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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:46 am

yodelo wrote:It looks like there's going to be scattered thunderstorms on Saturday the 23rd. Any idea if it's still worth going? Will all the coasters be able to open?


I don't know the specifics of KDs weather policy but its a safe bet thunderstorms will keep the coasters/tall rides closed.

Nevertheless, its entirely too early to worry about the forecast 4 days from now, it can and will likely change. Also, as it stands, it might be a good day to go - while it does look like there is a 50% chance most of the afternoon, that means there's a 50% chance it won't rain. Personally I'd be more concerned about the sweltering heat than the chance of thunderstorms that will keep people away and/or clear the park out if/when they do happen. Just keep an eye on it, but it'll probably change.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby VF15 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:00 am

I’m officially headed to Kings Dominion for the first time in about three weeks :). Have a few questions...

1) How busy does the park usually get on weekdays in July? Would it be worth getting Fast Lane (Plus)?
2) Where are the best seats on the major coasters?
3) Since I’m doing the trip without renting a car, I pretty much have to stay in one of the hotels acros the street from the park. Which one would you guys recommend?
4) Anything else I should know?
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:18 am

VF15 wrote:I’m officially headed to Kings Dominion for the first time in about three weeks :). Have a few questions...

1) How busy does the park usually get on weekdays in July? Would it be worth getting Fast Lane (Plus)?
2) Where are the best seats on the major coasters?
3) Since I’m doing the trip without renting a car, I pretty much have to stay in one of the hotels acros the street from the park. Which one would you guys recommend?
4) Anything else I should know?


1. Do not buy Fast Lane/Plus in advance. Wait until you get to the park. If you can knock out Volcano (always has a line) and Flight of Fear (usually has a line) before crowds get in, you might be okay.

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Avalanche: Front
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Dominator: Back
Twisted Timbers: No idea

3. I have stayed at the might-as-well-be-on-property Centerstone Inn several times. It gets the job done and is clean enough for me. There's also a Motel 6 right there too (they used to just be one big hotel).

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:33 am

I believe that Kings Dominion's Volcano is dormant right now. I would keep an eye on things before you go running there right at opening. I know your trip is 3 weeks away, but (as is tradition), it's spectacularly FUBARed right now and generally spends the majority of the summer season sitting closed.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:34 am

Volcano is open? I thought it's closed and rumored to be down for a while with construction going on around the volcano?

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Satans Hockey » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:38 am

If you want to get a lot of rides in on Twisted Timbers, especially on a Saturday I'd recommend fast lane plus.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterdude28 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:35 am

VF15 wrote:Just wondering, is it at all possible to do a Kings Dominion Trip without renting a car? I’m thinking about taking a trip to KD next month if a flight to Richmond fits my budget, but renting a car would be difficult and very expensive for me since I’m under 25. Are there any buses or public transit that go from Richmond to the park? If not, does anyone know how much it might cost to take a cab/Uber/Lyft to the park?


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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:47 am

VF15 wrote:I’m officially headed to Kings Dominion for the first time in about three weeks :). Have a few questions...

1) How busy does the park usually get on weekdays in July? Would it be worth getting Fast Lane (Plus)?
2) Where are the best seats on the major coasters?
3) Since I’m doing the trip without renting a car, I pretty much have to stay in one of the hotels acros the street from the park. Which one would you guys recommend?
4) Anything else I should know?



1. Wait until you get there to see crowds. Once lines get to about 30 minutes I usually always buy a line skipper if its a park I hardly ever get to so I can get as many rides in as possible.

2. This is just a matter of preference. I ride every coaster in the front and last row then decide which I like more.
- 305, Flight of Fear, Anaconda, Backlot Stunt Coaster, Dominator, Grizzly - all back
- Racer - both
- Volcano - front

3. All of the hotels are pretty mediocre - just pick one with good ratings and if your brand loyal, like I am Hilton hotels loyal, use that as a point while picking.

4. The water park is mediocre but still fun. If you get the line skipper you'll definitely have time to do the entire park plus the water park. The food is decent here, love that there is a Starbucks right as you walk in to the right. If you are a Chick Fil A fan they do have that but you have to buy everything individually, they do not have meals.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:51 am

coasterdude28 wrote:
VF15 wrote:Just wondering, is it at all possible to do a Kings Dominion Trip without renting a car? I’m thinking about taking a trip to KD next month if a flight to Richmond fits my budget, but renting a car would be difficult and very expensive for me since I’m under 25. Are there any buses or public transit that go from Richmond to the park? If not, does anyone know how much it might cost to take a cab/Uber/Lyft to the park?


If you would really prefer to rent a car, create a free account with USAA. You do not need to be in the military to create an account and use their travel perks. One of the travel deals is a car rental discount with a waived under 25 drivers fee, waived extra driver fee, and some other benefits.


Lots of options if you do not have a car...

1. Zip Car
2. Car 2 Go
3. Hertz On Demand
4. Enterprise Car Share
5. Maven
6. Turo
7. Getaround
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby hoppedup » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:25 am

We got to KD at around 7 p.m. on a Saturday recently and a storm had just rolled through. There was a mass exodus of people. Sweet! So I checked the app and TT was not running, but Racer 75 was, with no wait, so we headed that way. While we were waiting to enter the station, we saw TT was running, so we boogied over.

There was only one train running, but we were at the bottom of the steps anticipating a short wait. The train was not getting out very fast so I timed a few cycles. From complete stop to departure was 3.5-4 minutes at first. I kept timing and the times were steadily dropping. They got really close to a one-minute cycle, but a walk of shame changed that to 2:16 after two attendants pushing couldn't get the restraint to green-light. We waited 45 minutes or so.

I explained to my daughter what an RMC conversion was. After TT she was excited that we had at least three more to ride this summer.

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