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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby deathbydinn » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:44 am

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Postby palmerleeberry » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:16 am

^ Hey, methinks I've recongized that type of ride before at Knoebels, a ride called "Mad Hatter's Tea Party". This spinning ride has two circles and seven tea cups, and those seven tea cups switch between those two circles. The ride shown above uses two sets of the double circles and uses cars instead of tea cups. Tis a pity that Woodstock's Whirlybird Tea Cup ride isn't that type of ride, but it should be a fun ride nevertheless.

AS for Snoopy's Rocket Express, I do hope the monorail track's layout is more interesting compare to the one at Dorney's Park - that one is just one big circle. I want to see some more curves and maybe even cross over a section of Joe Cool's Driving School.

Today is Saturday, March 2, 2013 and opening day is Good Friday, March 29, 2013. I wonder if they would get the all-new PLANET SNOOPY up and running by that time?

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Postby Intimidator305 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:31 pm

If you didn't know, the descriptions and logos for the 18 rides in the bigger, better Planet Snoopy have been released and can be viewed on either http://www.kingsdominion.com/things-to-do/planet-snoopy or http://www.facebook.com/KingsDominionInformation.

And since the park's official Facebook isn't too revealing, Sweet Frog Kings Dominion's Facebook page has some good construction photos to share... http://www.facebook.com/SweetFrogKingsDominion
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Postby imawesome1124 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:45 pm

You know, some of my earliest memories in life go back to KD's kids area. So from a nostalgic standpoint part of me is kind of sad to see this renovation. I know this is necessary for the park to keep up in today's standards, but I'm just a really nostalgic guy. I'm gonna miss some of the rides in the kid's area, but in the end it will be worth it in the long run, so I'll just have to suck it up.

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Postby Coaster_Fanatic » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:30 pm

I really like Taxi Jam/Great Pumpkin Coaster's new paint! Can't wait to see if Ghoster Coaster/Woodstock Express will get new paint as well!
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Postby mhuffva » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:48 am

Coaster_Fanatic wrote:I really like Taxi Jam/Great Pumpkin Coaster's new paint! Can't wait to see if Ghoster Coaster/Woodstock Express will get new paint as well!


There is another exterior photo of the Sweet Frog location, on their Facebook site, that has most of the back half of the coaster structure in the background. If you look at the lower center section, it looks like the coaster has been re-painted a deep royal blue. Compare that section of the ride to the back curve structure; that back portion of the ride is still a faded robin's egg blue. At first I thought is was contrast issues (in shadow, therefore looks darker). But, the photos were taken on an overcast day so I am ruling that out. Go to their Facebook site and look at the pictures taken on 3-1-2013. Look for the exterior shot with the back half of the coaster in the background and let me know your thoughts.

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Postby Coaster_Fanatic » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:42 pm

Aha! I see it now! =) Looks good.

I'm glad that they are making great progress for the area. Only less than 4 weeks until opening!
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Postby Intimidator305 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:50 pm

It's snowed here in VIrginia today. Kings Dominion posted some Planet Snoopy construction photos in the snow on their Facebook page.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:45 pm

Chase, Planet Snoopy's official KidCaster, has struck again! Here is the latest on how the new-and-improved kids area is coming along.



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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby mhuffva » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:49 am

Here is some 2013 highlight information that came from Clint Novak's CoasterCrew "In the Loop" web radio interview yesterday with Kings Dominion's spokesperson Gene Petriello. Gene was able to give out some detail information and some "vague" teaser stuff concerning Kings Dominion for 2013. Thanks Clint for hosting the show and getting Gene for the interview!

1. The Anaconda was NOT painted during this off-season. :-(

2. Dominator was re-painted during the off-season. Gene said it only took the paint crew 2 weeks to complete the paint job.

3. WoodStock Express is in the process of being re-painted (i.e. Ghoster Coaster / Scooby Doo).

4. Great Pumpkin Coaster,(Taxi Jam), is in the process of being repainted.

5. The former Kidzville rides are in the process of getting their final coat of paint for the Planet Snoopy re-theme and should be in the process of being re-installed later this week.

6. Gene said the first 3 new rides of Planet Snoopy should be fully operational by the end of the week ["Woodstock's Whirlybirds" (teacups), "Snoopy's Junction" (kiddie train), and "Charlie Browns Windup" (swings).

7. KD is currently in the process of re-installing the coaster trains and flat ride cars/vehicles to the rides around the rest of the park.

8. The BMX Stunt Bike show will occupy the Peanuts Showplace amphitheater this year.

9. There is a new stage for the country music show "Got Country" at the western end of the Grove. It is near the WindSeeker and the SkyFlyer attraction. Gene stated they removed the free-standing games booths near those attractions and that is where the stage will be. There was not enough details given to know if this is just a temp stage, similar to what "Blood Drums" used during Haunt, or something more permanent.

10. The far eastern end of the Grove will be getting pavers roughly from where you cross over the small creek, (just past the Dodgem building), to the Congo entrance. I thought Gene stated the pavers might extend into the Congo front plaza area (Where Outer Hanks restaurant is located).

11. Gene said Kings Dominion is in the middle of a multi-year landscaping project for the whole park. In addition to new landscaping for Planet Snoopy the park has re-done the landscaping around the Eiffel Tower.

12. Supposedly, the International Street fountain pool was re-painted. (Again? I thought it was re-painted during last years off-season?)

13. Gene stated that Kings Dominion will be getting a new style of park map for this year. I thought he stated the park will be the first to get this new style of map in the Cedar Fair chain.

14. Gene did mention that they would be some unique events at the park. Again the details were vague at this point.

15. He hinted at some new stuff for the 2013 Haunt. But, there would not be any details available until late summer.

16. Nothing much was brought up concerning food offerings and merchandise. One of the food places was being re-named in the Congo section to better fit the theme of the area. Gene did allude about the park trying to get back to theming in the park. It sounds more of a long-term, multi-year effort.

17. According to Gene, Planet Snoopy will open to the public for the first time at 10:30am on Friday, March 29th.

Well, that should wrap it up as far as the interview highlights.

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