On June 21st I took a trip to Kings Dominion with my girlfriend Kristina, good friend Katie and her family. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day to go to an amusement park with beautiful weather and hardly any crowd. We managed to tackle most of the big rides and the water park — unthinkable on a weekend.
The highlight of the trip was the Hypersonic XLC which goes from 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds before heading straight up, then over, and down a huge bump before finishing out by winding around several bends. It is a quick ride, but boy does it pump some adrenaline through your blood.
The Drop Zone stunt tower was equally unnerving especially since they wait a few moments before releasing you at the top, 305 feet above the ground. This Google video gives a pretty good impression of what the ride is like as a passenger.
What may be as equally unnerving as waiting at the top is the fact that a Kentucky girl lost both her feet when a ride similar to the Drop Zone malfunctioned that very same day at a Six Flags. I had no idea this happened until I got home but that explains why they closed the ride early after we went back at the end of the day for one final scare.
Luckily there were no accidents where we were and everyone came away with just as many limbs as they came in with. The only thing we probably lost the whole day was a gallon of sweat from all of the gut-wrenching, scary rides we went on all day. It was fun.