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 Review of Dominator @ Geauga Lake
0 Rating Posted by: CoastrGlxy on 10/11/2005 3:43:00 PM
Dominator was probably the coaster I was most excited to ride at Geauga Lake because Im such a big B&M fan and have been for years. Since the ride was a walk on (b/c of the weather and b/c it was late in the season) my wife and I took the very front car. We had the entire train to ourselves and we werent only beaten by the wind but surprisingly by the rough inversions. Needless to say I was shocked that a fairly new B&M installation could be rough, but later in the day on a packed train in one of the last cars the Dominator redeemed itself. The pull down the first drop was better from the back (as expected). The inversions were all fun and smooth with very minimal headbanging. The large vertical loop is great, the cobra roll is okay as are the corkscrews. I have to say I like the layout of this coaster as it uses the land well, but I wish it wouldve included a different lineup of inversions like the dive loop, my favorite the zero-g roll, or even an immelman. The drop out of the mid-course break run is great, reminiscient of Talon at Dorney I think. Also, the floorless aspect doesnt do much for the Dominator. Other than watching the floor come up and attach to the trains in the station, that is pretty neat. I liked the marshy setting on the edge of the lake with the queue over the green slime-esque sludge. Overall, its a great coaster but only good in terms of other steel coasters. Its really close to an 8, but that rough ride in the front is a deal breaker. Roughness on a B&M?!?! Final Rating - 7.5 (Good-Really Close to Great)

Review Comments

taylorb251 on 10/11/2005 10:49:06 PM said:
Im surpised that you found the front of the train so rough. My favorite ride on this coaster was in the front during fright feast. You gave a very good review and hope you will ride the coaster again. I was just there a couple of weeks ago and found it not as good, as I remember. IT fell from second on my top ten to seven. I just love coasters like this one.
CoastrGlxy on 10/12/2005 10:22:33 AM said:
I was surprised too. Then I saw a review by "bb_dg" on the second page of reviews for this ride. It seems like he had a similarly rough ride on an empty train in the front seat. Maybe it runs rougher when it doesnt have more weight on the train. Just a hypothesis.
larrygator on 10/12/2005 1:01:20 PM said:
I agree with the hypothesis that less riders = roughy ride. Ive encountered it on many coasters.
Pete C on 10/13/2005 3:36:58 PM said:
I rode this one a couple years back and it was rough in the front then too, and we had a packed train. I experienced the same thing on Scream at SFMM. I think the floorless coaster is more prone to roughness than the sit down for whatever reason. At least that has been my experience. Dominator is pretty good, but nothing special.
taylorb251 on 10/13/2005 5:57:51 PM said:
Pete I think its funny you say that about the dominator and its not even on your ride tracker.
CoastrGlxy on 10/13/2005 6:18:41 PM said:
Thanks guys. Good to know. I hadnt been on too many empty trains so I never knew that.
Pete C on 10/14/2005 3:27:02 PM said:
Are you suggesting that because I dont update my ride tracker that I have never ridden this coaster? Um, ok.
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