Comfort Suites Doswell
16280 International Street, Doswell, Virginia, 23047, United States
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This ride was here from 1975 to 1983. The ride wasn't that high, fast or exciting. The only thing it did was turn you to your side. In September, 1983, some irresponsible 13-year old kid stood up as the coaster went down the second hill. He died, not from falling, but from hitting his head on the track above. Although it wasn't the ride's fault the kid died, the park responded by taking it down anyhow.
Showing King's Dominion to friends
On many occasions, a friend of mine would go to King's Dominion with us. Sometimes it would be Debbie Wilson, other times it would be various classmates. More recently, friends from overseas (Pierre and Luc from France; Fernando from Spain) have accompanied me to King's Dominion.
King's Dominion set aside an area with rides especially for the younger kids. The area was secluded in Hanna-Barbera Land where kids would often get a surprise visit from the likes of Scooby Doo, Fred Flintstone and Huckelberry Hound and well shaded for those hot summer days. Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters (like Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Captain Skyhook, Snaggle Puss, etc.) also were featured in the signs designating the maximum height limits for the kiddie rides. Over the loudspeakers in this part of the park, they played theme songs of various cartoons like "the Jetsons", "The Flintstones", and "The Banana Splits". They had junior bumper cars, little ranger jeeps, Yogi's Cave, and mini star ships.
Hey, that's how THEY spelled it, folks. There really wasn't much to this ride, except it sure enough cooled you off on a hot day. You shot forth in a train at 67 mph (100 km./h.) through a 76-foot (24 m.) loop, and then up a 40 m. tip. Then you went backwards through the same loop. It was more interesting going backwards through the loop as you were going slower and were suspended upside down for a split second longer. You went backwards through the station, up the other tip and back where you started.
Mind the weather
my French friend Luc and I went to King's Dominion on 31 July 1992. That was the last season most of the "good" rides were still there. The first thing I took him on was the Anaconda, followed by the Apple Turnover and The Rebel Yell (backwards track). After that point, he said he didn't want to ride anything that would go real fast, turn him upside down, or get him wet. That lets out about 70% of the rides at King's Dominion and he was too big to ride the Kiddie Rides.
On the way out, it came up a bad cloud. Just as we exited the park, the storm was at the height of its fury. We couldn't go back in the park and there was no shelter. It rained almost horizontally, lightning streaked around us until we finally found the car. We got so wet that we had to stop by home and change into dry clothes before going to a dinner party that evening.
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