DOSWELL, Va. (WHSV) — After more than 20 years of blasting riders up at about 70 miles per hour, Kings Dominion is planning to remove the Volcano: The Blast Coaster.
The theme park said in a release that their annual evaluation of rides led them to the decision. Those evaluations are based on guest satisfaction, throughput and rider capacity to reliability, uptime and maintenance.
“This wasn’t an easy decision for us, because we know that people love this one-of-a-kind coaster; however, over time it became nearly impossible to keep the ride up to our high standards of reliability and guest satisfaction, and for these reasons we had to make the tough call,” Kings Dominion said in a release on their website.
No plans were announced for the future of that section of the park, which, prior to Volcano, was home to "Smurf Mountain."
"We apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by the removal," the park's blog continued, "but hope they will understand that it was done to enhance the overall guest experience here at Kings Dominion."
It's unclear when removal of the ride will begin, but it's been closed for some time.
Last year, the park added Twisted Timbers as a new coaster. They say they have some "exciting announcements up our sleeves" for later in 2019.