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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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^The old station for the Smurf Mountain train sits over the Volcano station (I didn't think to see if they'd removed it--maybe when I go through my photos from yesterday). There are still some remnants of the Haunted River flume ride, too.

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^The old station for the Smurf Mountain train sits over the Volcano station (I didn't think to see if they'd removed it--maybe when I go through my photos from yesterday).

 

It's still there. I was actually looking at it yesterday wondering if they plan on doing anything with it. It's been sitting like that for years now.

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My partner and I were also there Sunday, and boy were the crowds light. It was a coaster riders dream. By 6 pm the park was dead, adding much to our riding euphoria on Volcano and 305 . Proof is in the couple of (poor quality) photos below. All day, we only rode front or rear seats and our longest wait during the peak of the day was a 4 train wait for the front seat on Volcano. After 5 or so, there rarely was a full train on any coaster including Volcano, and several times we were the only 2 on any of the coasters. The 2nd to last train out on 305, we were the only 2 on the entire train, and for the last train of the night at 8pm, there were only 4 of us on it. A little chilly for us Floridians, but most likely the best day ever at KD for us.

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OUT , LOUD AND PROUD in my new TPR shirt

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Volcano cue at 6:30 pm

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I305 cue at 7 pm

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When u guys talk about seeing the old station for the haunted river/smurf mountain all the time, what do you mean? I go to this park all the time and I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. I'm sure I've seen it before, but I just didn't know that that was it. Anyone have any photos or examples of it?

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Okay, I was there at Kings Dominion on opening day, and all I can say is "Kings Dominion - Well Done!"

 

1- At the log flume, the new water wheel looks great.

 

2- At the Rebel Yell, I noticed that only the section from the station to the top of the lift hill received the fresh coat of paint. Mewonders if they are going to paint another section of Rebel Yell or just leave it as it is. Plus, it was good to have them racing again, but both coasters were red instead of one red against one blue and the south side coaster would always be first to the end because its lift hill is slightly faster compared to north side's lift hill. Methinks I shouldn't care about those facts for Rebel Yell is still a good ride no matter which side I choose.

 

3- I decided to stand in line for Volcano at around two o'clock to test out whether or not the queing lines would be faster. It took me fifty minutes to get to the station, but not all the lines were used and I don't know how many fast passers there were, so I need to run more tests.

 

4- Waited a while for the singing mushrooms to perform, and when they did the show was over in less than five minutes.

 

5- Certain rides have large TV screens showing Fun TV. It plays music videos, presents a weather report, and other fun things.

 

6- Nice to have the Clown Band back.

 

7- I was done by six o'clock, so if they did turn on the ride lights by that time, then I missed it. I have to revisit the park when it'll be open pass dark.

 

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

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When u guys talk about seeing the old station for the haunted river/smurf mountain all the time, what do you mean? I go to this park all the time and I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. I'm sure I've seen it before, but I just didn't know that that was it. Anyone have any photos or examples of it?

 

You can see it clearly from Avalanche's lift hill--just look to your right.

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^Thanks. Yeah seeing that photo definitely made me recognize it. I'd seen it before, and just didn't know that that was the old smurf Mountain station. And yeah the singing mushrooms show only lasts a little over 3 minutes and they only sing 4 songs. 2 songs a show. Wish they had more. That'd be a nice upgrade throughout the season. Every month new songs are added!

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After the last 2 rides closed at the end of 1995 season, the park gutted the inside of the mountain leaving only the outer shell. It took them nearly a year and a half to complete this process. ("Smurf Mountain" closed at the end of the 1993 season; while the "Haunted River" and the "Time Shaft" closed at the end of the 1995 season.)

 

The demo process included removing all of the track and supports for "Smurf Mountain"; removing most, if not all, of the concrete river channel (inside the mountain), water reservoir, and final hill/drop for the "Haunted River"; the "Time Shaft" was removed and its entrance/exit tunnels eliminated. Not only were the ride removals were done; but, all the caverns/rooms/scenes that divided up the interior of the mountain for the "Haunted River" and "Smurf Mountain" were demolished. Again leaving only the shell , the outer "skin" of the mountain, intact.

