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Was at KD on Sunday 4/15 and it was great, most coasters were a walk on. Even Volcano did not have a long wait. Kudos to the ride op on I-305 who asked for a single rider to fill the front seat with another single rider. She would ask anyone waiting for the front first, then asked anyone in the queue. Got to ride in the front twice without waiting.

 

Does anyone know why Back Lot is only running the white car right now? The blue and red cars were no where to be seen. This caused a pretty long line Sunday afternoon, so my daughter and her friend decided not to wait.

 

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When we went on opening weekend backlot only had white train running with red on the storage track while blue was nowhere to be seen,I guess it's early in the season so they're still trying to get rides up to capacity but backlot has been having rollbacks lately.

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Apparently the park sent out an email saying that Kings Dominion will open on March 22nd! Oh, did I say March? I meant May. Alpengeist, InvadR and Verbolten are open tomorrow. This comp

Too bad Volcano isn't still around. It was ahead of its time not only technologically, but it already had limited capacity down to a science.

Yesterday, after my brief stop at SFA, I fought through the perpetual Northern Virginia I-95 traffic to check out Kings Dominion's Taste of the Season event - a COVID-blamed Winterfest-lite.  And beli

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Was at KD on Sunday 4/15 and it was great, most coasters were a walk on. Even Volcano did not have a long wait. Kudos to the ride op on I-305 who asked for a single rider to fill the front seat with another single rider. She would ask anyone waiting for the front first, then asked anyone in the queue. Got to ride in the front twice without waiting.

 

Does anyone know why Back Lot is only running the white car right now? The blue and red cars were no where to be seen. This caused a pretty long line Sunday afternoon, so my daughter and her friend decided not to wait.

 

Regards,

 

RIP...

 

When we went on opening weekend backlot only had white train running with red on the storage track while blue was nowhere to be seen,I guess it's early in the season so they're still trying to get rides up to capacity but backlot has been having rollbacks lately.

 

As of last Saturday the 14th red was not on the storage and on another park site some one said they saw parts of blue laying under the ride. I didn't see it anywhere but will say this Backlot is a fun coaster and I hope they can get all 3 trains running this summer.

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Posted on Screamscape today:

 

"Park News - (4/20/12) If you visit Kings Dominion this summer, be sure to get your ride on Volcano: The Blast Coaster while you can. The coaster isn’t leaving… but I’ve heard it reported by Coaster Crew that Volcano is expected to close down before the end of the summer to begin a major renovation on that ride and station area that is supposed to increase capacity and allow for three train operation."

 

If this is true, I guess it sucks for those planning a trip late this summer, but it sounds like awesome news.

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This will really make the capacity better and shorten those long waits tremendously. I wonder if Volcano will get the new Intamin restraints shown in I-305 because they have to buy a new train rather than "borrowing" one.

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Posted on Screamscape today:

 

"Park News - (4/20/12) If you visit Kings Dominion this summer, be sure to get your ride on Volcano: The Blast Coaster while you can. The coaster isn’t leaving… but I’ve heard it reported by Coaster Crew that Volcano is expected to close down before the end of the summer to begin a major renovation on that ride and station area that is supposed to increase capacity and allow for three train operation."

 

If this is true, I guess it sucks for those planning a trip late this summer, but it sounds like awesome news.

It's been discussed for the better part of the last 5 or 6 pages.

 

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1169502#p1169502

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Posted on Screamscape today:

 

"Park News - (4/20/12) If you visit Kings Dominion this summer, be sure to get your ride on Volcano: The Blast Coaster while you can. The coaster isn’t leaving… but I’ve heard it reported by Coaster Crew that Volcano is expected to close down before the end of the summer to begin a major renovation on that ride and station area that is supposed to increase capacity and allow for three train operation."

 

If this is true, I guess it sucks for those planning a trip late this summer, but it sounds like awesome news.

 

The ride always had three trains but in recent years they've only been using two of them.I don't know how a dual load is gonna work with this ride as you'd somehow need to reconfigure the exit ramp to go between the two stations & under the ride to get back to the midway(likeon firehawk & batwing) otherwise the "new" station will just end up blocked by people exiting from either station.

 

I sure hope this doesn't interfere with long term plans for 2013 & 2014 resulting in a major ride addition having to be put on hold for a season or two but we shall see.

