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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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Please Kings Dominion, stop it; you're starting to spoil us all with all these new improvements!!!

 

Or how about this response: Gee, I don't know if I can handle all this excitement.

 

Or maybe this response: OH YEAH!!!

 

For my response, I'll just go there on opening day and have a great time!

 

kINGS dOMINION - BETCHA YOU CAN'T DO IT ALL!!!

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wait a minute on the KD website it says that the park opens at 10:30. The Kdfans says 10:00.

 

The only part open at 10 is international street including Dominator and Beserker. The remainder of the park opens at 10:30 or 10:20 if you are a gold or platinum passholder.

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DO get to the park early! Avoid long lines and large crowds by arriving when the park opens rather than later in the day. The parking lot will open at 9:30am, while the park itself will open at 10am.

 

I would suggest taking your time on opening day ... about 24 hours to be exact.

 

The simple rule is figure out what other people do, and then do the opposite.

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I'm planning on heading to Kings Dominion next weekend for the first time. It's been a very long time since I've been to a park this early in the season, and was wondering if it will have any effect on how the coasters ride. I doubt I305 could be running much slower than normal, but do you think any of the others might feel a bit sluggish?

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I was at at King's Dominion today, and I was thoroughly impressed. I've grown up with Busch Gardens, but KD just has a kind of classic amusement park nostalgia (especially with the 40th anniversary) that I really liked. Different from BG, but good different. The day was great too; the weather was perfect, and we managed to do everything (I forgot how much I like FoF). Good day, looking forward to going back.

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^ Thanks. So yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Kings Dominion on its opening day. This was my first time going to a park on its opening day, and so I was really excited. I had been to KD dozens of times, as it is my home park, but I was especially pumped to see all of the things in person for the 40th anniversary. Overall, I really liked it. KD did an awesome job at really taking the park back in time. The weather was good, the lines weren't too long, and it overall was just a good day. But enough talk, on with the pics!

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Lovin the new entrance logo and flowers. As one of the first few people in the park, you get a free wristband that says "I started the party"

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Do I spot Candy Apple Grove?

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At Night, Rebel Yell lights up with the new chaser lights!

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New/Old color scheme(bonus: they were running both sides)

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Finally! I've arrived!

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Love the detail

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They're bigger than I thought they would be!

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The crowds love them! They have a huge fan base at the park!

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Mustaches are cool

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They really only sing 4 different songs, but ya know, who cares?

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And finally, I'll end by showing what you get if you talked to an employee on opening day! If they liked you, then you get a free pin!

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New Souvenir cups!

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Dominator has new restraints!

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Very forceful, as usual

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Look at the beauty! Lookin forward to riding it after the long off season!

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Break Run w/Volcano in background

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Do I spot a repaint?

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Lookin good!

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Man, they just should've torn it down. It looks good, but its still an awful ride.

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Good enough to eat! Hard to fit in the mouth, though...

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Went to Kings Dominion for about 4 hours this (Sunday) morning...a few notes.

1.) Pass-members can get into the back of the park 30 minutes early (entrance moved to Dominator gate).

2.) Had 4 rides on I305 and 1 on Volcano by 10:35am this morning (park "opened" at 10:30am).

3.) Candy Apples (lots of them!), Singing Mushrooms and Floral Clock look GREAT!

4.) Paint on Anaconda and Rebel Yell (also new train logo and running lights) look GREAT!

5.) Park looked very clean, flowers were nice and the fountains looked pretty good.

6.) Ate a piece of pizza (same), panini (good) and caramel cake (good).

7.) Season souvenir cup was $10 with a season pass (99-cent refills)...cup was actually MADE IN AMERICA...shocking!!

8.) Finally walked through Dinosaurs Alive (FREE).

9.) The Crypt and Hurler were not open.

10.) The collectible pins are NOT available yet, another 2-3 weeks.

 

If anyone has any other questions...let me know.

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^I was at the park today--perfect weather and light crowds.

 

They haven't done anything else to the Volcano mountain other than reconfigure the station. I went there first thing about 20 minutes after the park opened, and the wait was a bit less that 15 minutes. They're using the same entrance, but they now load where the exit point used to be (that is, next to the gift shop). To exit, you now take some stairs up to what used to the be the entrance ramp, which now takes you into the gift shop. The line was out past the entrance cave, but they weren't using the switchbacks when I rode (not sure about later in the day).

 

I also have a knack for catching the end of the Singing Mushrooms show.

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How have the lines for Volcano been so far? Is capacity improved with the new entrance?

The lines are better, however as usual, you should still get to the park at the beginning of the day, as the lines get longer as the day went on.

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I was at the park myself and I don't think today could've been more perfect. Beautiful weather and light crowds, and a lot of the rides were walk-ons (including i305 and Dominator).

 

On the discussion of Volcano, today was probably the shortest I've ever waited for this ride. The light crowds may have played a role in this case, but I do think the new queue system is a major improvement and helped a lot. I also noticed the control booth was relocated as well, due to the new queue.

 

To have Rebel Yell racing again was great, even though the right side was winning every time. Turning one side backwards again would've been great. On top of the paint job and running lights, the logo on the front cars looked good as well. Anaconda, besides the paint job and new wheels nothing new, still a rough ride and still nowhere as terrible as Shockwave (KD, please tear down that POS TOGO).

 

Overall today was good and Kings Dominion did an amazing job with the park this year.

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