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Anaconda (roller coaster)

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Park section  Safari Village
Opening date  March 23, 1991
Type  Steel
Height  39 m
G-force  5.1 g
Status  Operating
Replaced  King Kobra
Manufacturer  Arrow Dynamics
Max speed  80 km/h
Anaconda (roller coaster)
Address  16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047, USA
Hours  Closed today WednesdayClosedThursdayClosedFriday10AM–8AMSaturday10AM–8AMSunday10AM–8AMMondayClosedTuesdayClosed
Similar  Grizzly, Dominator, Rebel Yell, Shockwave, Volcano - The Blast

Anaconda is a steel roller coaster located at Kings Dominion. 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.

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History

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. Anaconda opened to the public on March 23, 1991.

Ride experience

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.

References

Anaconda (roller coaster) Wikipedia


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