Grizzly

Grizzly

In the woods of Kings Dominion, lurks the Grizzly. This wooden coaster was manufactured by Kings Entertainment Company and designed by Taft Attractions. The trains were manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  Grizzly opened March 27, 1982 as Kings Dominion’s third wooden coaster (after the Ghoster Coaster – 1974 and Rebel Yell – 1975). It’s design was based on Wildcat at Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio (which was demolished in 1964).  This coaster is located in the Old Virginia section of the park and themed to be in the woods. At the entrance, there is a large statue of a grizzly bear that makes for great photo opportunities! When you enter the long queue, there is a nice view of Xtreme Skyflyer and Thunder Raceway. Grizzly’s layout can be a surprise to some guests who have not seen it, because it is so far back behind the trees.  The two and a half minute ride begins as you go up an immense 87 foot lift hill. The 84 foot first drop sends riders to a rapid 51 mph. After the first drop, you go speeding up a hill, leading to the second, airtime drop. You then dash into a roaring tunnel! Many guest tend to put their hands down upon entering the tunnel, however this is unnecessary because it is actually impossible to hit the top with you hands.  When Thunder Raceway was built in 2006, many guests were upset that so many trees were cut down. Since it’s location (in the woods) was a large part of Grizzly’s theming when it was first built – this change, while not specifically made to Grizzly, did effect the overall environment of the ride.  Nevertheless, Grizzly is a great coaster and not to be missed!

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