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^I agree... it seems a pretty deceiving, the record part. It is a very specific record. The worlds largest Peanuts themed Kid's area. If it was the worlds largest Kid's area I'd get it, but it really just means the largest out of the Cedar Fair parks.

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Wait, there is actually going to be a safari-themed ride in Safari Village? Is that allowed? 🤣

My money, in all seriousness, is on Tiki Twirl.  CF already has a logo drawn up and everything.

He has a lot more history with Kings Dominion than just 2 years. You also forgot that Carnival and Winterfest also came in under him (I know they aren't rides, but I feel they are big improvements for

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^^^ & ^^ Why shouldn't they hype it up just because it wasn't a record for a new coaster? It would make NO sense not to advertise it just because it wasn't a thrill ride. None whatsoever. It is a new record and they should advertise it that way.

 

For the last time roller coasters are the not the only thing a park has, people need to get that through their minds for once.

 

I will congatulate KD not only for expanding the kids area, but for the good marketing leading up to.

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^ and ^^ If you look at the reactions on the Facebook page, that's more or less the reason why. The GP isn't as forgiving about these sort of things as the enthusiasts. Personally, I'm happy for the park. I think it will be a great addition. All I'm saying is that a lot of people feel deceived, and at least some marketing acknowledging children in mind would have lead to a more positive reaction from the encompassing GP.

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Kings Dominion plans multi-million dollar expansion of Planet Snoopy

 

Togetherness takes on a whole new meaning as Kings Dominion announces plans for a multi-million dollar addition to its children’s area, Planet Snoopy. This 7-acre expansion will make Planet Snoopy the world’s largest PEANUTS™ themed children’s area when it debuts in the spring of 2013.

 

Planet Snoopy will boast at least 12 new and re-themed attractions based on one of the most beloved comic strip characters. The attractions, designed for families to ride together, include an opportunity for a family to take to the skies in a balloon ride, twirl around in classic tea cups with a new twist and hop aboard a PEANUTS™- themed railway. When the expansion is complete, Planet Snoopy will span nearly 14-acres.

 

In addition to the new family rides, Planet Snoopy will also feature:

  • A new iconic entrance fountain
  • Two live shows featuring family-friendly entertainment
  • Additional daily meet-and-greet opportunities with the PEANUTS™ characters including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and, of course the world’s most popular Beagle – Snoopy
  • A newly expanded 1,100 square-foot family care facility equipped with changing stations, feeding rooms and nap areas
  • An open air marketplace featuring fresh fruit and food

Planet Snoopy is based on the popular and world-wide sensation of Charles Schulz’s PEANUTS™ characters, which have been family favorites for more than 60 years. From the famous comic strips, to the holiday movie classics, PEANUTS™ has always brought families together for an out-of-this-world experience.

 

“Snoopy and the PEANUTS™ gang are instantly recognizable and nostalgic characters that both parents and children can experience together,” Kings Dominion’s vice president and general manager Pat Jones said. “This sizeable expansion to Planet Snoopy is unparalleled in scope to anything in this region and re-affirms our commitment to delivering world-class family thrills and entertainment.”

 

Construction will begin after the park’s popular Halloween Haunt event at the end of October. The newly expanded Planet Snoopy is expected to open to the public in the spring of 2013. Those who cannot wait until next year can access exclusive updates, features, virtual renderings and more, including a webcam of the construction, at kingsdominion.com.

 

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^Are you suggesting that parents with kids that "like" KD on Facebook aren't part of that facebook?

 

This.

 

I think it's great, they haven't done much for kids lately so it's kind of the right time for it. Anyone know if they are they still planning to make the mods to Volcano that were rumored a while back? I haven't heard much on that in a while.

 

PS, I like how their website says the announcement is still 2 hours away. Haha.

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^^^ & ^^ Why shouldn't they hype it up just because it wasn't a record for a new coaster?...

 

Don't get my wrong, I'll all for advertising it and letting families know. However, I consider this kind of a made up record.

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This was very deceptive. It was pretty clear on here that some folks knew this was what was happening. But a world's record teaser with a spaceship does NOT equal largest Planet Snoopy kid's area in most folks' expectations. I haven't seen teh details, so I don't know if this includes new rides, but I can't think of a single FB friend of KD's that isn't underwhelmed and likely upset about this.

 

I can't see a wife feverishly calling their husband "Honey, I can't beleive it, King's Dominion is opening the world's largest Peanuts themed play area! We have to start saving for season passes for next year. LIttle Stephanie started crying with jubilation when I told her the news. This may be the greatest day of the year!"

