TOMB RAIDER FIREFALL
Okay, so we have Firefall theming and Firefall ride.
The theming is outrageous and what I would consider "on par" with
anything at Disney or Universal. It's a gorgeous attraction. Fire
everywhere, mist, water fountains shooting up, and a *custom-written*
musical score (which sounds somewhat Cirque Du Soleil-ish). There
were hundreds of people gathered in front watching all day; in fact,
I'd say there were more people (families) watching than riding. It
really is a fantastic attraction. That is until....
You ride it. I didn't particularly care for it. Well, it wasn't
*bad* by any means, but I wasn't planning on going around for another
ride. My beef: I think a floorless Top Spin is the first "floorless
concept" that went wrong (in my opinion, of course). Without a floor,
you can't use your feet to stabilize your body and as you flip, you're
left to sort of bounce back and forth and all this weird stuff.
Honestly, it hurts my balls. I couldn't figure out why some people
were complaining about Knotts' floorless Top Spin, but now I know.
The cycle is actually quite long and there is a wide variety of
gymnastics performed. Some swinging, lots of rapid flipping.
However, PKD (or HUSS) hasn't quite got the hang of how to operate the
ride yet. Today, I would say the ride temporarily broke down every
third cycle or so. It broke down while we were in line, they gave us
Exit Passes (awesome!), and then when I finally got on, about halfway
through the ride, it just...stopped, and they told us to exit and wait
while they fix the problem. They "fix it", let us back on, and again,
about halfway through, it stops. Only this time, they were just like
"Hope you enjoyed Tomb Raider Firefall!" So, I guess I got two "half
VOLCANO THE BLAST COASTER
Still an all-time favorite of mine. Definitely in my Top Tier.
Volcano is beautiful once again, it got repainted. Well, at least the
parts visible to the midway. Haha. We noticed that the chunks of
track hidden behind the mountain didn't get painted. Haha, again.
Forwards, front seat. It was actually sort of violent - in a great
way! They need to work on the top of the hills because every time the
train goes over the top of each one, it bounces about three times.
I'll admit, Hurler is in desperate need of refurbishing. But, I
always ride in the front car and I enjoy it. Some pretty good air
What's with all the crap, er... theming in the station? It looks like
a junkyard now.
Closed for what appears to be a retracking of the entire coaster?!
Boo to not riding it today! Yay to riding it in May!
Yeah, it's braked; but, so what? It's so fun the way it is. Not as
good as, say, Myrtle Beach Pavilion's Mouse or Hershey's, but PKD's is
just so effing fun.
Front seat! Awesome view. Brutal. Loved it. Fabu.
DROP ZONE STUNT TOWER
Meh. It's a great ride, but it looses some appeal after tons of
Okay, I think that covers the rides. The weather was gorgeous, my
friends made it a blast, a great time was had by all. Paramount's
Kings Dominion is such a wonderful park. I wish I lived a little
closer, but 2hrs isn't that bad of a drive.