Kings Dominion announces Intimidator 305

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2009 11:13 AM | Contributed by Goliath Freak

Kings Dominion today announced Intimidator 305, a 5,100-foot long steel roller coaster. It takes its name from stock car driver Dale Earnhardt, “The Intimidator,” along with the height of the coaster’s lift hill, 305 feet. It will reach speeds over 90 mph. The ride will be a $25 million investment at the park.

Visit the official Intimidator 305 site.

See construction photos in the CoasterBuzz roller coaster database.

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Friday, August 28, 2009 6:53 PM
LostKause's avatar

So, like a few dollars per seat, plus installation?


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Friday, August 28, 2009 7:42 PM

Yeah, I'd say about that. It depends on the switch, the deal they can get on a large quantity, and the labor cost.

You'd be talkin about $500 for parts and 8 hours labor PER TRAIN. So, if you bill labor at $70 an hour (lowballing, of course), you'd be in for $450 of labor per train.

Grand total: $950 per train, or about $2,000 for a two train coaster.

Then again, I may be a shade off in my estimates, but I THINK I might be close.


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Friday, August 28, 2009 10:47 PM

The switches are already there! The trick is that all the seats in each car are wired in series to form a sensing loop. The reason for doing that is to dramatically simplify the telemetry from the train to the console:


/ / / / / /
restraint_OK_signal_car_n___/ .___/ .___/ .___/ .___/ .___/ ._________gnd
s1 s2 s3 s4 s5 s6

What they would have to do would be to replace the SPST switches with DPST switches. Use one pole for the existing circuit, use the other pole for a "go" indicator at each seat.


/ / / / / /
restraint_OK_signal_car_n___/|.___/|.___/|.___/|.___/|.___/|.___________gnd
|s1 |s2 |s3 |s4 |s5 |s6
|/ |/ |/ |/ |/ |/
+v__________________________./ . ./ . ./ . ./ . ./ . ./ .
| | | | | | | | | | | |
|__)__|__)__|__)__|__)__|__)__| |___0___. l6
| | | | |_________0___| l5
| | | |_______________0___| l4
| | |_____________________0___| l3
| |___________________________0___| l2
|_________________________________0___| l1
|/\
/\ \
\ \(gnd)
\

Your wiring challenge is to take six switches which are wired in series and figure out how to get parallel indicators from them. :) Oh, and remember it must be fail-safe. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr

Last edited by RideMan, Friday, August 28, 2009 10:48 PM

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Friday, August 28, 2009 11:21 PM
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Okay, Rideman. Now you're just showing off. :)

But thanks for that very interesting schematic.


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Friday, August 28, 2009 11:54 PM
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^^When you put it like that, it all seems so elementary. ;)


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Saturday, August 29, 2009 12:03 AM

I think I see where the flux capacitor hooks up!


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Saturday, August 29, 2009 7:29 AM

^ But where's the power source for the 1.21 jiggawats? I don't see Mr. Fusion anywhere!


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Monday, August 31, 2009 7:59 AM

It got buried under the coaster when they built Krustyland...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:50 PM
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^^^^^^^ (or whatever)

Wow. I have no idea what just happened, but I think I need a cigarette.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:06 PM

In the Closeup wallpaper (the 4th one shown) the creepy computer-generated riders are all sitting rigidly erect despite the physics involved in a snap roll of about 155 degrees to the left.

More appropriate would be the folks up front (who have completed the roll) holding their head or ears in pain while the riders behind them wince as they slam into the right shoulder restraint. Maverick riders at CP have developed a slew of techniques to deal with this unfortunate occurrence.

The ride looks very fun; hope to make it out to VA in 2010. I may bring a boxer's sparring headgear to cushion the blows though.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:48 PM
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There is a solution to this neckbanging, you know...

It's called, "Holding On." :)


-Daniel

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:10 PM

Depending on the coaster, holding on can reduce, but not always necessarily eliminate, head-banging.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:29 PM
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This certainly feels like a "rinse and repeat" thread topic. How bout we wait till the trains even hit the track. Then decide.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:48 PM
Vater's avatar

Bah! Logic is so overrated...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:58 PM
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Thinking about starting a new thread about the failure to identify THE seat that isn't locked on Toro...seriopusly, it takes forever to figure out who isn't locked far enough (already MUCH further than safety dictates), and in the meantime they staple the daylights out of everyone in the car. (Hello, ride-ops - common sense calling, saying the largest riders MIGHT be the ones who are sending the no-go signal).

Seriously, just in terms of operating capacity alone (not to mention comfort) - fix those trains. One of the best rides on Earth shouldn't be so completely hamstrung by a fix that costs THAT little to make.

Oh, back to Intimidator 305 - from looking at the track pieces and the working model, may be extremely fun and forceful....more "hills" might have been an improvement, but I'll wait to judge... ;)


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:18 PM
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lol Vater.. exactly.. Heck was I thinking..


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Thursday, November 12, 2009 1:54 PM
Fun's avatar

I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but it appears a last minute support tower has been added to I305.

http://www.kdfansite.com/gallery/albums/P10/day%20156/IMG_3762_%28Large%29.JPG

This square support under the lift hill was not in the ride rendering, and interestingly enough, it does not appear to have any bolt holes for a connection to the red track structure. It looks like it was simply designed to "hold it up".

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Thursday, November 12, 2009 1:59 PM

Its a temporary piece, as the track itself acts as the support structure, once the hill is completely assembled.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:02 PM
Fun's avatar

If it is temporary, why did they paint it yellow?

Edit: Unless maybe the tower is actually a support for somewhere else on the ride and the top section is just bolted on in the interim?

Last edited by Fun, Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:07 PM
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Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:06 PM

Because yellow is a nice color? I have no idea. Read the blog.


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