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Hurler

As your travel past the massive Drop Tower and the high speeds of Rebel Yell, you will find yourself looking straight into the eyes of Hurler – a wooden roller coaster located in the Grove section of Kings Dominion. Hurler, as you may know, has an exact replica, at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC.   The original theming of this ride came from the 1992 Paramount movie, Wayne’s World (derived from a Saturday Night Live sketch). The main characters – Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar often used the word “hurl”. When Hurler opened in 1994, an entire section of the park was dedicated to the movie. The Wayne’s World Section also included Stan Mikita’s Diner (now known as Juke Box Diner), the Rock Shop and a replica of Wayne’s basement (no longer at the park). There were also television’s located in the coaster’s queue line where guests could watch a scene featuring Wayne and Garth.   Once you rise to the top of huge, 83 foot lift hill, you drop down an astonishing 80 feet which sends riders to top speeds of 50 mph. This is followed by an intense, banked turn. With all of Hurler’s sudden drops, it gives riders insane amounts of airtime. The 3,157 foot long coaster was manufactured by International Coasters, Inc. The trains were manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. With the addition of WindSeeker and Dinosaurs Alive in 2012, Hurler should get a lot more attention since both rides will be located nearby. Either you love it, or you hate it – and even though most of the theming has been removed – this 2:00 minute coaster should not be missed by anyone!

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