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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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On the 5th day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: A fresh, new look to Border Café. The newly renovated restaurant on International Street will feature hand-crafted burritos, nachos, tacos, quesadilla and more next year. Which will be your favorite?

 

I love these announcements KD is doing. It generates some pretty good buzz for the park.

 

- I hope Busch pulls something like this off for their 40th. It would be great to have little "new for 2015" announcements leading up to the announcement of their big new Festa attraction.

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Wow wee wow wow wow!!!

 

Already the park had me sold on BLUE ICE CREAM , RUBY horse on the carousel, the return of the singing mushrooms and Floral Clock, and improvements for Volcano and Anaconda. Now they are offering free tours through Dinosaur Alive if you are a GOLD or Platinum season passholder ( And anyone who knows me and have been reading my recent post will know that I am a Platinum Season Passholder)?

 

This is great. If Kings Dominion makes an announcement that they will be repainting the Rebel Yell back into its original color scheme, then I wouldn't care whether they will bring back a ride or not because they would have already brought back a classic coaster into its former glory.

 

"Kings Dominion : Betcha you can't do it all!"

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On the 6th day of Christmas, #KD40 gave to me: Our famous strolling Clown Band! Direct from the 80’s, the Clown Band - one of the most recognized entertainment groups - brings its shenanigans back to the streets of Kings Dominion! Share your memories of the Clown Band below!

 

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Just in from Kings Dominion:

 

SAVE THE DATE!

 

As part of Kings Dominion’s 40th Celebration, the park will be hosting the Kings Dominion 40th Birthday Bash - its park-sponsored coasting event for 2014 – on Saturday, May 10, 2014!

 

While more details on this will be released in January, I wanted to get this out to you all so you can mark the date down on your calendars and event listing websites. This will truly be a unique coasting event with dinner, dancing, exclusive ride times, games and more.

 

Once all the final details of the event are locked up, we will provide you with a website link with all the important information on how to attend this exciting event.

 

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Thank you for your support this past season and we look forward to your visit in 2014 as we begin our 40th Celebration!

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Throwback Thursday & On the 7th day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: A Walk of Memories from the 70’s to the 2000’s around the Eiffel Tower. Travel back in time and learn about the rich history of Kings Dominion with our Walk of Memories boards that will be located around the Eiffel Tower.

 

What ride do you hope is pictured in our Walk of Memories?

 

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Friday's little announcement.

 

On the 8th day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: A 40th Celebration Merchandise Store! From retro items to t-shirts to coffee mugs, you’ll find all things KD40th in the Starlight Gift Shop, located on International Street near the main gate.
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King's Dominion just announced some improvements for Volcano.

 

On the 10th day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: Improvements to Volcano - The Blast Coaster. In 2014, guests will experience improved and enhanced entrance and exit lines resulting in more riders per hour who will be able to experience this signature park attraction. We will also begin a multi-year project to restore the look of Kings Dominion’s iconic mountain, which will include concrete replacement and fresh paint.

 

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King's Dominion just announced some improvements for Volcano.

 

We will also begin a multi-year project to restore the look of Kings Dominion’s iconic mountain, which will include concrete replacement and fresh paint.

 

 

Too bad it can't include the 4 original rides.

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King's Dominion just announced some improvements for Volcano.

 

We will also begin a multi-year project to restore the look of Kings Dominion’s iconic mountain, which will include concrete replacement and fresh paint.

 

 

Too bad it can't include the 4 original rides.

 

It would be nice.

 

But, to do what Kings Dominion did for between 22-24 million dollars back then [1977-1979], would probably cost 115-125 million dollars today. I just don't think Cedar Fair has that amount of money laying around to spend on one park.

 

I am crossing my fingers in hope of a slim chance of the park getting the return of a former flat ride in 2014. But, I am not holding my breath on that either.

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King's Dominion just announced some improvements for Volcano.

