Anaconda (Kings Dominion)

Roller coaster in the United States
Watch the on-ride POV
Kings Dominion
Location Doswell, Virginia, USA
Coordinates 37°50′18″N 77°26′26″W / 37.838292°N 77.440537°W / 37.838292; -77.440537
Park section Jungle X-pedition
Status Operating since March 23, 1991
Cost $5,000,000 USD
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Custom Looping Coaster
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1400
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 128 feet
Drop 144 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2700 feet
Inversions 4
Duration 1:50
G-Force 5.1

Anaconda is a steel roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. Built by Arrow Dynamics, the ride was Kings Dominion's first roller coaster with more than one inversion. It opened on March 23, 1991 and was also the first looping roller coaster to feature an underwater tunnel.


In September 1990, Kings Dominion announced that Anaconda would be coming to the park.[1] Lake Charles was chosen as the site for the new attraction. Construction began towards the end of the 1990 park season with elements of the lift hill being constructed over the former site of King Kobra which was removed in 1986. Anaconda opened to the general public on March 23, 1991.[2]

During the 2014 season, both Anaconda and the now-defunct Volcano The Blast Coaster received some major updates. The splash effect that occurred when the train entered the tunnel was restored.[3]



The ride was designed by Ron Toomer and features a drop into an underwater tunnel. It has four inversions.

Ride experience

After departing the station, the train heads up a 128 foot chain lift hill. At the top, riders drop 144 feet to the right and head into a 126 foot long underwater tunnel. This tunnel leads into a 100 foot tall vertical loop and a 90 foot tall sidewinder. The train makes a left turn to the mid-course brake run. Riders then go through a figure-eight section and a 25 foot tall double corkscrew. After a few turns, the train hits the final brake run.

Color scheme

The ride is currently painted red with yellow rails and green supports. Previously, the track was red.


2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train. Riders are secured by over-the-shoulder harnesses.



  1. "Park to unveil new coaster in '91". The Daily Times. September 28, 1990. p. 50. Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  2. "Roller coaster the new twist".
  3. Douglas, Evan (2014-04-06). "Opening Day Photo Update". KDFans. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

External links

  • Anaconda on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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