Roller Coaster Mania

    Anaconda at Kings DominionGriffon at Busch GardensRebel Yell at Kings DominionLoch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens

    They climb! They loop! They corkscrew and plunge underwater. They even erupt!

    They are Virginia's roller coasters at Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens!



    Busch Gardens

    Busch Gardens' newest thrill coaster, Verbolten®, sends guests on a fun and mystifying family adventure through the mythical Black Forest. Situated in the park’s Oktoberfest village, this indoor-outdoor roller coaster features two magnetic launch elements, North America’s only horizontal drop and a breathtaking view of the Rhine River. A German tourist center serves as the launching point for an autobahn touring experience that will keep the whole family on the edge of their seats.

    Apollo's Chariot® is the park's thrilling hypercoaster. You'll be forced to hold on to your seats as you plummet a combined 825 feet ... that's the deepest dive of any steel roller coaster in the world! Seats are elevated, giving riders a thrilling free-flight sensation.

    Defining a whole new generation of roller coasters is Griffon®, the world's tallest and first floorless dive coaster. The park's steel marvel plunges thrill-seekers a record-breaking 205 feet at 75 miles per hour. Named for a mythical beast that is part eagle and part lion, Griffon is an adrenaline-pumping adventure that's unlike any coaster experience in the world.

    Continually rated a favorite by park guests, the Loch Ness Monster® gives a peek at Scotland's most infamous serpent. For more than 30 years, "Nessie" has hurled passengers along 3,240 feet of steel track into the air, over water and through a dark cave. It is the world's first, and currently only, interlocking, double-looping, steel roller coaster. Since its debut, the Loch Ness Monster coaster trains have traveled a distance equivalent to 150 trips around the world.

    Alpengeist® takes skiers for the snow blast of their lives when an innocent ski lift goes berserk, flipping and spinning on a breathtaking avalanche of adventure. Alpengeist moves so fast that your dangling feet get as cold as they would in the Alps. It's the world's tallest, fastest, most twisted inverted steel roller coaster.


    Kings Dominion

    Doswell, Virginia

    Kings Dominion's newest coaster is the Intimidator 305 - a stupendous Giga-coaster named after NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt and the coaster's 305' hill.

    Dominator offers steep climbs and just as steep falls that lead into a gut-wrenching, record-breaking vertical loop. You'll love this adrenaline-pumping ride!

    Backlot Stunt Coaster puts you behind the wheel of a tricked-out MINI Cooper. Twist through a parking garage, dodge near-collisions, race down stairs, chase through tunnels and barely escape massive explosions.

    A launch coaster, Volcano: The Blast Coaster, shoots passengers straight up and out of an erupting volcano and plummets them 80 feet at more than 70 mph! Invert four times and circle back around the mountain before dropping another 80 feet like red-hot lava!

    The Flight of Fear blasts riders to a speed of 53 mph within four seconds and in complete darkness. This enclosed ride is based on the '60s sci-fi TV series, The Outer Limits. Speeding through 30 vertical turns amid an alien invasion makes this flight quite frightening.

    Anaconda at Kings Dominion.

    Get wrapped up in the coils of Anaconda as you drop 144 feet to speed through an underwater tunnel.

    The Shockwave stand-up coaster takes riders through a 360-degree horizontal loop.

    Older fanatics remember when all roller coasters were wooden. KD has four wood-framed coasters . . . more than any other theme park in the USA.

    • The Grizzly, with its double figure-eight, was modeled after Coney Island's Wildcat (1911-1964).
    • The newest woody is Hurler in Wayne's World. Take note of its name.
    • Don't miss the everpopular Rebel Yell, where one coaster moves forward as a second coaster moves backward.
    • Richochet makes some tight hairpen turns and drops 50 feet.
    Kids Love a Thrill, Too!

    Kings Dominion offers great roller coasters for little thrill seekers, too. They love the exciting Taxi roller coaster as it's their first introduction to the excitement of being just a "little bit" scared. As they get older, Scooby Doo introduces them to some rickety up-and-down motion that even their parents can enjoy.

Last Updated: 4/1/2015 11:22 AM
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