Best Kings Dominion Roller Coasters 2021

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Great News: The Theme Park will Open: May 22, 2021

  

 

In this article we will talk about Kings Dominion's Roller Coasters, detailing what each ride is about along with some fun facts. The thrill of roller coasters are something that people love and can't get enough of (and we understand). We will not just cover the open coasters, we’ll also pay homage to past roller coasters who have been retired.

Rides | Coasters

 

Dominator

  Status: Active

 

One of the world’s longest steel coasters without floors, and one of the tallest vertical loops in the world at 135 feet… Sit down, and buckle up, you’re in for a ride. If you enjoy an action packed ride at high speeds, with non stop action from beginning to end, look no further. This ride lasts a little bit over 2 minutes and can reach speeds of 65 miles per hour. Easily one of the most popular rides with visitors! This ride may even make you hide your poker face as you loop through a coaster full of thrill.

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Grizzly

  Status: Active

 

Also known as “The Grizzly Kings Dominion”, the first thing that you will notice is this is roller coaster is made of wood. This attraction will take you through what resembles a Grizzly bears home, unlike other rides there isn’t a set layout where you can see where you’re going through the duration of the ride.. You will be excited at every turn wanting to see where you’ll be taken next.

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Intimidator 305

  Status: Active


Like an adrenaline boost? Look no further. A 3 minute ride where you can reach 90 miles per hour in speed. Hooked yet? The first drop of the ride is over 300 feet at an 85 degree angle. As a rider you quickly find out why the name of the ride is Intimidator. A fan favorite, this is a high speed, twist and turns filled adventure that is always discussed around the park as one of the most thrilling rides available.

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Flight of Fear

  Status: Active


If you’re looking for acceleration and an adrenaline pump, this is the ride for you. In 4 seconds, you will go from 0 to 54 miles per hour, and feel every single bit of it. Fun fact: it was the world’s first roller coaster to launch Linear Induction Motor technology, immediately separating itself from other rides.


Anaconda

  Status: Active


A ride lasting almost 2 minutes (1:50), Anaconda opened in 1991 and was the first Kings Dominion roller coaster to feature more than 1 inversion. Featuring a steep initial drop, you will have great views of the coaster and surrounding areas until you drop under the water for a split second. Nicknamed Anaconda due to the turns at high speeds, this is most definitely a fan favorite.


Avalanche

  Status: Active


A bobsled roller coaster featuring 7 cars per train. This is a unique roller coaster inspired by the Olympic bobsleds.This coaster does not have tracks allowing the rider to move freely as if really riding in a bobsled. Opened in 1988, this is one of the all time classic rides that you have to experience for yourself.


Drop Tower

  Status: Active

 

Uniquely different from other rides! This ride takes you vertically over 300 feet, and once you reach the top you have around 1 second to admire the view, and the next thing you know you are plunging down at 72 mph directly downwards. As long as it is not a cloudy or rainy day, you’re able to see 18 miles out.

 

Twisted Timbers

  Status: Active

 

My personal favorite coaster in the park. The initial barrel drop is an extremely unique way to start things off. Unlike other rides, this ride has a very smooth feel to it as it glides up and down the hills while seamlessly twisting and transitioning through tight turns. This ride is super smooth and glides about the course.

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Shockwave

  Status: Retired


Opened in 1986, and after being in operation for 30 years, Shockwave was retired and replaced by Delirium, as the park moved towards more modern rides. Visitors were very upset to hear this news as it was one of the original roller coasters. 


Volcano

  Status: Retired 2018


One of the original rides opened in 1998, this ride was operational for 20 years before its closure. At the time of its opening, it was considered the fastest inverted roller coaster in the world, traveling at speeds of 70 miles per hour.


The Crypt

  Status: Retired


In January 2020, Kings Dominion announced that this ride would be ending to accommodate for development in the future in the section of the park that includes Safari Village.

 

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