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Volcano, The Blast Coaster
Website: Kings Dominion Homepage
Ride Type: Inverted Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.3537
TPC Overall Rank: #83 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 92
Last Review: 8/30/2009 5:41:00 PM
In User Top 10: 119 times.
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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bastrom19 on 8/30/2009 5:41:00 PM
Probably the best coaster at kings dominion yet. The theming was incredible and, in my opinion, only the second best themed coaster besides the Alpengeist at Busch Gardens. Other than that i don't have much to say, besides you should definitely ride it!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 8/16/2008 6:57:00 PM
Date Ridden: Summer of 2007 and 2008. Times Ridden: 4. Volcano is an interesting coaster located about 8 hours northeast from my home in northwest corner of Georgia. It is, one of the world&#39..s only inverted launched coasters and hits my top spot for favorite inverted coaster. It lands solidly in the Coaster Reviews Top 20 with a number of very unique elements which I will attempt to explain below. The beginning of the ride is quite possibly the best start to any ride in existence. A 0-70 MPH launch out of and around the man-made mountain (it actually used to be home to a Smurf ride before it was re-designed) and then back into the mountain and another launch 90 degrees straight up and out of the volcano with fire roaring around you!!! Now that is creativity and Intamin (designers of the Coaster Reviews # 1 ranked coaster, Millennium Force) dipped into their back of tricks to pull this one off. Next, the three barrel rolls while the train flies around the mountain are taking at such a slow speed that the hanging sensation is heightened making the riders feel like they are about to fall out and tumble down the mountain more than 100 feet below. These are three of my favorite inversions (despite not being the greatest inversion fan there is) found on any coaster. Lastly, there is a large banked drop at the end where the ride dives back into the mountain and comes to a stop. While an overlooked portion of the ride, this is a great ending to a very thrilling experience. Despite it&#39..s many exciting features, there are a few issues with Volcano that bump it down a point. To begin with, due to the short layout of the course, there are only two trains which hold 16 passengers per train. While not a capacity nightmare, get ready for a 45-90 minute wait due to this fact plus the rides popularity. Secondly, and I&#39..ve already mentioned this, the ride is a little short for a truly world-class coaster. I do not mind short rides if they are thrilling, and Volcano certainly is, but another 1,000 feet of track would bump this monster up immensely.One final recommendation would be to definitely ride in the very front car. Of my four rides, two have been in the front and one of those was at night. Being launched with nothing in front of you but air was a great experience. Also, as is normal on inverted coasters, the view from the front is totally unobstructed making for a better visual experience.In conclusion, Volcano is the top coaster at Kings Dominion and a truly world class ride. It does not get the respect it deserves in many coaster circles due to its short length. However, it is fun, exciting, and a total &quot..blast&quot... There is nothing like being shot out of a volcano to close down a great day of coaster riding.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/21/2007 5:49:00 PM
Amazing roller coaster. The theming is incredible as the volcano looks great, especially with the fireball effect, and the line was well themed as well. First off, the launch was insanely powerful and smooth and the inversion coming out of the volcano was excellent, as it was disorienting and had strong Gs. After that were 3 inline twists that had good hang-time, but they were a bit slow for my taste. The ride ends with a rapid plunge back into the volcano that gave really strong Gs.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up millforce on 5/19/2007 2:30:00 AM
Amazing ride, just not long enough to get a perfect score. Its over before you know it!

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up 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.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/23/2006 12:36:00 AM
The theming on this ride is excellent, although the inside of the volcano could be made to look better. I could see stuff stored inside the volcano. The ride is fun, but feels a little short. It is definitely a front row type of coaster with a nice view and the entire ride feels a lot faster with the wind blowing past your face. A good coaster with great theming.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Nitro1118 on 7/12/2006 5:17:00 PM
Totally unqiue from every other ride I have ever been on. The 2 launches are very good, and the best LIM launches I have experienced. The zero g rolls are simply amazing, considering the height of the ride and the fact that you are circling around the volcano. Speaking of the volcano, the theming is VERY nice. The queue, the station, actually on ride, its awesome. Unfortunately, the ride is a tad bit too short, and I would have loved a few more large, sweeping drops around the volcano like the last drop, and maybe a few elements inside the volcano. But rating it for what it does, it is a very impressive ride.

4 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cprules69 on 6/25/2006 11:40:00 PM
2 super launches but not much after that. Super smooth though.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up viking78 on 6/21/2006 12:10:00 PM
Whats not to love about this? Second best Inverted on the planet behind only King Alpengeist. The themeing is fantastic! The launch out of the mountain is an experience you will always carry with you. The ride loses a bit at the end but overall this is one impressive coaster.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up MovieCoast on 6/17/2006 10:54:00 AM
This is one of the few rides that Ive been on that literally took my breath away. Wow. Volcano is an intense, adrenaline rush that is a whole lot of fun. The launches are extremely powerful, and I could yell at all due to my voice being taken away. Being blasted out of that volcano is just an awesome moment. After this, however, the ride starts losing. First off, the speed is cut down quite a bit. The turns and the in-line twists, however, are quite fun, but could be more disorienting at higher speeds. The final swinging drop is absolutely awesome, but then its all over. Such a shame! So, Volcano is an intense ride, but loses out for loss of speed at the top and a ride too short. Still, it shot up into my top ten immediately!

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