Featured Photo #27 = Wesley Snipes + Intamin

Drop Zone at Kings Dominion

A ride to the top of Kings Dominion’s 305 foot tall Drop Tower: Scream Zone is quite a harrowing ascent even for a seasoned coaster vet like myself. There’s quite a difference between a roller coaster car and just seats with restraints. At the top, Drop Tower holds its ring of 56 seats for a few seconds. These few seconds seem like an eternity to first timers. Then, the bottom drops out and the riders plummet at 75 mph towards the ground.

I found a news story from 2003 when the ride was announced. Back then, the park was Paramount’s Kings Dominion and it boasted many movie and television themed rides. I had no idea that the ride was named after the 1994 Wesley Snipes film Drop Zone about a group of skydiving crooks. Seems like a pretty weird tie-in. Did the park think that fans of the movie would be more likely to ride a drop tower by the same name? How much can you really theme a tower ride anyway?

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