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Kings Dominion
Doswell, VA
Cedar Fair Entertainment

 

 

 

 

icon_STOPPark News - (2/16/22) Kings Dominion has announced a slew of special events set to take place at the theme park over the 2022 season, in addition to the opening of the new Tumbili coaster and Jungle X-Pedition area of the park. The park itself will open for the 2022 season on March 12, but an opening date for the new area and attractions has not been set yet.
    Grand Carnivale will take place on select dates from June 25 through July 10, featuring special food, live entertainment, music and more.
    Halloween Haunt will return from Sept. 23 through Oct. 30th on select nights.
    The new Tricks and Treats Fall Fest event will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 24 through Oct. 31st as a great daytime kid friendly Halloween celebration.
    Finally you can also enjoy the return of WinterFest to the park on select nights from Nov. 18 through to Jan. 1st, 2023.
 
    (9/23/21) Halloween Haunt will return to Kings Dominion on select nights from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, and reservations are not required. Halloween Haunt will feature a total of five haunts (1 new one) and four scare zones (1 new one) for the season. The new haunt is called GrimmWoods which is described as a haunted trail where classic fairy tales characters will come to life, and seek out your own. The new scare zone this year will be called Uprising and be located around the Safari Village area as the jungle becomes infested by a horde of undead zombies.
    The list of returning Haunts include: Blood on the Bayou, Condemned, Corkstalkers and Trick or Treat. Returning Scare Zones will be: Cleaver Brothers Carnival, Masquerade and Pumpkin Eater.
    For those wondering, this does sound like a scaled down version of the Haunt when compared to years past. While I only have my own visit from 2007 to compare it to, in that year the park offered a total of 7 haunts back then. But considering the trouble’s the park has had to deal with all year in terms of staffing, cutting back on the number of haunts may be the best solution. After all, there are few things more frustrating than going through a Haunt with almost no scareactors to bring it to life.

 

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icon_STOP2022 - Tumbili, Reptilian, Arachnidia and Jungle X-Pedition - (3/2/22) Kings Dominion has confirmed yet another existing attraction will be transformed to fit into the new Jungle X-Pedition land. Along with the new Tumbili coaster, and the rethemed Reptilian (formerly Avalanche) the park’s former Scrambler ride will now take on the theme of a Goliath Tarantula and be renamed after the temple, Arachnidia.

 
    (1/25/22) Kings Dominion fans… after being closed for all last season due to the construction of Tumbili, Avalanche is no more.
    Well… kinda…
    This week the park’s blog introduced us all to Reptilian, which will be the new name and theme for Avalanche going forward as a great way to fit it in to the jungle themed area of the park. According to the new storyline for the attraction, “While leading a project for the Whey Foundation, Professor Rovin Jay and his team uncovered a temple dedicated to the powerful reptile, a crocodile. The builders of this temple were awed and terrified by the creature's deceivingly stealthy yet quick movement. According to the scripts within the site, the temple is named Reptilian.”
    The ride’s track, supports and trains will feature an all new color scheme and decor that will tie into the new Reptilian theme, including temple style croc faces painted on the lead cars of the trains, with three different unique accent colors to go with each of the three trains (Blue, Orange and Red).
    Check out the official blog to see the fun new artwork and colors that will be used to transform the former Avalanche coaster which always kind of felt out of place in this corner of the park over the years when it was tucked between Tomb Raider and Volcano: The Blast Coaster. I have to say that this is also a great sign for the longevity of this unique coaster, as it is the one and only Mack Rides Bobsled coaster currently outside of Europe. (Currently there are four others still running: Europa Park (Germany) Parc Asterix (France), Blackpool Pleasure Beach (UK) and Heide Park (Germany). There once was another one in Japan at Kobe Portopialand, but it was closed along with the rest of the park in 2006 when the park shut down.
 
    (12/19/21) A few construction photos of the new Tumblili coaster, the Jungle X-Pedition land and even a look at the returning Avalanche coaster (which is getting repainted) can be found in Kings Dominion’s latest blog posting.
 
