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This is a random Kings Dominion question: Since Virginia moved to State Fair right down the street from KD, has this increased or decreased the crowds? I was thinking about hitting KD on Saturday and I just realized the State Fair started, I was hoping for light crowds. Any insight?

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This is a random Kings Dominion question: Since Virginia moved to State Fair right down the street from KD, has this increased or decreased the crowds? I was thinking about hitting KD on Saturday and I just realized the State Fair started, I was hoping for light crowds. Any insight?

 

Last year we went Saturday and Sunday during the State Fair and we could practically walk onto every ride. During the summer months it wasnt that bad either. Of course Volcano was always the exception.

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This is off-topic, and it has probably been brought up before, but I think that Kings Dominion should get a GCI woodie one of these days. I haven't been to Kings Dominion, and I probably won't make it there for a while, but looking at their lineup, it seems that one thing that they're lacking is a top-notch woodie. Rebel Yell looks like a pretty good woodie, but I don't think it looks top-notch (correct me if I'm wrong). The GCIs at VF, WOF, and CGA have all been successful, so KD receiving something similar would be great. I think that an RMC would also be a good fit for KD, but until Cedar Fair starts doing business with RMC, I don't see it happening.

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Is the last day of the season still Haunt?

 

Sunday, November 2nd is the last operating day of the 2014 season. There is NO Haunt on that day (regular operations | Noon - 8pm). The last day of Haunt is Saturday, November 1st (park hours 10:30 AM - Midnight).

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I hate living so far away from I305...

 

I'd love to see a GCI replace Hurler. But if RMC can do to it what they did with Thunder Run at KK, that might be almost as good. Does RMC have a non-compete clause or something with Six Flags where they won't work with Cedar Fair parks?

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Does anyone have any information about the trim break on the Dominator. I was at the park yesterday morning and the first train out in the morning the at the top of the lift grabbed and also the 2nd trim before the break run. Later in the afternoon it was still grabbing before the midcourse break run. Any ideas why from all my trips to the park never had that experience

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I was at King's Dominion this past Saturday, and while we only got to do one maze--Club Blood--because one of my sisters wasn't feeling well, I will say that it did make my younger sister cry...and it was fantastic. I may be terrible for saying that, but it was great. She's 14 and had never done any sort of haunted house before. When we were waiting in line a vampire came out the exit and just pointed at her and slowly backed inside. And then did it again right before we went in. Needless to say, she was absolutely terrified. And then inside the maze, of course they are going to go after the small girl in the pink jacket. Too easy. But I'm going back on Friday and definitely looking forward to finishing everything up. It seems as good as last years and when you're used to Howl-O-Scream, Haunt really kicks it up a notch!

 

Side note: we got to witness a Volcano rollback and evac. We were the next people too. If only we had gotten on the previous car!

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I went to the park Friday night (7-midnight) and Saturday morning (10-1) for my final trip of the season. We left at 1 knowing the park was going to be near capacity on Saturday.

Overall thoughts on Haunt 2014:

-Love the return of Maze of Madness, it was actually everyone's favorite maze of the night

-Cleaver Brothers Carnival was loaded with scare-actors, best zone of the night

-Longest maze wait was 10 mins, and that was for Club Blood

-Weren't any bad mazes for the first time ever, even Bloodbath had a few scares

-I really miss having a maze in WWC. Please bring one back, that area of the park seems so sad w/o one

-Five seasons down, and Intimidator 305 is still glass smooth <3 Reached 110 rides this season

 

From best to worst of the night I'd rank:

Mazes-

1) Maze of Madness (love to see how they improve it next year)

2) Zombie High (much better than last year)

3) SlaughterHouse

4) CornStalkers

5) Club Blood

6) Doll Factory

7) No Vacancy (weaker this year, but still good)

8) Outbreak

9) Blue Ridge Bloodbath

Zones-

1) Cleaver Brothers Carnival

2) The Lair (big surprise)

