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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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^ Hey, methinks I've recongized that type of ride before at Knoebels, a ride called "Mad Hatter's Tea Party". This spinning ride has two circles and seven tea cups, and those seven tea cups switch between those two circles. The ride shown above uses two sets of the double circles and uses cars instead of tea cups. Tis a pity that Woodstock's Whirlybird Tea Cup ride isn't that type of ride, but it should be a fun ride nevertheless.

 

AS for Snoopy's Rocket Express, I do hope the monorail track's layout is more interesting compare to the one at Dorney's Park - that one is just one big circle. I want to see some more curves and maybe even cross over a section of Joe Cool's Driving School.

 

Today is Saturday, March 2, 2013 and opening day is Good Friday, March 29, 2013. I wonder if they would get the all-new PLANET SNOOPY up and running by that time?

 

35 Years of Going to KINGS DOMINION and still counting!!!

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If you didn't know, the descriptions and logos for the 18 rides in the bigger, better Planet Snoopy have been released and can be viewed on either http://www.kingsdominion.com/things-to-do/planet-snoopy or http://www.facebook.com/KingsDominionInformation.

 

And since the park's official Facebook isn't too revealing, Sweet Frog Kings Dominion's Facebook page has some good construction photos to share... http://www.facebook.com/SweetFrogKingsDominion

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You know, some of my earliest memories in life go back to KD's kids area. So from a nostalgic standpoint part of me is kind of sad to see this renovation. I know this is necessary for the park to keep up in today's standards, but I'm just a really nostalgic guy. I'm gonna miss some of the rides in the kid's area, but in the end it will be worth it in the long run, so I'll just have to suck it up.

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I really like Taxi Jam/Great Pumpkin Coaster's new paint! Can't wait to see if Ghoster Coaster/Woodstock Express will get new paint as well!

 

There is another exterior photo of the Sweet Frog location, on their Facebook site, that has most of the back half of the coaster structure in the background. If you look at the lower center section, it looks like the coaster has been re-painted a deep royal blue. Compare that section of the ride to the back curve structure; that back portion of the ride is still a faded robin's egg blue. At first I thought is was contrast issues (in shadow, therefore looks darker). But, the photos were taken on an overcast day so I am ruling that out. Go to their Facebook site and look at the pictures taken on 3-1-2013. Look for the exterior shot with the back half of the coaster in the background and let me know your thoughts.

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Chase, Planet Snoopy's official KidCaster, has struck again! Here is the latest on how the new-and-improved kids area is coming along.

 

 

Nice work, Chase!

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Here is some 2013 highlight information that came from Clint Novak's CoasterCrew "In the Loop" web radio interview yesterday with Kings Dominion's spokesperson Gene Petriello. Gene was able to give out some detail information and some "vague" teaser stuff concerning Kings Dominion for 2013. Thanks Clint for hosting the show and getting Gene for the interview!

 

1. The Anaconda was NOT painted during this off-season.

 

2. Dominator was re-painted during the off-season. Gene said it only took the paint crew 2 weeks to complete the paint job.

 

3. WoodStock Express is in the process of being re-painted (i.e. Ghoster Coaster / Scooby Doo).

 

4. Great Pumpkin Coaster,(Taxi Jam), is in the process of being repainted.

 

5. The former Kidzville rides are in the process of getting their final coat of paint for the Planet Snoopy re-theme and should be in the process of being re-installed later this week.

 

6. Gene said the first 3 new rides of Planet Snoopy should be fully operational by the end of the week ["Woodstock's Whirlybirds" (teacups), "Snoopy's Junction" (kiddie train), and "Charlie Browns Windup" (swings).

 

7. KD is currently in the process of re-installing the coaster trains and flat ride cars/vehicles to the rides around the rest of the park.

 

8. The BMX Stunt Bike show will occupy the Peanuts Showplace amphitheater this year.

 

9. There is a new stage for the country music show "Got Country" at the western end of the Grove. It is near the WindSeeker and the SkyFlyer attraction. Gene stated they removed the free-standing games booths near those attractions and that is where the stage will be. There was not enough details given to know if this is just a temp stage, similar to what "Blood Drums" used during Haunt, or something more permanent.

