Paramount's Kings Dominion tests Drop Zone

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2003 6:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Paramount's Kings Dominion released images of Drop Zone today, as the ride is being tested for a spring opening.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 6:59 AM
john peck's avatar Weird, it has a bicycle-wheel design. I never knew that.
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:15 AM
I guess they used that type of ring because the ride will not operate in a rotational mode :( but it still looks great & I can't wait to "drop in" on this thing.

The paintjob leaves a bit to be desired however because the orange/yellow color scheme just doesn't look good to me,I see that the gray & green section shown on screamscape is only at the base of the tower.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:34 AM
how high is this thing? my fav drop is the backside drop of Giant Drop at dreamworld (oz)
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:48 AM
305 ft tall
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:48 AM
The entire tower is 305', the drop is 272'
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 8:24 AM
Mamoosh's avatar I suspect the "spoke" design weighs less and has less wind resistance.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 10:54 AM
Oh MY LORD... Wow. Oh boy. 272ft of pure freefall bliss. Dang I wish this was closer...

Justin "Supreme Scream is still pretty darn good though" Adams

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:19 PM
I rode this at PKI. Even after riding Beast and Son of Beast five times the drop tower was still a thrill. The Power Tower at Cedar Point felt childish by comparison.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:27 PM
Hmmm Looks like a Huss Giant Frisbee straped on an Intamin drop tower

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 1:14 PM
LOL,I just hope they put some sort of cover over those spokes to make it look a bit better.

After looking at the bottom pic it looks almost like the seats on Acrophobia,maybe they did a stand up model to make up for the lack of rotation.although chances are that it just looks like that.oh well I can dream can't I?

*** This post was edited by BATWING FAN SFA 3/6/2003 6:15:15 PM ***

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 2:18 PM
All they need now is a giant playing card to put in the spokes!

Can't wait to ride this thing at Coaster Con if it's open.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 2:26 PM
Mamoosh's avatar BATWING - you need to think before you post: if they put a cover on the spokes it would act like a big parachute. Even PKI's version has gaps for air flow.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 2:41 PM
Is it just me or is that the ugliest color scheme I've ever seen. I thought PKI's was bad, but this is just ugly. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 3:27 PM
Ever stood in line for Dropzone at PKI? When it drops, a huge rush of air almost knocks you down. I am guessing the spoke design is to prevent that.
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Friday, March 7, 2003 12:29 AM
My local drop tower only allowes for 4 people across on 3 seprate cars. I'm laughing in my head at the thought of all these people screaming together. It would be soooo fun to share the drop experience with so many people.

I think these drop rides offer the ultimate thrill compared to most coasters. I always leave the ride legless and my heart thumping hard!

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Friday, March 7, 2003 5:23 AM
Anyone want to volunteer to be a test dummy?
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Friday, March 7, 2003 5:36 AM
Anybody else think it looks a little flimsy? Hopefully it doesn't have to undergo structural changes like other Intamin rides lately...

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Friday, March 7, 2003 7:01 AM
janfrederick's avatar I like the fact that it holds a whole mess of people.

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Friday, March 7, 2003 10:10 AM
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