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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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I hope Kings Dominion replaces all the asphalt in Candy Apple Grove with new brick pavers with next year's

"Project Remove Shockwave" Candy Apple Grove expansion.

 

They probably will. It seems like Cedar Fair is trying to get KD to be the nicest looking park behind Canada's Wonderland.

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I'm not sure if something was supposed to happen at the gas pumps?

 

The helicopter is supposed to move and look like it is shooting at you, and there are supposed to be fire effects. It's often all broken though which makes it pretty awkward when you just sit there and nothing happens.

 

Ah. That does make a lot more sense then. Maybe it'd be better if those effects aren't running, for it to skip the stop and just push right through into the dark part, but even still, it was pretty good.

 

I really don't get why people want Backlot removed. It's a pretty intense ride in a small space.

 

People want it removed? I can't understand why. Shockwave, sure. Hurler, YES PLEASE. Backlot though? I would have liked to re-ride it but I'll save it for next time, and I have a feeling my kid will really enjoy it too (especially the helix!).

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I really don't get why people want Backlot removed. It's a pretty intense ride in a small space.

 

Does anyone want it removed? It's ridiculously popular and has mass appeal. Good luck with that... lol

 

Personally I love it.

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^ The theming has aged with the ride in its 10th season this year, but to be honest it wouldn't be worth the investment to re-theme the ride. Personally, I'd like a general spruce up - Give the ride some paint, replace the billboard wrappings, and change the Downtown Los Angeles signage to 'Downtown Richmond'. Kings Island could change theirs to 'Downtown Cincinnati' and Wonderland could change theirs to 'Downtown Toronto'.

 

I always thought some greenery and the color scheme like in the ride's original renderings would have made the ride look better and fit in more with the Congo/Safari Village area.

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I say they add some water features, wrap the queue around the parking garage, and tie it in to Soak City with a beach road trip theme. Tear up the fake road out front and plant some trees to separate it from Safari Village and give that seating area a more woodsy feel.

 

If there really is an I-305 re-theme coming, all you'd have left to deal with is Flight of Fear - replace the pavement, plant some trees, and re-work it as a hidden government research lab. Heck, say that the new I-305 is whatever beast they cooked up in there (loose Jurassic World quote) and you've got a full Safari Village at relatively minimal cost.

 

/dream

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^ Well the rumor went around for a while was that the reason Intimidator 305 is red and yellow is because it was supposed to create an area similar to X-Base at Kings Island with Flight of Fear and FireHawk... That is until Cedar Fair purchased and signed the agreement with Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Intimidator at Carowinds and then decided to use the name/theme for both rides since they were paying for the rights and they figured it would be a bigger draw. I don't know how much of this is true, but it would have been interesting to see what it would have looked like if they went for a FireHawk-like theme.

 

Realistically, if they re-theme the ride I'd still love to see that theming come to the park. I feel like it would be easier to do with what they have than to turn the ride into a Safari Village themed ride.

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^ Well the rumor went around for a while was that the reason Intimidator 305 is red and yellow is because it was supposed to create an area similar to X-Base at Kings Island with Flight of Fear and FireHawk... That is until Cedar Fair purchased and signed the agreement with Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Intimidator at Carowinds and then decided to use the name/theme for both rides since they were paying for the rights and they figured it would be a bigger draw. I don't know how much of this is true, but it would have been interesting to see what it would have looked like if they went for a FireHawk-like theme.

 

Realistically, if they re-theme the ride I'd still love to see that theming come to the park. I feel like it would be easier to do with what they have than to turn the ride into a Safari Village themed ride.

 

I hate how generic those sections are, so I would hope that Cedar Fair would move away from them in the future, but so be it - just call that area something different, and maybe flesh it out with a flat, a walk-up food stand, and a bathroom for good measure.

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According to John Pagel, the former park PR Manager, putting a restroom in near Intimidator 305 and Flight of Fear would be very costly because the park's existing infrastructure doesn't have sewer lines past the current restrooms near the entrance to Safari Village so it would all have to be added and require everything to be torn up that's in the way. I believe the price was ballparked around 2.5-3 million dollars (back in 2010 when 305 was added) just for a restroom?

 

I've never really understood the complaints for a restroom back there. It takes about 2-3 minutes from Intimidator to get to the Safari Village restroom.

 

Anyways, I can't imagine them expanding in that area again until Anaconda is removed.

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According to John Pagel, the former park PR Manager, putting a restroom in near Intimidator 305 and Flight of Fear would be very costly because the park's existing infrastructure doesn't have sewer lines past the current restrooms near the entrance to Safari Village so it would all have to be added and require everything to be torn up that's in the way. I believe the price was ballparked around 2.5-3 million dollars (back in 2010 when 305 was added) just for a restroom?

 

I've never really understood the complaints for a restroom back there. It takes about 2-3 minutes from Intimidator to get to the Safari Village restroom.

 

Anyways, I can't imagine them expanding in that area again until Anaconda is removed.

 

Port-a-johns. . for the true NASCAR race experience.

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According to John Pagel, the former park PR Manager, putting a restroom in near Intimidator 305 and Flight of Fear would be very costly because the park's existing infrastructure doesn't have sewer lines past the current restrooms near the entrance to Safari Village so it would all have to be added and require everything to be torn up that's in the way. I believe the price was ballparked around 2.5-3 million dollars (back in 2010 when 305 was added) just for a restroom?

 

 

Plumbing is always a pain.

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Kings Dominion is a great park! Just made my first trip there last week.

 

I305 was the best coaster I've ever been on. Maverick and Fury325 are close, but that ride is relentless from start to finish. Really made the park for me.

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Kings Dominion is a great park! Just made my first trip there last week.

 

I305 was the best coaster I've ever been on. Maverick and Fury325 are close, but that ride is relentless from start to finish. Really made the park for me.

 

Nice. Not everyone can handle the ferociousness of the ride haha

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Nice. Not everyone can handle the ferociousness of the ride haha

 

I definitely got tunnel vision, but that didn't stop me from riding it three times in a row. I would have done more, but I had to get on every coaster.

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