When I heard that Kings Dominion had only one B&M coaster, I was a bit surprised. B&M coasters are some of the best ones, and this park only had one. I knew that this coaster would probably be a highlight of the park. I was wrong. Dominator treated me to one of B&M’s infamous “rough rides”. There are very few, and this is one of them. I much prefer the ice smooth B&M floorless coasters like Hydra at Dorney or Bizarro at Great Adventure to this monstrosity.
There was absolutely no theme to this ride. The name itself is unoriginal. Cedar Fair repeats many of its rides names throughout its parks, for instance, Dominator is the name of the drop tower at Dorney Park. Dominator is located on International Street, but it has no theming whatsoever. Couldn’t they have given it some sort of foreign name or something? Whatever. Onto the ride.
I rode front-seat and backrow, and they were both pretty painful. The ride starts with a dip and a few banked turns, which are extremely smooth. They tricked me into thinking I was in for a smooth ride, but I wasn’t. On the lift hill, I admired the view of the park, and the view of the world’s largest vertical loop (which was part of this ride).
The hill was nothing extreme, and the loop was a bit TOO forceful. This may sound strange, but that’s honestly how I felt. It made my head hit the shoulder harnesses, and it was worse than an Arrow loop, which are very forceful (but to a good extent). There was an overbanked turn which was pretty rough, and then the cobra roll which was just ROUGH. Bizarro’s cobra roll is wonderful, the complete opposite of this one.
After some more inversions (not including a zero-G roll, which is my favorite B&M inversion), the coaster ended. The corkscrews (which were interlocking) where both painful. The ride ops were extremely slow. The station was filled with crying kids and forceful parents. I had an overall bad experience with Dominator both times I rode – the worst was the front seat. I don’t know if the coaster got rough when it was moved from Ohio to Virginia, or if it was always that way, but Kings Dominion got the short end of the stick when it comes to B&M coasters.