Kings Dominion Trip & My 200th Coaster

For my next and probably last trip of the season I’ll be headed back to my home state and former home Kings Dominionpark. Kings Dominion is where it all began for me. I had only ridden a few smaller roller coasters until I was coerced into riding Grizzly. Next thing I knew I was hooked. I’ve been to Kings Dominion dozens of times over the years, but my last visit was in 2004. So, I haven’t been to the park as “The Coaster Critic”. It’ll be interesting riding old favorites (like Grizzly and Volcano) that evoke nostalgic feelings with my well-traveled critical eyes. Also, over the past 6 years a few rides have come and gone. Of course most notably, is the park’s 2010 addition, Intimidator 305.

My 200th Roller Coaster
Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion's New Giga CoasterRiding Intimidator 305 will mark a milestone for me as it will my 200th roller coaster. It just so happens that my 100th was Millennium Force at Cedar Point the U.S.’s other giga coaster. I know that 200 isn’t that big of a number when you consider ultra coaster enthusiasts, some of which have double that number. But I’m a numbers guy so I like keeping track of my coaster count.

Intimidator 305 Poll: The Results Are In
Back in April, when Intimidator 305 opened, I invited readers to leave their take on the ride and rate it via one of my polls. The post has been one of my most commented ever with 62 comments and counting! 74% of you gave Intimidator 305 a 9 (Excellent) or a 10 (Superior). So, it’s obviously being recieved well even with it’s intense reputation.

Roller Coaster Sites Unite!
I’ll be attending Theme Park Review’s East Coast Bash event which includes a number of ERT (exclusive ride time) opportunities on coasters like Dominator, Rebel Yell, and Volcano and Flight of Fear with the lights on. Like Coaster Stock at Carowinds, the event will finish with ERT on the newest attraction at night; Intimidator 305. For some reason, a number of roller coaster web sites and podcasts have zeroed in on this event. Both Coaster Radio and The Season Pass Podcast will be podcasting from the event and rumors are that a few other web sites will be there as well. I’m excited to see what a Theme Park Review event is like after seeing them of DVD and hearing about them for years. It’s not one of the foreign trips I’d like to do someday, but it still sounds like a lot of fun.

Follow My Live Updates
I’ll be tweeting all day from the park. You’ll be able to follow my updates via the sidebar on the blog or on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/CoasterCritic After my trip I’ll finally be able to answer all of the questions I’ve been getting about I305 and how it compares to Millennium Force and Carowinds’ Intimidator. 

What’s Your Take?
Do you have any ride tips for me for Intimidator 305? Do you think I305 will make my Top Ten? Leave a comment below.