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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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:38 PM
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So that side of the park now has to have the most eclectic mash-up of theming anywhere between the bobsled, volcano, crypt, secret military base, backlot stunt track, an anaconda and now a "race track". LOL


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:41 PM

At least if the trains are no good, they can trade them in and get $4,500 toward new ones.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:46 PM
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RatherGoodBear said:
At least if the trains are no good, they can trade them in and get $4,500 toward new ones.

HA! But that's only if it meets the government guidlines.

As far as the Chevy logo, right now GM might be more than willing to have some income, even if it is very little, coming in free of investment on their part. I think the coaster itself is one we will have to wait to ride to judge, and the frist time I saw the S:ROS layout for Darien Lake, I thought it was very lame. Proved me wrong ;-)


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:52 PM
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Acoustic Viscosity said:
So that side of the park now has to have the most eclectic mash-up of theming ....

Good thing the park isnt on water. With all their high wait time rides on one side it would surely capsize with park goers.

Will certainly empty out the woodies on the other side.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:52 PM

BDesvignes said:
Oh god a Dale Jr. ride would bebring all the retards out of the woodwork. There's nothing worse than aJr. fan. In order to make a Jr. ride they would have to make a ridesimilar to the Intimidator and get everyone excited. Then it would needto disapoint everyone and be a terrible ride haha.

Retards? I take offense to that. Let me guess, you're one of the "retards" that thinks they are cool because they like Kyle Busch, the one everyone else hates. I'll admit there are some really annoying fans of Jr, that is what happens when you have such a large fan base... but there are worse things.. such as Busch and his fans, and a portion of Gordon fans etc.

Hopman said:
You notice how JR always blames everybody and everything BUT himself? the dude can't drive half as good as his daddy!

Real racecars are covered with sponsors, and I wonder how they'll incorperate that.

We know one train will be the black & silver sceem, but would the other be the blue & yellow layout like his old Wrangler-sponsored car?

Jr hasn't blamed a single other person. The media may make excuses for him but Jr never does. Now Busch is the perfect example of blaming everyone but himself when something goes wrong. Or when Stewart spends his time complaining about stupid drivers (wishing Dale Sr was still around to put them in their place) or Goodyear tires etc. THAT is a driver that puts the blame elsewhere.

Jr may not be as good as his daddy but who is? The problem was losing a great crew chief. Look at how many wins he had with Tony Eury Sr. Tony Jr was not as good, especially after the COT switch. Didn't help that DEI during the last 2 years had crappy equipment. Look at all the engines that blew that final year when he was running well.

Any honest and objective person can see that and also has to see that Jr is looking far better as his time with Lance increases. While he hasn't always finished well you can't blame him for getting wrecked at Daytona, engine blown at Indy, and losing his brakes at The Glen (and he was running in the top 10 too). That's 3 of the 11 races he's had since starting to work with Lance. In 5 others he has finished no worse than 15th. In the remaining 3 races, both times at Pocono the last changes made didn't work out (again at one point he was in the top 10) and he finished the same position while the other race was Infineon and Jr is usually crap at road course races. Let's take a look at his most recent race... the return trip to Michigan. He got 3rd place after having gotten 15th the last time he was there with Lance.

But anyway, this is not a NASCAR board. Back on topic, I think this coaster looks pretty damn cool. Just wish the first turn was left.. heck they all should be. :)

Last edited by SnakeEyes, Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:54 PM
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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:54 PM
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Agree with you there phoenixphan- Computer graphics can only simulate so much. If anything it makes it look controlled, which is the complete opposite feeling when you are actually on it.

Last edited by Fun, Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:55 PM
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Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:54 PM
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SnakeEyes said:

But anyway, this is not a NASCAR board...

Thank God, or else I want my $25 back ;)


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:03 PM

RideMan said:
Austin, the tribute isn't in the drop angle, but in the height: 3 hundred (or so) feet.

Yes, but if there would be a "Jr. coaster" at 305 feet since that's the height which is said IN the name, then it would have to be verryy not steep. Not that kids would ride it anyways, but I would make it a joke.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:27 PM

Maybe a Jr. coaster at 305 feet long?


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:42 PM
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Jr coaster: Intimidator 30.5

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:42 PM

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:52 PM

Looks fun. I don't get the Earnhardt thing though since the park is not in North Carolina. Steel Phantom thought it could do a sharp turn doing 80 with true OTSRs. That didn't work so well. This one should fair better.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:08 PM
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We posted some of Ken's photos on our page in the DB.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:12 PM
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I think that it looks amazing and I can't wait to ride it next spring!

And as much as I don't care for NASCAR (I skipped over Snake Eyes post because I lost interest), I do see the theme as a good thing because of the amount of followers the so-called sport has. I think this is a real winner!

The only concern that I have is the long curves at ground level. I always thought the low-to-the-ground helix elements were dull on the Supermen: Rides of Steel coasters. This ride doesn't sport complete helices, so it might not be a big deal.

I agree that CF needs to cut the McDonald's color scheme out. It just makes me want to leave the park to get some fast food. :)


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:30 PM

I can't believe we are on page 5 and people still don't understand this.

THE RIDE DOES NOT HAVE OTSR RESTRAINTS. IF YOU THINK THIS YOU DID NOT READ THE ARTICLE.

The pull down lapbar design is a nearly perfect design that allows many body sizes to fit without fear of ejection OR headbanging. win win.

Stop freaking out about the OTSR restraints, the website says it all. Geez.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:37 PM
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Take a chill pill, dude. It just a roller coaster. lol


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:38 PM

I'm very calm, it's just like watching people argue at these fake town halls on TV, talking to a wall never gets you anywhere.

The website explicitly says lapbars but people are losing their cool about OTSR's that won't even be on the ride.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:42 PM
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That's because the website also shows explicit pictures of a train with OTSRs.

Relax. There's no need to freak out over the way people are interpreting the ride.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:46 PM

I didn't read the past pages so I do not know if this was brought up before, but is it just me or does it look like Mega-Lite on steroids? I am particularly talking about the very beginning of the ride with the right turn.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:58 PM
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For the record SnakeEyes I am neither a Kyle Busch or Jeff Gordon fan. I don't like either of them. I am a Montoya fan, who btw is going to make the chase unlike Jr.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:03 PM

Those renderings by Keith are a very accurate depiction of the trains that will be used on Intimidator. Keep in mind that when parks approach Keith and VIP (his company) to produce marketing materials for an upcoming attraction, he is provided very detailed materials and sources to create a digital rendering for the park...from sketches, blueprints, computer generated images, as well as 3D models.

Those look exactly like the "overhead lapbars" used on Knott's Perilous Plunge and Cedar Point's Maverick.

I noticed nobody really commented about the lift hill. Only TWO support structures holding up the entire lift. Very Intamin. Me like. :)

Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:06 PM
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