For rollercoaster fans everywhere, at least on the east coast of the United States anyway, the past week could qualify as ‘one of those moments’ that makes you giddy. I am, of course, referring to the track completion of the Intimidator 305 rollercoaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia.
The Intimidator 305 is the second of the so-called ‘giga-coasters’ built in the United States. It is the second tallest coaster on the east coast, topping off at 305 feet (hence, the ‘305’ in the rides name.) Riders will plunge over 300 feet at a max speed of 97 MPH. Sporting a NASCAR theme, the ride also features high banked turns and Chevrolet Monte Carlo themed trains. The trains are painted black and feature the famous number 3 of Dale Earnhardt, the subject of the ride.
The final piece of track was put into place on January 9, 2010.
Having driven by the park recently, I was struck by sheer size of the ride and I didn’t even go in the park (it is closed for the season.) In fact, the ride is actually located toward the back of the park and I had parked in a Burger King parking lot across the street from the park. The giant lift hill towers over everything else but the parks’ signature reproduction of the Eiffel Tower, which is also 305 feet tall. The second large hill on the ride is taller than the park’s previous tallest rollercoaster, the Volcano.
The park will open for Spring Break around the first of April and will begin daily operation on June 4. As a coaster nerd, I can’t wait for this thing to open. We lost the Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens last year, but I think this will compensate for that loss.