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Does anyone else besides me think this is a huge mistake?

Kings Dominion: This really made me sad when I first found out. I was just wondering if anyone else felt the same way.

From Alex Clark
Posted March 23, 2008 at 1:56 PM
Hyper Sonic XLC Gone!!


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From Christy Shuman
Posted March 23, 2008 at 2:24 PM
Hell yeah its a huge mistake. Some people may dissagree but last season when I was at the park people were still lining up for it and it was still a very popular ride. But in cedar fair's defense, XLC was maintainance nightmire and it had a HORRIBLE capacity.

From steve lee
Posted March 23, 2008 at 7:59 PM
Christy pretty much nailed it. The maintenance costs outweighed the benefits of the attraction. If Dominator wasn't coming to the park, they probably would have waited another season. Personally, I think the removal of all of SF's Deja Vus was a bigger disappointment...

From Derek Potter
Posted March 23, 2008 at 8:07 PM
How popular was the ride really? If it was that popular, would they really remove it? I don't think it's a huge mistake, given the cost to run it and the fact that Kings Dominion had 4 launch coasters. It could see some use in another park, unless the costs are huge compared to the ridership.

From Christy Shuman
Posted March 24, 2008 at 1:55 PM
I am going to KD this Wednesday to process my KD VIP pass. What time does the season pass office open? And is KD horribly busy during spring break?

From M Holtsclaw
Posted March 24, 2008 at 4:39 PM
Huge Mistakes at Kings Dominion:

Pretty much everything Paramount did to this once great park.

I'm sure the removal of Hypersonic (which was an overrated one-trick pony ride) will be a step in the right direction. Hopefully Cedar Fair can use the space for something more interesting at some point in the future, though I'm not counting on it.

From Derek Potter
Posted March 24, 2008 at 5:34 PM
You should be celebrating...

Dominator coming to Kings Dominion!

One of the best B&M's I've ever ridden, and I've ridden a lot. Geauga Lakes loss is your gain.

From Eli Katzman
Posted March 25, 2008 at 7:47 AM
Ok, some of you guys know how much i love kd...

Dont take this the wrong way.... I think that Cedar Fair made the right decision for them- ah, ah, ah, dont get fisty- but the wrong decision for us. I think that because they were right to take it out. It was VERY slow to finally get over the top after you borded, because they had to weigh you and then do all of the saftey things.

BUT- I'm just taking a word for most people here- anyone who actually RODE THE RIDE- liked it. If you didn't ride, like if you were waiting for a friend to get off, because you didn't want to go, you would have to wait a long time and it might hurt your ears with all the air and depending on how sensible they are.

So, if you were brave enough to go or just plain crazy about the ride, you probably loved it even though the ride was about 14 seconds long.

From john schultz
Posted March 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM
I have riden Hypersonic XLC and i will admit the experience is amazing but the upkeep of the ride and the low passenger/hour capacity was never good, even after the modifications made to it. And everyone should recognize cedar fair has always pleased the crowds with their many award winning coasters. (Millenium Force?, Top Thrill Dragster?). So dont look at this as a loss but as an opportunity to build something even better. and besides KD is getting Dominator, already a huge step in the right direction!

From J Whetzel
Posted July 20, 2008 at 10:07 AM
Eli, dont speak for everyone. I rode Hypersonic last year, and I did not find it to be that great of a ride. Sure, the launch was good but it doesn't make up for the roughness and very short ride. I am glad they took it out and brought Dominator in. It is a HUGE improvement over Hypersonic. So, taking Hypersonic out was not a mistake, it's probably more beneficial to the park that they did due to the costs of running it.

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