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Park News - (8/21/22) KDFans has posted a bit of info about what Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion might look like this fall, complete with a permit filing discovered that seems to be for a new haunt experience. There are references to the new haunt being called “21”, which is likely a reference to this being the park’s 21st season. Since the park wasn’t able to properly host an real Halloween event for the 20th anniversary season, this could be some kind of anniversary themed haunt. We’ve seen parks elsewhere do this, creating a sort of mish-mash themed haunt with different rooms themed to some of the most popular haunts from years past. The report also mentions a new “Site X” scare zone, a new show and more.
(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 enjoy the return of WinterFest to the park on select nights from Nov. 18 through to Jan. 1st, 2023.
2023/2024 - Jungle X-Pedition Phase 2 - Rumor - (7/11/22) While we know that eventually in the next couple of years the plan for Kings Dominion was to replace the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster with the park’s next major roller coaster, but we honestly don’t know when. The addition of Tumbili was sort of a Post-COVID stop-gap measure to buy a little more time for this project by adding a smaller coaster and by creating a little new theming in the form of the Jungle X-Pedition area.
To be honest, having just visited the park myself, the Jungle X-Pedition area actually looks pretty great. Nice theming all around the new Tumbili area, including the transformation of the former Avalanche coaster into Reptilian along with turning the Scrambler into Arachnidia. Along with the new light theming to the restaurants, food stands and the rest of the infrastructure in the area, this area of the park looks pretty good right now and even Anaconda fits the overall theme.
Around the one corner you do have the slight oddity that is the plaza that features both Flight of Fear and Intimidator 305, but I’ll let that one go for now. The one attraction that does sort of stick out like a sore-thumb is the Backlot Stunt Coaster (formerly The Italian Job: Stunt Track). While as a coaster, the ride still works great and is a lot of fun, but the theming has been better days. Currently most of the ride’s once highly-touted special effects are dead and broken.
But would you believe there may be a plan to change all that? According to a new rumor sent in, there may be a “Phase 2” of new theming and additions planned for Jungle X-Pedition to come before the next big coaster project. Our source claims that this could possibly include importing the Berserker (Bayun Kurve) from California’s Great America as a way to bring back Kings Dominion’s lost Mt. Kilimanjaro attraction. Even more exciting however may be a possible plan to revamp the Backlot Stunt Coaster to have new ‘jungle’ appropriate theming, new effects and to retheme the cars to look like off-road jeeps instead.
Just a rumor at this point, but I think it would be great to see more additions brought to fill out this section of the park if any of this ends up happening.
2024/2025 - 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 couple of years after a smaller coaster is added in 2022 to replace The Crypt.