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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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Has anyone stayed at the cabins in the campground, and if so, how would they compare to Lighthouse Point at CP? Looking to go with a small (8ish) group. We can do it in a day, but with kids we don't want to rush everything. This seems to be the cheaper route than one of the sponsored hotels across the street.

 

Also, why the early closing late May/ early June after Memorial Day during the week?

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Easter Sunday isn't a bad day to visit. I went to Carowinds last year on a rainy cold Good Friday and it was pretty crowded that day. When I passed by the park on Sunday it appeared to be empty. I think that would be a good day to visit either park as well. Also another good day for KD was the weekend right after Halloween this year. Everything was a walk on on the Saturday after Halloween when I went this year.

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I plan on going to Carowinds for Easter Weekend. But I'm also thinking about making that 4hr drive to Kings Dominion for that weekend as well. Anybody know is that a good idea, or should I just wait to see what 2016 may bring?

 

2016 is rumored to be the next big year for Kings Dominion and quite possibly the year for Kings Dominion's next MAJOR coaster.

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Eddie, I stayed at the new deluxe cabins for a week last October. They were great, the staff were very accommodating, and there is a free shuttle to the park (although I didn't use it, since with the Platinum Pass, I could just park for free.)

 

I'd highly recommend it as opposed to the chain hotels across the street. Also, those hotels and the campgrounds are quite near a freight train route, and at least the cabins, with the tree cover and the setting seemed to drown a lot of that out. The Country Inn and Suites across the street seems to have the train go right behind it, and I am sure it would be noisy.

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Eddie, I stayed at the new deluxe cabins for a week last October. They were great, the staff were very accommodating, and there is a free shuttle to the park (although I didn't use it, since with the Platinum Pass, I could just park for free.)

 

I'd highly recommend it as opposed to the chain hotels across the street. Also, those hotels and the campgrounds are quite near a freight train route, and at least the cabins, with the tree cover and the setting seemed to drown a lot of that out. The Country Inn and Suites across the street seems to have the train go right behind it, and I am sure it would be noisy.

 

Thanks for the input! Are they "roomy", and what kind of "privacy" do they have. I understand the whole campground atmosphere, but the ones at CP seemed t be right on top of each other and the neighbors were rightherebesideyou.

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A lot of the secondary schools around Richmond seem to have break April 6-10, which appears to be reflected in the operating schedule. I was at the park for the April 12-13 weekend last season and crowds were pretty light. Only Volcano and Backlot built up any real queues.

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I don't mean to change the topic, but I'd like to give my take on 2016 speculation at Kings Dominion.

Most speculation (haven't really heard any solid rumors at all) points towards a coaster of some kind in 2016. At first glance, this seems fairly likely, as six years seems like a decently long break between coasters, especially at one of the larger Cedar Fair parks with the attendance numbers these years (~1.5 million range). However, for me, these are the only signs pointing towards a coaster next year. Yes, I-305 was the same year as Carowinds' Intimidator, and we all know that Carowinds has Fury 325 essentially ready to open. But when you look closer, the two Intimidator's were nearly exactly the same price in 2010 and Carowinds is a comparable size/scale to KD. But Fury was the result of CF choosing that park for growth. That ride as it is would not be without that $50 million (not saying no coaster, but not a $30 million giga). KD is not one of CF's four biggest parks (CP, KI, Wonderland, Knotts), nor one of its selected growth parks. This, along with the steady stream of moderate scale investments since Intimidator (Windseeker, Planet Snoopy, 40th/Soak City), lead me to believe that they aren't necessarily "saving" for a major investment. Add on all the mishaps/additional expenses due to I-305 (2010 wheel problems, first turn, stuck on the lift, downtime, etc.) as well as the fairly obvious fact that this coaster's popularity with the GP does not live up to it's scale and potential, and I don't believe CF is jumping out of their seats looking to throw millions at KD, just yet.

 

Another indicator for me is to look elsewhere in the chain. For the last five to ten years, CF has done 1-2 major coaster projects. One in recent years (excl. '10 and '13). Spending around $30 million/year chainwide on coasters doesn't leave much up for grabs, and with CP's supposed dive coaster in 2016 and Canada's Wonderland supposed coaster in 2016, I don't see the capital for KD. Even Valleyfair might be more of a priority than KD for a coaster. Now, that's not to say they couldn't split up the budget (or, spend more than most years), but even then I don't see more than two projects in a single year.

 

Maybe I'm wrong and 2016 is the year. That would be awesome; I'm all for it. In my mind, I just don't necessarily see it happening.

 

Now that I've posted all this, watch them go ahead and announce last rides on Hurler, Grizzly, Shockwave or Anaconda opening day.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Last week I got to go on a winter tour of construction for the park and they have alot of great plans to revitalize the water park. and so far it looks Great. Here are some pics I got, enjoy

 

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Shoot the curl is completely gone. I think they said a food area will go here. There will also be a walkway along Rebel yell to make a loop in the old water park section

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Baja bends getting some new paint

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Lazy river will have an exit on both sides.

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New kids splash area

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Slide pieces have arrived

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Assembling the slide pieces. The steel structure has not arrived yet.

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Storing them in the empty wave pool for now with the star of KD supervising construction.

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footers and splash pool seem close to being finished.

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Hurricane Heights will be between the new wave pool and Pipeline Peak.

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I305 chasis

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I305 train

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New wheels

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Naked front car

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can't wait to ride again

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Stunt coaster

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Volcano train

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Shockwave harnesses

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The 2015 season park map has arrived! https://www.kingsdominion.com/images/uploads/file/KD15-045%20Park%20Map%20And%20Guide%20Final(1).pdf

 

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I do like it better than last years since it looks more full and complete. It has some trees along with names on the major attractions and overall just looks better.

 

It also lists the new shows for the 2015 season!

Cirque Imagine: June 20 - September 7 Kings Dominion Theater

PEANUTS Palooza: March 29 - October 31 Grand Bandstand

Charlie Brown's Happy Campers: March 29 - October 31 PEANUTS Playhouse

 

Returning shows for 2015 include...

The Lost World 3D: Action Theater

Open Mic Karaoke: Grove Stage

Schroeder's Sing Along: PEANUTS Playhouse

All Wheels Sports: PEANUTS Showplace

PEANUTS Meet & Greet: Planet Snoopy

 

I believe we may see another show announced for the Grand Bandstand once the Dominion at Dusk arrangements are made for the peak of summer to go along with the fountains, light show, and fireworks.

 

The Cirque Imagine show should be great - I only heard fantastic reviews of the Cirque show at Kings Island last season!

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