3) Feary Tales

4) IronWorX (love the new details)

5) Necropolis

6) The Ruins (very small this season)

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We made the 6 hour drive to Kings Dominion this weekend and visited on Saturday. We always try to visit once a year as we really enjoy this park. The park was packed, but that's nothing Fast Lane Plus couldn't fix... I really think this park has my favorite skip the line program of anyone. The way the Fastlane lines are set up you don't wait more than 10 minutes for anything and this is on a Haunt Saturday when it's over 70 degrees and every single coaster had a line spilling out the entrance (even rides like Grizzly and Anaconda which unfortunately weren't on the system). Just to give you an idea of the crowds... Volcano had a 2 1/2 hour wait, Intimidator had a 90 minute wait that went all the way out to Flight of Fear... even Windseeker's line was all the way over to the Skycoaster. All of those rides were less than 10 minutes on Fast Lane plus. It was worth every penny.

 

I won't bore everyone with the details of everything we rode, but there were a few stand-out things from our visit. We didn't do any of the mazes but we did watch the Skeleton Crew show which we're a big fan of.

 

1) I305 is flat out amazing. Everyone knows this already but it has to be said.

 

2) Dominator is my favorite floorless by a wide margin. In the very back row this ride absolutely rips you down the drop almost like it forgot it was a B&M for a second and the hang time in the loop is really awesome... I love the pop of air off the mid course too. This is a very underrated coaster as it unfairly gets grouped in with all of the other fun but forceless floorless coasters.

 

3) Flight of Fear is awesome. I don't know why this ride is so much smoother than the one at Kings Island but it really is. This is another highly underrated ride.

 

4) I want to sincerely apologize to Kings Dominion for what we did to the flyers. We may have ridden these more than anything else in the park since they were on Fastlane. While they're not on the same level as the ones at Knoebels you can really get these things snapping and they make some great crashing and banging sounds along the way.

 

5) Any park that leaves the flume open in October deserves recognition for being awesome... so good job Kings Dominion. This is one of my favorite flumes and we ended up riding it 3 times. In the middle of the day it had a pretty decent line (though not for us) and we ended up on the last log of the night since the ride closes at 7 PM. That ride was pretty cold but still a lot of fun.

 

6) I want to preface this by saying that I know this ride sucks... but I really, really liked Anaconda. I could hear everyone else on the train groaning... my girlfriend who was sitting right next to me hated it, but for some reason it didn't bang my head once. I'm 6'4 so maybe that has something to do with it... I really don't know but I loved my ride on Anaconda and could have ridden it all day if it were on Fastlane and if my girlfriend wouldn't have ended up with head trauma. We rode in the first row of the back car... I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. I just got off of this ride confused about why I liked it so much.

 

7) We rode Grizzly for the first time in years and really enjoyed it. I don't know why we don't ride this more often... the location is ridiculously stupid though.

 

8) Do those mushrooms ever sing or do they just sit there?

 

Overall we had a great day at the park as we always do. I actually really like going during Haunt because of the long hours (10:30 to Midnight). Between that and Fastlane Plus we got a ton of rides in.

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I visited 2 weeks ago and I agree, the surprise for me was how great Grizzly was running. I took several laps on this ride whereas on past visits it was a "one and done". Whatever they did, they deserve some recognition because it was first time I can say I truly had an enjoyable ride on the Grizzly.

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^^ I 100% agree with you on Dominator. It simply blows all of the other floorless coasters (at least the ones I've ridden so far) out of the water. It was amazing at Six Flags/Geauga Lake, and it's still amazing at Kings Dominion.

 

Also, with your comment about the seat on Anaconda. This is what we lovingly refer to as "the magic seat" (first row of the last car). On Arrows and Vekomas, this tends to be the smoothest seat on the ride. Even some of the mind-blowingly rough ones sometimes ride fairly smooth in that seat.

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