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A lot of parks don't require fast pass on a decent day (still varies), especially if you can be there at opening and at close, with taking it easy sometime in the middle. But it all depends on how much you're trying to do, how luxurious a day you want vs. how bad it is, and of course how much money you have (left) vs. what it costs to get there.

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I'll be heading to the park in early August this year, and I was wondering if one full day (likely a Sunday) with FastLane+ should be plenty to cover everything? We're driving up from Charlotte the day before, and we want to make sure we have two full days for BGW after this park.

 

I'll be honest, I know you're not out here all that often and it's tempting to buy Fastlane but you probably don't need it.

 

When you get to the park, go straight to Volcano, then hit Flight of Fear, then Backlot and after that lines will be a complete non issue. If you want to mix in one ride on I305 before Backlot or Flight of Fear even though it never has a line but you want to get it out of your system then that's fine too. lol

 

PS: Ride the Log Flume.

 

Thanks for the feedback. That's really interesting. We're really just going for I305 (obviously) and wanna make sure we get several rides on it. Volcano and Dominator are bonuses. Maybe that money we save could be used for something else. Will look into it.

 

Also, Crypt is still open right? I love Top Spins and after Riptide closed at Knott's I've been dying to get on one.

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Yup, they still have the Crypt and it's probably my favorite Top Spin.

 

I305 pretty much never has a line. Getting tons of rides on it won't be a problem. The park has a great coaster lineup beyond I305 though and you should really ride them all, at this point I enjoy every coaster in the park though your mileage may admittedly vary on Anaconda. They also have a superb drop tower, a fun frisbee, solid flyers, the great Top Spin and (as I mentioned) a kick a** flume. I also entirely disagree with some of these contents about Volcano. Volcano is absolutely awesome.

 

PS: Consult a map to find Grizzly. Without one you'd never know it existed.

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Yup, they still have the Crypt and it's probably my favorite Top Spin.

 

I305 pretty much never has a line. Getting tons of rides on it won't be a problem. The park has a great coaster lineup beyond I305 though and you should really ride them all, at this point I enjoy every coaster in the park though your mileage may admittedly vary on Anaconda. They also have a superb drop tower, a fun frisbee, solid flyers, the great Top Spin and (as I mentioned) a kick a** flume. I also entirely disagree with some of these contents about Volcano. Volcano is absolutely awesome.

 

PS: Consult a map to find Grizzly. Without one you'd never know it existed.

 

Thanks again for the notes. I will absolutely ride all the coasters, but I look at it like this: if the park didn't have I305, we likely wouldn't be making the trek up there from Charlotte. Also, I loved the Drop Tower at KI, so if it's similar at all, good stuff.

 

That's so interesting that I305 never has a line... even on weekends? That's crazy, but also good to hear!

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Absolutely do not pass up on Grizzly. Definitely the dark horse of the park IMO. You may not want to ride all the way in the back on your first ride though as it likes to throw its riders around and break the more delicate ones. But seriously, it's a great older woodie.

 

I'm also in the camp of enjoying Anaconda, but really only for those corkscrews. It's worth enduring the rough figure 8 (especially the middle down by the water) for those corkscrews!

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Thanks again for the notes. I will absolutely ride all the coasters, but I look at it like this: if the park didn't have I305, we likely wouldn't be making the trek up there from Charlotte. Also, I loved the Drop Tower at KI, so if it's similar at all, good stuff. That's so interesting that I305 never has a line... even on weekends? That's crazy, but also good to hear!

 

Are we living opposite lives? We make the trek from Northern Virginia down to Charlotte solely for Fury and the flyers at Carowinds haha. Yes, I305 never has a line. Like, ever. Even on weekends. People line up outside of it to watch it go but not that many people actually go in the queue. Occasionally, and I mean this was only on the actual ride's opening day many years ago, the line will fill the entire queue which is only a 30 (yes, thirty) minute wait to get through. KD's crews are far from the greatness of ride ops at Carowinds but the I305 crew is superb. Make sure you report back after your trip!

 

Oh and more votes for Volcano (my fav ride in the park), the drop tower and log flume. Berserker aka the looping pirate ship right at the entrance is pretty great as well and you never know which way the ship will go over. If you can find the dino giftshop and make it to Grizzly's entrance, hold on so you don't crack a rib on the ride!

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^Thanks for the feedback! I really am looking forward to visiting. Living in SoCal, it's always difficult to arrange vacations to the East Coast around busy schedules, but for the looks of it, we're doing an 8-day trip in early August that includes Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, and Carowinds--in that order. Can't wait to ride so many great rides in one trip.

