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Kings Dominion just tweeted out about a water park expansion for 2015. Yes, this looks like the same slide complex they are pushing around the parks.

 

 

Major WaterWorks Expansion New for 2015 at Kings Dominion

 

Slide complex and splash zone among new additions to Virginia’s premier water park

 

DOSWELL, VA (August 21, 2014) – Kings Dominion is adding a splash to its 40th anniversary celebration with a major expansion to its 20-acre water park, WaterWorks. The newly expanded water park will open to the public in the spring of 2015.

 

In addition to the water slides, rides and wave pool that have been a part of WaterWorks, the new expansion features elements that spell fun for the whole family including a mega water slide complex, a family-friendly splash zone, expanded cabana accommodations and amenities that will enhance the overall water park experience for guests.

 

The 65-foot tall slide complex features three thrilling new attractions. On Paradise Plunge, thrill-seekers will step into one of three chambers and wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them in a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of loops and s-curves in a translucent flume. Aqua Blast will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re dropped out into a pool of water. A wet and wild adventure will await guests on Thunder Falls as they climb into a single or double raft before being launched down a series of intense drops and turns.

 

 

Splash Island will be a space geared toward younger guests and their parents and will double the current size of the children’s options available in WaterWorks. Features include small slides designed for young children and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground, as well as overhead. Little ones can let their imaginations run wild as they get soaked underneath large cascading flowers, take a trip down a slide, or pump and direct water that shoots out from one of the many splash pad creatures.

 

Splash Island will also offer options for parents and family members looking to relax and soak up the sun in the adjacent lounge area while they watch the children play.

 

In addition to expanded pool-side cabanas, upgraded bath houses and additional restrooms are also part of the water park expansion plans.

 

“This major expansion to WaterWorks will allow family members of all generations to experience water park fun together with our new splash zone,” Kings Dominion’s vice-president and general manager Pat Jones said. “We are keeping with our traditions of providing entertainment and fun to all ages. We chose this six-slide complex to give our thrill-seeking guests a completely new water slide experience and Splash Island to provide a relaxing environment for more family fun.”

 

WaterWorks will continue to be available at no extra charge for Kings Dominion visitors. “We’re happy to offer two parks for the price of one,” says Jones. “The improved look and feel of WaterWorks will add to our guest’s experience. We can’t wait to share that with them.”

 

Guests who want to be among the first to experience the exciting new additions to Kings Dominion’s water park can purchase a 2015 Season Pass now at the absolute lowest price online at kingsdominion.com or at the park during public operating days through November 3.

 

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair also owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in California under a management contract.

 

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Wait, there is actually going to be a safari-themed ride in Safari Village? Is that allowed? 🤣

My money, in all seriousness, is on Tiki Twirl.  CF already has a logo drawn up and everything.

He has a lot more history with Kings Dominion than just 2 years. You also forgot that Carnival and Winterfest also came in under him (I know they aren't rides, but I feel they are big improvements for

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It's not a bad water park (just a bit dated), and I've no problem with them expanding and improving it. Water Works is a big draw for KD, so this move makes sense.

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It's not a bad water park (just a bit dated), and I've no problem with them expanding and improving it. Water Works is a big draw for KD, so this move makes sense.

 

Chuck, water parks are always a big draw for the parks that have the 2 for 1 thing.

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Going with KD's current trend, with the addition will also bring a refresh of the whole area including new paint on slides, signage, ect. Now that the park has improved every area of the dry park, WaterWorks is definitely next on the list and next year is the time to do it. I also love the placement of this complex as it will bring a better flow to the water park. I'm interested to find out where Splash Island will go, but that will be the perfect fit for the replacement of Snoopy's Splash Dance in Planet Snoopy. The only disappointment I have is I was hoping for a rename of the water park to "Hurricane Reef" (it's original name) as a part of the second part of the 40th Celebration.

