Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (9/29/19) Not long after Kings Island made the announcement on Friday that they would be closing their Vortex (Arrow Looper) roller coaster at the end of October, another interesting story was sent my way. According to this source, it seems highly likely that the original intention of Cedar Fair may actually have been to close down the Anaconda (Arrow Looper) coaster at Kings Dominion instead, but after the unexpected closure and demolition plans for Volcano: The Blast Coaster came to light early in the year, the corporate office had to change their plans and remove a big coaster from another park instead.
A few years back Screamscape had heard a rumor that Cedar Fair was looking into their long term plans and had asked each park to nominate a coaster and a non-coaster ride for future removal, based on factors like low ridership, low guest satisfaction ratings as well as suffering from frequent or costly maintenance issues. Carowinds’ loss of Thunder Road was said to have come from this internal list, and both Vortex and Anaconda were also said to be on the list. So for the moment Anaconda is safe, but probably not for long, as I’d expect Anaconda to also be retired shortly after Kings Dominion gets around to replacing Volcano.
(8/10/19) A reader visiting Kings Dominion send in a couple of pictures of work crews beginning to demolish the Big Wave Bay wave pool at the waterpark this week. Big Wave Bay is the bigger wave pool of two at the park, but also the oldest, having opened back in 1999. Tidal Wave Bay which also offers cabana rentals opened in 2007. It’s a good bet whatever is planned for Kings Dominion in 2020 may now likely be built on the site of Big Wave Bay, which begs the question about what will become of the former Volcano site. Or could they both add something new?
(5/19/19) So what’s left of Volcano: The Blast Coaster these days? Sadly not much… and according to the video posted by Coaster Studios just about everything has been demolished to scrap, except for some of the outer themeing barrier and the outer queue building. A tunnel used for the exit of Avalanche is still there, but may also be removed if they can build a new exit pathway. Check it out in the video below.
(4/24/19) Kings Dominion has installed a metal detector in the Twisted Timbers coaster station itself to prevent guests from riding with objects in their pockets like cell phones, wallets and keys, but they can use a special zip-up pouch installed right behind your legs. While some parks have tried this in the past, I like the idea of putting it in the station itself to pass through as you select your row, allowing guests to keep their belonging with them while waiting in line.
(4/16/19) For all you Volcano: The Blast Coaster fans out there… a quick warning, the image contained in the Tweet below is likely to make you burst into tears. You’ve been warned.
(4/14/19) Three different Cedar Fair parks will have a visit from a new traveling exhibit attraction this summer called Monster Jam: Thunder Alley. The exhibit will feature five different famous Monster Trucks (Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Zombie and El Toro Loco), where guests not only be able to get up close and get a photo, but also climb inside the trucks to see what they are like from the driver’s point of view. You’ll also be able to stroll around the Monster Jam Garade to learn more about the creation of these massive vehicles. They also say there will be a “Monster Jam Freestyle Ride” where guests can climb into a 10-passenger Grave Digger or Megalodon car and be taken through a freestyle course. No major details were given about that, but apparently this is a real vehicle and not a simulator.
Look for Mosnter Jam: Thunder Alley to appear at the follow parks:
Cedar Point - From May 18 through to June 30
Kings Dominion - From July 20 through September 2
Dorney Park - From September 14 through November 3.
One more fantastic bit of news… unlike the old Dinosaur Alive exhibits, admission into Monster Jam: Thunder Alley will be included with park admission, though I believe you will be able to purchase a VIP Reservation for the Freestyle experience if you want to cut ahead of the line. As you might expect, availability for this unique attraction is expected to be limited.
(4/4/19) One of our readers stopped into Kings Dominion the other day and found a great photo location near the exit of Avalanche where they could see inside the Volcano structure through one of the new holes in the mountain. Check out the pictures they sent in for everyone to enjoy.
(3/31/19) A series of new photos shot at Kings Dominion show off more demolition to Volcano: The Blast Coaster this week, including some areas where they have begun ripping open the mountain itself.
(3/30/19) Demolition time has come for Volcano: The Blast Coaster, as the track for the entire turn behind the mountain has already been removed. According to the report, thus far, they have not started any demolition on the mountain structure itself. I’m not surprised through, assuming the coaster will be scrapped, I’d assume they would remove as much of the ride’s steel as possible to be sold for scrap metal before touching the mountain structure.
(3/27/19) Cedar Fair is experimenting with a new form of nighttime entertainment that will be visiting four of their parks for a limited run over Summer 2019. They are calling it “Grand Carnivale” and it plays out as an interesting evening parade with nine floats, tons of costumed performers and a street party atmosphere, mixed with special foods, drinks and musical entertainment. Look for Grand Carnivale to drop in to:
Kings Dominion - June 15 through July 7
Kings Island - June 15 through July 7
Worlds of Fun - July 13 through August 4
Dorney Park - July 20 through August 11
(2/8/19) Kings Dominion just posted a new blog update to their website where they dropped a bomb of an announcement.
"Part of getting ready for a new operating season includes an expert evaluation of our rides and operations. As a part of that evaluation, every aspect of our rides and attractions are analyzed, from guest satisfaction, throughput and rider capacity to reliability, uptime and maintenance. After thorough evaluation, the decision has been made to remove Volcano: The Blast Coaster. This wasn’t an easy decision for us, because we know that people love this one-of-a-kind coaster; however, over time it became nearly impossible to keep the ride up to our high standards of reliability and guest satisfaction, and for these reasons we had to make the tough call. We apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by the removal, but hope they will understand that it was done to enhance the overall guest experience here at Kings Dominion."
While they don't go into more detail, if I had to guess, I'd also say it is safe to assume that the entire "volcano" mountain structure will come down and be removed along with the coaster.
2019 - Nothing new was announced for this season... other than the removal of Volcano: The Blast Coaster.
2020 - Coconut Shores - (8/16/19) As expected, Kings Dominion will be focusing on waterpark improvements for the 2020 season. The new area taking the place of Big Wave Bay will be called Coconut Shores, and it will feature a 45-foot tall water fortress attraction called Lighthouse Landing and a kid friendly wave pool called Sand Dune Lagoon that will only be 2 feet deep and produce waves just 1 foot tall.
The park also promises that a yet-to-be-named new dining facility is also on the way to Soak City that will feature a mix of Latin and Asian flavors and tropical alcoholic beverages for those of age.
???? - Unknown New Attraction - Rumor - (4/28/19) So what does Kings Dominion have planned for the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster site? A very curious poster was put up on a barrier wall in the area already showing off what looks like an african looking landscape with animal silhouettes along with the text, “Expeditions on the horizon”.
It is also fun to remember many years ago Kings Dominion did feature a monorail ride through the Lion Country safari attraction to view many wild animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes and zebras. Later on when the park first built the mountain structure used for Volcano, it was called “The Lost World” and was home to three “fantasy-adventure rides” when it opened in 1979: a Voyage to Atlantis flume ride (name changed to Haunted River a year or so later), the Land of Dooz kiddie mine train (later called Smurf Mountain) and a rotor ride called Time Shaft.
Now this new hint about a possible future attraction leaves me very curious about what might be in the works.