Volcano

Volcano The Blast Coaster

Volcano The Blast Coaster has thrilled both park guests and coaster enthusiasts since opening at the park on August 3, 1998. The park created this attraction to draw people from all over to experience a state of the art ride that used many elements that would be a first for many. The coaster continues to bring in many enthusiasts and guests and has claimed its title as “The World’s fastest suspended looping coaster” with a continuous circuit.

The development for this ride begin in 1996 when Kings Dominion, under Paramount ownership at the time, wanted to develop an attraction that would set a new record for speed and would be the first of its kind. Before Volcano The Blast Coaster was born, the Volcano Mountain was originally named “The Lost World” and was home to four other attractions at the park. The names of these attractions were: Voyage to Atlantis: a log flume ride, Time Shaft: a rotor flat ride, Land of the Dooz: a small roller coaster, Mt. Kilimanjaro: a Bayern Curve flat ride.

Many of the rides were removed throughout the 1980s and the 1990s saw the arrival of new attractions to the mountain. The Land of the Dooz was rethemed to Smurf Mountain, and Voyage to Atlantis became “The Haunted River”. Smurf Mountain was removed in 1993, and the rest of the attractions were removed in 1995 as the mountain sat dormant to plan for the park’s next major attraction, Volcano The Blast Coaster.

Volcano The Blast Coaster was announced in 1997 and was set to bring new life to the Congo section of the park. The ride starts out with riders boarding trains that are suspended below the track. Riders sit in a floorless position with feet dangling below as they accelerate 0-72 mph using LIM technology out of an erupting Volcano at 155ft in the air. Riders then twist through 3 zero-g rolls as they curve around sharp turns and feel the eruption of the Volcano before their eyes. The ride concludes as they plummet down an 80 ft sharp drop into the brakes of the Volcano. Riders can catch their breath at the end saying that this ride is one of a kind and share their experiences with others.

Volcano The Blast Coaster is highly encouraged as a ride for many to ride. The ride has a track length of 2757 ft of twisted steel, sharp curves, and extreme speeds. Volcano The Blast Coaster is located in the Congo section and is the park’s busiest attraction. It is recommended for first time visitors to the park to visit this attraction as soon as the park opens as the line for this ride gets excessively long throughout the day, especially on weekends.

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