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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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^ While I will agree with your statement, I also wish that they would spruce up Volcano and put in some extra theming to make this great ride even better. How about when the train enters a lava tunnel before it launches and enters another cave full of lava after the ride is over and is heading towards the station. The conditions they have now make the ride look like it's still being built and the riders should be seeing that they're inside a volcano and not the shell of one.

 

With all the new improvement and classic charm that are returning to this park, who cares about any new rides ( although bringing back a ride would be a nice and pleasant surprise as well )?

 

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

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^ While I will agree with your statement, I also wish that they would spruce up Volcano and put in some extra theming to make this great ride even better. How about when the train enters a lava tunnel before it launches and enters another cave full of lava after the ride is over and is heading towards the station. The conditions they have now make the ride look like it's still being built and the riders should be seeing that they're inside a volcano and not the shell of one.

 

With all the new improvement and classic charm that are returning to this park, who cares about any new rides ( although bringing back a ride would be a nice and pleasant surprise as well )?

 

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

 

We know improvements are coming to Volcano. We just don't know the extent of those improvements at this time. Operationally, it could be anything from having a 3rd train added at one end of the spectrum to a dual loading station at the other end. Cosmetic/themeing improvements for the ride is a possibility. I thought the supports/track were just repainted 2/3 years ago; though the mountain structure itself could use some loving. From what I heard, the park wants to focus on "improving the throughput" on the ride for 2014. So it appears the improvement focus is on the operational side. We'll just have to wait to see if/when Kings Dominion decides to divulge the details.

 

As far as the return of a former flat ride or two coming back to the park; I think we might have a small chance of that happening for next year. It would probably be one of those "surprises" to be revealed later this off-season. *** IF *** that were to happen, I could see a small to medium flat ride installed in Candy Apple Grove or Safari Village.

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Pulled from our "KD Golden Years" Youtube Channel, here we have the promo commercial which launched In 1976. The slogan was "Five Big Worlds of Fantasy all rolled into one" which was the grand opening of the original Candy Apple Grove. I'm sure our new Candy Apple Grove/40th Anniversary Celebration commercial will not be as vintage as 1976, but here's a step back into time 37 years ago!

 

Our Youtube Channel with more of Kings Dominion vintage footage/commercials at...https://www.youtube.com/user/KDGoldenYears

 

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Yeah i305 was open when I went during Haunt's last weekend, so there should be no problem with i305 being open next season.

 

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It would be great to see some of these flats brought back to the parks. Also, KD used to be open on weekends only?

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Yeah i305 was open when I went during Haunt's last weekend, so there should be no problem with i305 being open next season.

 

It would be great to see some of these flats brought back to the parks. Also, KD used to be open on weekends only?

 

We're hoping there might be a chance for a former flat ride or two making a comeback in 2014. We just don't know right now if Kings Dominion has the greenbacks budgeted to do that for next year. They have a pretty full plate right now with general improvements happening in 3 of the 5 areas in the park for 2014.

 

Given that this commercial is promoting the new "Apple Turnover" (Enterprise) ride and other new stuff for the season, this ad probably ran in the spring when the park was in weekend only operations.

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Yeah i305 was open when I went during Haunt's last weekend, so there should be no problem with i305 being open next season.

 

It would be great to see some of these flats brought back to the parks. Also, KD used to be open on weekends only?

 

We're hoping there might be a chance for a former flat ride or two making a comeback in 2014. We just don't know right now if Kings Dominion has the greenbacks budgeted to do that for next year. They have a pretty full plate right now with general improvements happening in 3 of the 5 areas in the park for 2014.

 

Given that this commercial is promoting the new "Apple Turnover" (Enterprise) ride and other new stuff for the season, this ad probably ran in the spring when the park was in weekend only operations.

 

 

You can always go to Six Flags America for their New Coaster, New Ride, and Re-Themed area.

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^What do you mean? I305 was up and running during Haunt after its extensive downtime last summer.

