Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA sent shockwaves through the coaster fandom on Friday by introducing a new name for the park's iconic dual-track wooden racing coaster, "Rebel Yell". Opening with the park in 1975, "Rebel Yell" is often credited with a rebirth of wooden coaster construction in the United States along with sister park Kings Island in Cincinnati, OH.
The new name for "Rebel Yell" is "Racer 75" and will coincide with a revitalization of the section of the park that includes the new "Twisted Timbers" hybrid coaster.
"Racer 75" is a throwback of sorts to KD's sister park, who opened their wooden racing coaster with nearly identical layout three years earlier in 1972 as "The Racer", featured on shows like "The Brady Bunch".
The "Rebel Yell" even had a starring role in 1977's feature film "Rollercoaster" starring Timothy Bottoms and Henry Fonda.
Some groups in Virginia are upset that the park is erasing a part of Confederate heritage with the name change. A "rebel yell" was a term used to describe a battle cry that confederate troops would use to scare union forces.