Dominator

Dominator is a steel floorless roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. It originally opened at Six Flags Ohio on May 5, 2000 under the nameBatman: Knight Flight. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchased the park in 2004 and renamed it Dominator. In 2007, the park closed and Dominator was relocated to Kings Dominion where it opened on May 24, 2008 in the International Street section of the park.

Dominator is notable for having the 4th-tallest vertical loop in the world at 135 ft (41 m). Only three are larger: Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas has a 145 ft (44 m) loop, Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain has a 144 ft (44 m) loop and Full Throttle, also at Magic Mountain, has a 160 ft (49 m) loop. It is also the world’s longest floorless coaster at 4,210 feet (1,280 m).

Ride experience

After leaving the station, the train makes a small dip before making a 180 degree right turn to climb the 161-foot (49 m) lift hill. Once the train apexes the top of the lift, riders drop 148 feet (45 m) to the right at a 57 degree angle, reaching a top speed of 67 miles per hour (108 km/h). The train then enters the record breaking, 135-foot (41 m) tall vertical loop. Following the loop, riders go past the queue and rise up into a turnaround around the ride’s station. After the turn, riders enter a cobra roll, which contains two of the ride’s five inversions.

Riders then pass by the station again and enter the mid-course brake run. After the brakes, there is a small drop followed by the interlocking corkscrews, the last two inversions of the ride. Following the corkscrews, the train completes a 135-degree curve to the left that dives into a 270-degree curve along the ground, entering the final brake run. One cycle of the ride lasts about 2 minutes and 6 seconds.

Elements

  • Location North America / United States of America / Virginia
  • Status Operating
  • Classification Roller Coaster
  • Type Steel
  • Design Sit Down
  • Category Floorless
  • Make Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Speed 104,6
  • Height 47,9
  • Drop 45.1
  • Inversions 5
  • Length 1283.2
  • G-Force 3.8
  • Amusement Park Kings Dominion
  • Elements Chain Lift Hill, Cobra Roll, Interlocking Corkscrews, Loop