Showdown: Superman Krypton Coaster vs. Dominator

Overview The common denominator is that Superman Krypton Coaster and Dominator are B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard) floorless coasters.   Superman, operating since 2000, makes its home at Six Flags Fiesta Texas while Dominator, operating since 2008, is located at Kings Dominion.  (Dominator actually opened in 2000 as Batman:Knight Flight and has a rather complicated history, in that it first ope...[Read More]

Review: Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion

Overview Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA is the reincarnation of The Hurler, a lumbering wooden coaster well past its prime.  It’s the latest RMC (Rocky Mountain Construction) makeover to open – to critical acclaim.  Featuring RMC’s signature I-Box track – 3,351 feet of it – it’s taller, longer, faster and smoother than its predecessor.  It’s also a lot more exciting.  Talk ...[Read More]

Why Changing Rebel Yell’s Name is the Right Move

Last week Kings Dominion announced that it was going to rename one of its roller coasters from Rebel Yell to Racer 75. The ’75’ refers to 1975, the year that the ride opened. And of course ‘Racer’ refers to its ride design featuring two tracks where trains race each other throughout its hilly course. The name is also reminiscent of similar ride Racer at sister park Kings Is...[Read More]

Review: Hurler at Carowinds & Kings Dominion

In 1994, the Paramount-owned Kings Dominion and Carowinds opened two wooden roller coasters dubbed, Hurler. The ride’s original theme was connected to the 1992 movie and Saturday Night Live skit, Wayne’s World. Back when it opened the sparse warehouse-like station had a few exterior touches to make it look more like a Hollywood studio building. The most overt tie-in was the video of Wa...[Read More]

Twisted Timbers Coming to Kings Dominion

Today, Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia) officially announced details of their 2018 roller coaster. The revamped Hurler roller coaster will become Twisted Timbers. The project involves re-fitting the coaster with new steel track, re-profiling the ride’s structure, and changing its layout. The ride will begin with a taller and wilder drop that’ll include a barrel roll loop. Hurler was ...[Read More]

The 10 Most Intense Roller Coasters I’ve Ridden

Although my coaster count is quite modest compared with Joel’s, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the 10 most intense coasters I’ve ridden and explain why I found them unusually forceful.   I’ve ridden a number of incredible coasters so this was a challenge involving some tough choices.   The top 2 picks were givens and didn’t require any thought but the others had me pondering over m...[Read More]

Kings Dominion’s Hurler Getting an RMC Upgrade for 2018

UPDATE 8/16: Kings Dominion has announced details about the new roller coaster that will replace Hurler, read about the new Twisted Timbers roller coaster.   Kings Dominion’s wooden roller coaster Hurler has been closed since the end of the 2015 season. Now enthusiasts are seeing signs of a rebirth. In the Loop recently posted a video giving us a peek at the ride’s track removal a...[Read More]

Fury 325 vs Intimidator 305 | Giga Coaster Showdown

With the opening of Fury 325 this year, comparisons to other giga coasters were going to be inevitable. This showdown might have even more interest than most as Carowinds and Kings Dominion are in bordering states (North Carolina and Virginia). So, there’s a better chance that more people have ridden both or plan to. First, let’s define a giga coaster as many have been asking due to Ca...[Read More]

Kings Dominion to Close Shockwave

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 bigges...[Read More]

What is a Giga Coaster?

With all of the buzz around Fury 325, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster. Many have asked exactly what the “giga” refers to. What is a giga coaster? A giga coaster is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. The first giga coaster was Millennium Force which opened at Cedar ...[Read More]

The Fastest Roller Coasters in the World (Updated)

What are the fastest roller coasters in the World? I’ve updated the table below lists the 10 fastest roller coasters starting with the current record holder, Formula Rossa at Ferrari World. The 10 Fastest Roller Coasters in the World Updated October 2017 Have You Ridden One of the Fastest Roller Coasters in the World? I’ve ridden only two of the roller coasters that made the list. They...[Read More]

The Tallest Roller Coasters in the World (Updated)

What are the tallest roller coasters in the World? I’m kicking off Superlative Sundays with one of the most popular roller coaster records, height. The table below lists the 10 tallest roller coasters in the World from tallest to shortest. The 10 Tallest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Tallest Roller Coasters in the World? I’m lucky enough to live in the United ...[Read More]

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