Like most Arrow loopers, Anaconda is completely hit or miss depending on height / body type. You can ride it and enjoy it while the person sitting right next to you gets the living sh*t beat out of them.
Hurler was just complete trash no matter what. Even if you caught it on a good day and it wasn't overly rough it's still a really boring layout.
I got a chance to visit the park for a few hours on Saturday. Unfortunately, my family left later than usual, and we also ran into probably the worst traffic I have ever been in over my 16 years here on Earth. Because of this, I arrived at the park only to discover plenty of long lines. After buying a piece of wood from Hurler and a Twisted Timbers shirt reading "Get Twisted in 2018," I made my way straight to Grizzly. Anyone who has been to Kings Dominion knows that you will never wait more than 15 minutes for any row on Grizzly, regardless of what day it is. After an amazing back seat ride on Grizzly, which I believe is the most underrated coaster in the park, I went over to Ricochet, which seems to always have a line of 10 minutes no matter how crowded it is. Unfortunately, the clientele at the park that day was not the best group of people. A foreign family, seemingly not understanding how lines work, cut in front of my group and two other families waiting to ride. Of course the grouper saw this and kicked them back behind the people they cut in front of, which I was glad to see.
After riding Ricochet, I took a break to get a drink while my siblings went to ride Bad Apple. Unfortunately, the drink place ran out of ice, so that kind of sucked. When we were done at Bad Apple, we went to Backlot, where the operators were flying. For a line that looked long when you enter the queue, we flew through it relatively quick. Backlot's helix is still one of my favorite I've ridden. I can't remember a single time riding it without graying out. This was my fourth trip to the park this year, but only the first time I rode with the fire effect actually working, so that was pretty cool. After riding Backlot, we started walking towards I305, which I was shocked to see, for the first time in my life, the line stretching out of the queue. They only had one switchback open, but I don't think I've ever waited more than 10 minutes to ride I305 before Saturday. Flight of Fear looked long too, so we went to ride Dominator instead.
Dominator is sort of a weird coaster for me. It's the only roller coaster that gives me a headache. I usually force myself to sit in the front row, as it was nearly rattle free on all my rides... until Saturday. Maybe it had a bad wheel, maybe its the awful kink in the loop, but I came off the ride with a headache from the front row for the first time in my life. The coaster is great, I just want to clarify that, but for some reason it's just this one roller coaster that constantly gives me a headache. It's actually kind of sad, because it is really a spectacular ride. The only reason I like Hydra more than it is because Hydra, despite being seemingly shakier, doesn't give me a headache. Enough about me though, back to the coasters. After Dominator, I was contemplating on riding Volcano, but the 2 hour 30 minute instantly made me change my mind. I'll never wait more than a few minutes to ride, what in my opinion, is the most overrated coaster in the park.
I made my way back to Intimidator and waited about half an hour for it. I love the second row on this ride a lot, and definitely recommend it to anyone who wants the smoothest ride without having to wait for the front. I feel like Intimidator's airtime is very underrated, but that's just me. I get super close to blacking out every single time I ride it, but for a positive-G lover like me, that only makes me love it more. It's up there in my top 3 with Lightning Rod and Fury 325 for sure. After my amazing ride on I305, my group decided that we would roll the dice with Flight of Fear and wait an hour (according to the wait times on the app.) Shockingly, the app was very accurate, which I can't say for any of the other rides I rode that day. Waited just under an hour and got the second row. I still think the front row is my favorite row on this coaster, but second row is nearly just as good. It's not the most thrilling or most intense ride, but it's definitely one I want to ride for hopefully many more years.
It was starting to get dark, so I went to Grizzly to get a front row night ride on it. Amazingly, I waited an entire 20 minutes for the front row! That was certainly quite the experience. You get some great views of Twisted Timbers from Grizzly's lift hill. They are making a lot of progress, and I'll show that in the pictures posted below. A lot of ledgers for the barrel roll drop are up, and they are making some progress with new supports just after one of the far turnarounds. The airtime hills look insane, about half the height of the lift hill. I can't wait to ride that airtime machine in the spring! Back to the coasters... my last ride of the night was a second row ride on Dominator, and I'm really glad it was my last ride of the night. It beat me up even worse than my ride on it earlier in the afternoon. We stopped at Krispy Kreme on the way home and got some amazing donuts, and that made me feel a lot better after being in the car wreck of a coaster named Dominator, though still nowhere as bad as Hurler was on my final ride back in August 2015.
