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King's Dominion

posted Sep 25, 2012, 5:16 PM by Justin P
This past weekend, we made a day trip up to King's Dominion in Virginia, my first time visiting the park. Sundays in September are a great time to visit - discounted admission tickets are available online, the weather is cooler, and the kids are back in school so the lines are much shorter. I don't think we ever waited more than 10 minutes for a ride. We arrived at the park around 11 and started out with the wooden coasters - Grizzly, Hurler, and Rebel Yell. Wooden coasters are not my favorite; they're a little too bumpy for me, but still a fun way to start the day. We also rode the Ricochet, a little roller coaster with a few very sharp hairpin turns. And Shockwave is a stand-up roller coaster. The Drop Tower was initially closed due to wind so we went on the Backlot Stunt Coaster. This was the first launched roller coaster we had ever been on and it was a lot of fun. We went on it twice and then saw the Drop Tower was reopened, so I went on that. Sandy doesn't like that ride, so I went on by myself. With a 270-foot drop at up to 72 mph, its quite a rush. Personally, I don't think there's enough time to even be scared! After that we went on the Anaconda, a steel roller coaster with loops and corkscrews. After that, it was Intimidator 305. A 300-foot drop at speeds up to 90 mph followed by a tight 270° turn made for a very intense experience. So much so, I think I nearly blacked out for a few seconds from the g-force of the turn at 90 mph. Next, we did two more launch coasters, Flight of Fear and Volcano Blast Coaster. Flight of Fear whips around through an almost completely dark room and Volcano goes in and out of a mountain like a volcanic explosion. We finished up the coasters hitting Avalanche, Ghoster Coaster, and Dominator. It was still fairly early so we went back and hit up a few more rides. Sandy got an ice cream cone while I rode the Drop Tower and Shockwave one more time. Then we rode Volcano and Flight of Fear again, and I made Sandy ride Intimidator twice more with me. Definitely my favorite ride in the park. I used to go to Cedar Point, which was such a great park and so I have a very high standard. Intimidator really made King's Dominion stand out. Finally, we took one more ride on the Anaconda before heading home. We were both very sore from being banged around all day, but it was a great day nonetheless.