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 Review of Volcano, The Blast Coaster @ Kings Dominion
1 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 10/24/2006 4:57:00 PM
Volcano blew me away unlike the movie, but that is an entirely different story. As for the coaster, it looks fantastic. The volcano is quite a centerpiece and seeing the trains burst out of the volcano after a fireball is a sight to behold. It's one of the most visually appealing and photogenic coasters in my opinion. Of all the attractions at Kings Dominion, Volcano typically has some of the longest lines. On weekdays, lines are usually around 20-30 minutes but on weekends, lines can approach 2 hours. Once you dispatch, Volcano kicks it into high gear immediately with a smooth and powerful launch. While it is not quite as strong as the Intamin accelerator coasters, experiencing the launch on an invert makes up for it and the launch is still plenty forceful. After blasting through the volcano, there are four inversions. While the layout has been criticized as repetitive by some, I thoroughly enjoy the zero-G rolls as they are my favorite inversion and these ones give major hang-time. Volcano finishes it off with a speedy plunge back into the volcano. While short, Volcano is a major rush and easily one of my favorite inverts anywhere. Lastly, make sure you get at least one ride in the very front. The speed during the launch is amplified and the feeling of flying through the volcano is much more satisfying.

Review Comments

coasterf42 on 10/24/2006 5:30:24 PM said:
Good review. My favorite zero-g roll is the final one as well, but because it transitions so well into the final drop, not because it is the closest to the Volcano.

Im not sure how Volcano has the most powerful launch youve experienced if you rode HXLC which is in the same park. Although VTBC is a much better ride, I have to admit HXLCs launch is just plain sweet.
Canobie Coaster on 10/24/2006 5:50:19 PM said:
Thanks. I didnt get to ride HyperSonic because it broke down too many times when I visited Kings Dominion and the line was too long.
Got_it on 12/22/2006 5:03:32 PM said:
I have a question. If this in an inverted launched coaster, would your legs (which hang down on inverted coasters) get like ripped back during the launch?
Canobie Coaster on 2/9/2007 6:56:15 AM said:
If I recall I my legs really werent ripped back that much during the launch. My body was pinned to the seat however.
coasterf42 on 3/22/2007 9:52:21 AM said:
Yea, you dont really give a *&^% about whats happening to your legs I guess. But the launch is extremely intense, and is probably the best part of the ride. Its probably pretty lame compared to some of Intamins newer launchers though, but for 1998 its great.
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