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Backlot Stunt Coaster
Website: Kings Dominion Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.2857
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 10
Last Review: 8/4/2011 3:37:00 PM
In User Top 10: 2 times.
User Tracker Count: 39 times.
 

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 8/4/2011 3:37:00 PM
Fun little coaster with great theming and effects. The launch and the up helix are really fun... so is the dark section at the end.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Park on 7/24/2008 11:25:00 PM
In spite that it broke my glasses, it was a good fun ride. Doesn&#39.t take off very fast, just fast enough. Nice speed, nice drop, and being in the dark was neat.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/21/2007 5:30:00 PM
Fun family coaster. The launch wasnt that sudden and it was pretty weak, but the upward helix was surprisingly intense. I liked the cop scene and the following bunny hills provided a little air time, but it good have been better because the ride was slow at the top of the helix and the hills. The helicopter scene and finale were nice, but lacking air.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up larrygator on 5/28/2007 11:33:00 AM
The theming is great but the ride is boring for this family launch coaster. From the start I think the launch into the helix would have been better if the spiral went dwonward versus upward. The speed of the mild launch is quickly lost.

There are moments where little bunny hops could have been implemented to create a little bit of air.

I didnt mind the short length of the ride but I would have like a thrill or two.

From a theming standpoint it a very photogenic and gets a 10 but the quality of the ride is only a 5.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 10/22/2006 5:27:00 PM
The Italian Job Turbo Coaster was a pleasant surprise on my visits to Paramount Kings Dominion. Located in the Congo section of the park towards the left side of the park near Anaconda, Italian Job Turbo Coasters layout is hidden from view when in line and not riding this fun family coaster because of the many props. The Italian Job Turbo Coaster has excellent theming with a parking garage, police cars, helicopter scene, fire effects, sewer, splashdown, and the giant billboard which the cars shoot out of during the finale. Because of the Italian Job Turbo Coasters 3 train operation, I found that the line moved very quickly and I had a 10-15 minute wait during the day. At night on a weekend it was a walk-on. The trains look fantastic as each car looks like one of the mini-coopers from the movie. There is a blue, red, and white mini-cooper and they are complete with working headlights and doors that close during the ride. Each train holds 12 people. My favorite row was the front because of the view and some pops of air-time during the ride. Once you board the cars, you are restrained by a comfortable, orange lap bar and the operators quickly check the restraint. The cars are dispatched very quickly allowing for the line to move even quicker. During the ride, the Italian Job Turbo Coaster has an excellent sound-track that accompanies the ride as it completes its quick 1 minute circuit. Once the ride begins, the train is instantly launched right from the station and reaches a speed of 40MPH. The launch isnt that forceful, but is quite fun. After a quick straightaway that travels under a highway sign, the trains speed around a pretty forceful upward helix around parking garage theming. The train barely makes it to the top and then descends down a small drop, followed by a quick scene passing by some police cars that flash their lights and are blasting their sirens. Then the train flies around a severly banked, curved, turn-around hill, followed by a small hill providing a burst of air-time for the front seat riders, followed by some slow twists and turns next to some billboards displaying images from the movie. Then theres a swift drop down a staircase, followed by another hill providing a pop of air-time for front-seat riders. Then the train pauses as there are some great effects as a helicopter shoots at you and a fire starts and burns next to the train. You can really feel the heat. Just as the major explosion occurs, the train is launched suddenly beginning the exciting second half of the ride and twists through pitch darkness through a sewer. There is are some small hills during the dark tunnel and one of them provides a brief pop of air-time. Then the train accelerates even more thanks to another launch just as the train shoots out of the massive billboard and down the rides largest drop, providing a pop of air-time for backseat riders. The drop goes under a bridge that is part of the queue line and then coasts over a small section of water and over a small bunny hill, followed by a final turn before hitting the brake run ending the short, 1 minute ride. Overall, the Italian Job Turbo Coaster is an exciting family coaster that any fan of launched roller coasters shouldnt miss. This is a great family coaster and is a wonderful coaster for those trying to build up the courage to ride scarier coasters could ride. At one point during the ride your photo is taken.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/22/2006 11:39:00 PM
I had already ridden the Kings Island version of this coaster and I didnt like that installment very much. I wasnt expecting much from this version, but it seemed like it is run faster than the other 2 clones (later on in the season I also rode the Canadas Wonderland version). This extra speed definitely made all of the elements feel more intense, so this one gets my endorsement as the best Italian Job Stunt Coaster. Overall though this is just a step up from most family coasters.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Roarfan on 8/13/2006 11:50:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
Italian Job Stunt Coaster is a whole different type of a roller coaster than Revenge Of The Mummy at Universals Studio. I really liked the effects that they had. Like the helopcopter shooting at you and the 2 police cars,fire efftect. You could really feel the fire it was so hot. I also liked the indoor effect was well. Italian Job Stunt Coaster is as fast as the Revenge Of The Mummy coaster. And its well worth the wait to ride. Its so good that you want to go right back in the line and ride it again. If you havnt ridden Italian Job Stunt Coaster yet. You will have to ride it at least once. Ill rate it a 10+.

