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Kings Dominion
Doswell, VA
Cedar Fair Entertainment

 

 

 

 

Park News - (10/20/22) In an interesting new development, Cedar Fair announced earlier this week that starting in 2023 their Carowinds and Kings Dominion theme parks would be moving to a new year-round schedule in 2023. Traditionally, both parks have typically been staying open on weekends through the Christmas season as part of the WinterFest event, and then closed for January, February and the first half of March before opening on weekends once again for the following season.
    According to the announcements both parks will now be open on Weekends (weather permitting of course) all year round instead of closing down entirely. Keep in mind that a lot of the park’s normal “off-season” maintenance will still have to be performed during this time period, so expect for a larger than normal number of rides to be closed during this time period. This would likely include all the water rides at Kings Dominion (because Carowinds doesn’t have any) and if the weather drops below 40 you can expect a number of big coasters to also close down.
    But that’s just all part of year-round operations for any theme park anyway, so it’s awesome to see these very popular parks extend their season, which is sure to be appreciated by their local fan-base and especially the passholders who will now have even more days to enjoy the parks than ever before.
    Normally Cedar Fair has only had one park in the company with year-round operations, which would be Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California who is open daily. So it isn’t without a small bit of irony that while Cedar Fair is adding two more parks to have year-round schedules, Six Flags just downgraded their only year-round park with daily operations to now have weekend only operations in the winter months, even though it is located only an hour’s drive from Knott’s Berry Farm.

 

icon_STOP2023 - Restore The Roar / Grizzly Refurbishment - (11/15/22) Kings Dominion has posted their second update about the refurbishment of The Grizzly. The blog post includes a lot of history about the making of the coaster itself and even a throwback video showing off the original TV commercial used to promote it in 1982.
 
    (11/9/22) Kings Dominion has confirmed that The Grizzly is “undergoing extensive renovations and retracking and will re-emerge some time next season more pierce than ever before.” Follow the link to read the park’s official update and see current construction photos of the work being done.
 
    (11/5/22) Kings Dominion posted an interesting message on Facebook on Friday labeled, “Restore the Roar” along with Monday’s date for the big reveal. The graphic also shows what looks like a bear claw ripping through the background image of a wooden coaster, and putting it all together, this would seem to be a message about the future of The Grizzly coaster at the park.
    I haven’t mentioned it here, but it has been discussed on the Screamscape Facebook page that The Grizzly was officially closed for the rest of the season on Labor Day and since then guests have noticed lots of construction taking place on the ride, including the removal of the top of the coaster’s lift hill.
    Having just ridden Grizzly on July 4th, this was welcome news, as it was extremely rough and clearly in need of some major help, so a high profile restoration would go a long way. Now we just want to wait until Monday to find out just how extensive this restoration will be.

 

???? - 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.

 

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Track Record

Kings Dominion
Doswell, Virginia
Cedar Fair LP

Read our trip report & reviews of the 2007 Halloween Haunt

Abbreviation: KD
Formerly: PKD


www.kingsdominion.com

Newest Developments
2021 - Coconut Shores

2018 - Twisted Timbers

2017 - Planet Snoopy Expansion, Toy Racer 3D

2016 - Delirium

2015 - Soak City Expansion:

2013 - Planet Snoopy

2012 - Windseeker &
Dinosaurs Alive

2011 - Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular

2010 - Intimidator 305 & Planet Snoopy

2009 - Americana & El Dorado

2008 - Dominator and New Ride Names. Tomb Raider is now The Crypt, Italian Job is now Backlot Stunt Coaster, Drop Zone is now Drop Tower.


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