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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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Went there yesterday. Actually the link two posts up is from my trip. There are other picture I wish I could've gotten but they'd be illegal to get and post. There was a crane up removing track from the back side of the ride. Most of the track is gone and there's tons of boxes and stuff going on at the park. Looks exciting. Also Volcano was down yesterday afternoon but open in the morning. Even the Crypt was down for a bit yesterday.

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^Glad you were able to see that!

 

One thing I really hope is that the back of Candy Apple Grove is made into an enjoyable place. I hope to see not only some theming in the new ride a la Banshee and Mystic Timbers but the ambiance of the surrounding area is modern and up to par with the rest of the park. This could include replacing the cracked asphalt with a nicer material (sidewalk maybe) and improving the landscaping. The area has been pretty depressing and bland for quite some time now.

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Made it back to the park today but unfortunately Volcano and Avalanche were still down. While we were on the ferris wheel we noticed that more RMC track had been installed on Hurler. Have some pictures but not sure if it is OK to post.

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From what I've seen, the Ferris Wheel is a very popular place to take pics from in Kings Dominion, besides the Eiffel Tower.

 

I always check but most parks are ok with you taking pictures on observation rides like observation towers, ferris wheels, trains, etc.

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since it's shaping up to be a macabre theme like Banshee.

 

It is? Are we basing this off one teaser?

 

If it's one thing enthusiasts do other than smelling and complaining, it's making assumptions

 

I said shaping up to be, not it WILL be.

 

And please: if you saw teasers portraying the grim reaper and a matrix-anthology style, wouldn't you think a dark theme?

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816 is the area code for Kansas City, so it obviously means that one of KD's coasters is being moved to World's Of Fun.

 

Worlds of Fun might get a coaster soon. Omunet stated in an article that Cedar Fair will start to focus on their mid-lower-tier parks now, which means that we'll finally start to see KD, WOF, VF, and Dorney get some love.

 

The sad thing is that Michigan's Adventure will still be screwed in this scenerio.

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^ What do you mean by low tier?

 

Would you consider KD in the same category as Michigan's Adventure, WoF, or Valleyfair? Or in the same category as KI & Carowinds? I would put it in the 2nd category myself meaning that it isn't what I would consider a low tier park.

 

Consider that they have a 300+ foot tall Intamin that is rated one of the best coasters in the country, they have a crap wooden coaster that is getting an RMC makeover and have one of the best floor-less loopers out there.

 

Throw that in with a unique Intamin (Volcano), an indoor launch spaghetti bowl and a few other decent to horrible coasters for good measure, they have a pretty good selection when in comparison to a few other CF parks out there.

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Has it gotten to the point where Kings Dominion has become one of the low tier parks in the cedar fair chain?

 

They're mid-tier.

 

Tier 1: Cedar Point, Kings Island

Tier 2: Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland

Tier 3: Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm, California's Great America

Tier 4: Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair

Tier 5: Michigan's Adventure

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Has it gotten to the point where Kings Dominion has become one of the low tier parks in the cedar fair chain?

 

They're mid-tier.

 

Tier 1: Cedar Point, Kings Island

Tier 2: Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland

Tier 3: Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm, California's Great America

Tier 4: Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair

Tier 5: Michigan's Adventure

I'd argue WOF has moved up to tier 3, Knott's is Tier 1, and Dorney is damn near Tier 5.

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Has it gotten to the point where Kings Dominion has become one of the low tier parks in the cedar fair chain?

 

They're mid-tier.

 

Tier 1: Cedar Point, Kings Island

Tier 2: Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland

Tier 3: Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm, California's Great America

Tier 4: Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair

Tier 5: Michigan's Adventure

 

I don't agree with this... Carowinds Tier 2? I'd say Knott's is easily in Tier 2, and probably KD is above Carowinds. At worst, they're in equal tiers. I haven't been to KD in 15 years, and I went to Carowinds a couple of years ago, and I'd STILL put KD at worst, equal to Carowinds!

 

Oh, and Michigan's Adventure is more like Tier 6. There is no Tier 5!

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One thing that I'd like to see at KD is a nice sized family restaurant. Similar to the one in Carowinds near Nighthawk. That is a great option for families with the dining plan as there are several options to choose from. Makes it easier when you have 4 mouths to feed and everyone wants something different.

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Has it gotten to the point where Kings Dominion has become one of the low tier parks in the cedar fair chain?

 

They're mid-tier.

 

Tier 1: Cedar Point, Kings Island

Tier 2: Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland

Tier 3: Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm, California's Great America

Tier 4: Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair

Tier 5: Michigan's Adventure

 

I don't agree with this... Carowinds Tier 2? I'd say Knott's is easily in Tier 2, and probably KD is above Carowinds. At worst, they're in equal tiers. I haven't been to KD in 15 years, and I went to Carowinds a couple of years ago, and I'd STILL put KD at worst, equal to Carowinds!

 

Oh, and Michigan's Adventure is more like Tier 6. There is no Tier 5!

 

I'm going by investment and attendance.

 

I guess you could put Knott's in tier 2 then but still the rankings are accurate.

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Has it gotten to the point where Kings Dominion has become one of the low tier parks in the cedar fair chain?

 

They're mid-tier.

 

Tier 1: Cedar Point, Kings Island

Tier 2: Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland

Tier 3: Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm, California's Great America

Tier 4: Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair

Tier 5: Michigan's Adventure

I'd argue WOF has moved up to tier 3, Knott's is Tier 1, and Dorney is damn near Tier 5.

 

Not in terms of attention from Cedar Fair. WOF has been ignored as much as Dorney and Knott's is getting their first major new coaster in 14 years.

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