DOSWELL, Va. (WRIC) — The thrill is gone for a popular ride at Kings Dominion.
After 20 years on the tracks, the park just announced one of it’s most beloved coasters, the Volcano, has launched for the last time.
“My heart sunk. It’s one of the most iconic coasters I think at Kings Dominion,” says coaster fanatic Barrett Ripley, “0 to 70 miles an hour and one of the greatest parts was the blast off.”
The Volcano launched riders upside down and all around a big brown volcano. Until 2013, it held the record for the highest inversion in the world. “It was a memory making ride,” added American Coaster Enthusiast Communications Manager Elizabeth Ringas. “I think that’s why people just had to go back and re-ride it and re-experience it over and over again.”
After two decades, maintenance on the old coaster couldn’t make it reliable.
Fans are well aware of how often the Volcano broke down.
“You can fix and fix and fix and fix but that’s just a bandaid. Once that bandaid wears out and the stickiness is gone, you got to do something,” says Jonathan Guy. He was a Level One board operator for the ride when he retired from the park in 2013.
“I hate to see it go, but just like everything else it’s time to move on,” explained Guy.
Kings Dominion has not revealed what will replace the roller coaster or if the even longer-standing mountain will come down too. Adds Ringas, “To think of such an icon in the park as that mountain and how it comes out of that volcano that we’ll never see that again, it really broke my heart that we won’t get to share this with future generations.”
Not all Volcano fans are giving up hope.
Someone even started a petition to keep the coaster operating.