Kings Dominion Intimidator 305 - Opinions
I rode it on media day. Fast, nice steep drop with great transitions. I also like the colors of the ride and the modern structure design. The original over the shoulder restraints with the sudden transitions caused ear/head bang. I lost an earring from the ear banging. I experienced gray-out after the first drop. Have not yet had a chance to ride I-305 since the modifications. I hear the new restraints are much better.
• John Hunt
Coram, New York
Ten years after Cedar Point’s Millennium Force, I found the idea of a new and improved version most intriguing. Unfortunately, after two trips to Kings Dominion in 2010 to ride Intimidator 305 (before and after modifications), I found it to be wildly more intense than its predecessor, but not in any flattering way. Graying out is an interesting sensation, but once a day is plenty. While I share an appreciation for all coasters, I’m the type of enthusiast who prefers fun and “rideabilty” over fierce positive Gs and having to position my head “just so” to avoid confrontation with the restraint.
• Bill Linkenheimer III
I have always lived about 25 minutes south of Kings Dominion. Intimidator 305 is simply the coaster I have been waiting for my entire life. After the announcement was made I could not wait to take that first ride. Finally on media day on April 1st, 2010 that ride took place. The coaster at that time was one of the most intense steel coasters I have ever been on. I-305 had a great first drop
The first turn was incredibly fast with lots of G-forces that would make even the most veteran coaster riders gray out. The airtime was great on the 2nd hill and the transitions were relentless.
Mid-May 2010 is when the park installed trim brakes down the first drop. This slowed I-305 quite a bit. The first dropped suffered the most from the trim brakes. The first drop seemed very unnatural feeling. The 270 degree turn was not as fast as it once was and the 2nd hill's airtime was just about completely removed. The coaster left my # 1 steel coaster spot when the trim brakes arrived.
The new softer harnesses installed in June 2010 made a much more comfortable ride, they eliminated the head chopping.
• Danny Biggerstaff
I had heard so much debate over this coaster before taking my first ride that I was fearing the worst. Surprisingly, I loved the new soft restraints, found the snappy transitions fun (if not a bit overused) and didn't black out a bit. It's a shame they just can't throw a train from Millennium Force on just to compare. A big overbanked turn following the first drop would have solved most of their problems. Still, as it is, I found the ride to be quite fun and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think I-305 is a far superior ride to Millennium Force, even with the restraints.
• Tim Baldwin
Grand Prairie, Texas