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They just posted on Facebook that I-305 will reopen tomorrow.

 

It's back! Rev up your engines -- Intimidator 305 will be back starting tomorrow, Saturday September 14th! Thank you for your patience while we worked with the ride's manufacturer this summer.

Just noticed that that was posted at 3:05 pm...

 

But yay! And by the tone of that Facebook post, in the traditional passive-aggressive Cedar Fair style they used talking about B&M and Banshee, it sounds confirmed they'll never work with Intamin again.

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But yay! And by the tone of that Facebook post, in the traditional passive-aggressive Cedar Fair style they used talking about B&M and Banshee, it sounds confirmed they'll never work with Intamin again.

 

I think you're reading too much into that statement.

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But yay! And by the tone of that Facebook post, in the traditional passive-aggressive Cedar Fair style they used talking about B&M and Banshee, it sounds confirmed they'll never work with Intamin again.

 

You could get an award for how far you read in to that post.

 

Sounds like someone has a bright future as an AP English teacher.

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What an announcement! I haven't been this excited about Kings Dominion for a long time.

 

I've heard stories about how the park used to be. Both of my parents have pictures of Kings Dominion from the 70s and 80s that look nothing like the Kings Dominion I have known. It's just so cool that they are trying to make the park more charming, family friendly, and old-school.

 

Not to say that the park will ever be the way it was pre-Paramount, but a little charm goes a long way in making a great park. That's why parks like Kennywood and Hershey are so much better than parks like KD. They get plenty of new world-class rides, but they don't forget the past and keep plenty of charm.

 

As far as Anaconda, I've always thought King Kobra must have been a better attraction, at least in the minds of enthusiasts. I've ridden just one Schwarzkopf shuttle loop and it was MUCH better than Anaconda. So the best thing they could do is tear it down and build a shuttle-loop to stick with the retro theme . For what it's worth I've always thought the ride looks good where it is on the lake and it has a decent unique color scheme when its been recently painted. Any improvements would be welcome.

 

This will make me come back, at least once. I haven't been to the park since I305's opening year.

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As far as Anaconda, I've always thought King Kobra must have been a better attraction, at least in the minds of enthusiasts. I've ridden just one Schwarzkopf shuttle loop and it was MUCH better than Anaconda.

 

 

King Kobra was my first upside down coaster and yes, it was much better than Anaconda.

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Wow wee - I'm so happy . . .I think I wet my pants. Excuse me for one second.

 

All right, I'm back, now where were we? Oh yes . . . Wow wee - I'm so happy about Kings Dominion making this announcement that I'll take it over any new rides and attractions any old day. Kings Dominion will be celebrating 40 years and will bring back some of its classic charm. The return of Candy Apple Grove, the Fountain Lights, Safari Village coming back, and who know what else?

 

SFGOdud25 stated in a recent post -

How about a repainted Rebel Yell with its original red, white, and blue! That would be pretty sweet (this coming from a huge classic woodie fan)

 

And I would say from this huge classic woodie fan is that I would second that motion!!!

 

Someone else suggested to bring back the singing mushrooms - I would kill to see them again.

 

Then there is the speculation of bringing back a classic ride that once entertained riders back in its heyday. I'm all for it, but what is it and where will it go will be the big question mark. While I would love to ride Haunted River, Galaxie, Hypersonic XLC, and the King Kobra again, you would have to move heaven and earth, plus interfere with the space and time ratio in order to make that a possibility. As for some of the flat rides that once ran inside the park, I'm sure they could find a worthy replacement (Apple Turnover, anyone?)

 

One idea I would love to see the park do is to bring back the sea lion and dolphin show (like I said before - I'd kill to see that). Another show idea is to bring back "Celebration" - the song and dance show that celebrates the past, present, and the possible future of Kings Dominion.

 

Kings Dominion will be celebrating its 40th anniversity next season, and I have been visiting the park for 35 of them and feel like I can do 35 more.

 

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

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Since the announcement was made, I always thought there might be chance for the return of a new version of a former flat ride making a comeback to the park. The park gave us the general outline of what is going to happen for 2014 and left room for "surprises" to be announced later.

