Defunct Roller Coaster Volcano: The Blast Coaster

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I will miss Volcano, and if the mountain is removed it really will leave a hole in that part of the park. I remember riding the train when it was the Land of the Dunes, then Smurf Mountain amd was there opening day for Volcano. I remember waiting a little over three hours that day, I had arrived fairly early in the morning, got in line and then it opened by the best of my memory sometime early afternoon. What ever replaces it will probably never match the uniqueness of Volcano, a rollercoaster that was both inside and outside of a themed ride structure.
 

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I did not love or hate the ride. It was exciting the first time I rode it, but I had only ever been on one other Liner Magnetic type launch. After the first time it really lost its luster. Further exasperating the issue, I just am not a invert guy. Sure I rode it as long as I fit but I never left an emotional connection with me. Frankly for a pure aesthetics POV I always thought it did visually scale with the mountain. To me, the mountain always felt about 1/4 if not more as big as it needed to be. But that is just a personal thing.

Personally I would love to see a return to some dark rides akin to what was there before. I know that is 180 degrees out of phase with what it likely, but it is what I would prefer. If the park desires another coaster, and I am certain they do, they should consider the vast land that they have not used, over by Old VA for example and the the mountain to a different fate.

Just food for thought, wasn't CF staring to add a moving Dark Ride to all their parks? Could the mountain be a good location for that kind of thing?
 
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I did not love or hate the ride. It was exciting the first time I rode it, but I had only ever been on one other Liner Magnetic type launch. After the first time it really lost its luster. Further exasperating the issue, I just am not a invert guy. Sure I rode it as long as I fit but I never left an emotional connection with me. Frankly for a pure aesthetics POV I always thought it did visually scale with the mountain. To me, the mountain always felt about 1/4 if not more as big as it needed to be. But that is just a personal thing.

Personally I would love to see a return to some dark rides akin to what was there before. I know that is 180 degrees out of phase with what it likely, but it is what I would prefer. If the park desires another coaster, and I am certain they do, they should consider the vast land that they have not used, over by Old VA for example and the the mountain to a different fate.

Just food for thought, wasn't CF staring to add a moving Dark Ride to all their parks? Could the mountain be a good location for that kind of thing?
Well said. Feel the very same. The first time I rode it the launch and first inversion were great. After that they lost their pizzaz to me.

I kinda do hope between this and Crypt having problems CF looks to change up the area, and not use it to expand planet snoopy.
 
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Here is another thought that has scared me. If Cedar Fair has been removing rides that are maintenance costly and no longer popular, do you think it's possible that this could be Flight of Fear's last season? If so, it would devastate me because it's the reason I continue to visit KD. Or is removing two rides, a little too risky for the company to do? If FOF was removed, they would have a big spot to fill. Or would you consider FOF a ride that guests still like?

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Here is another thought that has scared me. If Cedar Fair has been removing rides that are maintenance costly and no longer popular, do you think it's possible that this could be Flight of Fear's last season? If so, it would devastate me because it's the reason I continue to visit KD. Or is removing two rides, a little too risky for the company to do? If FOF was removed, they would have a big spot to fill. Or would you consider FOF a ride that guests still like?

Thoughts?
I don't think FoF is in danger. It's still reliable. VBC had some deep seeded issues.
 
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FOF is still a ride that pulls a 30-45+ minute queue from time to time. It has a 3rd train on tracks that can be used if another has to be taken off. The manufacturer of the ride still offers the Spaghetti Bowl model, thus parts are available. Because it's still a reliable ride so many years later, I think it's safe to say Flight of Fear will be around for awhile. I'd hate to see it go as well :(
 

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In memory of Volcano, Richmond Times-Dispatch just republished this archived RTD story from the coaster's opening in 1998:


Kings Dominion Coaster Spews Volcanic Action

August 4, 1998

Nearly 400 years after a Russian showman built a wooden sled, covered it with ice and charged it down a hill, coasting along undulating surfaces remains popular.

And now, Paramount's Kings Dominion has unleashed a roller coaster called Volcano, The Blast Coaster, on which riders travel at 70 mph in seats suspended from looping tracks. With its debut yesterday, Volcano became the fastest inverted (hanging from tracks) coaster in the world, surpassing the Alpengeist (at 67 mph) at Busch Gardens.

The coaster loops around a volcano that erupts with fire at the beginning of every ride.

From the base of what was once Smurf Mountain, the ride slowly treks out of the station and into the mountain. The ride then shocks its passengers by suddenly blasting off into a dark cavern. The coaster briefly emerges from the mountain, slinging riders outward before re-entering the volcano.

The coaster rockets straight up through the dark mountain, then erupts through its peak. However, just as lava cools, so does the rest of the ride. The remainder of Volcano is tamer, as it corkscrews around the sides of the mountain until it reaches bottom.

Planners wanted to incorporate the new ride into the existing landscape, which featured a volcano that once housed The Lost World. Built in 1979, the area had a kiddie train, water flume and shaft ride. But with those attractions gone, the park looked to a design team in Charlotte, N.C., for new possibilities. They decided on a coaster that would have four heart-stopping inversions and would travel up the volcano's shaft during its two-minute ride.

Substituting linear induction motors for chains and cranks, the coaster, which has half a mile of track, travels smoothly upward, said David Ferguson, a creative director of Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment in Charlotte and one of the designers. And it's one of only four or five roller coasters in the world using the motors, he said.

Steven Thompson of the Mid-Atlantic Coaster Club said Volcano was "certainly the most unique steel coaster" he had ever been on. He first rode a coaster at a Maryland theme park when he was 11, but the speed terrified him. He didn't ride again until he was 30, when he grudgingly agreed to go on Busch Gardens' Loch Ness. He got hooked. Now the 50-year-old certified public accountant goes on one or two trips a year with the 350-member club to ride coasters in America and abroad.

By yesterday afternoon, he had ridden Volcano seven times and was ready for more of that "big adrenaline rush."

"It's a fast, smooth pacing ... from the moment you're sling-shotted out of the loading platform, " said Paul Ruben, an editor at Park World, a magazine for the amusement park industry. "I think everyone likes to test the edge, " he said.
 
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A decent replacement for Volcano be something like Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City. I'd even go for removing Avalanche, and giving the ride a lot more space to use. They could keep the mountain and give it some sort of haunted mine theme. The launches could still be incorporated into the ride experience. Maybe even three launches.

Another cool ride to replace it with would be a TARON style ride; built by Intamin. That's give or take we have enough space to generate that type of intensity. Again, the goal would be to create the same suspense that Volcano does. If KD reads these post, we should consider sending them this idea. Intamin would most likely recommend removing Avalanche so that they have enough space to work with.
 
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Yea it was back in 2006. Paramount was going to move to another park, but Cedar Fair canceled the plans once they acquired the parks. As for Volcano replacement, I'm sticking with my previous post. A TARON style ride by Intamin would work well. You may have to cut into certain parts of the mountain so that the coaster could blast through and around at different parts like TARON does in the town like structure that houses the ride.
 

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I'm pretty sure I recall KD putting some time and effort into refurbishing the mountain in the last year or two, so I guess we should expect it to stay for a while I guess. I suppose if they let it SNBO long enough, it might no longer matter, but I'd think they won't be looking to bring it down anytime soon. Kind of a shame, maybe then they could change the area to something slightly more appropriate than "Safari Village".
 
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