Kings Dominion to Close Shockwave

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Kings Dominion has announced that they’ll be removing the Shockwave, their stand-up roller coaster. Your last chance to ride it will be August 9th. More at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

While it’s one of the weakest roller coasters in Kings Dominion’s lineup, it has been a fixture at the park since it opened in 1986. I’m sure some will miss it.I haven’t been the biggest fan of the ride. At first, the riding position, view from the lift hill, and the ride’s loop are pretty fun. After that, the ride gets really rough; especially during the hills towards the end. I gave it a 3.5 out of 10. Read my full review here.

In the Loop has some great thoughts on this news as well as what we might see from Kings Dominion in 2016.

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  1. I wish KD wasn’t getting rid of Shockwave…I loved it when I rode it several times last year. Yes, it was rough and just plain weird (come on, it literally “hiccups” up the lift hill), but I really really enjoyed it. As long as you hold your head still, you don’t get your ears banged. The worst thing about it is that it seems to take about ten years to load.:P

    But still…I’m going to be honest; Shockwave is/was my second favorite coaster at KD after I-305. I don’t know why, but it just is. I loved the way you ‘floated’ on the bunny hills near the end (Yes, they did slam you down a bit, but still.:P) I know a lot of people hate Shockwave and it probably wasn’t receiving much love from those who rode it (probably partly because people from the GP tend to try to sit down instead of stand…:/), but I really like it. I’ll miss it a lot. R.I.P Shockwave. 🙁

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    • I understand, I have some favorites that some would disagree with. Those hills feel so mechanical and jerky that they really make you appreciate, say, a B&M-designed hill.

      Which coaster will move into number 2 now? Volcano, maybe?

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  2. it’s about time
    Worst coaster ever!

    Joel you will like the new loading station for Volcano…

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