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Kings Dominion
Doswell, VA
Cedar Fair Entertainment





icon_STOPPark News - (3/24/2024) Kings Dominion has opened for the 2024 season and as previously mentioned… the former Intimidator 305 coaster is going by the name “Project: 305” for the season. All the old Intimidator theming has been removed, the trains have been stripped of all the old racing stickers, and a new logo has been added to the entrance sign that does offer some hints as to the ride’s future.
    The overall “vehicle” theme seems to still be there in the design language, because the font used for the new name does still have a high tech racing kind of look to it. Also, if you look closely, the number “0” in “305” is sporting an “X” through the center of it, making it look very similar to the taillight design used on the Jeep Renegade. Mix in that the entire background of the sign perimeter now features a pattern of leopard spots, this all seems to indicate that the future theme will eventually tie into an expansion of the Jungle X-Pedition land’s overall theme.
    Based on the plans leaked for the park’s next big coaster, which appears to be a launched B&W Wing Coaster that will replace the park’s former Volcano: The Blast Coaster, it too is expected to tie in nicely to the overall Jungle X-Pedition theme.
    The only other question may be to ask, what exactly will become of the Flight of Fear’s current theme package, which is more Area 51 than anything else, but will be stuck smack-dab in the middle of Jungle X-Pedition.
    Of course, what really sticks out more than anything else is the nearby Backlot Stunt Coaster. If you go way back to our post from 2022, where the first rumors about how the park was preparing to expand Jungle X-Pedition, the rumor at that time was to retheme Backlot Stunt Coaster with new jungle appropriate theming, some new effects and to completely retheme the little sports cars to look like off-road jeeps. While this would still work wonders, it almost sounds like Kings Dominion may be preparing to borrowing parts of this concept for Project: 305.
    (2/28/2024) It seems that whatever licensing agreement Cedar Fair had with Dale Earnhart’s family has now expired, because the world famous INTIMIDATOR 305 roller coaster has now been rebranded as “PROJECT 305””. The description is a little vague, and says the coaster offers the same thrills that you rember but “the experience is something you’ve never, ever seen. And definately something you can’t unsee. Details are comig. But in the meantime, brace yourself. This ain’t your mama’s 305.” Based on this, I can only guess that Project 305 may be a temporary name until they are ready to release a final branding idenity.
    (2/10/2024) I think I missed this over the last fall season, but apparently Kings Dominion attempted to turn their Halloween Haunt into a separate ticket event for the first time, closing down and clearing out the park of daytime guests for an hour or two, only to reopen for Haunt only operations. According to the official 2024 Halloween Haunt page, “In 2023, Halloween Haunt was a separately ticketed event. Not this year! We are returning to how things were before 2023.“ Two Experiences, One Ticket!


2024 - Nothing is known at this time...


???? - 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.


icon_STOP2025 - New Large Roller Coaster - (3/29/2024) Site clearing is now under way at Kings Dominion for the park’s proposed 2025 new addition, which is rumored to be a launched B&M Wing Coaster. A picture of the site being cleared between the Flight of Fear and Reptile coasters, on the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster site, can be seen posted over at Reddit.
[2025 Coaster, Kings Dominion] officially under construction!
byu/corvaxL inrollercoasters

    (12/24/2023) A new post at KDFans reveals a potential layout for what they believe could be a new B&M Launched Wing Coaster intended for Kings Dominion as early as 2025. Their analysis of the plans indicates it appears to have an enclosed launch track that may start off with a pre-launch scene of sorts, before launching out into a series of twists, turns and what looks like as many as five inversions, crossing over much of the Jungle X-Pedition land, taking up most of the space between Flight of Fear, Reptilian and Tumbili.
    They’ve posted a whole bunch of artwork based on how they believe the layout might go, along with an animated video rendered in NoLimits that is worth checking out.

    (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.



Track Record

Kings Dominion
Doswell, Virginia
Cedar Fair LP

Read our trip report & reviews of the 2007 Halloween Haunt

Abbreviation: KD
Formerly: PKD

Newest Developments
2022 - Tumbili

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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