Rebel Yell is a racing roller coaster with two individual tracks that are parallel mirror images of each other. Its design was inspired by the Racer at Kings Dominion's sister park Kings Island. In turn, Rebel Yell's design was the basis for Thunder Road at Carowinds, which has an identical layout.
There is one red and one blue train on each side for a total of two trains on each side. When only running one train on each side, an effort is made to run a train of each color. There are often fun spirited arguments on the lift hill about which train is better.
Rebel Yell originally ran parallel to Lake Charles, a large man-made lake on the northwest corner of Kings Dominion. Two thirds of the lake was drained in the early 1990s when the space was needed for construction of the water park. (Anaconda still runs over and under the remainder of the lake) Rebel Yell now divides the water park in half with a walkway running under it.
The trains on one side of Rebel Yell were turned to face backward from 1992 until 2007. Beginning in 2008, both trains were faced forward again so that the ride operates under the train manufacturer's specifications.
Portions of the ride were re-tracked for the 2010 season.
Seat dividers and individual lap bars were added in the early 1990s.
In 2014, in honor of Kings Dominion's 40th Anniversary, the coaster was repainted the original color scheme (red, white, & blue) and the similarly colored "chaser" lights were restored to the north side of the coaster. Additionally, many of the trains front cars were restored to the original, script-style logo.