Kings Dominion has confirmed that it is updating the Intimidator 305 rollercoaster in time for the 2011 season, as well as adding an all-new fireworks show known as Nights of Fire.
Work to re-profile the first turn on Intimidator 305 began some months ago, with the park aiming to reduce number of "blackouts" experienced by riders. A number of Kings Dominion guests complained of the blackout sensation following Intimidator 305's opening on April 3, 2010, leading to the installation of trim brakes on the coaster's 300-feet, 92mph first drop.
Despite the addition of the brakes, many riders continued to claim that the extreme forces exerted on them during the Intimidator 305's first turn were enough to cause blackouts. Now, Kings Dominion has confirmed via its Facebook page that the turn will be enlarged to "improve the comfort of our riders". It is expected that the trim brakes will be removed as a result, enabling the ride to return to its original top speed of 92 miles per hour.
Kings Dominion has also revealed that the new Nights of Fire fireworks displays will take place during peak periods for the park. This will include the Memorial Day weekend (May 28-29), the summer season from June 18-August 14 and the Labor Day weekend (September 4). The shows will take place at 10pm.
Also due to open at Kings Dominion in 2011 is a version of nighttime walk-through experience Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular. Already in place at a number of other Cedar Fair parks, the show will feature more than a million LED lights which will be strung along Kings Dominion's center walkway, adorning trees and the park's one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. A custom-designed audio soundtrack will accompany the illuminations, which will debut on June 18.
A video of the Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular display at sister park Kings Island is embedded below:
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