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Kings Dominion has acted on reports of "near-blackouts" on its $25 million Intimidator 305 rollercoaster, with the park adding trim brakes to the ride's first drop to reduce its speed.

The Intamin Giga Coaster has received rave reviews from coaster fans since opening on April 3, with favorable comparisons being drawn to Cedar Point's Millenium force, the only other Giga Coaster in the US. However, a number of riders complained that the corner following the ride's first drop was too intense, causing the blackout sensation. The addition of trim brakes to the 300-feet, 92mph first drop is designed to overcome this - although early reports suggest it may not have been entirely successful.

The artificial slowing of Intimidator 305 has caused some controversy among coaster fans, and calls into question Kings Dominion's original claim that the ride is "the fastest gravity-driven rollercoaster in North America". Some have complained that the reduced speed results in a loss of "air-time" during the sequence of bunny hops later in the coaster's course, but the park will be keen to prevent negative word-of-mouth from impacting on its latest addition. It is likely that further adjustments will be made, with the park having reportedly removed some trim brakes from a smaller, 75-feet hill mid-way through the circuit.

The high speed and intense twists and turns of Intimidator 305 are designed to mimic the experience of NASCAR driving, with the coaster's name being a tribute to 7-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt. It was the second NASCAR-themed coaster to open at a Cedar Fair park in 2010, with Carowinds opening its B&M-designed sister coaster, Intimidator, in March.

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I have been visiting Kings Dominion since I was a kid, love the park and all the rides. Also a Nascar fan. My boyfriend and I decided to ride the I305 today...big mistake. I'm not at all scared of roller coasters and have been riding them for quite awhile however blacking out on one is not something a "thrill" ride should consist of. I too blacked out at the bottom of the hill and didn't regain conciousness until the ride was over. This was a terrifying expierence and completley ruined the rest of the day because I walked around feeling dizzy and just plain out of it. If they don't do something to stop the blackouts from happening, someone is going to get hurt on this ride. Blacking out on a roller coaster is dangerous and it certainly doesn't enhance a ride. Hey maybe it will live up to it's inspiration, Dale Earnhardt...he didn't really listen to anyone's suggestions either and look where he ended up.

I too blacked out on the Intimidator! I did not know it was such a common experience, or something that people WANT to happen. I for one did not expect or want it to happen. Had my eyes closed all the way up to the top. Opened them just as we were coming down the drop, and all I saw was blackness. My ears popped, I had trouble breathing. Not really a fun experience if you ask me. Do not plan to ride it anymore.

I just got back from Kings Dominion, and I black out on Intimidator 305 today also. I am 25 years old, and my favorite thing to do is ride coasters, but it is a scary feeling and kind of somewhat ruined the experience when you think you've just gone blind. This is only the 2nd coaster that this has happened to me. Very scary. I still think Cedar Point is better, and I didn't black out on Millenium Force.... hmm.

I just got back from Kings Dominion, and I black out on Intimidator 305 today also. I am 25 years old, and my favorite thing to do is ride coasters, but it is a scary feeling and kind of somewhat ruined the experience when you think you've just gone blind. This is only the 2nd coaster that this has happened to me. Very scary. I still think Cedar Point is better, and I didn't black out on Millenium Force.... hmm.

I just got back from Kings Dominion, and I black out on Intimidator 305 today also. I am 25 years old, and my favorite thing to do is ride coasters, but it is a scary feeling and kind of somewhat ruined the experience when you think you've just gone blind. This is only the 2nd coaster that this has happened to me. Very scary. I still think Cedar Point is better, and I didn't black out on Millenium Force.... hmm.

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