Kings Dominion to open 305-foot coaster in 2010
Intimidator 305 is a new giga coaster opening in April 2010 at Kings Dominion.
Intimidator 305 is named after the late Dale Earnhardt's stock car. The name of the coaster references Earnhardt's nickname, his car number (3) and the height of the coaster, 305 feet.
At top speed the $25 million coaster will go about 92 mph, following an 85-degree, 300-foot initial drop. It will contain three high speeds turns and six air time humps. There is a small lake in the middle of the coaster. The trains will be black, with the red Chevy logo upfront, have about 16 rows of two across, and overhead restraints.
The concept art shows the coaster stretching from the anaconda station to beyond the Rebel Yell turnaround. The brake run will take place on a downward slope with what is probably magnetic brakes.
So it looks like this will start making use of the property they own that used to hold the Safari Monorail.
If the folks at Kings Dominion are smart they'll team up with Richmond International Raceway to promote this. Could bring a lot of race fans into the park on the 2 Nascar race weekends there.
They are mentioning this on the local news tonight. There is a site just for the ride which is
Ugh, do we really need the number in the title? Isn't Intimidator a good enough name? Why do they feel the need to further distinguish the name with the height (especially when it's not a particularly amazing number. It's not like Cedar Point has Millennium Force 310).
Looks like a awesome and original coaster they're bringing to the park. My only complaint is the themeing, but, I don't ride a coaster for the theme, although a good theme could make it better. I also think the 305 tacked onto the name is a little odd, but a coaster is a coaster.
Don't worry about the "305" on the name- nobody will use it. I don't know of anyone who calls Magnum XL 200 by it full name. All you hear at Cedar Point is "Did you ride Magnum yet?"
Am I the only one looking at this design and thinking that the G-Forces on the first couple of turns are going to be right on the edge of painful?
Looks fun, cannot wait to ride.
Looks like fun. So let's get this straight....Busch Gardens is tearing down Big Bad Wolf, and it's ownership is up in the air, and Kings Dominion is building this.
I will definitely be planning a trip to KD next spring. I went last year with Dominator opening, and thought it was okay.
This is a game changer in the DC/Maryland/Virginia market. BGE is world class but very thin when it comes to actual quality rides (Curse of DC, Griffon, AG, AC, LNM, Pompeii Corkscrew, BBW...ah oh take one away = 7). KD was already superior in the rides department. Adding Dominator and now Intimidator moves KD to the top tier of amusement parks anywhere! Volcano is a world class coaster as well. Flight of Fear and Stunt Coaster are both unique and enjoyable launch rides and Avalanche, Rebel Yell, Anaconda and Ghoster Coaster have stood the test of time and are all classics! I count nine outstanding roller coasters (out of 14).
Looks pretty ... generic.
The competition? Granted, KD is developing a pretty bad ass ride package, but I think that the end of the day, from the perspective of the owners and leadership team (Which, when talking about parks, is also my perspective), that the competition is about numbers and such.
To be honest, I don't think I've visited KD since the Cedar Fair purchase. Nor have I worked ... in Williamsburg ... since that purchase. But I can tell you that never in my time ... in Williamsburg (which was 9 years) ... did I once hear anyone discussing KD as competition. Granted, my roles were such that I never spent a lot of time in Sales & Marketing meetings, but still.
Being a great theme park with a complete experience doesn't necessarily guarantee market share in the seasonal states...especially when your competition is aggressively expanding and improving itself. 2008 brought a top shelf B&M floorless to the park. 2010 will bring the giga coaster. All one has to do is look at the company flagship Cedar Point to see how well the thrill ride formula can work (consistent 3 million plus attendance with about a 120 day schedule...in Sandusky, Ohio). If the rides (and management) are good, the fanbase will grow, as will the list of passholders each year.
I've said it before, and I will say it again: if more coasters = more ticket sales, Kings Dominion would already be winning the Virginia Theme Park War, as they lead Busch Gardens Williamsburg by a 3 to 1 edge in coasters. Yet, BGW almost doubles KD in attendance every year.
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