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Kings Dominion is celebrating the U.S. Military this weekend.

 

This weekend, for Memorial Day and Military Days at Kings Dominion, we will have fireworks on Saturday and Sunday night at the park. The firework show will start at 9:45pm. The park is open until 10pm. The best place to view the fireworks is in the Drop Tower Plaza in the Grove section of the park.

 

This is all part of our new nighttime experience called “Dominion at Dusk” on all 10pm closes, which features the fireworks at 9:45pm, a new high-energy music show called “Street Beats” at 9:45pm on the International Street Bandstand and more than one million LED lights turning on at dusk for “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular”.

 

Military Days will run from Sat-Mon May 25-27 as we pay tribute to our nation’s heroes. Kings Dominion will offer FREE admission to all active and inactive US Servicemen and Servicewomen with a valid military ID. Up to 6 family members and friends can get into the park for discounted admission, bought at a military installation or at the park this weekend. For Military Days, we’ll have music, military vehicles and more.

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I would just like to compliment Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair on the great job they have done just "sprucing" up the park since opening weekend. Planet Snoopy looked really impressive when I was there over Easter weekend, but it looks absolutely fantastic now thanks to all the minor additions such as flags, banners, lights, signage, landscaping, ect. Without a doubt the best Planet Snoopy I've been to now in the chain and that's saying something since KidZville was way outdated this time a year ago.

 

Not only in Planet Snoopy though, other areas in the park are looking nice just getting those little touches here and there that I really appreciate. The landscaping looks incredible with bright flowers throughout the park, many buildings are continuing the receive new paint (including the Eiffel Tower), the parking lot is getting redone close to the gate and on the main access routes from the parking booths, new signage, ect.

 

The park is always adding something and it is really nice to see how so much as been done in less than 2 months. I'm glad the park is fortunate enough to get the funds to do this and it seems like Kings Dominion is only getting better and better, and I can't help but to think a part is this is because of Matt Ouimet.

 

I can't wait to see what the park has up their sleeves in the coming seasons.

 

As far as my visit went, it was a great time. My girlfriend and I were there for only 4.5 hours and got 20 total laps taking our time and enjoying ourselves. It would have been my dream for re-rides today as there were only walk-ons... but let's just say she's not the biggest thrill junkie. It about broke my heart to only ride Intimidator 305 one time all day with no line at all, but it was all I could do to ride it once (she was a first timer). Of course I had to dish out the 25 bucks on those ride photos!

 

If you can, get to the park while schools are in session (no lines) and while it is hot! The rides were running great today because of the heat and there were no breakdowns at all (even the Intamins B&M fanboys). Oh and Woodstock Express was hauling ass today! I don't know if it was because it was just us on the train or what.

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I went to Kings Dominion today (May 31). Perhaps half of the people in the park were with various school groups. Most of the coasters were walk-on or close to it, except for 305, Volcano and Dominator. 305 was running one train but wasn't a very long wait. Dominator was walk-on (except for the front) an hour before closing. It was hot but the rapids ride had a short line. I didn't go into the waterpark, perhaps that was more crowded. It was a good day to visit.

 

All of the wood coasters were running one train but the lines were not long. Grizzly and Hurler were walk on around 1 pm. Rebel Yell was a little more popular, probably since it is not as shaky. The trim brake at the bottom of Hurler's first drop was very noticeable. I wonder how long it's been since its queue has been full ...

 

Drop Tower never seemed to have a full group on it. Most cycles seemed half full, sometimes less. Windseeker was down most of the day because of wind. It came back online for the last half hour. There's an emergency evacuation device immediately backstage, visible while riding.

 

I rode I-305 in late 2010 -- version 1.1 (trim brakes on drop and soft restraints). Today was my first ride with version 2 -- no brakes on drop and new curve shape after drop. Now I know what the "greying out" is about, it happened a couple times, mostly while riding in the back of the train. I like 305 more than Millennium Force but I agree with those who thought a MilF style overbank curve after the first drop would have been a better design. Version 2 has much better airtime than version 1.1 but I like SkyRush's airtime more than 305.

 

I didn't take pictures since all of the big rides seem to have had their photos taken enough times and my camera doesn't fit in my pocket.

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Two more random observations:

 

I went through the dinosaur exhibit. One of the subtle things with it is they've done a nice job planting native plants (native to Virginia) along the path. There's enough there that it looks like the landscapers did some botanical restoration when the exhibit was installed. It's the part of the park that is the most natural and they could have something posted about native ecology. (In contrast, a new clearcut on the other side of the highway is visible from the Eiffel Tower).