 

During that time, the "Smurf Mountain" station had the track and ride controls removed, and the area where the track was located filled in/covered over with concrete. What was left, was just the outer shell of the station. The park may or may not have left the station queue rails in place; I don't remember. I would have to ride the "Avalanche" and look at the station area when heading up the lift hill.

 

Since the "Smurf Mountain" station was integrated into the side of the mountain, I assume the park decided to leave it as is. Maybe it would have cost too much to remove it and reconfigure that part of the mountain. Whether or not the on-going mountain renovation project ends up removing it in the future, is anyone's guess.

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I really wonder why they chose to remove the old rides to build volcano. The coaster is great and all, it just seems odd to remove what sounds like an excellently themed area with several rides... and toss an ugly (sorry, but it's hard to argue with me) coaster on top of the mountain left behind. I guess in those days it just made sense to squeeze in a new coaster. Shame I wasn't able to experience it before the transformation.

 

I'm itching to get back to KD, I love what they did to spruce up the place.

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Volcano is one of, if not the most popular ride in the park. Smurf Mountain was much less popular and probably required them to shell out a lot of money for the IP rights. It was also an IP that was losing popularity each year.

 

While Smurf Mountain looks like it was very cool, Volcano is a huge draw and has been for well over a decade.

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I really wonder why they chose to remove the old rides to build volcano. The coaster is great and all, it just seems odd to remove what sounds like an excellently themed area with several rides... and toss an ugly (sorry, but it's hard to argue with me) coaster on top of the mountain left behind. I guess in those days it just made sense to squeeze in a new coaster. Shame I wasn't able to experience it before the transformation.

 

I'm itching to get back to KD, I love what they did to spruce up the place.

 

Such is why I hope KD continues with restoring the nostalgia... I think this new ride tech going into Wonder Mountain at CW would be a great fit for Volcano. I'm sure there is room to put a dark ride back into the mountain.

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Volcano is one of, if not the most popular ride in the park. Smurf Mountain was much less popular and probably required them to shell out a lot of money for the IP rights. It was also an IP that was losing popularity each year.

 

While Smurf Mountain looks like it was very cool, Volcano is a huge draw and has been for well over a decade.

 

You're probably right about Smurf Mountain. The old Haunted River ride was fun, but pretty cheesy--the best part was the ridiculously steep drop at the end.

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I really wonder why they chose to remove the old rides to build volcano. The coaster is great and all, it just seems odd to remove what sounds like an excellently themed area with several rides... and toss an ugly (sorry, but it's hard to argue with me)

 

100% disagree with that. i think Volcano is one of the most impressive coaster sights there is. when you walk up, you of course see that huge mountain, and a very nice entrance and sign, which frame that track coming out the top of the mountain and wrapping around -- honestly it looks more amazing than it actually is.

 

coaster on top of the mountain left behind. I guess in those days it just made sense to squeeze in a new coaster. Shame I wasn't able to experience it before the transformation.

 

time shaft was just a rotor with a big disco ball and loud music. nothing special. honestly the long, dark cave that made up the queue was the best part.

 

Smurf Mountain was a 2mph incredibly slow powered-train ride through a bunch of smurf dioramas. kinda cool i guess if you are a young child, but 0 out of 100 on a thrill or adult-amusement scale.

 

haunted river was really low budget and falling apart the last time i rode it. i mean we are not talking Disney-level effects here. the final drop was fun though.

 

that's really it ... Volcano may be just a single low capacity ride, but it's a pretty good coaster and it's not like it's replacing any superstar rides.

 

I'm itching to get back to KD, I love what they did to spruce up the place.

 

me too!!

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100% disagree with that. i think Volcano is one of the most impressive coaster sights there is. when you walk up, you of course see that huge mountain, and a very nice entrance and sign, which frame that track coming out the top of the mountain and wrapping around -- honestly it looks more amazing than it actually is.

 

Totally agreed. People bash on Volcano's appearance but I think it's gorgeous!

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