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.
See construction photos in the CoasterBuzz roller coaster database.
Here is my suggestion/complaint: If the actual site is as barren as the video suggests then KD needs to go on a tree planting spree. Imagine the loww sections of this ride zooming thru the woods. It would be somewhat like returning Grizzly to it's former secluded ways.
Someone over at kdfansite said that someone talked to Dick Kinzel after the announcement and that he said that there would be lapbars and not OTSRs... I don't know how that could be true.Last edited by Nate g, Thursday, August 20, 2009 12:53 PM
For those of you who have ridden Pilgrims Plunge, how are the over-the-shoulder lap bars?
Only two trains? I know there is no MCBR but why wouldn't they set up the station similar to MF with separate load and unload areas?
Then people would be complaining that they have to buy a locker because there wouldn't be anywhere to put their stuff.
Ride looks like fun, but I don't care for the nascar tie in.
what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Wow. Looks great! I find the layout to be *WAY* more interesting than Millennium Force. Definitely making a trip to VA next year...
I TOTALLY am loving the Congo meets NASCAR theme tie-in!
I hope ol' Dick let Rob Decker and his team do something interesting with the station architecture. I think it is ISpeed that has an insanely cool station design that fits the "racing theme." Sadly, I am sure it will be Cedar Fair bland.
Maverick Force. I like the design, layout and theme. I am hoping for lapbars and not OTSRs. Sure, I can see Dick's ego at work here, but I'm certain it will be a great ride regardless.
I had planned to go to several parks in Pennsylvania in 2010. When I saw the first pics of the track and construction at KD I excelerated those plans to 2009. With this announcement I know I made the right choice. I will be hitting KD and Carowinds in 2010.
I've ridden Pilgrims Plunge. As far as the over-the-shoulder lap bars are concerned, they are fine. Very Maverick like. The difference is that Pilgrims Plunge doesn't have the quick changes in direction that Maverick has and that Intimidator 305 will have. Banging my head around on those Maverick restraints kills that ride for me. I'm hoping for lap bars on I-305.
john peck said:
It looks like a Giant Mega-Lite... which is of course, a great thing.
When I first looked at the layout I thought of the first drop and turn on Kawasemi but 200 feet higher.
I wonder if there will be trims anywhere? I hope not, and it does not look like it in the animation.
The MF/Maverick love child line is fantastic!!!! Looks like a great ride. Disappointed in the OTSR's and color scheme, but we really can't complain. I'm sure the ride is going to rock! Memo to Cedar Fair: this McDonald's color scheme has got to go.
No complaints about the restraints yet? Amazing!
It says on the web page that it will have over the shoulder lap bars but not shoulder harnesses. I picture them having the U bar like on King Da Ka, but without the flemsy shoulder harnesses. Should be a good restraint and should be better for the big boys being able to ride, unlike M. Force anymore...
I watched the animation and I wonder if it looks kind of tame (except for the head banging rolling action) because the trains will be significantly longer than Mavericks or Farenheit or iSpeed. Maybe I'm just used to seeing shorter trains and sharper hills.
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Maybe they want him to climb up the 45 foot lightning rod that will sit on top of the 305 foot lifthill lol
Anyways not what I was expecting at all and yes I'm alittle disappointed but oh well atleast this has left the door open for other parks/chains to go bigger/faster/longer in the future.
I love the Mega lite start of Kd coaster then it all goes down hill from there lol j/k the more I watch the animations the more I'm starting to like what this Monster is going to do the G's and the sense of speed should be utterly amazing. Not much airtime it seams but what's there looks pretty good, and those changes in direction looks nutts.
Now since CF has left the gates to record taking open SF/SFMM this is your chance FIND! the money make it happen lol
Totally kickass! 2010 is going to be a busy year! :)
Would the NASCAR/Earnhardt theme be better served at Carowinds, especially considering that the NASCAR Hall of Fame is due to open May 11, 2010 in Charlotte?
Check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ_-s8M42p0 This is just pathetic.
It looks VERY cool.
Seeing as they doing the NASCAR thing, are they gonna plaster the cars with sponsors, or would that just be the station?
I can see it now:
This ride sponsord by:
"Maverick" Tack & Feed
"Mantis" Pest Control
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
Little bit dissapointed this has shoulder restraints, but who cares! This thing looks crazy:)
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