Anaconda (roller coaster)

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Anaconda
PKD-Anaconda.jpg
The double-corkscrew element
Kings Dominion
Park section Safari Village§
Coordinates 37°50′16″N 77°26′27″W / 37.837781°N 77.440943°W / 37.837781; -77.440943Coordinates: 37°50′16″N 77°26′27″W / 37.837781°N 77.440943°W / 37.837781; -77.440943
Status Operating
Opening date March 23, 1991
Replaced King Kobra
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer Ron Toomer
Model Custom Looping Coaster
Height 128 ft (39 m)
Drop 144 ft (44 m)
Length 2,700 ft (820 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration 1:50
Capacity 1,400 riders per hour
G-force 5.1
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Anaconda at RCDB
Pictures of Anaconda at RCDB

Anaconda is a steel roller coaster located at Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell, Virginia. Built by Arrow Dynamics and designed by Ron Toomer, Anaconda opened in 1991 as the first looping roller coaster to feature an underwater tunnel and the first at Kings Dominion with more than one inversion.[1]

History[edit]

Kings Dominion's Lake Charles was chosen as the site for Anaconda. Arrow Dynamics would design the coaster to incorporate an underwater tunnel as well as keeping the majority of the ride over water. Construction began towards the end of the 1990 park season with elements of the lift hill constructed over the former site of King Kobra, a flywheel-launched shuttle coaster removed in 1987.[2] Anaconda opened to the public on March 23, 1991.[3]

Ride experience[edit]

The train leaves the station climbing the 128-foot (39 m) lift hill. From there riders plunge 144 feet (44 m) twisting to the right passing an on-ride camera and entering an underwater tunnel. The train exits the tunnel entering a 360-degree vertical loop followed by a sidewinder inversion (a half loop that uses a corkscrew at the top to change direction). After riding a small hill, the train enters the first brake run nearly slowing to a complete stop.

The second part of the ride begins with a butterfly figure-eight element consisting of sharp twists and turns. The last turn to the right transitions the train into the a double corkscrew only 20 feet (6.1 m) above the water. Immediately following is a small bunny hill with a short dive under the lift hill that turns to the left into the final brake run. After a U-turn, the train returns to the station.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dressler, Catherine (September 28, 1991). "Steeper, faster, scarier/Roller coaster riders, designers seek ultimate thrills". Houston Chronicle. p. 2. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thunder Looper". TowersNerd.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anaconda at RCDB.com". RCDB.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Anaconda". COASTER-net.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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