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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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Alright- guess what time it is? TRIP REPORT TIME!! ok, so this TR will be relatively short, and photos are a no- for this one. I have some, but they are not worth sharing. So we only went in the evening, and managed to get a few rides in. It was actually really crowded for a Tuesday! We got a walk on on Dominator, in the back row. Then we got a ride on the drop zone and had dinner- the cheesesteaks were actually not half bad, but eat them right away! Mine was cold. After that, we hopped another ride on drop zone and headed to the wind seeker. Then,we did Ricochet and Rebel yell before going to volcano for an evening ride. On our way out, I got another walk on on Dominator and with that our night ended. I guess some reviews are in order:

 

Dominator (2): good as always, I noticed little to no B&M rattle tonight, which was a pleasant surprise. 8.5/10

 

Drop Zone (2): very good drop, great views, short lines, just don't ride right after dinner. 8/10

 

Windseeker: glorified observation tower, good views, a good break from the crowds. Relaxing. 6.5/10

 

Ricochet: Good little wild mouse with a cool drop. A bit jerky. 5/10

 

Rebel Yell: sweet racing woodie, a bit rough tonight, and operations were a bit slow. 7/10

 

Volcano: surprisingly long lines for a Tuesday (40 min.) but the (short) ride is worth it. 9/10

 

Side note: I did not ride I305 tonight. Seeing as I come here every week, I just didn't find the time for it. It was a choice between Volcano and I305, and I chose Volcano just because I hadn't ridden it in awhile. However, I305 blows all the other coasters there out of the water. I'll go ahead and review it here:

 

Intimidator 305: Front row!!! Insane ejector air, everything is intense! Best seat: 1st row right side! 10/10

 

Thanks for reading, if you even read it.

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I know its a bit late, but I've done my Haunt auditions, and I hope I get to go for year number three! I'm hoping to be placed in one of the outside areas, the two that I'm interested in are Necropolis, and the one that isn't surprising at all for me to be interested in Feary Tales.

 

Also, on another note - I wonder if Kings Dominion is going to get a water park expansion soon. Then again, from memory serving I don't think any of the "new" Cedar Fair parks got any water park upgrades.

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Also, on another note - I wonder if Kings Dominion is going to get a water park expansion soon. Then again, from memory serving I don't think any of the "new" Cedar Fair parks got any water park upgrades.

 

2015 will be the year. Kings Island, Cedar Point, Dorney Park, Carowinds, ect. have all gotten water park upgrades in the past 3 seasons.

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Just Rode Intimidator for the first time last week! I was scared to hell that it was going to be closed for Thunderstorms when I got to the park, but it turned out NO one was there and even with one train I got 14 night rides. It cracked my top five into the number 4 slot behind Voyage, MForce, and Goliath Walibi. Such an intense beast and would be unquestionably in the two spot without the OTSRs and the mega trim near the end of the ride. KD has a massively good steel coaster collection with I305, Volcano, FOF, BExpress, Dominator, Shockwave, Anaconda and Avalanche. Lots of variety and world class stuff there.

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Went to the park today for the first time. Thanks to all those they gave advice about 10 pages back. The tip to go to Volcano is critical. I was on the second train and shortly after that there was a really long wait. Almost everything was a walk on even with 1 train ops. I 305 was about a three train wait but only running 1.

 

I was very surprised at how much I liked Rebel Yell over Racer. I live across the street from KI and was wierded out a bit with the similarities in the park but Rebel Yell had a lot more airtime than Racer. My only problem was why can't the exit just exit onto the path it is inches from instead of wrapping around for a half mile. Also I was pleasantly surprised with Avalanche. I had high expectations of I 305 and it far exceeded my expectations. The park also has a lot more trees on International street and in the center of the park which is a nice bonus. I had some King Kobra flashbacks on Shockwave. On my way out I was asked to do a survey about FunTV. The questions were just like the questions and info that was given during Banshee Bash.

 

Thanks for all the tips. I had a great time but I still like Ki better Got to support my local park.

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I'm glad you enjoyed the park, especially Intimidator 305 and Rebel Yell. Rebel Yell in the middle of a car (non-wheel seat) is still one of my favorite woodies out there... I enjoy it much, much more than KI's Racer and Carowinds' Thunder Road.

 

I've been on both Thunder Road and Racer, and I'm going to Kings Dominion in a few weeks. I hope its as fun as you claim

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Was at Kings Dominion today on a very casual trip. Saw shows, went to the top of the eiffel tower, and only rode a few roller coasters. I also looked for those markings in Water Works, but couldn't find them. Can someone please tell me exactly where they are? Is it possible they're gone? Other than that, two things caught my eye while I was there.