^That's what I thought from reading this thread. Glad I wasn't mistaken! Maverick and SkyRush are 2 of my favorite steel coasters, and I have a feeling I305 will top them both! I've been wanting to ride it since it was announced.

 

Volcano also looks really neat.

 

I hope I can FINALLY get a Dominator credit as well. I sat down on one of the trains to ride it when it was still Knight Flight at Geauga Lake. They couldn't dispatch us because the floor wouldn't drop, it went down and closed for the day, and I never made it back before they closed the park for good, so that credit has been a long time coming!

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Kings Dominion has updated their Facebook site with some 2014 updates from the companies making the old new again. Also, someone came across another 2014 surprise on Kings Dominion's web site. (Sorry, you will need to dig around for that one).

 

Reincarnation of the Frog and Mushrooms as well as the Apples for CAG update

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I enjoyed watching the video posted on screamscape with Dennis Speigel talking about the zoo animals around the Safari area back in the day....

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It became clear to me during the interview that Kings Dominion, (and Kings Island for that matter), contracted with this 3rd party business, Lion Country Safari, to provide for the animal attraction. The park provided the land/habitats and Lion Country Safari provided the animals and zoologists/rangers to care for and watch the animals. Keep in mind that Lion Country Safari at Kings Dominion was originally an up-charge attraction (First 5-6 years of operations?). Sometime in the early 1980's, the animal attraction was included in the park's general admission.

 

From what I could find on the internet, during its heyday (1970's - early 1980's), Lion Country Safari had 5 animal parks in the US. The original drive-through park in Florida (still exists today). As well as one in California, Texas, and the 2 animal attractions at Kings Dominion and Kings Island.

 

The animal park in California closed in the early 1980's and the other 3, (Texas, KD, and KI), closed in the early 1990's.

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On the 2nd day of Christmas, #KD40 gave to me: A 40th Celebration Collector Pin Trading Program! Be a part of the celebration by collecting all of the 40th Celebration pins! The commemorative pins will be released on select dates throughout the year for you to collect, trade and enjoy! What pin designs would you like to see?

 

I'm pretty excited about the park selling pins. It's about time more Cedar Fair parks jumped on the pin trading bandwagon.

 

- Holding out for new flats and Christmas event next year in the coming announcement.

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On the 3rd day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: Unlimited Dinosaurs Alive visits for 2014 Gold and Platinum Passholders! Travel back 65 million years ago as many times as you’d like with your family now that Dinosaurs Alive will be included for free with your Gold and Platinum Season Pass beginning in 2014!

 

I'm so excited.

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On the 3rd day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: Unlimited Dinosaurs Alive visits for 2014 Gold and Platinum Passholders! Travel back 65 million years ago as many times as you’d like with your family now that Dinosaurs Alive will be included for free with your Gold and Platinum Season Pass beginning in 2014!

 

I'm so excited.

 

 

I'm waiting for a ride simulating the comet impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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For those of you not following Kings Dominion's Facebook site, they are doing a "Twelve Days of Christmas" reveal where the park is sharing "Small Gifts" happening for 2014. It started this past Friday and one "Gift" will be revealed each day through Christmas Eve on their Facebook site. The park stated some of the "Gifts" have been disclosed; but, they will be sharing more details and photos.

 

So Far we have the following:

 

Day 1 - Return of the Floral Clock in its original location. [At the Bottom/Base of the Center Walkway just before the Carousel]

 

Day 2 - New Trading Pins; staggered release dates throughout the 2014 season.

 

Day 3 - Free Dinosaur's Alive Admission for Gold and Platinum Season Pass Holders.

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On the 4th day of Christmas, #KD40 gave to me: A look at Ruby, the 40th Celebration custom painted Carousel horse. We’re getting our first drawing of what Ruby will look like once she’s completely restored and added back to the park’s historic Carousel in April. A local Richmond artist is restoring Ruby, which is part of a multi-year project to restore and repaint all of the horses on the Carousel.

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