Kings Dominion's iconic Rebel Yell roller coaster and several other park attractions are getting new names.
The new monikers, according to the park, are part of an effort to “re-energize” Kings Dominion’s Apple Grove area. When the 43-year-old amusement park in Doswell opens March 24, the Ricochet coaster will be called the “Apple Zapple,” the Rock Shop the “Twist and Shop,” the Dinner Bell the “Mac Bowl” and the Rebel Yell, the “Racer 75.”
Fans of the Rebel Yell, who grew up riding the classic wooden roller coaster (forwards and backwards) aren’t having it.
“Absolutely ridiculous that you are changing the name of the Rebel Yell. We all know why ... you're pleasing the PC crowd. You caved!” one wrote on the park’s Facebook page.
“I'm all for the other changes but can you not change the name of the most iconic coaster in the park? It's been Rebel Yell since 1975, and it should stay Rebel Yell,” said another.
“Rebel Yell will always be Rebel Yell. Especially for those of us that have been riding it since the 70s,” said one more.
Kings Dominion’s explanation makes no mention of any political reason for changing the name from “Rebel Yell,” known as the battle cry of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. (It’s also a Billy Idol song, but that wasn’t released until 1983.)
Instead, the park says the name Racer 75 is a nod to the roller coaster’s 1975 opening at the park, “as well as giving recognition to ACE, the American Coaster Enthusiasts, (rACEr 75 – get it?!). ACE was founded in 1978 after a roller-coaster-riding event on this attraction,” Kings Dominion said in a post on its website.
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 also plans to continue to replace sections of track “as a commitment to maintaining the iconic ride. As part of this work, riders will notice a smoother experience as they race through the course.”