 

First thing is that my favorite of the four shrooms is missing an eyelid. The poor chap looks like he had a rough night.

 

Second thing, is that I noticed the walk way path for the Hurler has a bunch of footers that surround the pathway. I took a photo of a few to show you what I mean. Anyone know why those are there?

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Went to the park today for the first time. Thanks to all those they gave advice about 10 pages back. The tip to go to Volcano is critical. I was on the second train and shortly after that there was a really long wait. Almost everything was a walk on even with 1 train ops. I 305 was about a three train wait but only running 1.

 

I was very surprised at how much I liked Rebel Yell over Racer. I live across the street from KI and was wierded out a bit with the similarities in the park but Rebel Yell had a lot more airtime than Racer. My only problem was why can't the exit just exit onto the path it is inches from instead of wrapping around for a half mile. Also I was pleasantly surprised with Avalanche. I had high expectations of I 305 and it far exceeded my expectations. The park also has a lot more trees on International street and in the center of the park which is a nice bonus. I had some King Kobra flashbacks on Shockwave. On my way out I was asked to do a survey about FunTV. The questions were just like the questions and info that was given during Banshee Bash.

 

Thanks for all the tips. I had a great time but I still like Ki better Got to support my local park.

 

 

Glad you had a great time at Kings Dominion and that most of the rides were walk ons for you!

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Is it just me, or has Kings Dominion really not been crowded at all this season? In years past, the park has built up some really packed days, but it seems like this year hasn't really gotten that crowded. I think the longest line I've waited in all season has been 45 minutes (of course, for Volcano)

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Is it just me, or has Kings Dominion really not been crowded at all this season? In years past, the park has built up some really packed days, but it seems like this year hasn't really gotten that crowded. I think the longest line I've waited in all season has been 45 minutes (of course, for Volcano)

 

I was actually wondering the same thing. Other than my visit to KD during spring break, the park has been pretty dead every other time I've gone so far this season. I went yesterday and the park was only somewhat crowded in the waterpark. I ended up waiting 1 train for I-305 at around 4:00, and not 20 minutes later, I practically walked onto Dominator.

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I know recently Friday July 18 - Sunday July 20 was some of the most crowded days of the season, so I've heard. On that Saturday the season pass parking lot was full and the regular parking lot was practically full (including the gravel lots). Needless to say, if you go on a Saturday, you'll be waiting (especially during Haunt!).

 

Another thing is, I've noticed this season is operations are doing well, moving faster, and having more trains/staff on weekdays which is always a plus.

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I have a ? concerning Hurler, I've never ridden the one at Kings Dominion as I've never been, I've ridden the one at Carowinds, and since they're pretty much identical from the looks of it, I figured i'd ask my question here, since this thread is busier.

 

Growing up, Wayne's World was one of my favorite movies, so in the Paramount days, how themed was Hurler, I get that the station is supposed to be a TV Studio, I guess like the one Waynes World is filmed in?? Also, did the one at Kings Dominion, have a Stan [ Totally Blanking On The Last Name] restaurant with the hockey player on top, out front? I'm sure it wasn't a Batman or Disney themed level, but was it at least somewhat themed to it?

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I have a ? concerning Hurler, I've never ridden the one at Kings Dominion as I've never been, I've ridden the one at Carowinds, and since they're pretty much identical from the looks of it, I figured i'd ask my question here, since this thread is busier.

 

Growing up, Wayne's World was one of my favorite movies, so in the Paramount days, how themed was Hurler, I get that the station is supposed to be a TV Studio, I guess like the one Waynes World is filmed in?? Also, did the one at Kings Dominion, have a Stan [ Totally Blanking On The Last Name] restaurant with the hockey player on top, out front? I'm sure it wasn't a Batman or Disney themed level, but was it at least somewhat themed to it?

 

yes they have a whole "waynes world" area with a Stan Mikita's and other rock n roll stuff. they used to have a stretched customized AMC Gremlin like in the movie, too. it was all de-themed when Cedar Fair took over.

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A question also regarding Hurler; Has the Kings Dominion version's first turn been re-tracked like Carowinds' Hurler? I noticed it made a huge difference in ride experience from the latter. I'm heading up to KD soon, so I just want to know.

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^ Nope, but it wasn't in quite as bad shape as Carowinds'... but still in awful condition. Carowinds' is better now after the retracking this offseason obviously.

 

I never though Carowinds version was as awful as people made it out to be.. It wasn't a great coaster by any means, but I was expecting a wooden version of SFOG'S Ninja the way people were talking.

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