UPDATE – 4/02/10 Intimidator 305′s open! Watch a POV video and leave or read a review here: Kings Dominion’s Intimidator 305 Reviews & POV Video
UPDATE – 8/20 Intimidator 305 Giga Coaster Announced
Kings Dominion has finally announced details of their massive new 2010 Giga Coaster: Intimidator 305. Visit this post for all the details, a video, images and early reactions from commenters and myself.
Kings Dominion’s 2010 Coaster Could Reach Rarefied Air | Intamin Giga Coaster for 2010?
Ever since the land clearing began in the back of the park, speculation around Kings Dominion’s 2010 coaster has been occuring on coaster enthusiast message boards across the Web. All of the developments pointed to a new roller coaster, but no one knew exactly what the new coaster would be. The case may have been cracked today. One poster on ThemeParkReview posted photos of a package of washers next to the track and supports in a staging area. He zoomed in on a packing slip and not only confirmed that Intamin was the coaster’s designer, but also discovered ‘Giga Coaster 92-1540′ in the lower left corner.
Giga, What? Giga, Who?
A Giga Coaster is a roller coaster taller than 300 feet. Intamin’s only other Giga Coaster is the world famous Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. And there are only a handful of coasters in the World that are in the 300-foot range or taller. So, to put this news in perspective, Kings Dominion’s new coaster will be among the ten tallest roller coasters on the planet! The size of the new coaster helps to explain why the park is getting started so early on a ride that won’t debut for another 10 or 11 months.
I was convinced that the Giga coaster rumors couldn’t be true. I couldn’t see how Cedar Fair would spend that much money on a new attraction. Especially in this economy and considering you don’t need to build something that big to grow attendance and get the general public’s attention. Apparently, I was wrong and next year there will be a massive steel coaster looming in the back of the park. It will be as tall as the record-breaking Drop Tower (305′) and taller than the observation deck of the park’s Eiffel Tower (275′). Stay tuned as the details for the new ride are announced…. or uncovered.
UPDATE – 7/10 Footers have been poured and several are visible in the construction zone. Also, more track has been unloaded in the parking lot. Last and most importantly, the crest of the lift hill track has been delivered. The lift hill track looks very similar to Millennium Force’s further solidifying the Giga coaster theory. Any kind of launch coaster is pretty much out of the question now.
Here’s KDFansite’s latest video report of construction of the new Giga Coaster:
UPDATE - The official announcement for Kings Dominion 2010 roller coaster will be on August 20th. We’ll finally know exactly what the park is getting in less than a month! Check back here for my take on the news.
Kings Dominion & White Lightning
The invitations for the announcement at Kings Dominion on the 20th were shaped like a race car and in the invite, a NASCAR driver was mentioned to be in attendance that day. Also, some have looked closely at the moonshine bottle in the image and noticed an upside-down Millennium Force logo. With the new Kings Dominion coaster rumored to be a Giga Coaster, and with this being teased by Cedar Point, could they be giving a nod to Millennium Force’s new big or little brother? Stay tuned because this week we’ll know. On August 20th, Kings Dominion will finally spill the beans.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of this news? Are you excited about Kings Dominion’s new coaster? If you live anywhere near Virginia, you’ve got to be! Leave a comment below. Pictures courtesy of ThemeParkReview.