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.
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...
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?
^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?
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
"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.