Paramount's Kings Dominion
PO Box 2000
Doswell, Virginia 23047-9988
In 1975, the people of Kings Island opened this park and in 1983, Kings
Entertainment Company (KECO) had been formed (Kings Dominion, Carowinds,
Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland). KECO also owned Great America in
Santa Clara, California and in 1992, KECO was sold to Paramount.
Where it begins... Where it continues... PKD was also host to the
first-ever recorded Coaster Marathon (to promote the movie Rollercoaster!).
In 1978, fourteen people started a marathon on The Rebel Yell...
after 102 hours, only three were left standing, so to speak, breaking
the Guiness Book's World Record at the time. Largely because of this
marathon and subsequent "CoasterCon" at Busch Gardens, the American
Coaster Enthusiasts were formed and continue today. PKD was host to
CoasterCon XXVI in June of 2003 for ACE's 25th Anniversary convention...
and I'd like to extend my sincere gratitude for their absolutely
Rides and Pastimes...
One of the last remaining bobsled coasters I know of in existence. This
is a fun run, particularly after the rain has slickened the track a
little bit (*grin*).
Rebel Yell (1975)
A wooden twin racer with two 3368 foot long tracks. The first of twelve
hills is 87 feet high and the coaster's top speed is 65 miles per hour
over its two minutes and fifteen second ride time.
This 3150 foot long woodie is a two minute and twenty second hair raising
ride. It has no semblance to the "sister" ride at Paramount's Great America
in Santa Clara, California, other then the name (in this author's opinion,
this is a much better ride).
This tubular steel standup was designed by Togo, Inc (Japan) and is 2210
feet long with a top speed of 50 miles per hour.
Arrow Dynamics' steel looped built almost entirely over water, this ride
features six inversions, a 130 foot lift, and a 144 foot drop down in
to the lake. The ride reaches a top speed of 50 miles per hour over its
2700 feet worth of track.
This 3157 foot woodie was designed by International Coaster, Inc and
is identical to the one at Paramount's Carowinds.
Flight of Fear
The world's first LIM-launch coaster. This ride finds riders
"investigating" paranormal activity, entering a flying saucer under the
guise of media. The ride propels riders out of the station, warping out
of the station and vanishing in a blink of lights. Good theming aside,
this ride has improved greating since the shoulder harnesses have been
converted in to lap bars... keep your head back during launch and move
it forward before you hit the tangled mess of track awaiting you at the
end of the tunnel (this is a great ride, but it requires that you
"learn how to ride it" before you can fully appreciate it).
This is kid's coaster.
A deceptively small woodie that gives both young and old a ride that
you'll never forget.
Volcano - The Blast Coaster
A truly exciting dual-LIM-launch coaster (a world's first!). This
Intamin inverted coaster shoots you through a live volcano, erupting and
shooting the coaster in to the air and several inversions.
The world's first air-launch coaster... the eXtreme Launch Coaster.
This short-but-sweet coaster takes riders from 0 to 80 mph in under
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