 

10. The far eastern end of the Grove will be getting pavers roughly from where you cross over the small creek, (just past the Dodgem building), to the Congo entrance. I thought Gene stated the pavers might extend into the Congo front plaza area (Where Outer Hanks restaurant is located).

 

11. Gene said Kings Dominion is in the middle of a multi-year landscaping project for the whole park. In addition to new landscaping for Planet Snoopy the park has re-done the landscaping around the Eiffel Tower.

 

12. Supposedly, the International Street fountain pool was re-painted. (Again? I thought it was re-painted during last years off-season?)

 

13. Gene stated that Kings Dominion will be getting a new style of park map for this year. I thought he stated the park will be the first to get this new style of map in the Cedar Fair chain.

 

14. Gene did mention that they would be some unique events at the park. Again the details were vague at this point.

 

15. He hinted at some new stuff for the 2013 Haunt. But, there would not be any details available until late summer.

 

16. Nothing much was brought up concerning food offerings and merchandise. One of the food places was being re-named in the Congo section to better fit the theme of the area. Gene did allude about the park trying to get back to theming in the park. It sounds more of a long-term, multi-year effort.

 

17. According to Gene, Planet Snoopy will open to the public for the first time at 10:30am on Friday, March 29th.

 

Well, that should wrap it up as far as the interview highlights.

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Kings Dominion has firmed up its shows for this season. Here's the official word from the park.

 

Kings Dominion Announces Largest Entertainment Line-Up in Years

Seven new live shows headlined by a BMX-style show and Broadway-style musical revue

 

DOSWELL, VA (March 12, 2013) – Kings Dominion, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier amusement park for family-fun, has announced a major expansion in its live show offerings for the 2013 season, highlighted by a high-energy BMX bike show and a Broadway-style musical revue. In all, the entertainment package will include 7 new live shows, 10 total, making it the largest entertainment line-up in years at Kings Dominion.

 

Headlining the 2013 live entertainment package is the all new “All Wheel Sports,” a BMX-style show with bikers, skaters, and gymnasts who were semifinalists on Season 7 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Park guests will watch in awe as the cast will flip, dive, and perform stunts that defy gravity. “All Wheel Sports” will be performed in the PEANUTSTM Showplace Theater in Planet Snoopy daily from June 22 – August 18.

 

Broadway is making its way to Kings Dominion with the all new “On Broadway” musical revue at the Kings Dominion Theatre. From the classics that started a sensation to the biggest hits in New York, “On Broadway” takes over from June 15 – August 18.

 

The additional live entertainment schedule includes:

 

NEW – Charlie Brown’s All Star’s: Help cheer on Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus as they gear up for the big baseball game in this all-new family musical, running March 29 – October 27.

NEW – Schroeder’s Sing-Along: Warm up your voice and join Schroeder and the PEANUTSTM gang for singing and dancing fun, running March 29 – October 27.

Got Country: Kick back and relax as country music takes center stage as we celebrate some of today’s hottest hits, running March 29 – September 2.

NEW – Karaoke Superstars: Take to the microphone with the biggest hits from the 50’s to today and be a star on stage, running March 29 – September 2.

NEW – Pop Fusion: Keep the party going as Kings Dominion presents today’s most electrifying hits, running April 27 – September 2. PEANUTSTM Rockin’ Party: Join the PEANUTSTM gang for a rockin’ party on International Street, photo opportunities, along with meet and greets following the show.

NEW – Dominion at Dusk: The sky lights up at night with “Dominion at Dusk,” featuring more than one million LED lights in “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular,” a chance to join singers and dancers with a new live show “Street Beats,” and time to blast off with our nightly fireworks show. “Dominion at Dusk” will start at dusk on all 10:00 PM park closings, April 27 through September 1.

 

“This expansion of our live entertainment, along with our new Planet Snoopy at Kings Dominion, emphasizes our commitment to provide our guests with the best family-fun in the region,” Kings Dominion entertainment manger Jason Holbrooks said.

 

The expanded live entertainment package resulted in an additional approximately 50 employees hired to perform, with a majority of the entertainers from the Richmond area. For more details on Kings Dominion’s live entertainment, please visithttp://www.kingsdominion.com/things-to-do/live-entertainment.

