Kings Dominion bids farewell to “Shockwave” rollercoaster

(Photo: Kings Dominion)

DOSWELL, Va. (WRIC) — 29 years after it opened, Kings Dominion is saying goodbye to Shockwave, the park’s iconic stand-up rollercoaster.

The last day the history-making coaster will provide thrills to guests will be on August 9, 2015. Officials with KD say the coaster is being retired for future growth in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park.

More than 22 million riders have “stood up to their fears” on the Shockwave since it was installed in 1986.

“While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to one of our older coasters, we’re excited for what the future holds,” says Pat Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion. “The park has evolved so much over the past 40 years and as Kings Dominion continues to grow, we’re committed to enhancing the overall experience for our guests. We’re happy that Shockwave was able to provide close to three decades of memories.”

Guests can take their last stand on Shockwave over the next month before the ride is retired on August 9 at 10 p.m.

Special events surrounding the closure of Shockwave will be announced on Kings Dominion’s social media channels. Click here to check out KD’s Facebook page.

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