 

I'm sure we'll see plenty more bringing back the past next year as well as general park improvements while getting that budget ready for the next large investment. Bring on the 2016 roller coaster.

 

I've attached a photo of the slide complex.

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Haunt XIV construction update & some goodies

 

I was at the park on Wednesday for my final trip of the summer before Haunt season arrives and took some shots of the new Maze of Madness in Dodgem and SlaughterHouse and thought I'd share. I also snapped some other shots and picked a few. Enjoy!

 

Also, I was shocked with the crowd at the park. It was a nice day and I guess everyone was getting their back to school trips in. I did manage to hit all the big rides with multiple rides on Intimidator 305 of course and Windseeker.

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Maze of Madness Construction

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Maze of Madness Construction

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Maze of Madness front facade

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SlaughterHouse front facade

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Obligatory KD shot - so much prettier than KI's International Street

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Mandatory 305 shot - nice try Fury 325, but you won't even compare

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Feeling artsy with Americana - I love all the new landscaping this season, thanks Matt Ouimet

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SlaughterHouse front facade

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I'm very pleased with this addition. I also was hoping that the water park would be renamed, but those capsule floor drop slides are crazy! Glad to be getting them! Some mat racers also would've been nice too. Well this kills the rumors of shoot the curl leaving, right? Part of me wonders if they'll be announcing any more small stuff over the winter about next year. Hopefully they'll announce some cool fun, small things.

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The ride Ops won't let you reride i305 more than twice without getting out of your seat. If you want to continue riding after that then you have to walk around. I assume that's because of its intensity. ERT is better and very doable.

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I'll ride it next year, but how often do you gray out? It seems a bit TOO intense.

 

I gray out during the first big turn after the initial drop, but that's the only spot. It's a great ride, but very intense.

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The ride Ops won't let you reride i305 more than twice without getting out of your seat. If you want to continue riding after that then you have to walk around. I assume that's because of its intensity. ERT is better and very doable.

 

I've never even had an I305 op let me re-ride with an empty station.

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But i305 is worser in intensity than Maverick?

Umm... many people consider I-305 to be one of the most intense coasters in the world. Comparing the two is all your opinion. But... please learn some grammar. Please.

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I would agree that I305 is more intense than Maverick (although I prefer the latter ride--slightly).

 

It's a different kind of intensity. I305's first corner certainly trumps Maverick (and almost anything i've ridden) with regard to the intensity of sustained positive G forces.

 

Maverick, on the other hand, beats me up a whole heck of a lot more and has the more severe transitional forces which are no doubt amplified by getting slammed into the restraints. Even still, the first months of I305's operation with the Maverick-style restraints gave me much less of a pounding than Maverick does.

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The ride Ops won't let you reride i305 more than twice without getting out of your seat. If you want to continue riding after that then you have to walk around. I assume that's because of its intensity. ERT is better and very doable.

 

I've never even had an I305 op let me re-ride with an empty station.

I've gotten it once or twice, but even when it did happen, they wouldn't let me ride more than twice in a row without getting up and going back around.

 

And Maverick needs the i305 restraints! I don't get why they haven't installed them! Its probably just cuz of CF's relationship with intamin. But even so, that ride with those restraints is not a good combo.

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The ride Ops won't let you reride i305 more than twice without getting out of your seat. If you want to continue riding after that then you have to walk around. I assume that's because of its intensity. ERT is better and very doable.

 

I've never even had an I305 op let me re-ride with an empty station.

I've gotten it once or twice, but even when it did happen, they wouldn't let me ride more than twice in a row without getting up and going back around.

 

And Maverick needs the i305 restraints! I don't get why they haven't installed them! Its probably just cuz of CF's relationship with intamin. But even so, that ride with those restraints is not a good combo.

 

Really? I've been able to get 4 rides in a row with out going around, one in the front row, 5th row, 10th row, and last row without going around. I had the opportunity for a 5th ride but decided to go meet up with some friends.

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