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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby palmerleeberry » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:17 pm

First and foremost I would like to congradulate Chase Mytrysak as Planet Snoopy first-ever Kidcaster. Do a good job, kid, and don't let us down!!!

Second, I welcome any and all new pictures of Kings Dominion, especially those taken way up in the air. By looking at the areas between the Hurler/Ricochet and Intimidator 305, I'm now more than convince that they could put in that two-way train attraction that I recently posted (See page # 930 to read my idea) for 2014 and leave 2015 for that big coaster (Perhaps the one that is to replace The Anaconda. I did read that Cedar Fair was planning on taking out all their old looping coasters within the next few years. Could Kings Dominion be getting their very own Gatekeeper???).

And finally, KIngs Dominion is getting more shows!!! I felt that this is what this park was lacking two seasons ago. But I hope the extra shows aren't more singing and dancing because methinks we have enough of that. I would like to see a magic show, a circus show or maybe even a BMX bike stunt show. Hey, if Cedar Fair can manage to bring back the old sea lion and dolphin show I would kiss the manager's feet! Here's an idea ( in which I'll offer it freely so I can't sue if it's actually used ): how about hosting a special event that will bring street performers to Kings Dominion and have them scattered all over the park? The park needs shows for those that can't ride and for those that can ride, but need a safety break in-between thrill rides.

Here's hoping that 2013 turns into a great season for the park!!!

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby mhuffva » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:10 am

Here is what I found concerning a possible new show. I wrote this on another site and I am too lazy to type it all from scratch.

New 2013 show semi-confirmed for Kings Dominion.

While I was viewing other amusement related sites, I was referred to a company Facebook site that stated Kings Dominion will be getting a new BMX bike stunt show for 2013. This show will be returning to Cedar Point for 2013 and will be new for Dorney Park and Kings Dominion. This company also produced the show at Knotts Berry Farm and California's Great Adventure in the recent past (the show is not there for those parks for 2013).

This show has cyclists, skateboarders, inline skaters, trampoline artists, acrobats, etc. You can see videos of the show at Cedar Point and Knotts. Course, I have no idea where this show can be performed at KD. Hopefully, full confirmation will come from Kings Dominion when they update the entertainment section of their web site. That usually happens in late February / early March


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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:31 am

Kings Dominion has released its operating schedule for 2013.

In 2013, Kings Dominion will open for the season on Friday, March 29th and operate for 10 days through April 7th for Easter and spring break. The park will then be open on weekends – as well as Fridays in May – until Memorial Day weekend. Daily operation of the park runs from May 24-September 2. We will be open on select weekends in September. Halloween Haunt will kick off on Friday, September 27th and operate on select nights through October 27th.

A link to the 2013 Kings Dominion Operating Calendar is below:
http://www.kingsdominion.com/hours-directions/kings-dominion

A link to the 2013 WaterWorks Operating Calendar – which is open daily from May 25 through September 2 – is below:
http://www.kingsdominion.com/hours-directions/waterworks
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby mhuffva » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:29 pm

More 2013 entertainment stuff for King Dominion:

Another entertainment tidbit I came across was from MoonMaxx Productions face book site. On an entry dated Jan. 24th they had the Kings Dominion entertainment auditions listed. One was in New York city at the end of January and 2 audition dates at the Kings Dominion theater in February.

But, what got my attention was a couple replies from MoonMaxx to an inquiry about the start of the show rehearsals. They stated that the pop music show and country music show rehearsals will begin March 15th. I assume that these 2 shows will be ready to perform opening day weekend.

The thing that really caught my eye was the beginning rehearsal date, (June 1st), for the Broadway style show the park will be putting on this summer. This will be the first time Kings Dominion has produced a Broadway style show in over 21 years! These types of shows were last produced under the Taft/KECO years of ownership (1975-1992). I assume this show is only active for the prime summer season, (mid-June | mid-August), although it is possible this show could run through Labor Day weekend because of its late start date.

Based on the 2013 entertainment information from Kings Dominion so far, they announced that the "Live" Show Offerings would increase from 6 productions in 2012 to 10 productions for the 2013 season. 7 shows will be new and 3 will be returning.

Here were the 2012 entertainment offerings:
1) "All Access" | 50's/60's/70's - Pop/Rock Music Review
2) "Spin" | Current Pop/Top-40 Music Review
3) "Got Country" | Country Music Show
4) "Charlie Browns Pirate Adventure" | Kids Show
5) ""Peanuts Rocking Party" | Kids Show
6) "Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular" | Light & Sound Show
7) "Nights of Fire" | Fireworks Show
8) "Dinosaurs of the Patagonia" | 3D Movie
9) Daily Peanuts Character Meet & Greet

So folks, the park spokesman said there were 6 "Live" shows in 2012. Which 3 entertainment offerings from above do not belong in the "Live" show column? And Should those 3 go under the "Attractions" category (As in Rides and Attractions)?

Which 3 shows are returning for 2013?

Here is a very rough draft of the entertainment offerings for 2013. Some of this is semi-confirmed based on some sleuthing on the Facebook sites of a few entertainment production companies, (Moon Maxx Productions and All Wheels Productions), that are assisting Kings Dominion in their 2013 entertainment offerings. The show locations and start dates are just my guesses.

