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Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion Giga coaster

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^ We still got a good fourty five minutes to go, but I'm wondering if they will have the website and whatnot updated right away? It better be.. We've all been waiting too long for the announcement :p .


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Doswell, VA. (Aug. 20, 2009) – The most exciting ride in Kings Dominion’s 35-year history will debut in the spring of 2010, as the amusement park introduces a mammoth 5,100-foot long steel Giga-coaster. Intimidator 305 takes it name from one of stock car racing’s most beloved and tenacious drivers, Dale Earnhardt, “the Intimidator™” along with the height of the coaster’s lift hill, 305 feet.

Intimidator 305, only the second Giga-coaster ever built in North America, will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster of its type on the East Coast. The lift hill will stand a towering 305 feet at its highest peak; descend 300 feet at an 85 degree-angle and thunder along the track at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour during its three minute race to the finish. The trains, fashioned after Dale Earnhardt’s signature black car, will roar through six airtime humps plus three high-speed turns and the experience will have guests screaming for another lap around the track.

“Intimidator 305 will break records as the single largest capital investment in the history Kings Dominion,” said Pat Jones, Kings Dominion’s vice president and general manager. “The numbers speak for themselves, at a cost of $25 million, a lift hill and first drop close to the height of the park’s landmark Eiffel Tower; you’ll have to see it to believe it.” Intimidator 305 will be located in the park’s Congo section and becomes Kings Dominion’s 15th World-class roller coaster.

Dale Earnhardt, Inc. will partner with Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, owners of Kings Dominion, to bring the massive coaster to life. “We’re excited to see this new roller coaster celebrate the speed and intensity of the legendary career of Dale Earnhardt,” said Jeff Steiner, executive vice president and general manager of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. “there are millions of fans that still honor their racing hero and this is a very real way for them to connect with the spirit and passion of the Intimidator™.”

Guests will have the opportunity to see the ride being built from the ground up during the remainder of the park’s 2009 season, as well as follow its progress by watching the online webcam, set up to overlook the entire work site. Those who cannot wait until 2010 may take a virtual ride on Intimidator 305, access exclusive updates, features, virtual renderings, ride statistics, and more at www.intimidator305.com.

Intamin AG of Wollerau, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development, designed Intimidator 305. The ride is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six waterparks, one indoor waterpark resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

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Sounds great.

I wonder what the layout will be like though, six hills and three turnarounds seems short for a 305ft coaster. I know Millennium Force isn't much different stats wise, but I wonder if they'll do anything a bit more interesting with the layout, or just let the sheer size of it be the selling point.
OMG yay, I thought it would be taller than Millie but hey, 305 feet still isn't short by any means! Six airtime hills? At least so far it seems like they got something right! I can't wait to see a layout!

The name is pretty cool I guess.
I was wondering why it wasn't working.. I'm so excited to see the layout, I hope it isn't disappointing, and I do hope the airtime ends up being stronger than Millie's! :p


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5,100ft is a bit dissapointing, as is the height, was hoping for a bigger, faster Millie with airtime hills. But I'm not going to judge it until I have ridden it! One good feature will be the drop, 6 degrees steeper than Millie :--D.


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Hmmm, I quite excited by this ride. If its basically MF but with better airhills then it could be the new no.1 coaster without a doubt in mind...
^ Come to think of it, 5100 feet is a bit short when you consider Millie is about 6500 or so, and even Behemoth is longer than that. I hope it has some turns to it and isn't just a bunch of airtime hills and then brakes.

But hey, the drop is still gonna be wicked, but let's hope that the drop isn't all it's gonna have going for it, like Millennium Force :p .


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I still think there'll be a surprise coming up that's not in the press release. I'm thinking a pretty comprehensive redesign of the trains, hopefully making them extremely open and exposed... floorless maybe?

Also possibly the layout, I'd love to see a really good out-and-back, maybe L-shaped behind Rebel Yell.


The supporting looks cool on the drop though.. The drop is gonna be wicked, but too bad it won't have the vulnerability that you get to feel on Millie because of the lap bars.
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