Intimidator 305 is a steel roller coaster located at
Kings Dominion in
Doswell, Virginia, United States. Manufactured by Intamin, Intimidator
305 opened to the public on April 2, 2010, as the park's fourteenth
roller coaster. The roller coaster is located in the Safari Village
section of the park near Anaconda on the former site of the Safari
Monorail ride. Standing at 305 feet (93 m) tall and reaching
speeds of 90 miles per hour (140 km/h), it is the second Giga
Coaster to be built in North America – the first was Millennium
Force at Cedar Point. The $25 million investment was the largest of
any ride in the park's history. It is named and themed after NASCAR
driver Dale Earnhardt, who was also known as the Intimidator.
Intimidator 305 has a first drop of 300 feet (91 m), with a
maximum descent angle of 85 degrees.
Intimidator 305 features
yellow supports with red track. The lift hill structure for
Intimidator 305 is unique in that the lift hill and crest only have
two main points of support. The overall height of Intimidator 305
is higher than the observation platform of the park's Eiffel Tower
replica, making it one of the tallest rides at Kings Dominion.
2 Ride experience
2.2 Trains and theme
5 See also
7 External links
Intimidator 305, the first
Giga Coaster built since Steel Dragon 2000
in 2000, was announced on Thursday, August 20, 2009. Local news media,
Cedar Fair CEO
Dick Kinzel and
Dale Earnhardt Incorporated CEO
Jeff Steiner, and Dale Earnhardt's daughter Taylor Earnhardt were in
attendance to the announcement. The official announcement, led by
Kings Dominion Head Manager Ed Kuhlmann, was accompanied by animation
videos of the ride and a working model. The roller coaster is themed
NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt.
Intimidator 305 sits on the former land occupied by the Safari
Monorail which closed in 1993.
Kings Dominion broke ground on
Intimidator 305 on June 1, 2009. The first pieces of track arrived a
few days later. On August 19, the first pieces of steel were put into
place. The 305-foot (93 m) lift hill was topped off in
November 2009. Construction crews continued to construct the ride
throughout the winter and the last piece of track was lifted into
place on January 9, 2010. Intimidator 305's first test run was on
Sunday, March 14, 2010.
Some riders experienced problems due to the G-forces inherent in the
ride's original design. Riders reported greying or blacking out after
the first drop.
Kings Dominion temporarily installed trim brakes on
the first drop in order to reduce the speed while a long-term solution
could be devised. The brakes were adjusted and positioned by late May
During the following off-season,
Kings Dominion widened the first
high-speed turn to lower the amount of
G-force experienced on the
ride. The park's goal was to reduce the number of blackouts some
riders were experiencing. The modification allowed them to remove the
trim brakes on the ride's first drop, making it possible for the
roller coaster's maximum speed to return to original
Lift hill and sign
The silver train in the brake run, with the old restraints
Intimidator 305 has been described as a mix of both Millennium Force
and Maverick, both located at Cedar Point.
Intamin designed the ride
to feature the high lift hill like Millennium Force. Following the
lift hill are low-to-the-ground tight turns and hills, similar to
Maverick. The ride features six air-time humps and three
near-ground-level high-speed turns over 5,100 feet (1,600 m) of
While the train is being loaded in the station, the catch car of the
cable lift is latched onto the middle car of the train. Before the
train leaves the station, a recording that states, "Gentlemen, start
your engines!" is heard followed by a loud revving sound. Once the
train is dispatched, the train ascends the 45-degree lift hill at 17
miles per hour (27 km/h) to a maximum height of 305 feet
(93 m). Once the train crests the top of the lift, the train
descends down the 300-foot (91 m), 85-degree drop, reaching
speeds up to 91 miles per hour (146 km/h). The drop is steep
enough and sudden enough that riders towards the back of the train are
thrown out of their seats into the restraints, so that during the
300-foot near-vertical drop they feel as if they're about to fall out
of the ride. The train turns right into a 270-degree turn, reaching
about 5G's (nearly 6G's before modifications) before ascending the
150-foot (46 m) airtime hill. The train then descends into a
high-speed bunny hop before entering another high-speed turn. The
train then maneuvers 3 sharp twists before entering the final
high-speed turn. The train then climbs another airtime hill, followed
by another airtime hill before entering a final twist and then
climbing a small, twisty bunny hop into the magnetic brakes. One cycle
of the ride lasts about 3 minutes.
Trains and theme
Intimidator 305 features two trains themed as Dale Earnhardt's black
number 3 car. The trains feature headlights at the front of each train
as well as advertisement stickers that are found on
NASCAR cars. One
train is red with the other being silver. Each train has eight
four-passenger cars, allowing thirty-two passengers per train. The
trains are arranged in stadium-style seating with overhead lap bars
fitted with soft, padded over-the-shoulder straps. In early July
2010, the ride received a unique new restraint design. The
over-the-shoulder part of the harness now resembles a padded seat belt
rather than the typical over-the-shoulder restraints used by Intamin.
Intimidator 305 won the
Golden Ticket Award
Golden Ticket Award for "Best New Roller
Coaster in 2010" by Amusement Today.
Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller
While performing a test run prior to the park opening on July 9, 2013,
one of the roller coaster trains became stuck near the top of the lift
hill. The train was eventually brought down a week later, and the ride
remained closed for more than two months.
Kings Dominion later
explained the closure through a statement released on their official
Facebook page on August 28, 2013, which stated that a problem with the
weight distribution on the gearbox caused a part to warp and fail. The
replacement part had to be custom-built in another country, causing
the extended closure. The ride eventually reopened on September 14,
July 9, 2013
September 14, 2013
The weight distribution of Intimidator 305's gearbox caused a part to
warp and fail which caused a pre-opening test run train to stall on
the hill. A custom built gearbox was shipped and commissioned in
September with the ride reopening a couple weeks later.
Intimidator - a Bolliger & Mabillard hypercoaster at Carowinds,
Cedar Fair park
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