coasters

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 1:48 AM
Dominator, huh? Batman Knight Flight has a better ring to it.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7:48 AM
Wonderland's only got 14, counting Behemoth. Thunder Run is a power-rail.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:09 AM
Don't forget the new addition for 2008, bringing CP's coaster count to 18. :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:15 AM
Powered rail coasters don't count? What's all that bent steel it runs on?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:32 AM
Cedar Fair's really pushing the limits of creativity with these new ride names. Thunderhawk, Dominator... what are the chances of a "new" ride named Head Spin emerging in the near future?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:04 AM
^ But remember, ride names are irrelevant and don't generate income for the parks. So, they're not going to waste precious time and creativity coming up with unique or creative ride names.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:08 AM
Cool! We're hoping to get out there next year!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:00 PM
Vater's avatar "Thunderhawk" and "Dominator" are unique to Michigan's Adventure and Kings Dominion, which means they're unique to probably 80% (at the least) of the visitors of those respective parks. They're not unique to enthusiasts like us, however if most of those enthusiasts are like me, they don't give a crap whether or not a relocated coaster keeps the same name it had at Geauga Lake. I'd love to know why stuff like this matters so much to some people.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:10 PM
CPLady's avatar It will also save them money on merchandise that can be re-used at the new locations.

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