Kings Dominion construction ramps up for new roller coaster

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:50 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Richmond TV station NBC12 has some video looking around the construction site at Kings Dominion, showing the worst kept secret in 2010 roller coasters. A park rep says Internet sources on the identity of the ride are "fairly accurate," which most agree makes this a 300-foot Intamin coaster.

See video from WWBT/Richmond.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1:31 AM

Ok after looking at it more, since my previous post was pointed out. It definately is intamin track. It just looks alot different than there triangular or boxed looking track. It is more supported by a bottom support that runs the length of the section of track.

I'll start believing its gonna crack three hundred feet when i see the lift hill have a structure similiar to millennium force's. It looks more like this ride is going to be built for hills or turns, just looking at the curves in the track that they have now. I would think more of something like Bizarro/Superman at SFNE. I guess i'll wait and see or just stand corrected as before.

Last edited by MagnunBarrel, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1:32 AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:09 AM

Ok, maybe I'm way out there again, but haven't observers already determined that it's an Intamin giga, which by definition would put it between the three and four hundred foot mark? I'd start believing it now.

It also sounds like the announcement will come soon. Sometime in August isn't all that far away.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:20 AM

RCMAC said:
And frankly, as a traveler, I dont want to visit and find the same style of ride at every park in the chain. If MF and DB coexist in Ohio, and if next year the south is blessed with outstanding, but different rides at KD and Carowinds? The world will seem like a pretty balanced place to me.

Problem with that though is that S:ROS is already right up the road @ SFA. Come to think of it, the B&M hyper, AC , aint too far away either. KD would have a similar coaster nearby no matter which hyper they chose. Wait, is Morgan still in business? ;)

Personally, I couldn't care less about *similar* rides. I only care about *good* rides. Then again, since it's been 18months+ since I went to a park, right now I'd settle for *any* ride.

lata, jeremy
(shameless use of asterisks not approved by rollergatorwoodie)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 10:31 AM

^LOL, you know you get ex post facto approvals.

You might even try to make it out for "Last Howl" on BBW, which right now is looking like 7/31-8/1. I'd hate to have to do that on a Saturday, but AV Matt and my family seem to be conspiring against a Friday visit.

Back to KD - As for the idea of a Morgan, I thought they were determined to have *bad luck* after the Shinto priest was unable to exorcise SD2K. As long as the coaster stays upright (rider orientation), I'll be happy.

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 10:32 AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 11:01 AM

^"Last Howl"? What's that? Is BBW being torn down? Am I really that out of the loop?

(checks forums.....)

Yup, I am that out of touch. Wow, didnt see that coming. I thought it was Loch Ness Monster that was going to be the one leaving. What are they gonna put in the BBW space>

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:27 PM

I would like to see one of Intamins new Megalite designs go into KD. It looks like a fairly decent ride.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:30 PM

^ Soggy everyone know it's because it's an Intamin. Hyper or giga it doesn't matter. They are way superior to B&M. ;)

Actually I do prefer Intamin to B&M, but I have yet to ride Diamondback or Behemoth with the new trains. Looking forward to the KI trip to try it out, but I don't think that it'll change my opinion.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 11:28 AM

Wait, since when is Diamondback crappy? What planet are you from?

Personally, I thought Diamondback was an absolute bore, and no better than any of the other B&M hypercoasters out there. I'm glad people enjoy it, and I'm sure it will do well for Kings Island. But I thought it was a yawner. People do have different opinions, you know.


Thursday, July 2, 2009 11:35 AM

But yours is wrong. ;)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:58 PM

Dude, I thought I would never hear anyone say that they thought their ride on DB wasn't fun. Your opinion is fascinating and quite unique.

But DB to me was one of the best coasters I have ever been on!

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:59 PM
Thursday, July 2, 2009 4:38 PM

Not to mention, if Diamondback was a Giga it would almost certainly be visable along the Beast's run through the woods (DB only comes into view as you approach the 2nd lift.)

I cant believe someone is complaining about Diamondback.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 4:41 PM

D-back is a funtastic ride, perfect for the park and its patrons. If it had been built instead of Sonny, CF might not have been able to afford the Paramount acquisition, LOL. Would *I* personally prefer something a little more aggressive after the turnaround? Sure. But I don't think it's "an absolute bore" - just your relatively typical B&M hyper. Better than Nyquil, at least.

Friday, July 3, 2009 7:47 PM

Everyone's entitled to his own, but I'm shocked to read coasterdude318's opinion that Diamondback is "an absolute bore" and "a yawner". Maybe... to an astronaut, or someone like that! Do I even want to go where Nate is getting his real thrills?

Saturday, July 4, 2009 9:24 AM

Same place I get mine... from an Intamin ;).

Last edited by Fun, Saturday, July 4, 2009 9:25 AM
Sunday, July 5, 2009 6:57 PM

I was at KD on Saturday, the 4th, and saw the huge construction site and was so excited to see it! :) As we were riding up the lift hill on Anaconda, it's to the left and it looks like a large area has been cleared up and lots of stuff sitting over there. I can't wait! :)

Monday, July 6, 2009 7:05 AM

Okay, who know it'll be a Giga, but will it be TALLER than MF (310 foot)?

Monday, July 6, 2009 12:27 PM

Who says it's going to be taller even than 300 feet? Just because a box has a 'Giga' label doesn't mean anything. The term can mean whatever Intamin wants it to.

Monday, July 6, 2009 2:03 PM

Intamin's product brochure says the following:

Giga Coaster
The newly developed Giga Coaster belongs to the family of ultra high coasters with a «first-drop» of 92 m (300 ft) resulting in train speeds of 150 km/h (94 mph). The layout is characterised by steep hills and drops, high speed horizontal turns at or close to ground level and various overbanked curves. As there are no classic overhead figures foreseen, open design trains with lapbars can be used further enhancing the thrill experience.

That says to me that an Intamin giga must have a drop of at least 300 feet.

Last edited by Vater, Monday, July 6, 2009 2:06 PM
Monday, July 6, 2009 2:07 PM

I stand corrected. :)

Monday, July 6, 2009 11:30 PM

The double spine on the track says to me that the coaster is going to be quite fast and forceful. I believe it could also indicate that their may be minimal supports in whatever section that track will be used. Whatever little bit KD is leaking is working, because i am getting very excited! I always assumed that coasters probably have reached their height and speed limits, but their is a good possibility that this new ride will be a record breaker.


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