Eric (ernierocker) and I spent a great day at Kings Dominion on Saturday, April 13--perfect weather, light crowds, and Fast Lane Plus, which really came in handy when we rode Volcano. I also took some pictures are the now completed Planet Snoopy area, as I thought some of you might want to see what the place looks like when 1) it isn't full of construction equipment and 2) rides are actually operating, usually with people on them.
So, here's a look at Planet Snoopy, along with some "bonus" photos of a nice spring day at the park.
Good morning, Doswell.
Here's an overview of Planet Snoopy from the Eiffel Tower.
Hi there, old Smurf Mountain station. Looks like Gargamel finally won.
Woodstock's Express (formerly, Ghoster Coaster) looks great in its shiny new paint. They were even running two trains on it.
Remember, this is Snoopy's planet. You're just visiting.
The "iconic" Snoopy fountain, where Snoopy's Splash Dance used to be. Snoopy spits water out of his mouth at intervals.
The kiddie train and the "ride you'll never catch me on."
Being as this is Snoopy's realm, he gets special trash cans. Not even I305 can claim this!
Snoopy wants your child to become a leader--in his new Army of Domination!
Larry--new coaster sign!
Fresh coaster theming.
Unfortunately, Snoopy's Rocket Express was having some issues.
But you can ride Woodstock's train out of Snoopy's Junction, instead.
Lucy's Tugboat was down for the count that day, . . .
. . . so kids weren't able to learn about gravity.
But Snoopy wants, nay, demands, that you let your children play to build up their imaginations.
Play, blast you, play!
The Balloon Race looks like fun--it it weren't for all that spinning.
Theming on the Linus Launcher.
Here's the mini "George Foreman Grill Ride" in action.
Someone asked about the re-themed kiddie bumper cars.
Here they are.
Snoopy's Space Buggies are a sort of kiddie "Bouncy Bouncy."
Another look at Woodstock Whirlybirds, a tyoe of ride that many love--and that's OK.
I think this is the nicest looking ride in Planet Snoopy.
They did a very nice job on this mini chair swing ride.
There were two existing kiddie-car rides that got "Snoopified," as well.
Thank you, Snoopy we will--especially because we have Fast Lane Plus, . . .
. . . which includes Volcano.
Cell phones, cameras, and brief cases are not allowed in Africa.
We actually started and finished out day with Dominator.
And, yes, we rode this a number of times. ;)
An Elissa-friendly prize.
Guess who needs the Shock Wave credit.
Shock Wave's restraints are Spanish Inquisition approved.
Yes, we were once like those poor, miserable souls.
Fast Lane Plus came in pretty handy for riding Avalanche, too.
And while we're saying "hi there" to old stations, let's greet Hypersonic's and offer to buy it a cup of coffee. That's all.
Kings dominion is such a fantastic park and it has only gotten better every time I have visited! I enjoyed the park as a whole better than any other cedar fair park (even cp). Great atmosphere and balanced ride selection.
^I must agree with that statement; there are several new rides added to Kings Dominion that even I ( a six-foot tall, 250 pound rider) can get on and ride. Although my two favorite flat rides in Kings Dominion are the Scrambler and the Triple Spin, I might want to add a third one that is called Snoopy's Moon Buggies ( I must confess; that is a fun, little ride!).
As for the Shockwave, the restraints on that coaster must have been inspired by a Medievel Torture Device. I was able to ride it, but dog-gone-it if those tight restraints try to crush my chest. I think I'll stick to the other coasters, like the Rebel Yell, the Grizzly, The Avalanche, and Intimidator 305.
One more note about the Avalanche and the text shall be bold, in caps, and in silver: THE AVALANCHE IS 25 YEARS OLD! I STILL LOVE THIS COASTER!! RIDE ON!!!
The Fast Lane is good to get on the Volcano, Dodge 'Em, Avalanche, and the Windseeker ( When Oh when will that Windseeker seek wind/ It's been grounded for too long for me . . .), but it sure wasn't needed to ride the Wave Swinger on Saturday. While I rode the Wave Swinger, I noticed that the paint was beginning to peel, causing me to wonder if this old ride is on its final season. The park has a total of four swinging rides - if they could ever get Windseeker running again ( If only that Windseeker could be flying once more/ a happier rider I'll be!), so I wonder if the park will decide to take out Wave Swinger and put in another flat ride that can fit perfectly in that spot? Again, this is just speculation on my part.
Those photos of the overview of Kings Dominion are beautiful, proving once again what amazing sights await for those that ride the elevator up the Eiffle Tower so they can view Kings Dominion below them.
"35 YEARS OF VISITING kINGS dOMINION - AND GROWING!!!
Was at the park last weekend - Planet Snoopy looks great! Great froyo at Sweet Frog, as well.
Something else we noticed - Rebel Yell got some trackwork done over the off-season! That slight turn at the bottom of the first hill after the turnaround has been completely smoothed out, no jolt or anything.
1. Skyrush | 2. Maverick | 3. The Voyage | 4. El Toro | 5. Outlaw Run 6. Millennium Force | 7. I-305 | 8. Medusa: SC | 9. X2 | 10. Phoenix
Leviathan - "I am a B&M, I am clearly not the father. I305 is not my child." Millennium Force - "Yes he is Maury... I am 100% sure" Maury - "Leviathan ..... in the case of possessed juvenile I305 .... you are not the father! Maverick - (giggles with guilty grin)"
^They've been putting in new pavers and doing some other sprucing up around the park, in addition to finishing Planet Snoopy. The improvements are noticeable, and I'm glad they're taking the time to do it.
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