1) Broadway Style Show [ Moon Maxx | Kings Dominion Theater? | Opening Mid-June? ]
2) Pop Music Show [ Moon Maxx | International Street Bandstand? | Opening Day? ]
3) Country Music Show [ Moon Maxx | Peanuts Showplace Amphitheater? | Opening Day? ]
4) BMX Bike Stunt Show [ All Wheels | Unknown | Unknown ]
5) Kids Show 1 [ In-House? | Unknown | Unknown ]
6) Kids Show 2 [ In-House? | Unknown | Unknown ]
7) Kids Show 3 [ In-House? | Unknown | Unknown ]
8) One of the bottom four offerings from the 2012 listing above ("Live" Show or an "Attraction")
9) Unknown [ Unknown | Unknown | Unknown ]
10) Unknown [ Unknown | Unknown | Unknown ]

I feel confident that the first three 2012 music shows listed above are not returning in 2013 because they were produced at King Dominion for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The park did state that they were adding a 3rd Kids show this year due to the Planet Snoopy expansion (from the media day in September 2012). I have no idea if the other 2 kids shows from 2012 are returning for the 2013 season.

The question is, what is the 9th and 10th "Live" show offerings for 2013? My guess is there will be one more music review like the former "Spin" show except it would feature some other genre of music (a specific type or from a specific time). Anyone have any suggestions based on any other Cedar Fair Park show offerings?

The last "Live" show offering could be some type of roaming entertainment group, like the return of the clown band or a small acapella assemble. Any guesses here?

Others have suggested a Magic show or a Cirque du Soleil style show. I think those are great ideas; but, those types of shows need some type of temp/permanent show facility to perform in. Kings Dominion currently has a shortage of show facilities and I have no idea where these could be performed. (KD lost 3 show amphitheaters during the Paramount years). Cedar Fair could build a new indoor theater for Kings Dominion like they did at Dorney Park 2-3 years ago. But, that takes some advance planning and some greenbacks to get that done and I don't see that happening for 2013.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:51 am

Kings Dominion has released the first Planet Snoopy KidCaster junior reporter video with their KidCaster, 7-year-old Chase from Stafford, Virginia.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby mhuffva » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:55 am

I think that Chase did a great job!

It is not easy trying to describe a coming attraction, (Snoopy's Rocket Express for example), when all you have around you is piles of dirt, broken concrete, and brick pavers all around. Especially, when this is a type of ride that most of the people in this region have never seen or ridden before. I would have difficulty at my age doing that; and he is just 7 years old!

For us theme/amusement park nerds, he gave a current count of the concrete round things (footers) and told us the legs (supports) will go on top. Showed us where the station will be located. Also, told us the location for the frozen yogurt shop and where Lucy's Rockin Tug Boat will go. Great update!

I think it was nice of the park to let Chase be the 7 year old he is and let him tell it in his own words without forcing some sort scripted dialog down his throat. After all, this Planet Snoopy expansion is just for kids his age.

As a side note, I thought Kings Dominion stated they will start taking delivery of the new rides starting the end of this week and continuing for the next 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Hopefully, we will have new updates in the near future!

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:36 pm

mhuffva wrote:Also, told us the location for the frozen yogurt shop


I imagine many enthusiasts fixated on this point. ;)

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby mhuffva » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:23 am

cfc wrote:
mhuffva wrote:Also, told us the location for the frozen yogurt shop


I imagine many enthusiasts fixated on this point. ;)

Chase is off to a good start.


Well, at least there is one 7 year old enthusiast who is! Sweet Frog has already promised Chase a large frozen yogurt on the house. Lucky little man! =)

Plus, Kings Dominion is offering ACE members a healthier option for 2013 when it comes to Desserts! :lmao:

P.S. The park's Planet Snoopy web cam is back up. They have re-oriented the camera to a wider field of view. It appears to point in a south-easterly direction (camera mount near the bathroom building?). You can see volcano in the background to the upper left side and the old kiddie bump car building on the center right. this camera orientation will allow us to keep up with the construction/renovation of maybe 4-5 attractions. Course, the camera resolution is not the best. I assume the park spared no expense when it came to this camera. ;) In my own opinion, there is no way to cover all the renovation and new construction in this area with one camera, it would take at least 2 and maybe 3 cameras to cover the whole area. Anyway we are fortunate to have one glimpse into the area.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby palmerleeberry » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:27 pm

Several points I would like to make -

#1 - Chase did a good job on his first podcast report. You Go, Kid! =)

#2 - Holy Moly!!! It looks like they torn up the area formerly known as Kidzville. I can't wait to see what Planet Snoopy will look like when Kings Dominion opens for the season.

#3 Nice to know where Sweet Frog is to be located.

#4 mhuffva wrote
Others have suggested a Magic show or a Cirque du Soleil style show. I think those are great ideas; but, those types of shows need some type of temp/permanent show facility to perform in. Kings Dominion currently has a shortage of show facilities and I have no idea where these could be performed. (KD lost 3 show amphitheaters during the Paramount years). Cedar Fair could build a new indoor theater for Kings Dominion like they did at Dorney Park 2-3 years ago. But, that takes some advance planning and some greenbacks to get that done and I don't see that happening for 2013.


I would have to agree with mhuffva with Kings Dominion not having enough show places. Perhaps this can be fixed by next season.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:48 pm

The latest on Planet Snoopy from Kings Dominion:

DOSWELL, VA (February 20, 2013) – Kings Dominion is excited to announce the first of its eight new rides in the bigger, better Planet Snoopy – Woodstock Whirlybirds – has arrived at the Doswell theme park. Woodstock Whirlybirds will feature six, four-passenger teacups that will take families for a spin with a new Woodstock twist. Kings Dominion will unveil its bigger, better Planet Snoopy in the spring, which will boast eight new rides and span nearly 14-acres. The remaining seven new rides are expected to arrive at the park within the next two weeks.
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