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Random question, why did KD stop operating one side of rebel yell backwards? I forgot the reason why, but maybe they could bring it back for just one year with the addition of Twisted Timbers.

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Apparently the park sent out an email saying that Kings Dominion will open on March 22nd! Oh, did I say March? I meant May. Alpengeist, InvadR and Verbolten are open tomorrow. This comp

Yesterday, after my brief stop at SFA, I fought through the perpetual Northern Virginia I-95 traffic to check out Kings Dominion's Taste of the Season event - a COVID-blamed Winterfest-lite.  And beli

Too bad Volcano isn't still around. It was ahead of its time not only technologically, but it already had limited capacity down to a science.

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^^-- The official reason was that Cedar Fair doesn't run rides other than as intended. Almost certainly the actual reason was that in 2008, the year it was put back forward, it was almost too rough to run safely forwards, much less backwards. The rise into the turnaround at that time was the roughest spot on any KD coaster ever, and that's saying a lot, and was retracked for 2009.

 

Currently, South is closed, with track ripped up and retracking occurring on the South side in the turnaround and following drop. Apparently it couldn't wait.

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It has been announced this week that the Denny’s located in front of Kings Dominion that is adjoined to the Motel 6 will permanently close this autumn.

 

Yeah, I saw that a few weeks ago and it's a bit of a bummer. Back when it was a Best Western we stayed there and loved that Denny's. While Denny's food obviously sucks, it's really convenient to be able to walk out of the room, walk to Denny's for breakfast and walk to the front gate from there. The fact that it's open 24 hours so you can go there for Dinner after a midnight close and then walk back to your room is even better.

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Random question, why did KD stop operating one side of rebel yell backwards? I forgot the reason why, but maybe they could bring it back for just one year with the addition of Twisted Timbers.

From what I heard,KI & KD took the regular PTC trains on one side and turned them around to run backwards.When PTC found out about it they said that doing so voided whatever warranty/insurance was on said train because it wasn't being "used as intended".Case in point:B&M constructed a special backwards train for SF to use on their B:TRs.

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It has been announced this week that the Denny’s located in front of Kings Dominion that is adjoined to the Motel 6 will permanently close this autumn. It will close after Halloween Haunt ends and Kings Dominion closes for the 2017 season. I asked a waitress about the situation who claims that it will be relocated to a new building that will be constructed at a more visible site.

 

The restaurant originally opened 30 years ago as The Brentwood and was renovated into Denny’s during the 90’s.

 

 

The Denny's just down the road from SFStL closed down as well. I am not aware if it relocated.

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Apparently, there was an event yesterday called ACE'S Fall Thrillfest. Here is the following information that is confirmed by Gary Chadwick and the RMC Crews.

 

1) There will be theming in the queue. He said they were building a huge prop for the entrance, and planned to include decorations throughout the line, as well. The queue itself will be taking advantage of the existing structure but will be shortened.

 

2) The trackwork for Twisted Timbers will start to pick up speed starting next week.

 

3) For the information about Winterfest, the majority of Safari Village will be closed. He said that they will try to keep many of the remaining attractions open as possible, depending on the weather.

 

4)For the other information about the park in general. Gary Chadwick emphasized that he considers Log Flume to be an important part of the collection of the park, he promised to fight to protect the Log Flume, if Cedar Fair corporate ever moves to take it down. He confirmed that Dino's Alive is "extinct". He also said that space, where Dino's Alive is, could be used for a cool attraction. Gary Chadwick was asked which ride is the most expensive to operate. He responded that in terms of return on investment, the Crypt costs the most resources. He seemed fairly negative about the ride in general. So, the Crypt day's will be numbered.

 

All the information credit to Parkfans.net.

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This Gary Chadwick guy seems like a pretty cool dude

 

PS: On the subject of Shenandoah Lumber Company, we made our annual visit to the park today and I thought it was awesome to see a 20 minute line built up for a Flume in October. Kings Dominion's clientele sure seems to appreciate greatness when they see it. As always, the ride was f*cking spectacular.

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2) The trackwork for Twisted Timbers will start to pick up speed starting next week.

 

 

It looks like most of the ledgers are placed. I wouldn't be surprised if the track work gets completed in a month or two. Did anyone ask on a timeline?

 

I'm super excited for Twisted Timbers. I love that the layout is super focused on airtime. Opening day can't come soon enough!

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I would be kind of bummed out if The Crypt was removed but it makes sense it seems to have considerable downtime compared to other rides in the park. I hope if they take it out they add more large flat rides in because I do like parks with at least 3-5 larger flats.

