Reptilian (Kings Dominion)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Reptillian in 2022
Kings Dominion
Location Doswell, Virginia, USA
Coordinates 37°50′24″N 77°26′27″W / 37.8400910°N 77.440703°W / 37.8400910; -77.440703
Park section Jungle X-Pedition
Status Operating since March 26, 1988
Cost $3.5 million
Rider height
  • Minimum: 40 inch
  • Min. unaccompanied: 46 inch
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Type Steel - Bobsled
Riders per train 14
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 69 feet
Length 1905 feet
Inversions 0
Avalanche in 2008

Reptilian, previously named Avalanche, is a Mack Rides bobsled roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. It is currently the only Mack Rides bobsled coaster running in the United States. The ride is located in the African-themed Jungle X-Pedition section of the park.


In late 1987, Kings Dominion announced the addition of Avalanche.[1]

Avalanche was built for a reported cost of $3.5 million. On March 22, 1988, a media day was held during which Olympian bobsled racer Michael White rode the roller coaster. White noted that the roller coaster was "too slow", as he was "used to moving a little faster".[2] The ride then opened four days later on March 26, 1988.[3][4]

Avalanche remained closed for the entire 2021 season.[5] It was repainted during the 2021-2022 off-season.[6] In January 2022, Kings Dominion announced that the ride would be renamed Reptilian.[7]


Reptilian is 69 feet tall and has 1,905 feet of track.[2][8]


3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged inline in 2 rows, for a total of 14 riders per train.

When the coaster was known as Avalanche, the cars were based on Olympic bobsleds that represented five countries. These countries were France, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. Upon the ride's re-theme to Reptilian, the trains were re-themed to snakes.



  1. Pryweller, Joseph (November 8, 1987). "Attendance slides at state parks". Daily Press. p. 59. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pryweller, Joseph (March 23, 1988). "Ride gets Olympic trail". Daily Press. p. 15. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  3. Kalina, Mike (March 25, 1988). "New hotels ready for vacationers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 54. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  4. "From The Vault: Kings Dominion 1988 Brochure". NewsPlusNotes.
  5. "Kings Dominion". Screamscape. Archived from the original on May 24, 2021. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  6. "Jungle X-Pedition Construction Updates". Kings Dominion.
  7. "Meet Reptilian". Kings Dominion.
  8. "A renaissance launches coaster rides thrilling and chilling". Democrat and Chronicle. May 29, 1988. p. 27. Retrieved May 24, 2021.

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