 

-R

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Well, this is fantastic news for children and families, but the advertising as a new record, especially reaching out on Facebook and their website, it really built up hype to the people who are not affected by the announcement. Good for King's Dominion for making the experience for the children a lot better, but they should probably think about how the fans will react the next time they try pulling a stunt like that.

 

Woops, I should have been more specific; I meant B&M’s first lunched system.

 

And this made me laugh

 

Woops! Hmmm, lunch on a B&M woundn't be bad though.

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I have just 2 thoughts.

 

Firstly: people are actually shocked about KD record claim? In this business you see parks seemingly making up records to break in the name of marketing. It's nothing that hasn't happened before. Nothing that won't happen again.

 

Secondly: Many of their clues left little in way of doubt that it was an addition to Planet Snoopy. On many sites Ive looked at, if you tried pointing that out, those fans dismissed it and kept talking about how they hoped It was the worlds first launching-triple inversion-wing rider-wooden-shuttle coaster.

 

I for one think this is exactly what the park needs and I can wait to see how it turns out! Good on ya KD.

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Don't get my wrong, I'll all for advertising it and letting families know. However, I consider this kind of a made up record.

 

I will clarify my post a little bit.

 

If you are in marketing and you are trying to advertise something, which option would you choose?

 

Option 1: We are breaking a record by opening up the biggest Peanuts children's area

 

Option 2: We are expanding the kids area.

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^^^ & ^^ Why shouldn't they hype it up just because it wasn't a record for a new coaster? It would make NO sense not to advertise it just because it wasn't a thrill ride. None whatsoever. It is a new record and they should advertise it that way.

 

For the last time roller coasters are the not the only thing a park has, people need to get that through their minds for once.

 

I will congatulate KD not only for expanding the kids area, but for the good marketing leading up to.

 

Thank You!! Couldn't have said it any better myself!

 

One day these kids will grow up, have families of their own, and realize that "OMG Coasterzzz!!!" is not the only demographic a theme park caters to! I applaud KD on this addition.....it looks like it will be a beautiful kids' area when finished. And I think they are doing a great job of adding things to please a wide range of customers:

 

2010 - Major new coaster

2012 - Major new ride, plus family-friendly Dinos attraction

2013 - Major upgrade to children's area

 

Sounds good to me. And some of the above posters can relax in that a new coaster will come to the park soon enough. Shoot my home park added a "new" (remodeled) coaster in 2001 and then not another one until 2010!

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I am happy for this announcement. KD really is a good park and expanding the kids area and re-themeing it will only add to the diversity the park has to offer.

 

It's not all about thrill rides and coasters people.

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I like that cedar fair is capitalizing on the planet snoopy brand and incorporating them into their parks in a consistent manner. Excellent marketing strategy as well, get kids to fall in love with the parks at an early age so they will continue to come until they are older than Jeff Johnson.

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I was really hoping that a water park expansion would be included with this. Other than that, the announcement was pretty expected. The children's area needed an update and some higher ups were spotted with blueprints in Kidzville earlier in the season. No major land clearing/construction has been spotted, so it's pretty clear this would be a Peanuts themed expansion.

 

Hopefully next year will be the magic year for the water park. That area is the only area that's overdue for a major expansion.

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You know, after reading these responses, and thinking about it for a bit, I change my mind. The park and marketing team didn't do anything wrong, and the word is out now. Plenty of parents on the FB page sounded especially pleased. Judging by some of the more positive FB comments, it sounds like this expansion is EXACTLY what this park needs, and some expectations were set a little too high.

 

And on that note, there's a good possibility that half the people upset about the hype are going to forget about within the next 24 hours. I can't wait to watch the progress

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I agree that the Planet Snoopy Expansion is a very good thing, and it is needed for sure. I just find it funny that they hyped thrill and record breaking when, in my opinion, this qualifies as neither.

 

It will be a great thing for the park, keeping it well rounded and having something for everyone.

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^I agree. I think it's a great announcement. I just think the park could be a little more careful with how they word their teaser so their facebook page doesn't get swamped with complaints and insults from the GP when they actually make the announcement. Lol.

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This isn't even an expansion, it is just finally getting rid of the old HB theming, and putting down a few new kiddie rides.

 

Honestly, this makes the overhyping of the Jeff Seibert days of King's Island look like nothing.

 

Using "Thrilling" to describe this was just slimey. It won't even be thrilling to the little kids riding the uncomfortable human sandwhich spinner they're putting in.

 

Now, had they announced finally putting in the last half of Volcano, THAT would have been thrilling.

 

-R

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Wait a minute, what about the launched Intamin over the lake?!?!?!

Oh no, what are coaster enthusiasts going to do with themselves?

 

That rumor will start up again next year...

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