 

On the 10th day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: Improvements to Volcano - The Blast Coaster. In 2014, guests will experience improved and enhanced entrance and exit lines resulting in more riders per hour who will be able to experience this signature park attraction. We will also begin a multi-year project to restore the look of Kings Dominion’s iconic mountain, which will include concrete replacement and fresh paint.

 

For those who visit theme parks from across the country to the ends of the world; has anyone experienced improved capacity and wait times for a popular ride by just reconfiguring the queue lines?

 

For some reason, I thought an extra coaster train or dual load/unload areas improve capacity. I know the current volcano station load area can get a bottleneck due to the narrow entrance path on the station floor. But, I have never seen the park dispatch half empty trains due to a lack of riders.

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I personally wish Six Flags would have a year like this at some of their parks. But they are just focused on getting teens and tweens into the park. These announcements are going to attract a lot of older locals with fond memories of the park back to KD. Good for Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair.

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I believe KD was discussing of having a 3rd train added to the track. Perhaps a revamp of the block system and brake areas to accomodate the 3rd train will be part of the rehab. Perhaps the exterior mountain and que updates will happen first then focus on the 3rd train update (perhaps year 2 of the multi-year upgrades).

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I really think the 12 days of Christmas is a great way to introduce the upgrades for 2014. It's a lot better spreading out these small upgrades, than releasing them at one time. If they did all these announcements at one time, I think people would have been disappointed because they usually expect one big announcement.

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I believe KD was discussing of having a 3rd train added to the track. Perhaps a revamp of the block system and brake areas to accomodate the 3rd train will be part of the rehab. Perhaps the exterior mountain and que updates will happen first then focus on the 3rd train update (perhaps year 2 of the multi-year upgrades).

 

Volcano did run with 3 trains in the past. I rode the ride when it had 3 train operations. So, it is already set up to run 3 trains. I am not sure what happened to the 3rd train. The rumors had it that the park ended up using the 3rd train for spare parts or they bought new trains to replace the original 3; but, only bought 2 new ones. I think the ride has been in a 2 train operation mode for a least the last 5-6 years out of its 15 year existence.

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Nobody posted the ninth day's announcement so I guess I will:

 

On the 9th day of Christmas, #KD40 gave to me: The Return of the original Coca-Cola Pizza Parlor. Tower Pizza will be renovated and return to its original "Coca-Cola Pizza Parlor" - circa 1976. The restaurant interior will feature a whole new look and feel with more room inside to cool off during the dog days of summer and new limited time only pizza toppings.

 

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And here are some of the items that will be sold at KD's 40th Celebration Store:

 

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King Dominion Facebook wrote

On the 11th day of Christmas, ‪#‎KD40‬ gave to me: A fresh paint job for the Anaconda! During the off-season, we’ll be sprucing up the look of the Anaconda roller coaster by repainting the entire ride. The lake below the ride is already drained and work is underway to have the ride ready for the 2014 operating season. And the colors? Well, the ride columns will be green, the supports for the track red and the train’s running rails yellow.

 

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Kings Dominion, you are totally spoiling me with all those neat announcements and improvements that a long-time visitor such as myself would appreciate and enjoy. The return of the Clown Band, a paint job on the Anaconda, the return of the Coca-Cola Pizza Parlor, and all those other goodies just recently announced will surely make the 2014 season the one season that nobody would forget ( and the one season I would look around this park in awe and remember all those Kings Dominion trips I've taken in the past).

 

There is one more day of Christmas left and still no announcement on whether or not the Rebel Yell would be repainted back into its original glory, or whether or not there will be a "Celebration" musical playing at the Kings Dominion Theater. And then there's that prospect of a ride returning . . .

 

I know I have plans on returning on opening day, Saturday April 4, 2014; but to hear about the Kings Dominion 40th Birthday Bash on May 10, 2014. I gotta be there!!! Who knows what they may have planned for that special day, but I remember one trip many, many years ago when Kings Dominion tried to break the world's record for the largest game of musical chairs. I wanted to play, but I was with a church group and we had to leave. Perhaps they might try again?

 

kINGS dOMINION - Betcha you can't do it all!!!

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