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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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^And thanks for the tip.

 

Here's latest from Chase, KD KidCaster, on Planet Snoopy, which opens the end of this week.

 

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Kings Dominion gave Theme Park Review a preview tour of the new Planet Snoopy, which will open tomorrow (March 29) when the park officially opens for the 2013 season. Here's the official press release about the new, improved area for kids and families.

 

Kings Dominion to Debut Expanded, Multi-Million-Dollar Planet Snoopy

Eight new family rides featured in the world’s largest PEANUTSTM-themed children’s area

 

DOSWELL, VA (March 28, 2013) – Family-fun and thrills reach new heights, as Kings Dominion announces the opening of Planet Snoopy, the largest PEANUTSTM-themed children’s area in the world, on March 29. Planet Snoopy boasts eight new rides (18 total rides) based on the world-wide sensation of Charles Schulz’s PEANUTSTM characters. In all, the bigger, better Planet Snoopy spans nearly 14-acres.

 

The eight new family rides in Planet Snoopy are:

 

Charlie Brown’s Wind Up: Hop on with Charlie Brown and swing through the air on Charlie Brown’s Wind Up;

Flying Ace Balloon Race: Up, up and away! Soar high into the sky in a hot air balloon that climbs 37 feet into the air;

Linus Launcher: Let’s go! Tilt up, let your feet dangle and feel as if you are flying through thin air on Linus Launcher;

Lucy’s Tugboat: Come aboard and set sail on the high seas with Lucy and your family by your side on Lucy’s Tugboat;

Snoopy’s Junction: All aboard the only PEANUTSTM-themed railroad at Kings Dominion, as Woodstock and Snoopy lead the way on Snoopy’s Junction;

Snoopy’s Rocket Express: Blast off with this rocket-themed monorail that gives your entire family an aerial view of Snoopy’s playhouse;

Snoopy’s Space Buggies: Defy gravity and bounce your way to the moon on Snoopy’s Space Buggies;

Woodstock Whirlybirds: Take the kids for a spin around on the classic teacups with a Woodstock twist.

 

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

 

· Three new live shows, including a high-energy BMX-bike show with bikers and skaters who were semifinalists on Season 7 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” starting June 22. The new entertainment in Planet Snoopy is part of a major entertainment expansion, including 7 new shows (10 total) at Kings Dominion.

 

· An 1,100 square-foot Family Care Center with reading time, changing rooms, feeding rooms, nap areas and more;

 

· The Kings Dominion Marketplace with healthy food options, including fruits, cheese, vegetables, salads and healthy drink options;

 

· “Planet Snoopy Family FUNtastic Guide”: a first-of-its-kind education guide containing lessons geared toward family interaction before, during and after a visit to Planet Snoopy. Parents can pick up one at the Family Care Center in Planet Snoopy.

 

“The new, world-class Planet Snoopy along with our enhanced live show line-up at Kings Dominion, demonstrates our commitment toward providing a day for families to spend together and create new memories,” said Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager Pat Jones. “We are determined to make Planet Snoopy at Kings Dominion the best children’s area it can be.”

 

Kings Dominion opens on Friday, March 29 for its 39th season of operation. Guests can find the best deal on season passes and daily tickets, along with park hours at http://www.kingsdominion.com.

 

The new, expanded Planet Snoopy involved more than just adding a few new rides for kids. The entire infrastructure of what used to be Kidsville had to be modernized and brought up to steam. In the past, the Kidsville rides were all "independent" of each other. But for Planet Snoopy, all the rides' control systems were networked together to improve operations. In addition, all rides that were rethemed for Planet Snoopy were stripped down and completely refurbushed--which includes fresh new paint. The area is now brighter and more "open" than Kidsville used to be. The old gazebo has been moved, and will now serve at the Kings Dominion Market healthy snack stand, and a new show stage now occupies its old space. They've also expanded and upgraded the Family Care Center. All the rides have been tested and are ready to go.

 

And for those of you wondering about Windseeker, here is the park's official statement:

 

We are currently working with the ride manufacturer, Mondial, to design a new evacuation system in the event the ride is unable to return to its home position through normal operations. We are committed to the safety of each and every guest at Kings Dominion and we will re-open the ride to the public once we're comfortable that all appropriate safety precautions have been taken.

 

In other words, Windseeker will not be open over the spring break period in Virginia.

 

Here's a look at the new, expanded Planet Snoopy. Thank you to Kings Dominion and Gene Petriello for the sneak peek!

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Looks like we're in the right place.

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Topiary Snoopy is dang glad to see us!

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This is the iconic fountain where Snoopy's Splash Dance used to be (near the Flying Ace ride). Yes, Snoopy will spit water out of his mouth.

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Hey, Larry! Got a sign for ya!

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I'm sure that tea-cup ride fans, such as Larry, will be happy to see this. As for me, I will be happy to hold others' bags while they ride. ;)

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Besides being a flying ace, Snoopy is also an engineer . . .

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. . . and here is his train.

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A closer look at the train, with Woodstock as the signal man.

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Let's not forget Snoopy's sort-of master, Charlie Brown.

