UPDATE 8/16: Kings Dominion has announced details about the new roller coaster that will replace Hurler, read about the new Twisted Timbers roller coaster.
Kings Dominion’s wooden roller coaster Hurler has been closed since the end of the 2015 season. Now enthusiasts are seeing signs of a rebirth. In the Loop recently posted a video giving us a peek at the ride’s track removal and ScreamScape has reported sightings of steel Rocky Mountain Construction coaster track.
Here’s In the Loop’s coverage:
The Rocky Mountain Coaster Revolution Moves from Six Flags to Cedar Fair
Ever since New Texas Giant opened at Six Flags Over Texas to rave reviews (here’s mine), RMC has done unprecedented things in the wooden/hybrid coaster world. Rides like Wicked Cyclone, Iron Rattler, and Twisted Colossus have been fan favorites combining the support structure and elements of wooden coasters with their steel I-beam track allowing for exciting loops and other maneuvers.
As Rocky Mountain Coasters has been revolutionizing wooden coasters, we’ve been speculating about when we’d see these hybrid structure rides at Cedar Fair parks. Clearly, the chain has had several candidates that were so rough (or possibly poorly designed) that the typical off-season re-tracking and maintenance just weren’t enough. As many of us had hoped, Cedar Point’s Mean Streak is undergoing a similar RMC overhaul; with a probable 2018 opening date.
I’m excited to my old home park Kings Dominion be the first to make the move. Hurler was one of the first larger coasters that I tackled as a teenager, but over the years it’s gotten really rough. I’m already crossing my fingers for a similar RMC overhaul for the Hurler clone at my current home park Carowinds.