    (8/13/21) Kings Dominion announced that the jungle area of the park would be rebranded as Jungle X-Pedition and themed as an exotic archeological dig site and research facility. Guests can visit the base camp and eat at a new signature restaurant, shop in an immersive retail location and take on the park’s latest roller coaster, Tumbili. Tumbili is the name for the S&S 4D Free Spin coaster that we saw pieces for in the parking lot several months ago.
    Forgive me for not realizing it, but this layout is actually slightly different from the version that the Six Flags parks have been installing. The version most of us have seen so far is referred to by S&S as the ‘110’ version, of which nine have been produced so far around the world. Tumbili will actually be the second of the newer “106” version, with Dragon Slayer at Adventureland that opened earlier this summer being the first.
    I don’t know the actual stats to directly compare the 106 to the 110, but visually it appears that the top run of track is a bit shorter and only has one hump between the lift hill and drop down at the end, while the 110 version has two humps. The track curves for the lower half of the ride as also a bit different with the final drop to the ground being one giant curve with the flat braked section before the final braked drop.
    Better yet, check out the concept art and animation of the Tumbili experience below and remember, Tumbili is the Swahili word for “monkey”.


    (8/2/21) Kings Dominion has begun an interesting set of tease messages over the past couple weeks, each including latitude and longitude coordinates to various famous locations across the earth. The coordinates have highlighted many famous locations such as Stonehenge, Pompei, a Snake Temple in Malaysia, the Venus Pyramid in Mexico. As each location is posted on social media, apparently posters highlighting the attraction at each location have been added to the construction wall nex tto all those crate we saw earlier this summer. 
    With the locations spread out across the earth and not in just one area or even a continent, perhaps the plan is for the new attraction to be themed to a group of adventures who visited each site in search of something.
 
    (7/30/21) The clock is ticking, and Kings Dominion has set August 12, 2021 as the day the park will announce what’s in store for 2022 at the park at 11am. Stay tuned!
 
    (5/24/21) What looks like the first teaser for the Kings Dominion 2022 coaster project has arrived in the park as a bunch of large shipping crates. As a sort of hint about the ride’s crazy free-spinning cars the ‘This End Up’ stickers on the crates are mostly being ignored, with crates set down facing sideways and upside-down in the group. The assorted crates are all labeled as being from “Kroft Industries” and being shipped to “Livingston and Company, Doswell, VA”. 
    I don’t always know enough about the park’s history and past attractions, especially in this unique area of the park, to make all the connections here, but I can speculate a bit about the use of the names Kroft and Livingston. The most obvious reference may be that the use of the name “Kroft” could be a deliberate mis-spelling of the name CROFT, as a reference for Lara Croft, the star of the Tomb Raider game and films. This makes sense as the location of the new coaster is supposed to take over the former location of Tomb Raider: Firefall, later renamed The Crypt when Cedar Fair bought the park from Paramount and removed all the Paramount owned IPs.
    I believe the reference to Livingston and Company is a reference to  “Livingston’s”, the name of a former restaurant and arcade building in the Safari Village area of the park. I’m told that the actual building is still in the park and is currently the home of the Outer Hanks restaurant.

 
    (12/8/20) With the opening of Kings Dominion for their special holiday event, fans arrived on site to discover piles of coaster pieces in the parking lot near Dominator. From the looks of it, this is a new S&S 4D Free Spin coaster that looks like it will have green rails and supports painted to look like giant pieces of bamboo.
    This fits in with previous rumors that a new compact coaster would be coming to replace The Crypt in 2021, with an S&S 4D Free Spin being the most likely rumor at the time. WIth Six Flags having installed so many of these around the country so far, it does make me wonder if Cedar Fair would have had the foresight to try to get a new layout to make their version stand out as being different. 

 
    (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?

 

2023/2024 - New Large Roller Coaster - (2/28/20) No details known, but the next big coaster is expected to replace the park’s Volcano: The Blast Coaster site, but this wont happen until a smaller coaster is added in 2022 to replace The Crypt.

 

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Kings Dominion
Doswell, Virginia
Cedar Fair LP

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Abbreviation: KD
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