Rebel Yell (roller coaster)

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Rebel Yell
PKD-Rebel Yell.jpg
Rebel Yell's lift hill
Kings Dominion
Park section Candy Apple Grove
Coordinates 37°50′13.5″N 77°26′41.8″W / 37.837083°N 77.444944°W / 37.837083; -77.444944Coordinates: 37°50′13.5″N 77°26′41.8″W / 37.837083°N 77.444944°W / 37.837083; -77.444944
Status Operating
Opening date May 3, 1975 (1975-05-03)
General Statistics
Type Wood – Racing
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Designer John C. Allen
Track layout Out and back
Lift/launch system Chain
North South
Height 85 ft (25.9 m) 85 ft (25.9 m)
Drop 81 ft (24.7 m) 81 ft (24.7 m)
Length 3,368.5 ft (1,026.7 m) 3,368.5 ft (1,026.7 m)
Speed 56 mph (90.1 km/h) 56 mph (90.1 km/h)
Inversions 0 0
Duration 2:15 2:15
Max vertical angle 50° 50°
G-force 4.2 4.2
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 4 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.
Rebel Yell at RCDB
Pictures of Rebel Yell at RCDB

Rebel Yell is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. It opened with the park in 1975.

The ride[edit]

Rebel Yell is a racing roller coaster with two individual tracks that parallel each other. Its design was inspired by the Racer, another wooden racing coaster at Kings Dominion's sister park, Kings Island, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In turn, Rebel Yell's design was the basis for Thunder Road, at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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.

The Rebel Yell received the ACE Coaster Landmark award on June 20, 2003.[1]

History[edit]

  • 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 a 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.
  • The ride's name comes from The Rebel Yell, a battle cry used by Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. At the end of the ride, the trains pass through a tunnel that reverberates with a sound that resembles screaming.
  • Rebel Yell was featured in the 1977 movie Rollercoaster.
  • 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.

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