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This will be a step up from the old kiddie swings that used to be in Kidsville, as these will be more like a "mini Wave Swinger." In the background are the refurbished bumper cars (Lucy's Crabby Cabbies).

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Just giving Good Ol' Charlie Brown his due.

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Just because Taxi Jam is now the Great Pumpkin Coaster does not mean it's a new credit. Let's get that straight right now! ;)

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The same goes for Woodstock Express.

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But doesn't its new paint look nice?

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Dominator got a fresh coat of love during the off season, too. It looks great.

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Sweet Frog should be open tomorrow, too, for all your frozen yogurt needs.

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Here's another new ride--a Peanuts version of the "Rocket Jets."

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I had no idea that Snoopy was the "First Beagle on the Moon." They don't mention this as the Kennedy Space Center.

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Linus doesn't look to sure about this.

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I wonder how Linus feels about the Linus Launcher?

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Yes, you can spin these balloons on the Flying Ace Balloon Race, which means you can spew from 37 feet in the air!

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Lucy's Tugboat is another new ride. I had no idea that Lucy was a sailor and a psychiatrist.

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Here's one of the refurbished Kidsville rides.

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Yes, it's been "Snoopified."

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"This is my domain, and I protect those who come here!"

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Here is the biggest new Planet Snoopy ride.

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I know that many of you will be pleased that Kings Dominion now has a monorail.

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Fresh, new track!

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Be sure to visit Planet Snoopy, because his planet has cookies! Thanks for reading.

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^Well, not exactly "exclusive." I noticed that KD Fansite toured sometime that day (they posted some Facebook pics). It was different approach than most "preview" days, and it was rather nice to take things at my own pace.

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I'm impressed with the Planet Snoopy upgrades across the chain and this one is probably the best I've seen so far! The fountain is pretty cool, something that is only at the Kings Dominion Planet Snoopy. Can't wait to see what it's going to look like with the water running!

 

I have a feeling Kings Island is going to finally have some decent competition in the GTA Best Kids Area this year!

 

Dominator looks great too. This must be one of the B&M coasters where they're not allowed to paint the rails, or are painted grey?

 

Excited to finally head over there this summer, along with a stop to Hershey! The Cedar Fair parks are looking great and can't wait to see all of the changes this year in person!

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Thanks for the update - this new area looks great! It is just me or have Zamperla done pretty well out of this redevelopment?

 

In the past, the Kidsville rides were all "independent" of each other. But for Planet Snoopy, all the rides' control systems were networked together to improve operations.

 

Did they elaborate on what this means in practice? I'm curious as to how it will work. Does it mean that ride cycle times will be inversely proportional to queue lengths?

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I think it's more about keeping track of how everything's running and making sure that they can fix problems more quickly. I don't think it has anything to do with queue lengths. The old Kidsville rides had been there a long time, and I imagine the operating systems were pretty antiquated.

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Chuck,

 

Where is the entrance to "Snoopy's Rocket Express" (monorail)?

 

Is it on the same side as "The Great Pumpkin Coaster" or on the other side facing "Snoopy's Driving School"?

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^I believe the entrance to the queue is on the Driving School side of the attraction.

 

If that is the case, then I think the traffic flow will around that area won't be as congested than if the entrance was on the same side as the Great Pumpkin coaster.

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Well I'm in the hotel room and I can say I got quite a few rides in today to say the least! With it 1) being Easter and 2) being drizzly/cold there were hardly any people in the park. Today was definitely a fantastic start to my 2013 season. I will do a full trip report after I go back tomorrow, but a few quick notes and ride count...

 

Notes:

+Planet Snoopy looks fantastic... on-par, if not better than the rest around the chain now.

+The International Street fountains got painted again (even though they did in 2012). They are a lighter, brighter blue... but not as light/bright as KI.

+Dominator's new paint looks better than it did in 2008 when it opened and is running smoother than it has lately.

+People still do Dinosaurs Alive in the pouring down rain.

+Intimidator 305 got brand new restraint straps and is still smooth as glass after 3 seasons/winters. There are new flags in the entrance plaza too!

+Brick pavers and landscaping have been added all over the park. I can't wait to see the park in several years.

+The two shows I saw are definitely an improvement over the past few seasons. I see lots of potential. I'm also glad to see a show in the southern end of the Grove.

+I got my first emergency evacuation on Volcano.

 

Ride Count (26 total laps in 6 hours ...noon-6PM):

Intimidator 305 - 7

Volcano - 4

Dominator - 4

Drop Tower - 2

Flight of Fear - 1

Backlot Stunt Coaster - 1

Rebel Yell - 1

Hurler - 1

Grizzly - 1

Boo Blasters - 1

Flying Ace - 1

Wave Swinger - 1

Scrambler - 1

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Favorite shot of the day... Flying Ace

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Back in Blacksburg after a long day and I must say I had another great time at the park today. It was a perfect day for coaster riding before heading home with 70 degree weather and a nice breeze. A few notes more notes and ride count...

 

Notes:

+I got to talk to Pat Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion.

+Windseeker's evacuation machine (same exact thing as the one at Knott's) is behind Hurler waiting assembly.