 

Black asphalt is not a good surface on a hot day. I hope that KD / Cedar Fair will replace more asphalt with pavers or at least paint it a color that is not the maximum for collecting solar energy. Parts of the park have nice shade and part need more trees and awnings.

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^ The park has a goal to have the whole park asphalt-free and only have pavers eventually. This season they installed the pavers all throughout the new Planet Snoopy into the Grove and to the Congo entrance.

 

The past several offseasons they have done a nice job of getting rid of a significant amount of asphalt

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I went back to Kings Dominion last Sunday and had a good day despite the park being crowded as it was ( What did you expect: it was a hot, sunny day in the middle of Memorial Weekend? ). I got to ride a total of 26 rides, including four rides on Windseeker!

 

And now it's time for some observations:

 

QUESTION - If the Hurler coaster is such a bad coaster, then why did I see a long line? I rode in the back ( On that day, I rode in the back of all the coasters. ) and I didn't think the coaster was bad at all.

 

The ride attendants at The Volcano should get a compliment on how they handled the fast pass/regular riders situation on when to release them to go to the station. I know what I was doing when I decided to get in line to ride The Volcano later in the day ( I timed myself on how long it took before I got on the ride - the results will appeat later ), and noticed that there was also a line with the fast passers ( a short line, but a line nevertheless. ). The ride attendant was releasing those that were waiting in a 1 to 3 ratio ( a total of 32 riders or two trains were released after a few minutes - at least 8 from fast pass line and 24 from regular line). Overall, I waited 75 minutes to board The Volcano while I'm sure that those in fast pass waited at least 15 minutes.

 

Didn't ride the Intimidator 305 due to the long lines and running only one train. If I was from far away and knowing it may be years before I can go back to Kings Dominion, then I would wait in line. But Kings Dominion is my home park and I have a CEDAR FAIR PLATINUM PASS, so I decided to skip this one and come back another day. Besides, I waited 75 minutes to get on Volcano and didn't want to wait another 75 minutes to board The Intimidator.

 

Did I mentioned that I rode Windseeker four times? And to think a few years ago I was against this ride being placed in the park. Try riding Windseeker at nighttime for an out-of-this world riding experience. I did - twice!

 

Don't call Woodstock Express a "kiddie coaster" because this coaster has the props and the chops to be a thrill ride with the speeds the trains seem to have. Thank goodness for seatbeats.

 

Avalanche had THREE trains running! Methinks they finally got the "Canada" car up and running. Oh, and I'll say it again like I did from an earlier post: AVALANCHE IS CELEBRATING ITS 25th YEAR OF ENTERTAINING RIDERS OF ALL AGES AND MAKING BOBSLEDS COOL AGAIN!!! SO RIDE AVALANCHE AND SEE WHY THIS COASTER IS COOL!!!

 

A miracle happened while I was in line to ride Lucy's Tugboat. I am an adult, but I need at least one child to ride with. I could have exited the ride in anger, but I happily stayed in line hoping to find some kiddie to ride with. I didn't have to wait long; behind me were three little kids, including one little one that needed an adult to ride with, but no adults were with them. So those three rode with me and we all lived happily ever after.

 

I'm hoping to come back later in June to catch the two shows that will finally be running: The Wheels show and "On Broadway" show. I hope they were worth the wait.

 

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF VISITING kINGS dOMINION - AND COUNTING!!!

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Could somebody tell me if there is early entrance at KD? I'm considering a trip later this summer coming from Indianapolis and would want to make use of my platinum pass for early entrance if they have it. Is it at 9:00 or 9:30 if they have it?

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Unfortunately the park does not really have early ride time for Gold and Platinum passholders like at parks such as Kings Island and Cedar Point... however you can enter the park at 10:00 and International Street is open (all the shops, restaurants, Bezerker, Eiffel Tower, Dominator) and at 10:20 you can "enter the bottom of the park" aka the center walkway at 10:20 getting a 10 minute head start to rides before the rest of the guests can.

 

Fingers crossed for early ride time coming to KD within the next few seasons...

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^I remember a few years ago when those that had the gold passes could enter the water park earlier than the rest of the visitors. Plus, there were early ride times on Volcano. But this was when Kings Dominion was known as Paramount's Kings Dominion and it's a pity that Cedar Fair won't reinstate that priviledge for the Gold and Platinum pass holders inside Kings Dominion.

