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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby eddie200330 » Sat May 08, 2010 6:03 pm

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I305 went down for about an hour from about 2-3 While I was waiting for it.
They will not run 2 trains on I305 unless it is really busy cause they are having a real problem keeping the wheels cool so they run one train half the day then switch them.

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Didn't CP do the same thing with MF when it first opened. I remember the first season or so they kept switching trains off and on all day.
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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby CardCraze » Sat May 08, 2010 8:28 pm

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pkdcoaster wrote: I keep waiting for them to retrack the turns to make the ride more enjoyable but I guess that won't happen.


I keep waiting for them to dump the ride and build a GCI in its place.

Agreed. First of all it's really rough. No amount of retracking could prevent the massive spine alteration that ride provides. Second, and last, it's not a popular ride at all. Even on the most crowded days, I have only ever seen the line at the bottom of the stairs(about 10 minutes max).

In all honesty, it would be better to just replace the thing, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon :|.
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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Sat May 08, 2010 9:11 pm

CardCraze wrote:
redfoot12 wrote:
pkdcoaster wrote: I keep waiting for them to retrack the turns to make the ride more enjoyable but I guess that won't happen.


I keep waiting for them to dump the ride and build a GCI in its place.

Agreed. First of all it's really rough. No amount of retracking could prevent the massive spine alteration that ride provides. Second, and last, it's not a popular ride at all. Even on the most crowded days, I have only ever seen the line at the bottom of the stairs(about 10 minutes max).

In all honesty, it would be better to just replace the thing, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon :|.


I agree,why continue to throw money into a ride that next to nobody is interested in riding due in large part to it's roughness?

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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby redfoot12 » Sat May 08, 2010 10:58 pm

I still think it's funny (sad?) that people who go to Magic Mountain think that Terminator is a rethemed Psyclone. People who went to KD would probably think the same if a GCI went where Hurler resides.

I'd also like to add that I rode Hurler in 1995 for the first time and thought it was a fun ride. I rode it in either 2006 or 2007 and decided I'd never ride it again.
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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby KDcoasterMAN » Sun May 09, 2010 7:22 am

^ If KD's Hurler is anything similar to what Carowinds Hurler does with the trim break then I probably wont be taking a ride on it anytime this season.

I have found grizzly a smoother woodie, which is quite sad. The best thing that the park could do would be to remove the Hurler and put an attraction back there that will draw a crowd.

BTW, is Shockwave (the forgotten coaster) still closed?

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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby ahecht » Sun May 09, 2010 7:36 am

KDcoasterMAN wrote:BTW, is Shockwave (the forgotten coaster) still closed?


King Dominion's shockwave? Unfortunately, no -- it was open May 1st.
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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Homeboy23 » Sun May 09, 2010 1:03 pm

Just got back home from a few hours at the park and both Shockwave and Hurler were open. I walked to Hurler around 1:45 and there was nobody in the queue and walked right up to the front row. This was with one train operation. It felt smoother to me than last year and I saw the two trims at the bottom of the hill but it didn't feel like they were doing anything to the ride.

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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Capitalize » Sun May 09, 2010 1:37 pm

Cedar Fair is ruining our woodies. :(

No backwards Rebel Yell, removing what little forest was left around Grizzly, trimming Hurler making what was a rough ride that at least had a couple moments of decent airtime into a rough airtime-less piece of junk. Oh well... I305 is awesome so it balances out.

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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby pkdcoaster » Sun May 09, 2010 6:34 pm

For those of you that were not around when Hurler was new it was an Awesome ride when it opened in 1994. Smooth as glass with monster airtime on most of the hills. Here is a video from 1995 that I took. Check out the Hurler scenes! Very smooth and fast and you can see the people getting ejector air in the front. Video is a good look down memory lane too.


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Re: The Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby B-RadG » Sun May 09, 2010 6:37 pm

I went to KD today and I must say, as much as I used to love Hurler, it's now officially a piece of crap. The trim is at the bottom of the first drop and it is REALLY strong. I even heard the GP say "That was WAY slower than it used to be!!" Thanks Cedar Fair...

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