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Park News - (11/29/20) Walmart is putting on a flying drone aerial night show that is traveling the country and will stop to perform in the parking lot of Kings Dominion on Dec. 10th when the park is closed. Unfortunately it looks like the free show tickets have sold out already, but locals may be able to know locations where you can view the show from afar. Keep an eye on the official website as well as they say additional tickets may be made available.
(11/12/20) Kings Dominion has now announced that just like Carowinds, they too will be able to open the park for a limited capacity food tasting event in December called “Taste of the Season”. Check out the website to buy tickets or make reservations for the select dates to be held between Dec. 5 - 27, 2020. According to the website select rides in Planet Snoopy along with the Grand Carousel and bumper cars will be open, and for the thrill seekers the park will open Dominator and Delirium.
(10/21/20) Kings Dominion has announced that the park’s current VP and General Manager, Tony Johnson, will be retiring as of January 3, 2021 after a very long theme park career that actually started at Kings Dominion in 1974 with Johnson working in one of the guard towers at the Lion Country Safari drive-thru attraction that opened as a preview the year before the rest of the park.
Johnson will be succeeded by Bridgette Bywater, Cedar Fair’s current Director of Operations who started her career with the company back in 1992 at Worlds of Fun.
(8/5/20) Kings Dominion has confirmed that the park will now remain closed for the rest of 2020. Confirming the rumor we posted last week, they are now focused on reopening the park in 2021.
(6/24/20) While Kings Dominion has yet to comment very much about their plans to reopen the park, a news article about Busch Gardens paints a very grim picture for Kings Dominion as well. According to the article the current rules in effect in Virginia do allow for theme parks to reopen, but the big theme parks have been lumped in with smaller attractions, and would only be allowed to have a maximum of 1,000 guests on site at any given time. This number is simply not sufficient for a theme park to operate and Busch Gardens has said that unless things change they will be forced to remain closed. I can only assume Kings Dominion would also agree.
(3/22/20) On Friday afternoon all Cedar Fair owned theme parks announced on their social media streams the same basic message, stating that the plan for them was now to hopefully “reopen all properties mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible.” For some parks this will be a reopening, for others their seasons will be delayed by several weeks, but for a few this is just a delay of a week or two. Check your local park’s website as the date get closer to see each park’s actual opening date once things have begun to settle down.
(3/13/20) Kings Dominion has announced that they will postpone the spring season opening of the park until Saturday, April 4th, 2020. Prior to this announcement Kings Dominion was set to open for the season on March 28th.
(1/25/20) Kings Dominion has confirmed that the park is retiring The Crypt (Huss Top Spin) attraction and it will be removed before the park opens for the 2020 season. The Crypt originally opened in 2005 as Tomb Raider and featured some nice set-pieces around the ride as well as extensive water and fire effects that would fire-off while the ride was in motion. The Crypt was also in close proximity to the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster, and according to the post by Kings Dominion this is being done to make way for a “future adventure for our guests”. While they aren’t ready to talk about whatever is planned for 2021, the only hint given is that “Things are lurking in the jungle.”
(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.
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.
2021 - New Coaster - Rumor - (3/4/20) I haven’t heard this rumor myself yet, but according to KDFans, who is usually on the right track for these kind of things, the plan for Kings Dominion in 2021 may be to bring an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster to the park on the former site of The Crypt. Things can change again, but this is what they currently believe is being planned at the moment, which would be interesting as no one in North America other than Six Flags has installed an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster.
My immediate thinking was that Kings Dominion could possibly opt to build a different and bigger model than the one that has been cloned so many times already for Six Flags, and right now KDFans also seems to be thinking the same.
(2/28/20) Sad news for Kings Dominion fans… because I know you’ve been waiting to hear all about some big time coaster plan for 2021. Unfortunately, KDFans reports that the B&M Wing Coaster plans that were in development have been “shelved” and that the park is looking at going in a different direction. At this stage in the game however, a delay like this could also mean that while something new is coming in 2021, it may not be quite what you are hoping for.
In fact, it looks like the former Volcano site may not be used at all, and instead the latest plans seem to be focused on putting something new on the former site of The Crypt nearby which is now labeled as ‘Future Ride Area” on the demolition plans.
Given the smaller footprint involved here, it seems clear that any plans for a major new coaster for the park will likely have to wait until at least 2022 or perhaps 2023 at this point. Anyone know more about what is on the way? If it is still a coaster of some kind, it isn’t going to be a very big one, and the park already has a Mouse coaster, so what else is compact but not a kiddie coaster? An RMC Raptor maybe?
(11/11/19) KDFans has uncovered some early documents that finally begin to paint a picture about what Kings Dominion has planned to take the place for the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster. According to these early document leaks, they believe that Cedar Fair may be working with B&M to come up with a new Wing Coaster layout as well as expand the Safari Village area into where some of the mountain structure used to be.
While these appear to be preliminary plans that are likely to change, it was worth noting that the size of the coaster they were working on here was on the small side for B&M, maybe 100 feet tall at most, and five inversion, so something compact but intense, rather than going for something taller like GateKeeper at Cedar Point. Either way, things could change between now and 2021, which is when this coaster is likely to open.
(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.