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I sure hope this doesn't interfere with long term plans for 2013 & 2014 resulting in a major ride addition having to be put on hold for a season or two but we shall see.

 

Frankly, I'm all for infrastructure improvments like these, and I'm glad the park may be doing something to increase the capacity of very popular old attraction, rather than just giving up on it. As to whether this will "delay" the addition of a major new attraction, I imagine that the Volcano station upgrade is part of a long-term plan for improvement.

 

You need to spend your money where you think you need it the most.

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http://www.kingsdominion.com/what-s-new/new-fast-lane

 

Fast Lane now has 15 attractions instead of 10. Avalanche, Dodgem, Hurler, Blue Ridge Tollway, and WaveSwinger have been added to the pass. Also, due to ride capacity restrictions, you can only ride Volcano: The Blast Coaster twice a day with your Fast Lane pass.

 

I'm glad the park has been aware of the Volcano issues, and has come up with a solution.

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I think there looking out for the patron now more than the bottom line. I just looked at the pricing online for the fast lane and it drops $5 for every fast lane you buy. So if you buy lets say 4 online it is only $35 per person . Not a bad deal at all. As far as the Swings being added in my opinion it is to add to the fast lane list to make it more appealing to all ages or families. Just my thoughts.....

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Why the heck would anyone need a Fast Lane for Wave Swinger? Even if the line's full it only takes 15-20 minutes to get through.

 

15-20 minutes is a pretty long line by KD standards.

 

A better ride to question would be Hurler.

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Why the heck would anyone need a Fast Lane for Wave Swinger? Even if the line's full it only takes 15-20 minutes to get through.

 

I agree,wave swinger is usually at most a 1 cycle wait for me...and this is on saturdays.Hurler is always empty as well.

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I believe they are just putting Fast Lane on any ride that is easy to construct a Fast Lane entrance. In my opinion this is a good thing as it will spread out the Fast Lane users. Plus, 15 rides is a better bang for your buck than 10.

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Is using FP on medium rides like Waveswinger and Bumper Cars really necessary though? At BGW the line for the swings never goes over 10 minutes on normal days and 15-20 mins on busy days (most I’ve seen is about 30-35 min and that was on Labor Day weekend). Bumper cars lines can get longer, but that ride has lower capacity anyway.

 

The park is better off just keeping FP on major rides (coasters, water rides, Crypt/Drop Zone/Windseeker).

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^ On opening day and the following Saturday this season the line stretched out of the station, down the stairs, and down that straight path. That was early spring days too, so it will of course get that long (if not longer) on nice summer Saturdays, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends.

 

I personally think all these new rides on the Fast Lane are an advantage because they can market them to families as well as thrill seekers. Plus, this will spread out the Fast Lane users on 15 rides instead of 10. And so what if they only skip a 10-15 minute line? They are still getting what they paid for by front of the access line on those 15 rides. I believe the park is just adding the attractions that it is easy to add a Fast Lane entrance to on the list. Maybe if Fast Lane is a success this season, we will see more Fast Lane entrances built this offseason for rides like Anaconda, Grizzly, and Shockwave. They probably don't want to clog up there narrow exit ramps with Fast Lane users.

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^ On opening day and the following Saturday this season the line stretched out of the station, down the stairs, and down that straight path. That was early spring days too, so it will of course get that long (if not longer) on nice summer Saturdays, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends.

 

I personally think all these new rides on the Fast Lane are an advantage because they can market them to families as well as thrill seekers. Plus, this will spread out the Fast Lane users on 15 rides instead of 10. And so what if they only skip a 10-15 minute line? They are still getting what they paid for by front of the access line on those 15 rides. I believe the park is just adding the attractions that it is easy to add a Fast Lane entrance to on the list. Maybe if Fast Lane is a success this season, we will see more Fast Lane entrances built this offseason for rides like Anaconda, Grizzly, and Shockwave. They probably don't want to clog up there narrow exit ramps with Fast Lane users.

Was at work earlier thinking of that same thing. As I said before if someone wants to pay $55 for a fast lane then so be it. In my own opinion a way for a passer by that is on there way to there vacation to get a good amount of rides in on one day instead of making a 2 day event out of it.

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God, I wish they'd put an American Thunder clone or something a bit better than what we have already where the Hurler is. It used to be fun back in the 1990s, but it's just a bruise machine now, and the layout is uninteresting.

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