3 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterf42 on 7/16/2006 6:25:00 PM
This is a good coaster. Its boarder line to being a great coaster, but its not quite there, so I give it a seven. Let me start off by sayng that my only ride was on a middle seat at night which deffinitely effected my opinion on the ride but Im not sure if it would be better or worse in the day. But, I will judge it strictly based off of my night-time experience. First of all the ride opps were outstanding and they were using 3 trains-the only coaster in PKD to use three yesterday I believe. I had what looked like a huge wait, but it was only a half an hour. (9:15-9:45) Now the ride: They launched you strait from the station with no build up or gimmicky countdowns which was good (at least time wise). The launch wasnt really powerful but it seemed to start slow and then get faster a bit. Then came the most surprising element at all: A sharp turn that produced FABULOUS lateral Gs! Now remember I could not see because it was dark, but I believe this element was in a dark tunnel anyway. Talk about a surprise; I were straped in so tight I couldnt believe I felt so many forces. After riding I have figured that this element was one of the "hairpin turns" that the ads are talking about up here. Then the train entered the upward double helix which was surprisingly fast, but lost a lot of speed towards the top (as expected). I believe next came the small airtime hills which were alright but I was strapped in a bit too far to get a lot of floating. Then I believe the train stops and the helicopter scene happens. That was pretty cool, the effects more than the visuals and deffinitely was enhanced by the night. Then came the GREAT explosion (fire effects) that heated us up and deffinitely sent a chill down my spine. Then came the second launch which kind of felt faster than the first as expected but was about the same. None of the launches blew you away but they certainly werent all that poor either. The rest of the ride consists of a few more lateral G moments, a drop through the billboard, and a few more turns. All in all it was a GREAT surprise. The themeing was top notch (allthough I was expected a little more queue line themeing), the ride was fairly fast and intense, had flat out incredible lateral Gs, and it may be the smoothest coaster Ive ever ridden! I couldnt believe how many good things I heard about IJTC throughout the day, but they all came full circle when I rode it. It was deffinitely a unique experience and I would probably take IJTC ahead of over half the coasters at PKD. I would like to see the ride have more of an actual story behind it. It would be nice if the TVs in the queue line had actual Italian Job related things in it (not advertizing new Paramount Movies like it does), or for the line to have some separate themeing in general, but overall the themeing was very well done and pretty believeable. The Mini Coopers and especially the "doors" that you had to close in order to ride were also a real nice touch. If you are at PKD and are discouraged to ride because of the line, it seems to move VERY quickly especially if they are still useing three trains. Overall this is a very strong coaster and almost lands in my top ten. I cant believe Im saying this but LONG LIVE ITALIAN JOB TURBO COASTER!

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 7/7/2006 12:03:00 AM
So I finally get to review the aptly named Italian Job: TURD Coaster!!! I will start off by saying that this ride is mediocre on a good day, and this is only if all the effects are working and the speakers decide to deliver quality sound without popping under the extreme volume! The ride begins on a good foot, however. The cars are pretty well themed on the outside and the music thats playing as the train rolls in is a very nice touch. Its when the ride begins is where the trouble starts. The initial launch is weak. In fact, the first time I rode the thing, I barely noticed we even began to launch until we already were at the helix! The helix itself delivers some decent gs, which I will give the ride props on, but the train loses so much speed by the crest of the helix that any precious airtime that could have been salvaged from that pitiful drop is just ruined. The car then flies through some tame hairpin turns and a mediocre overbank. Then comes the stair-scene, which is just pointless. After a low-to-ground turn, you are lifted upwards into a brake-run, where you sit and watch a fake-looking helicopter "shoot" at you with little blinking lightbulbs. The fire effects are cool, but unfortunately dont always work. The water effects are ok, but dont get you wet as some people claimed they would. The launch into the sewer portion of the ride is even weaker than the first, although the ride makes up for it with a pretty nifty pitch-black run until bursting into the sunlight again to finish off the ride. Overall, the ride is just so damn short that a lot is left to be desired. For what it is, it is a decent addition to the park, but the entire situation was handled so poorly by Kings Dominion that the ride could not make up for the parks shortcomings in ride-placement and terrible advertising. The ride is also hideous aesthetically. Not a single bush/tree/weed/blade of grass was planted on the entire site, and the end result is a fugly pile of gravel that is just an eye sore, IMO. In the end, Turd Coaster earned its nickname...

3 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up MovieCoast on 7/6/2006 9:34:00 AM
I didnt have very high expectations for this coaster, but I was proven wrong. Italian Job is a lot of fun. The initial launch is not very powerful, but its still fun none-the-less. Next is an upward helix through the parking garage, which provides some good laterals, followed by a few twists, drops, and a great overbanked turn. Now the ride gets wild with launch #2. You are blasted into darkness without a clue where you are headed. The speed is great, and then all of a sudden you are dropped out of the darkness, through a billboard, under a bridge, and back into the station. Sadly, it is all over now, but it makes for a great finale. If only the first half of the ride had been like the end, because the first half is quite tame. However, the end is intense and fun enough to earn a 7. And, like other launched coasters, TOO SHORT!

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