Kings Dominion, April 9th, a superstar and a unconsciousness.

Friday, April 9, 2010 5:53 PM

I took the day off and spent the day riding some coasters at Kings Dominion with my wife and 17 year old daughter. We left early for reasons which will be explained later.
We arrived at 10:15 and my daughter picked up her season pass. It was a short wait and we we in the door. We thought we would beat the crowds, at the new gigacoaster Intimidator, but apparently everyone else had the same idea, so we went to the Lauched coaster, Volcano, the Blast Coaster instead.
I expected us to turn around when we we saw the line, which is usually made for an hour hour wait, but were pleasantly surprised when we walked right up to the ride. We got in the front line and watched a few groups get launched. we were gearing up to ride and with only two people in front of us, the ride promptly broke. We waited for about 45 minutes before the ride was repaired and we were off. It seems I can't win when it comes to that ride.
The ride itself is fast, fun, with a great view at one point and incredibly high immelman loops, as always, I thought it is too short for such a wait.
We then went back to the Intimidator 305 and the line was essentially gone. My daughter and I took the second seat less than 10 minutes after we got into line. As mentioned in other posts, it's one of the most intense rides on the planet.
We went up the 305 foot lift hill at a crazy 18 miles per hour. My daughter and I both put our hands up and screamed at the insane 300 foot drop. As we went into the first high G turn my daughter's arms fell. I looked over and saw her head slumped over. She had passed out. I shook her awake and she she seemed to come out of it after the second hill. She resumed her happy screams. As we spun through the S turn we were yelling, "It's twisty, it's twisty!" It turns out my daughter didn't remember much of that.
After that, we walked over to the Anaconda. My wife joined us for the time.The Anaconda is getting shakier be the year, and it 's ride is starting to feel like an old wooden coaster. The good news was that my daughter stayed conscious.
We all went to the Backlot Stunt Coaster and after a 20 minute wait we crammed into the minis Mini Coopers for a fun little ride. I've always loved the explosions on that ride.
From there we went to the Dominator. My wife say no, even though I said that the elements were remarkable similar to the anaconda. It was a short wait, which was nice. We had seen a large guy and his daughter escorted through the line, and we wondered why. It turned out we rode with them in the back seat. We were all joking and and having a great time through the ride, which is my favorite in the park. After the ride we were walking off joking when the big guy was once again joined by a security escort. I asked him if I should know him. He said, I'm Mike, Mike Sellers. I'd just ridden with a Washington Redskin! How cool is that?
After that, my stoked daughter was all set the retry the Intimidator. I explained to her that she should tense up her muscles it she wanted to get through it awake. She took my advice and did really really through 3/4s of the first turn, then she relaxed and promptly blacked out again. Sigh...
This time she recovered immediately, and enjoyed the ride. She states that when she can gets through the entire ride awake, I should buy her a t-shirt. I think my money is safe.
At that point she was in rough shape, so we went to one last ride, the El Dorado. My wife joined us on this one. It's a simple pendulum ride. Nothing too exciting, nothing upside down, but when I looked at my daughter, she was downright green. We decided to end the day at that point. I thought that anything else we did would be torture to her and I remember the Geneva Convention. I'll just take her home and water-board her.
I've been going to Kings Dominion for decades, but this a day, I'll never forget.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010 12:04 AM

Hayden, we had similar luck with FoF. We were 2 trains away from loading when it broke down.

As to I305 and your daughter. I worry that if someone blacked out hard, that they might not come too before the "twisty" parts and could be seriously injured. I am glad that she is OK if not a bit green.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010 12:08 AM

One of Dan Snyder's players in a Cedar Fair park?

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Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:18 AM

Or, you know, it happens to be the market he plays in.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010 9:08 PM

Very true! I also ran into Clint Novak from the Coaster Crew. (How can you miss him when he's wearing his propeller beanie?)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 8:48 AM

Celebrities abound...

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Monday, April 12, 2010 7:25 PM

Jeff said:
Or, you know, it happens to be the market he plays in.

So is SFA.

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Monday, April 12, 2010 11:36 PM

Does it say in their contract they can't go to other parks?

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:42 AM

Yes :) ...and they arent allowed to have a winning season for a period of 5 years.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:58 PM

If you play for the Redskins, would you really want to go to a park owned by your owner?!? That said, Six Flags does have some nice rides, especially when you're there with a private group and have the park basically to yourself...and Alex Ovechkin.

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