Volcano The Blast Coaster

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Volcano: The Blast Coaster
Volcano The Blast Coaster (Kings Dominion) entrance.jpg
The entrance to the ride.
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Kings Dominion
Location Doswell, Virginia, USA
Status Defunct
Operated August 3, 1998 to 2018
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched - Inverted
Model / product Suspended Catapult Coaster
Riders per train 16
Propulsion 2 LIM launches
Height155 feet
Drop80 feet
Top speed70 mph
Length2757 feet
Inversions4
HELP
Volcano The Blast Coaster's Logo.jpeg
An ovierview of the ride

Volcano: The Blast Coaster was a launched inverted roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. It was the first launched inverted roller coaster and the only one to complete a full circuit. It was the fastest inverted coaster when it opened as well as having the world's tallest inversion. It was located in the Congo section of the park.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The volcano that the ride was built in and around has existed since 1979 and a number of attractions were set inside the mountain before the volcano existed, such as Smurf Mountain.

Starting in the fall of 1996, three attractions inside and around the volcano were removed to make way for the ride. Kings Dominion began teasing the attraction, with August 1997 the day where the ride would be announced.

On August 1, 1997, Kings Dominion announced that they would be adding Volcano The Blast Coaster, that it would be manufactured by Intamin, and that it would be the world's first launched inverted coaster.

Following multiple delays, the attraction opened on August 3, 1998.[1]

During the first year of operation, Volcano did not have a second LIM boost during the ride. This resulted in the coaster's trains often failed to crest the first inversion, and rollbacks were frequent. In order to ensure that the ride could make it over the roll out, Kings Dominion ran the trains with only half capacity; only eight people got to ride on one train. During the 1998 off-season, Intamin installed another launch after the first turn.

In 2006, a train rolled back down the track due to unknown issues. Fifteen riders had to be rescued and one was badly injured. The injured one was later taken to the hospital. Volcano remained closed for three weeks after the incident before returning to operation.

Volcano The Blast Coaster last operated in summer 2018. The ride has been operating intermittently, and no comment was made on the closure. On February 8, 2019, Kings Dominion announced that Volcano The Blast Coaster would not reopen due to "maintenance issues and low capacity" and would be removed from the park.[2] A section of track, a car and signage was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[3]

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Volcano The Blast Coaster had a yellow track and maroon supports.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train. Riders were held in by over-the-shoulder restraints.

Ride Experience[edit | edit source]

After departing the loading station, riders made a 90 degree turn and approached the LIM launch, where the train launched from 0-70 mph in 3.7 seconds. The coaster made a broad, sweeping turn to the left before reentering the volcano and being boosted by another LIM launch. The train launched straight up into the 155 foot tall roll out. The coaster turned left and entered a series of banked curves and three heartline rolls before swooping down into the mountain and hitting the brakes.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During operation, eruption sound effects, timed to coincide with the inversion out of the volcano's summit, played in the queue.
  • Volcano: The Blast Coaster serviced around 18-20 million riders during its lifetime.
  • During Haunt 2018, a grave located near the ride entrance said "Gone Extinct, 2018". This possibly hinted at the ride's future. References to the ride were found all over the park during WinterFest that year.
  • During Haunt 2019, Volcano: The Blast Coaster was added to Kings Dominion's attraction graveyard, where defunct rides are memorialized. Perhaps in recognition of the roller coaster's massive popularity and unexpected closure, the tombstone for the ride lies in the very center of the graveyard.

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