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Broadway is making its way to Kings Dominion with the all new “On Broadway” musical revue at the Kings Dominion Theatre. From the classics that started a sensation to the biggest hits in New York, “On Broadway” takes over from June 15 – August 18.

 

Well that settles that...my BF will DEFINITELY want to go to KD to see this when we are down in Virginia for a wedding in June!

 

I was hoping for more of the Cirque-style shows at parks this year, but hopefully they will take off in the coming years.

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Broadway is making its way to Kings Dominion with the all new “On Broadway” musical revue at the Kings Dominion Theatre. From the classics that started a sensation to the biggest hits in New York, “On Broadway” takes over from June 15 – August 18.

 

Well that settles that...my BF will DEFINITELY want to go to KD to see this when we are down in Virginia for a wedding in June!

 

I was hoping for more of the Cirque-style shows at parks this year, but hopefully they will take off in the coming years.

 

The only Cirque-style show at a Cedar Fair park in 2013, that I know of, is being performed at Canada's Wonderland. Whether or not it branches out to the other parks in the future is unknown. The Broadway review show is being performed at Cedar Point and California's Great America; in addition to KD.

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^Thanks for the info...I'm sure we'll catch the Broadway one at both CP and KD this year.

 

I really enjoyed the Cirque show at CW during Leviathan Bash last year, so that (plus seeing the Love show in Vegas) really made me hope that these types of shows continue to expand to other parks. Very entertaining.

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Hey Ya!!! Once again I've been catching up on the latest and greatest happenings around my main park of KINGS DOMINION ---ride on!--- and I'm getting more excited each day we approach closer to opening day.

 

Let's see what we got :

Planet Snoopy check!!!

THE INTIMIDATOR 305 check!!!

Brand new shows including "All Wheels Sports" and "On Broadway" check!!!

THE DOMINATOR check!!!

The Shenadoah Log Company ( hey, it's my favorite log flume ride) check!!!

Waterworks check!!!

Windseeker ( if they could finally fix the problem so we can all ride like the wind with no fear of a malfunction) check!!!

The Scrambler and Triple Play ( my two favorite flat rides) check!!!

Cedar Fair Platinum Pass double check!!!

 

All I need now is great, sunny weather on opening day so me and my friend can be !!!

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13. Gene stated that Kings Dominion will be getting a new style of park map for this year. I thought he stated the park will be the first to get this new style of map in the Cedar Fair chain.

 

So the park isn't changing their map design? That one looks just like the other (meh) CF maps/KD maps from previous years. All the other major changes are totally awesome for the park. I'm definitely glad to see them trying to improve.

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^ Well I guess it is changing...

 

The park map now has the grid on the top and left side to make it easier to read and navigate. Rumor has it the park is switching to a big piece of paper for the map too, similar to what Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Dollywood have.

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A view of Planet Snoopy from the Eiffel tower.

 

 

Not like Kings Dominion has anything else going on for 2013; but, the Carousel is undergoing a multi-year restoration project. For 2013, 16 horses have undergone a refurbishment. These are the outside horses, (the ones with the most detail). The remaining horses and other stuff on the carousel will be done over the next couple of years. Kings Dominion's carousel will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2017. I assume the park wants it to look nice and spiffy for its centennial. (Not much information was given as to whether or not the Whurlitzer (sp?) band organ will get restored in the future).

 

See and here all about it! http: wtvr.com/2013/03/20/virginia-this-morning-kings-dominion-carousel-horses/

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^ Nice pic!

 

Question! I have never owned a Cedar Fair season pass before. I am buying a Platinum pass when I go on the 30th of this month. My question is I know with the Gold one they let you flash it and you can get someone $25.00 off a ticket every day of the normal season. I am assuming this is also valid for the platinum pass. Also you get the benefit of entering Water Works early as well as early entry?

 

It may sound to ask but I wanted to make sure.

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Just checked out fast lane on the Kings Dominion Site looks like I-305 wont be included in the fast lane pricing this year you have to upgrade to Fast Lane Plus to Add I-305 and Volcano. But at least its unlimted rides on Volcano if you do.

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