 

Flat rides like the Enterprise "Apple Turnover" (I'm not sure if they still make these. Might have to get a used one and refurbish it), Monster/Spider, Himalaya, Vertigo (not sure of the manufacturer's ride name for this one - I remember I had a cover that came over the ride cars while the ride was in motion). One of these retired rides could come back, (new/refurbished), without a major hit to the budget. It would be nice to see the steam train come back in some form or the sky-ride cable cars. I just feel those attractions are high ticket items that I don't think are in the budget for 2014. Time will tell.

 

What I don't expect is Kings Dominion to flip a switch and make the park exactly the way it was say 30 years ago. Some people think that every defunct ride is coming back and the animal safari itself. Not gonna happen. You would have to bull doze nearly 50% of the current park and take a couple years re-construction to make that come true. Cedar Fair does not seem to have the financial ability to blow 150+ million on one park to do that.

 

What is important to me is to see the park get some of its former theme elements back and the resulting charm/atmosphere that comes with it. Plus, the Grove and Congo areas are in serious need of a makeover anyway. They have become way too bland/generic in recent years.

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Just a great day to be at KD. Temps were cool upper 60's / low 70's. I don't think the G.P. knows that "Timmy" is open again. I was on the first dispatched train for the General Public (GP). No lines all day for it, but they made you walk around. In 4 hours I got 14 rides on Timmy. Welcome back to this ride.

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coasternut stated this in a recent post:

Just a great day to be at KD. Temps were cool upper 60's / low 70's. I don't think the G.P. knows that "Timmy" is open again. I was on the first dispatched train for the General Public (GP). No lines all day for it, but they made you walk around. In 4 hours I got 14 rides on Timmy. Welcome back to this ride.

 

The next sound you will here will be millions of riders and amusement park flyers shouting out loud, "IT'S ABOUT FRICKING TIME!!! WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? DID YOU HAVE TO ORDER THE PARTS FROM OUTER MONGOLIA?"

 

Now that is out of the way, I can now focus all my attention into Kings Dominion's next season and learn what surprises will be waiting for us as they celebrate 40 seasons.

 

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

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Can anyone that was at the park recently confirm if Fast Lane was being used for i305? They took i305 off the list of Fast Lane rides on their website--don't know if they did this when the ride was broken and just haven't updated it yet, or if FL is no longer an option for it... I believe it used to be. I hope they haven't changed it--it was the whole reason I was going to get FL (well, that an Volcano).

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Hey guys-

 

I'll be making my first trip to KD on Sunday, Oct. 27. Was curious if anyone had some helpful tips on how to manage our day at the park. The calendar said it'll be open 12-10 I believe. Does KD usually get slammed for their Halloween festivities? Should I be looking into their fast pass/fast lane/whatever? Any tips would be great, thanks.

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^I'd still say go directly to Volcano and hit other nearby rides--I305, Flight of Fear, Backlot Stunt Coaster, and Anaconda, of you must. You'll probably want to hit Shockwave as soon as you can, too. The Dominator line thins out pretty considerably in the afternoon.

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Kings Dominion is hosting a "Monster Bash" this Friday night (September 27) to kickoff Haunt.

 

Gates open at 6:00pm for fully dressed monsters.

Block Party with special events, including music, dancing and a food eating contest.

Suggestions for fully dressed monsters include: Fake blood

Distressed clothes

Face make-up and accessories

Dirty hands

Grungy nails

Faux claws and scars

No masks or face coverings

Be as creative as possible! The best themed costume of the night will be awarded 4 tickets to Kings Dominion next year.

 

You can find more information here: https://www.kingsdominion.com/events/plan-a-visit/special-events/Monster-Bash

 

Here's your chance to win some KD tickets and scarf down massive amounts of funnel cake!

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I hate to ask the redundant question, but are Saturday's for Haunt, mainly late October, really bad crowd wise? 10:30 - midnight makes for lots of time and quite frankly with junior in tow the mazes and such will be hit or miss anyway. I would prefer to spend the time riding anyway. What are lines like for the rides after the sun goes down?

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