I apologize if this report was a bit lengthy, but I just had a lot to get off my chest about my very interesting day at Kings Dominion. I wish I could explain some things better than I did, but I'm not really good at doing the whole "explain it in a way that most people will understand" thing, so it is what it is. I hope everyone enjoys the pictures!
Log flume! Don't worry, this is my only blurry photo.
I see you, Twisted Timbers!
Was gonna ride this, but the queue was literally full.
Barrel roll ledgers going up!
Fun little wild mouse (has nothing on Hershey's.)
View from Ricochet. This will look a lot different next year!
A couple of decent flats.
A great family coaster!
Sorry Anaconda, not today! (I'll get to you in a bit, I305!)
I'll express my hate for this ride, but I LOVE taking pictures of it.
The hate is totally understandable for shorter people whose ears are getting boxed by the restraints.
Strangely enough, on the most recent road trip, my kiddo rode a number of Arrow Loopers. He liked Vortex but wasn't willing to ride it more than once. He HATED Corkscrew and said "I'm never ever ever never ever riding that coaster EVER AGAIN. Well maybe when I'm 50 years old.". Tennessee Tornado was okay at the beginning but it got him in the ears a couple of times, and he stopped after three. But Anaconda? He loved it in the front row and the back row and has now ridden it about 6 times. Go figure.
That coaster dad  and that coaster kiddo .Road trip buddies for life. Dad's faves: Fury 325. Phantom's Revenge. Twisted Timbers. Intimidator 305. El Toro. Kiddo's faves: Talon. Alpengeist. Copperhead Strike. Twisted Timbers. Fury 325.
Just thought I should share this here. With the Battle for Kings Dominion app, you can win front of the line passes you can use to skip the line of any ride. It is not valid for Soak City attractions, Grand Prix Raceway, or Xtreme SkyFlyer, but it looks like you can use it for anything else. This would probably be very helpful on those days when Volcano has a 2 hour line, but I would personally use it on Flight of Fear since Volcano isn't really my thing. I hope this helps someone!
Show this screen to the ride operator to skip the line! EDIT: DON'T TRY USING THIS SCREENSHOT
After reading the last few pages of posts, I decided to add in a few of my comments -
#1 - Say what you want about THE ANACONDA I don't feel that ride being too rough for me although I'm a big, muscular person with layers of cushioning fat.
#2 - Ditto for THE GRIZZLY. Canada's Wonderland's Wild Beast coaster has that same layout, but that coaster was TOOOOO rough for me to enjoy.
#3 - I lost some weight, but I have at least twenty pounds to go. While I do have a 44 inch waist, my upper chest is massive and I needed the ride attendant's help to push the restraints down one more click on Delirium and Windseeker, and I can only ride in the larger seat for DOMINATOR. Fortunately they are other rides in which my size won't be a problem ( Log Flume, Flying Eagles, Scrambler, Avalanche, Dodge 'Em, Bad Apple, and Rebel Yell, for example).
Previously, they had only mentioned the 109-foot drop in press releases, but here it explicitly mentions an "extra 28 feet" of height, which, when added to the Hurler height of 83', gives a confirmed height of 111'. Not that big of a deal, but interesting nonetheless.
Kings Dominion ✅ wrote:The first thing you’ll notice while riding is the increased ride height, making it more than two stories taller than its predecessor. You’ll especially notice the extra 28 feet when you are looking straight ahead at the 109 foot tall barrel roll drop. This means not only will you be plummeting towards the ground, you’ll also be upside down while doing it.
(In other news, grass is green; water is wet.)
Credit Counter: 75 (72 Operating, 3 Defunct) 1. Intimidator 305 2. Millennium Force 3. Top Thrill Dragster 4. Volcano, the Blast Coaster 5. Maverick 6. Xcelerator 7. Steel Force 8. Griffon 9. Phantom's Revenge 9. Intimidator 10. Fury 325
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