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Quick question... I've been planning a trip up to KD around September 30th, but I've noticed that the park is closing early that day, even after two days of being open until 10 for Haunt. Anyone know if the park is still holding a Haunt event that day or if there's a special occasion going on that is causing the park to close early?

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According to the KD website, the park is closed for private events September 9th, 15th, and 22nd. That said, if you are going around September 30th, which is a Sunday, the park will close early given that its a day before school/work for most people.

 

The park is open later Friday to accomdate working adults and school-age children, adolescents, etc.

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For some reason everyone says that it's 90 mph, but Kings Dominion reported that it went 94 when it first opened, and I'm sure it hasn't changed since it's opening. (Other than when it had trims)

 

On a hot day, in a mostly empty station last year the ops said it was going 98, but take that with a grain of salt.

 

Regardless, it is going fast.

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Quick question... I've been planning a trip up to KD around September 30th, but I've noticed that the park is closing early that day, even after two days of being open until 10 for Haunt. Anyone know if the park is still holding a Haunt event that day or if there's a special occasion going on that is causing the park to close early?

 

The 1st weekend for the 2012 Halloween Haunt is just Friday the 28th (7:00pm-Midnight) and Saturday the 29th (10:30am - Midnight). Sunday the 30th is not a Haunt operation day; therefore the 8:00pm closing time (normal for early spring and early fall operations).

 

For the rest of the 2012 Halloween Haunt season, all weekends in October, Kings Dominion will have the Halloween Haunt on Sundays. The operating hours for Sundays in October are (10:30am-10:00pm). The park has the same operating hours above for Friday and Saturday.

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^ Typically Haunt is only the last few Sundays of the season. This year they've expanded it to only cutting one weekend short.

 

Anyways, the new official Haunt website is here: http://www.kingsdominion.com/haunt2012

 

New for 2012!

 

Maze: No Vacancy in the left side of the Action Theater.

The guest rooms have been prepared and the staff is eagerly awaiting your arrival. Welcome to the Inn at Darkside Manor! Enjoy the best of yesteryear and take a break from the hectic pace of today. Enjoy a cocktail in the Gentlemen's Lounge or sit back and enjoy a classic in our impressive Library. Just be warned – once you check in... you will never check out.

Scare Zone: PrimEvil: The Kuru Curse in The Congo.

Set in a distant jungle, the inhabitants here have lived with one rule... eat or be eaten. In this cannibalism filled land you will get a chance to explore this long forgotten cursed village. Watch your step and steer clear of the locals – their idea of a great meal will be your living nightmare...

Scare Zone: Cleaver Brothers Carnival in The Grove.

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls you have seen the rest now step right up and experience the best. The Cleaver Brothers have set up their midway and invite you to experience a carnival like no other. Enter a world where the extraordinary comes to life and your worst nightmares will seem like a pleasant dream.

Show: Haunted House in the right side of the Action Theater.

You followed the cat into the house. No need to be nervous, everything looks perfectly normal. But wait, did those toys actually move? Did something just brush past you? As the hair on the back of your neck stands up and a chill runs down your spine, you suddenly realize that things are not quite right in this house; this haunted house.

 

So what's gone? The Asylum (because of the Dinosaurs Alive DinoStore), The Ruins (replaced by PrimEvil: The Kuru Curse), CarnEvil (replaced by Cleaver Brothers Carnival), and Elvira's Superstition (replaced by No Vacancy/Haunted House).

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^At least they kept CLUB BLOOD, the nightclub where people are dying to get in.

 

Coaster_Fanatic replied after my post:

^The announcement is actually on September 12th...so it has come sooner than what you expected

 

 

And I will say "Oh Goody; it's coming one day early. I won't have to wait that long!"

 

"And I'm glad as well, at least he'll be able to sleep better at night once that announcement has been made!"

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I dunno, my gut still says this will be an upgrade to Planet Snoopy. Could they be combining the "Kidzville" area with the current Planet Snoopy to make one mega Planet Snoopy? (with maybe a new kids' ride or two?) Just a thought.

 

I will still tune in to see what's announced tomorrow though.....who knows, maybe KD will totally surprise me!

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A mirror-image of Storm Runner modified to better fit over the lake would be an awesome replacement. The existing tunnel under the water would fit well between the top hat and inversion.

 

Pipe dreams aside, I don't imagine Anaconda is going anywhere just yet.

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