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Coaster Name Changes at Carowinds and Kings Dominion

Flying Ace Aerial Chase, the Vekoma suspended family coaster at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be sporting a new name and color scheme for 2018. Taking its name from a play on the town in North Carolina where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight, the coaster will now be known as Kiddy Hawk.

The iconic Rebel Yell and Ricochet roller coasters at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, are getting new names as well. In the process of "re-energizing" the park's Apple Grove area, Ricochet is becoming Apple Zapple, and Rebel Yell will be renamed Racer 75.

The park says the name Racer 75 is a nod to the roller coaster's 1975 opening at the park, as well as recognition for ACE, which was founded in 1978 after a roller-coaster-riding event on the coaster. The new name is also a reflection of its design, a racer-style roller coaster.

The name-change isn't the only thing new for the old Rebel Yell. The park will continue to replace sections of track as a commitment to maintaining the iconic ride. As part of this work, riders can expect a smoother experience as they race through the course.

 

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