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I'm super excited for Twisted Timbers. I love that the layout is super focused on airtime. Opening day can't come soon enough!

I'm really excited for TT as well. For me, the coaster doesn't have to be the biggest and baddest and fastest (although that's certainly nice) and twistiest to be awesome. Hopefully it has somewhat speedy dispatches because I'm anticipating it to be a massive hit with the general parkgoers.

 

I would be kind of bummed out if The Crypt was removed but it makes sense it seems to have considerable downtime compared to other rides in the park. I hope if they take it out they add more large flat rides in because I do like parks with at least 3-5 larger flats.

 

Not only does The Crypt have a lot of downtime but that whole area smells awful from the gas for the fire effect and it makes me (and others) kind of sick. People love watching it run though, when it's operating. I rode it once several years ago and came off not knowing what universe I was in for the next hour or so which is unfortunate because I enjoyed it. What sort of flats would you like to see put in? I'd absolutely love a massive S&S Screaming Swing like SkyHawk at CP. That's the only flat ride that gets me legitimately nervous because it goes so dang high and right over the walkways! In a dream world there would be some super spap-able flyers instead of those miserable ones by the antique cars with operations that rival the crew on Bizarro at SFGAdv. I'm also a huge fan of Condors but I know that'd never happen either

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I'd love to see a Mondial Top Scan although not necessarily in Safari Village. I absolutely would LOVE an S&S Screamin Swing I rode the Barnstormer at Dollywood and now I want every park everywhere to build them but one hasn't been put up in years.

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I'd love to see a Mondial Top Scan although not necessarily in Safari Village. I absolutely would LOVE an S&S Screamin Swing I rode the Barnstormer at Dollywood and now I want every park everywhere to build them but one hasn't been put up in years.

 

Screaming Swing for the win! One of the scariest flat rides I ever rode.

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I could literally ride screaming swings all day. Win the lottery? First thing I'm buying. Best one is CPs.

 

YES! The only one by me was Dorney. Everytime I went my friends thought I was silly for paying the extra fee to ride it. I like it that much. Cedar Point's is good. I think Kennywood's and Lake Compounce's are nice too.

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Compounces was good but I felt short. Dorneys was good, I did theirs a few times. I skipped Kennywoods for more rides on the coasters (dumb). I'm always up for them. Skyhawk just felt so enormous. I'm partial to Moreys because I ride it all the time, and while its a smaller 8-passanger version, its already elevated 20 feet up off the pier and when you sit on the side facing the pier you are staring down at the beach (adding another 15 feet or so). They actually know me @ that ride, its scary. This past year I had my first ever season pass and with it you get free SS rides - its normally an upcharge, so I took as much advantage of that as I possibly could this year. I wish I had counted how many times I've ridden it this year, I suppose I could go back through reports and tally. Bonus is its an upcharge and there is literally never a wait. Would love it if more parks got them, especially the giant ones.

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Count me in as someone that wishes that they had screaming swings and giant frisbees at every park. Both are the best flat rides this side of a Tilt-A-Whirl, Zipper or a Rock-O-Plane.

 

I have been fortunate enough to be able to marathon Skyhawk on Friday night's (when it used to be open - booo!) at Halloweekends. I think that I rode six times in a row without leaving me seat.

 

So much fun once you get over that terrifying feeling of being damn near almost upside down without an OTSR. I have noticed that several drinks or beers helps you get over that fear a lot quicker too!

 

Pull the trigger and make it happen KD! I would be all for them removing Crypt for a screaming swing.

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I could literally ride screaming swings all day. Win the lottery? First thing I'm buying. Best one is CPs.

 

 

Count me in as part of the Screamin' Swing fan club! Love them, and love Sky Hawk! I only wish the max portion of the ride cycle lasted a little longer... I'd love to be in that upside-down on either side part of the ride for at three swings each side!

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As someone who rode a Screaming Swing for the first time last month (Silver Dollar City's), I can say that they are now one of my favorite flat rides. I'd love to see one at this park. I honestly never was a huge fan of The Crypt.

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Just remember the best one is at Glenwood Caverns.

 

I was going to post something about that one...I admit that I get a bit nervous on the screaming swings at first and then embrace being terrified and by the end of the ride, I'm screaming in glee like a little girl. As others have said, if the ride cycle was a bit longer...

 

With that said, while I want to try the one at Glenwood, I wonder if I would take one look at it and go "Oh, hell no!" similar to what I said when we went to the top of Stratosphere in Vegas!

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