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I am heading to Kings Dominion and Busch gardens on August 14th. I'll have the 15th, 16th, and 17th to visit the parks. I was wondering if anyone had any insight on whether I should do two days at Kings Dominion and Soak City and one day at Busch Gardens. OR should I do one day at Kings Dominion, one day at Busch Gardens, and one day at Water Country USA?

 

Is it worth it to spend a day at Water Country? Or should I just do 2 days at Kings Dominion since they have free admission to their water park?

 

Also, any tips at these parks? Is fast lane worth it during the week?

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Is spending two days at Busch Gardens an option? I would pick that since Busch Gardens is absolutely amazing and a park you shouldn't rush through.

 

Kings Dominion is a great park, but Busch is on a separate level. I have never done Water Country so someone else may need to speak up about it, but when I've been to Kings Dominion I've never had an issue with lines. Volcano is the only ride I've ever had a bad wait for, so you could easily hit both the ride side and water park in a day.

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I am heading to Kings Dominion and Busch gardens on August 14th. I'll have the 15th, 16th, and 17th to visit the parks. I was wondering if anyone had any insight on whether I should do two days at Kings Dominion and Soak City and one day at Busch Gardens. OR should I do one day at Kings Dominion, one day at Busch Gardens, and one day at Water Country USA? Is it worth it to spend a day at Water Country? Or should I just do 2 days at Kings Dominion since they have free admission to their water park?

 

I think 2 days at KD is overkill, the park isn't all that big and if ride lines were to be long you could do Fast Lane. I doubt you'll need to do that though on the dates you'll be in the area. However, it depends how much time you want to spend in the waterpark. I'd skip it, personally because unfortunately it's located way in the back of the park where you pay for a bunny and change into swim stuff, then walk for 10 minutes down a path to the actual slides and wave pool. It's inconvenient.

 

Busch Gardens is a totally different type of park with a lot more hills but there are significantly less rides. It's extremely pretty. I've never had a problem spending only a day there. It's been at least 10 years since I was at Water Country USA but I remember it being awesome... maybe someone who's been recently can chime in if it's still that way? With all that said, I'd personally spend 1 day at KD getting on whatever rides I wanted first, and then water park 2nd if you really want, then one day at BGW and one day at Water Country USA. Be sure to post about your trip when you're back!

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Water Country is nice. I would recommend that over the water park at KD. And I agree, 2 days at KD are a bit much unless you have a family and take your time covering the park including kiddie land.

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I am heading to Kings Dominion and Busch gardens on August 14th. I'll have the 15th, 16th, and 17th to visit the parks. I was wondering if anyone had any insight on whether I should do two days at Kings Dominion and Soak City and one day at Busch Gardens. OR should I do one day at Kings Dominion, one day at Busch Gardens, and one day at Water Country USA?

 

Is it worth it to spend a day at Water Country? Or should I just do 2 days at Kings Dominion since they have free admission to their water park?

 

Also, any tips at these parks? Is fast lane worth it during the week?

 

I feel like a day in each park is worth it. KD is such a fun park - I LOVE their coaster collection as well they have lots of flat rides. I actually enjoy the water park there a lot but I LOVE water parks. I am weird and find BG as just okay. Don't get me wrong the park is one of the most beautiful I ever been to but I am more into the rides at parks and BG lacks in my opinion. The only coasters I find enjoyable there are Alphengiest and Loch Ness Monster. The rest are boring and unforgettable. I prefer the coasters at KD honestly. Water Country USA is definitely worth an entire day visit. They have some pretty awesome slides there.

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I have this weird feeling they're going to call it the "Derecho" a storm known throughout Virginia from a few years ago. But that's just wild speculation on my part but it would be a cool coaster name!

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I feel like a day in each park is worth it. KD is such a fun park - I LOVE their coaster collection as well they have lots of flat rides. I actually enjoy the water park there a lot but I LOVE water parks. I am weird and find BG as just okay. Don't get me wrong the park is one of the most beautiful I ever been to but I am more into the rides at parks and BG lacks in my opinion. The only coasters I find enjoyable there are Alphengiest and Loch Ness Monster. The rest are boring and unforgettable. I prefer the coasters at KD honestly. Water Country USA is definitely worth an entire day visit. They have some pretty awesome slides there.

 

I agree with alilstronger that BGW is possibly not the most memorable park if you're going mainly for thrills. It's a beautiful park, though. Griffon and Apollo's Chariot are my favorite coasters there and I personally find Verbolten a waste of time. Unpopular opinion on that last one but I stand by it.

 

Chrischucktown - make sure to ride Curse of DarKastle! Even with half the effects not working it's still a blast. Can anyone confirm if they've gotten things running better since the last time I was there 2 years ago? They have a great log flume that spritzes you so make sure to ride that too. It sounds like you ought to do a single day KD, BGW, and WCU. Please report back on how your trip went!

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Thanks for all the advice! I have been a closeted enthusiast for years. Luckily I have been able to get to a ton of parks dragging along friends who aren't as obsessed as I am. Although I would prefer going to parks with people who get it. I wish there was a meetup group for this.

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Here's all the current teasers:

 

6/20: 816. Just remember... things aren't always what they seem.

 

6/27: 20. BE⊥TER than 4.

 

7/4: 3. BE⊥TER than none.

 

7/11: 28. Makes it BE⊥TER.

 

7/18: The force RA⊥TLED the windows.

 

7/25: It left everything TA⊥TERED and torn in its wake.

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Did anyone else find KD teasing this is as the "biggest announcement ever" interesting. RMC Hurler bigger than I-305? Don't see that as bigger unless they are announcing something else with RMC Hurler on the 16th.

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