King's Dominion2nd June 2008
King's Dominion was a last minute addition to our trip, added mainly so that George could pick up some of the three coasters there he'd yet to ride. While there was no actual new credits for me, it was nevertheless a chance to reacquaint myself Dominator, having last ridden that several years ago in its previous home at Geauga Lake. It was more than a little irritating to discover that the new star attraction at the park wasn't scheduled to open until ninety minutes after everything else, but one eventually gets used to this crap from corporate chains. We're going to get your money anyway, so we just don't care.
Be that as it may, the longest floorless coaster ever built looks positively stunning in its new home. Most of that is of course the shiny new paint job, but the seat mouldings have also been replaced, as the embossed Batman logo that fitted its original name are no longer present. A sparkling appearance is basically irrelevant if the coaster doesn't ride well, but there were no problems there at all; the crew who moved this ride clearly know their business, as there were no jolts in the track at all; in fact it would be no exaggeration to describe it as the smoothest coaster of the trip.
Part of me is a little sad that this coaster is only here due to the demise of Geauga Lake, but one cannot deny that Cedar Fair tried very hard to make that park work. It's also moderately irritating that this addition came at the expense of what was my favourite coaster in King's Dominion, but even I appreciate that Hypersonic XLC didn't have anything like the rider throughput needed for a park on this scale.
Go Karts Plus2nd June 2008
With so many junior coasters on this trip it seemed almost fitting that the last one would be Python Pit (#1190), a fairly typical design from Miler. We were quite possibly the only people in the park for our brief visit, making us wonder how on earth the place could be turning a profit. Be that as it may, the staff were friendly and enthusiastic, leaving us with the best of memories to finish off yet another crazy holiday.