 

There is another discussion I would like to bring up: Kings Dominion has this tradition of introducting a new ride or attraction every year. Since Planet Snoopy is considered a major attraction ( and a much needed one to boot ), it might be in 2015 before another major attraction comes our way. So what do you think Kings Dominion might do next season that will be minor, but will draw crowds?

 

Here is my speculation: First, take out Wave Swinger and put a brand new type of flat ride that will fit comfortablely in its place. One ride I believe would be perfect is a ride by Chance called "Freestyle" - ( http://www.chancerides.com/rides/freestyle.html ). Then how about adding another ride to Planet Snoopy called "Sally's Swingset"? Dorney Park has one. Then finally, add another showplace in the Congo area ( Kings Dominion could use another showplace). Those additions would be great in the next season, but this is just speculation and I have no idea what Kings Dominion would do.

 

How do the rest of you Kings Dominion lovers out there feel?

 

35 YEARS OF VISITING kINGS dOMINION - AND STILL COUNTING!!!

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Looks like my plan to visit the park tomorrow will be washed out. Option B is a credit run on Sunday, is this still a reasonable idea given Coasting for Kids is happening? I don't mind paying for fast lane as I'll probably only have 3-4 hours at best.

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^If they run Coasting for Kids like they did last year, they'll use those riders to fill empty seats; so, it shouldn't affect your day at all.

 

Speaking of which...how does it work? Split into groups? How do the rides work?

 

Thanks for the help!

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^Yup. Thought we might head in and try to get a few rides in but they are shut. Fortunately I checked the park's FB page before we left. Udvar-Hazy centre made for a decent alternative... not every day you get to see a space shuttle and the Concorde! Didn't help my coaster count much though...

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I LOVE Kings Dominion so much, but the entire Congo area just seems messy. Avalanche, Flight of Fear and I305 have absolutley NOTHING to do with Africa. I say what they should do is re-theme Anaconda to a NASCAR theme and call it something like "The Test Track" (Ideally, brand new Vekoma built trains with more comfortable OSTRs like on Sidewinder at Hershey that look like little DeLoreans, but that's just my idea of a perfect world.)

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Hey guys, just wondering if you guys could help me out a little. Heading to KD for the first time next week and was wondering if anybody knew of any discounts on admission to the park. Bring a coke can, online coupons or anything of that nature? I found a discount on their website awhile ago but It would have needed to be used before I actually arrived for vacation so that didn't work. I'll be with my wife and 18 mo. old so we'll be doing a "baby swap" for the rides and I don't mind waiting in line so it is really the cheapest entry ticket I'm interested in and not any flash pass or anything. Anything else I should know about this park or how the crowds will be next week? (6/15 to 6/21) Any info you guys provide is greatly appreciated... thank you so much in advance.

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I was at the park on Monday, and the park was dead, i think the longest i waited was like 20 min for front row on Intimidator and Volcano i loved both rides. Intimidator is a crazy ride lots of G's. I really enjoyed Volcano Just a really fun ride.

What i want to know is what all did they change when they fix intimidator after the first year?

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I drove down from Cincinnati on Monday night and spent all day Tuesday at King's Dominion. Weather was perfect and crowd's were very small. A huge rain storm came and washed the rest of them away. I bought fast lane plus before i left for my trip, but did not need it as i305 was a walk on all day!

Speaking of i305....INTENSE! Whoa! I got 35 rides on it, greyed out 32 times and completely blacked out three times. This is a serious machine. I loved it. My new favorite. I loved it so much that I went to Busch Gardens on Wednesday, stayed 3 hrs to get the coaster credits and then left and drove back to KD to ride i305 some more. Crowds were bigger on Wed and I only got 4 more rides.

Dominator was awesome. Forceful and snappy. Great layout, great paint, nice speed. It felt like Gatekeeper to me without the wings. Anaconda was your normal Arrow looper. (I prefer Vortex at KI). Hurler was painful. If it was as fast a Son of Beast it would bruise your internal organs. Ricochet was closed and I did not get a ride. Grizzly was Ok and had a nice head chopper element that took me by surprise. Rebel Yell was smooth and nice. (Much better than the racer at KI) Backlot Stunt Coaster and Flight of Fear are the same as KI so not much to compare. King's Dominion has Flying Eagles so I rode them a bunch. The KI flying eagles were removed in 2004 and I'm still sad about it. The Berserker is AWESOME! Why does KI only get a dumb back and forth ship and KD's Berserker does 360's?? Also, that crypt ride with the flips,fire and water is sadistic.

I had an excellent time and would drive back again in a heartbeat for more i305 rides. You all have a world class coaster down there. Great park. Very clean. Friendly people and staff.

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