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We visited KD this weekend and had a really great time. I had been to this park twice before, visiting for two days each time, both in 2014. This was a 1.5 day visit.

 

Left home at 4:00 Sat AM and hit Theme Park Way right at 10:30. There was a delicious Wawa breakfast in between and miscellaneous stops along the way. Easy drive. Light traffic, lots of rain. At the park it rained off and on all morning (perfect!) and Intimidator was closed 'till afternoon. FoF was also down our first time by.

 

Hustled into the park and waited five cycles for a front row Volcano ride. Followed (roughly in order) with Avalanche, Backlot, Delirium, Rebel Yell, Blue Ridge Tollway (Antique Cars), Flying Eagles, I305 x3, FoF, Boob Lasters, Woodstock Express, Dominator x2, Grizzly, Dino Alive walkthru, Shendoah Lumber (logflume), Grizzly, Drop Zone, I305, Anaconda x2, Boob Lasters, Dominator. Spent an hour at the arcade too. As hoped, lines were minimal. We did pass on Ricochet and an afternoon Volcano reride after seeing moderate queues. Ate some fried chicken tenders, mashed taytos and macaroni &cheese. We had a slice of pizza later in the day and the lady in front of us bought two pies and drinks for five or six kids....$87.47.

 

As always, Woodstock Express was the real standout here. I305 was hauling tail and as exhilarating as ever . The Flyers are a decent set, got them snapping a bit. I kind of enjoyed Dino Alive, but I'm pretty nerdy. Delirium triggered a pet peeve so I found it uncomfortable. Afternoon cleared up beautifully and the crowds never came. Did the night at King's Quarters which was not a great value but extremely convenient.

 

Sunday was supposed to be wake up and drive home but we decided to swing in for a few last rides. It was WAY cold!! Flashed our passes for early entry and got in two quickies - back AND front - on Volcano before any wait formed. Frozen hands. Headed over to I305 to see it testing and groups being turned away. I was like "lets watch a ghost train on this beautiful machine" and next thing I know a group of four is walking through the entrance. They went to the back four seats and we got front row on the day's opening ride with no wait! Woohooo!! Just the six of us on the train. It was a weird experience. While still an incredibly fast ride, it was also very noticeably more sluggish than usual, which gave this odd slow-motion effect. For the first time ever I barely greyed out at all on the first turn.

 

 

The place was basically empty so we ended up staying way later than we should have and rode Avalanche, FoF, Boob Lasters, Bad Apple (awesome hilarious operator), Rebel Yell, Ricochet x2, Grizzly, Flyers & Dominator. Ricochet's first turn then immediate "large" drop is fun. With no line, we both voted for a reride. Great quick day at the park. Left at 1:30 and dealt with a nightmarish I-95. Used both EZPass express corridors, hauled it thru NJ, didn't stop for dinner, and got back at 10pm. Bleh! Still, great weekend.

 

Didn't take many pics but who can resist snapping a couple of Dom?

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Clear, crispy day.

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These look so different from each angle, they don't even appear to interlock here.

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Such majestic!

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I also happened to be wondering about the unused mounts

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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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So, my first visit to Kings Dominion is this weekend on Apr. 9, but the weather is making me extremely nervous. Temps in the low 50's, and possible RAIN and SNOW! This will also be my ONLY VISIT, and I'm not sure if I should take that chance or not. I could move my date to Sunday if I have to since the weather is a little better, but I'm not sure. My goal is to get three main coaster credits: I305, Dominator, and Volcano. If I could get those three credits I'll manage otherwise. Not to mention I have a 12+ drive from Alabama. Is it worth going with possible minimal crowds on Saturday, or wait till Sunday when most rides might be open?

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^I personally would wait and go Sunday if this will be your only chance this year to go. The temps will be a little warmer and less windy according to the forecast on weather.com.

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^I personally would wait and go Sunday if this will be your only chance this year to go. The temps will be a little warmer and less windy according to the forecast on weather.com.

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Thanks. I've been keeping check on the weather, and it seems to be improving a little. I hope it turns into Partly Sunny. That would be great!

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In my past experiences at KD, the temp may be low, but the crowds are also low. Lots of rerides to your hearts desire on those kind of days.

 

Awesome! I may just have to endure whatever comes and make the most of my day. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to get the main coasters and thrill rides in. I went to SFMM back in 2013 in November, and it was COLD, COLD! But all the major rides were open and everything was a walk on! I had a blast that day! I might have to take that chance again at KD and just have fun regardless.

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Yea you should be fine. Yes it may be cool out and it may rain but everything remains open unless there's a down pour, lightning or extremely high wind for Windseeker. So yea Windseeker maybe closed for the day. I'm taking my 5hr trip there from Charlotte myself on Saturday.

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Yea you should be fine. Yes it may be cool out and it may rain but everything remains open unless there's a down pour, lightning or extremely high wind for Windseeker. So yea Windseeker maybe closed for the day. I'm taking my 5hr trip there from Charlotte myself on Saturday.

 

Wind will also affect on I305, Drop Tower, Delirium and Dominator as well. When I went last Thursday, there were wind up to 20 mph and they weren't open until the afternoon when the winds died down a bit.