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It has been more than 15 years since I've been to KD, but I remember Grizzly being pretty incredible at night. Not sure if that's still the case, but I imagine it is. Especially when the trees are full. Rode it like 5 times in a row at closing while waiting for the rest of the line to run out.

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It has been more than 15 years since I've been to KD, but I remember Grizzly being pretty incredible at night. Not sure if that's still the case, but I imagine it is. Especially when the trees are full. Rode it like 5 times in a row at closing while waiting for the rest of the line to run out.

 

Unfortunately the park has removed many of the trees to the left of the lift, but the ride itself is still a very good wooden coaster.

 

The only time I've ever had to wait for Intimidator is when I've decided to spoil myself with a front row ride, which is definitely worth it just once in my opinion.

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I don't know if anyone else was at the park this weekend, but it was the Grand Carousel's 100th anniversary and they were handing out buttons to celebrate the occasion. That's a pretty cool gesture to see at a park.

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Looks like we're getting close to "food fest" season.

 

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Get Your Taste Buds Ready for Kings Dominion’s New Food Festival

Taste of Virginia offers Virginia-grown food, drinks and entertainment

 

DOSWELL, VA. (May 1, 2017) — Virginia is for Lovers! Whether you love food, wine, beer or coasters… Kings Dominion’s brand new event, Taste of Virginia, is sure to delight! On Saturdays and Sundays from May 6 to May 21, this brand new, mouth-watering event, will take place in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park.

 

Kings Dominion’s culinary team has whipped up a menu that will take guests on a delicious journey through the commonwealth. The festival and entertainment are available to all park guests, but by purchasing tokens, you’ll be able to taste sample-size dishes inspired by regions such as Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater including crab cakes and seared oysters. Perhaps the delicacies of colonial Virginia will have you coming back for more with Smithfield ham and cheese empanadas or sweet potato and roast duck popovers. And don’t forget dessert! Taste of Virginia has that covered too, with peanut butter fudge, fried Winesap apple pies and much more.

 

The park has partnered with several of Virginia’s world-class breweries, wineries and distilleries to help quench your thirst featuring favorites like Hardywood, Copper Fox Distillery, Legend Brewing Company, Center of the Universe, and many more.

 

Enjoy all of this home-grown deliciousness while grooving to the sounds of the BEST local live bands. Visit Kings Dominion’s website for the full entertainment lineup. Plus, on May 13, Taste of Virginia will feature appearances by two special guests:

 

Tim Smith, from the hit show, Moonshiners, will hold a meet-and-greet with fans from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Damaris Phillips, winner of the ninth season of The Next Food Network Star and host of Southern at Heart, will showcase her talents during two cooking demonstrations at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Come experience all that Taste of Virginia has to offer. Your taste buds will thank you! To see the full menu or purchase a Taste of Virginia Combo Ticket with taste tokens and park admission, visit kingsdominion.com.

 

KD has done some "mini" food festivals in the past with an international theme. I think it's wise to focus on Virginia fare, much like Carowinds' Taste of the Carolinas focuses on that region.

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Is Taste Of Virginia the new Spring Bloom Festival where they offered the different ethnic food offerings for the past couple of years?

 

Seems like they might be somewhat limited in terms of what they can do with Virginia-esque type of foods, but I certainly like the sounds of Virginia-based beer and wine offerings. It's always nice to try out some of the local micros when visiting a long distance park.

 

Hope to see a report from the festival (hint, hint, Chuck)!

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^I think it is a different version of the Spring Bloom Festival, which had some good offerings. I'm hoping to get up there one day for it, but I'm booked up this weekend.

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Thinking of going to KD on Sunday. How are the crowds at this time of the year?

 

Hey, I think I'm going there on Sunday too...

 

Main act just cancelled their date in Richmond, so we have an offday. Seeing how Kings Dominion is just down the street, and it's not like it's a park I'd travel all the way from Sweden to visit. It'd be pretty stupid not to go...

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Something interesting: the 50s theme appears to be going bye-bye in that back section of Candy Apple Grove, as evident by the removal of the props in and around the diner and the removal of theming in that one shop.

 

Can't say I'm too upset. It seemed very tacky. Hopefully this means that the diner becomes a better eatery.

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Alright, someone that lives in Virginia should know better than me. We're thinking of doing a 2-day trip to hit Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens on May 29th and 30th. Am I a complete and total psychopath thinking of visiting the park on Memorial Day? Should we just wait an extra week and hit the parks on June 5th and 6th?

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