The Intamin launch coaster opened in 1998, but had been down more than up in recent years. A Suspended Catapult Coaster, Volcano: The Blast Coaster offered the unusual combination of an inverted track with a launch. The ride's mountain setting also distinguished it from typical coaster installations in regional parks.
"This wasn’t an easy decision for us, because we know that people love this one-of-a-kind coaster; however, over time it became nearly impossible to keep the ride up to our high standards of reliability and guest satisfaction, and for these reasons we had to make the tough call," the park said on its website.
The coaster's mountain was opened in 1979 as The Lost World, featuring several rides. In 1984, the track ride was renamed Smurf Mountain, which is what the entire structure was called until it closed in 1995. Former owner Paramount Parks ordered and oversaw the installation of the new Intamin coaster after that.
Kings Dominion recently placed two of its coasters in the finals for this year's Theme Park Insider Awards: Intimidator 305 and Twisted Timbers, so the park continues to offer great alternatives for coaster fans. No word yet from the park as to plans for the Volcano site, but the park promises new announcements about the 2019 season soon.Tweet
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