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Spring is in the Air at Kings Dominion

Get your taste buds ready as Kings Dominion celebrates food, family and fun during Spring Bloom

 

DOSEWLL, VA. (April 8, 2016) – Spring has sprung at Kings Dominion! Join us to celebrate the return of warmer weather at our third annual Spring Bloom Festival held Saturdays and Sundays, April 16 – May 15. Underneath the Eiffel Tower, four countries will meet for a culinary showcase featuring internationally inspired cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

 

Spring Bloom not only features delicious dishes, but also live entertainment, a free family-friendly concert and hands-on children’s activities. Spring Bloom is a month-long celebration that spells fun for the whole family with these special events:

 

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Internationally Inspired Cuisine – Join us under the Eiffel tower to sample flavors from Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Chef Paul Maloney will be using only the freshest local ingredients to put his own personal spin on these delicious international foods.

 

Local Drink Pairings – While enjoying tasty food, sip on a cold beer or a glass of wine! Chef Paul has teamed up with local breweries and wineries to offer the perfect pairings for his dishes. Enjoy a beer or wine from local favorites like Legend, Hardywood, James River Cellars and more!

 

Beautiful Atmosphere – Thousands of spring flowers are planted by our very own landscaping department, transforming International Street into a kaleidoscope of colors.

 

Sabrina Carpenter – Los Angeles-based multitalented singer/songwriter Sabrina Carpenter will perform hits from her debut album “Eyes Wide Open.” The concert is free with park admission. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Sabrina Carpenter will perform at the Kingswood Amphitheater on Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m.

 

Kid’s Activities – Bring the family to Planet Snoopy for fun arts and crafts! Try your hand at woodworking at the Lowes Build & Grow Workshop, or get creative with some flower pot decorating.

 

Live Entertainment – The Bandstand on International Street will become the Spring Bloom Stage, where we will feature live local entertainment throughout Spring Bloom!

 

There is something for everyone at Kings Dominion’s Annual Spring Bloom Festival! 2016 Season Passes are on sale now.

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So, my first visit to Kings Dominion is this weekend on Apr. 9, but the weather is making me extremely nervous. Temps in the low 50's, and possible RAIN and SNOW! This will also be my ONLY VISIT, and I'm not sure if I should take that chance or not. I could move my date to Sunday if I have to since the weather is a little better, but I'm not sure. My goal is to get three main coaster credits: I305, Dominator, and Volcano. If I could get those three credits I'll manage otherwise. Not to mention I have a 12+ drive from Alabama. Is it worth going with possible minimal crowds on Saturday, or wait till Sunday when most rides might be open?

I went when it was in the mid to high 40s with rain and everything was open without any lines. It was great, just very cold...

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So, my first visit to Kings Dominion is this weekend on Apr. 9, but the weather is making me extremely nervous. Temps in the low 50's, and possible RAIN and SNOW! This will also be my ONLY VISIT, and I'm not sure if I should take that chance or not. I could move my date to Sunday if I have to since the weather is a little better, but I'm not sure. My goal is to get three main coaster credits: I305, Dominator, and Volcano. If I could get those three credits I'll manage otherwise. Not to mention I have a 12+ drive from Alabama. Is it worth going with possible minimal crowds on Saturday, or wait till Sunday when most rides might be open?

I went when it was in the mid to high 40s with rain and everything was open without any lines. It was great, just very cold...

 

Thanks! I just made it to Virginia not too long ago. The weather so far is great! Cool, but not bad. I ask the locals and they said that's the BEST TIME TO GO! Less people means less waiting. True, IT"S TAKING A CHANCE with rides being closed, but I want know unless I go.

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BEST DECISION EVER! I had an AMAZING time at Kings Dominion today! The weather turned out great! It was still COLD though, but majority of the rides were open. The only rides closed were Windseeker, Drop Tower, and Dominator. The only reason Dominator wasn't opened was because maintenance was working on the ride all day. Sadly, I missed that amazing coaster credit. I cried just a little. LOL. All rides and attractions were a walk on! Today was truly great! I'm working on putting out a trip report soon! Kings Dominion was worth the 12+ hr drive from Alabama! WELL WORTH IT!

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Any Idea what this is all about?

That hump was on the 2015 map as well. Map renderings aren't meant to be layout descriptions, they're just meant for helping you get to the coaster. Only a few enthusiasts notice/care about minute details like that.

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We're thinking about going to the park this weekend as our #1 and #2 planned parks are either closed or don't have their new attraction open yet.

 

It has been a couple of years since we bought Platinum Passes but we're thinking of splurging and buying them this year. Anyone know if you buy them at the park, are they the same price as online ($204 for an adult)? I know that there is an early bird, cheaper ticket offer online in the fall, but we obviously missed the boat on that.

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Any Idea what this is all about?

 

 

If that really peaks your interest, perhaps you should check out the SF park maps. You could have a hay day with those!

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We're thinking about going to the park this weekend as our #1 and #2 planned parks are either closed or don't have their new attraction open yet.

 

It has been a couple of years since we bought Platinum Passes but we're thinking of splurging and buying them this year. Anyone know if you buy them at the park, are they the same price as online ($204 for an adult)? I know that there is an early bird, cheaper ticket offer online in the fall, but we obviously missed the boat on that.

 

I've been renewing mine online for years, but I don't think it makes any difference whether buy it online or in person. I'd still buy them online to speed things up at bit when you get to the park; fortunately, KD does a pretty good job at processing passes quickly.

 

Be sure to check out the food booths at the Spring Bloom Festival. Not exactly Epcot or Busch Gardens, but they had some good offerings last year.

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^ Thanks Chuck!

 

We just pulled into the Best Western across the street and it looks like the parking lot is pretty packed. We may just process our passes, check out the food and beer & hit the coasters tomorrow when it should hopefully be less crowded.

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