+Snoopy's Rocket Express might be the "Volcano" of Planet Snoopy with a full queue line.

+No more funky souvenir cups, but the standard ones found at CP, KI, BGW, ect. are here now with 99 cent refills.

+Volcano has awesome quick ride ops this season and the ride is running very very very smooth.

+The 2013 shows seem to be quite popular so far.

+Even though only Rebel Yell South is opened, it is by far one of the smoothest "old" wooden coasters I've ever been on. Lots of retracking with tons more to come by the looks of the wood behind Tidal Wave Bay. Rebel Yell has now moved up my wooden list.

+Only disappointment of the trip was one train ops on Intimidator 305, but it is totally acceptable with the amount of people there. A second train may have been added once we left since they were working on the red train all morning.

 

Ride Count (11 total laps in 3.5 hours ...10:30-2PM):

Intimidator 305 - 3

Volcano - 1

Flight of Fear - 1

Rebel Yell - 1

Shenandoah Lumber Company - 1

Eiffel Tower - 1

Drop Tower - 1

Wave Swinger - 1

Bezerker - 1

 

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Favorite shot of the day... the bigger, better Planet Snoopy

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Favorite shot of the day... southern end of the park

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Favorite shot of the day... my favorite coaster and flat ride, both 305' tall

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Okay, let's hope that this gets through because when I tried to send this on Monday, the net messed up and send it into untraceable limbo . . .

 

I finally took my friend to Kings Dominion on Saturday where it was sunny and warm unless you rode a fast coaster causing you to freeze your off. We managed to ride all the coasters except Stunt coaster which broke down by the time we were ready to ride it and we wanted to ride BOO BLASTERS but every time we were in line the lousy thing would break down (we were in line twice!!! ). But on the rides we did ride everything went well ( my friend even enjoyed the upcharge attraction Dinosaurs Alive! ).

 

I want to say what a great improvement Kings Dominion did by renovating ole Kidzville and transforming it into PLANET SNOOPY!!! Before the transformation, there were only four attractions in this area that I could ride: Woodstock Express ( aka Scooby Doo and Ghoster Coaster ), Flying Ace ( aka Space Surfer), Treasure Cave, and Boo Blasters. Although Treasure Cave is gone, the ride count moves up as I can add Woodstock Express, Charlie Brown's Wind-up, Snoopy's Junction, Snoopy's Space Buggies, Linus Launcher, Lucy's Tugboat, and Snoopy's Rocket Express. However, I'm still bummed because I cannot ride Lucy's Crabbie Cabbie and must go on Dodge 'Em to get my bumper car fix.

 

One thing I must say about Woodstock Express: what did they do to make that coaster go so fast? I'm not kidding on this one , folks - 35 years of going to Kings Dominion and I never have experienced that coaster going that fast before. I think they may need trim brakes on this one for the little kiddie's behalf.

 

I'll be returning to the park at the end of this month ( for Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular ) or the week after that and try to catch the rides I missed during my visit to mark my 35th year visiting Kings Dominion!!!

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Was at the park all Spring Break (New York's). I was VERY impressed by the park with the fact that it was clean, pretty well themed, and well balanced. I rode:

 

Dominator 8/10: Was good, a little more rattly than when I rode it at Geauga Lake but still pretty good.

 

Backlot Stunt Coaster 6/10: Same as all the other ones, surprised by how many effects worked.

 

Grizzly 10/10: This ride is seriously underrated, it has some AWESOME airtime in the front and is pretty smooth, amazing wooden coaster!

 

Rebel Yell 8/10: Nice coaster, could have had more airtime but still a nice out & back wooden coaster.

 

Hurler 0/10: This thing is AWFUL! In those turns you could really feel the PTC shuffle and the rest of the ride is boring. I can see why this company only built two coasters, I hope this dies before Anaconda or Shockwave.

 

Anaconda 1/10: Did hurt a little but wasn't too bad, the under water tunnel is cool.

 

Shockwave 1/10: Squished my nuts, still better than Hurler.

 

Woodstock Express 7/10: Good kids coaster, don't see how it ranks lower than some other abominations.

 

Ricochet 6/10: A standard Mack Wild Mouse, not bad but not great either.

 

Volcano, The Blast Coaster 9/10: Great launches along with the great shot out of the top of the ex-Smurf Mountain, could have had a better ending than turning into the breaks.

 

Flight of Fear 8/10: A great indoor launch coaster as long as you don't put your hands up (you get flung around otherwise).

 

Avalanche 7/10: Better than the Intamin Bobsleds due to it having a smoother transition into the brakes, less rattly as well.

 

Intimidator 305 10/10: AMAZING ride! Very forceful with nice negatives and positives. Great Ride, Intamin Really out did themselves with this one.

 

 

Congo, The Grove, and Planet Snoopy

 

 

Intimidator 305, my second favorite steel coaster

 

 

Looks like Dominator got a B&M Maintenance Ball

 

 

Whats with theses connecters floating in mid air? They look very odd, where theses there when Dominator was at Geauga Lake?

 

 

Good bye Kings Dominion, I hope to see you again very soon!

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