Kings Dominion photo book from 1981!

pics from this VERY different park 25 years ago
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Kings Dominion photo book from 1981!

Postby pkdcoaster » Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:58 pm

There are very FEW things that have not changed at PKD in the last 25 years
Eiffel Tower, Dodgem, Wave Swinger, the fountains (although the border has changed DRAMATICALLY) Log flume and the Blue ridge tollway just about everything else looks completely different. Rebel yell is still there but looks very different and the old Q house was much better than what they have now
Just thought I would share these pics with you guys

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Apple Turnover...old enterprise by the lake (great name)
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check out the border of the fountain
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I street
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I wish the pics were better but this is the 2 page foldout for the Haunted River a great dark ride/log flume
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check out how big the lake was and how big that water spray is
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ahhhhhhh
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Volcano in its dormant state
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Classic monster ride located in the same area that Drop Zone occupies now
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The lost world
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these were the best Flyers ever..originally called the parrot troopers. note that half the loading platform was a pier and you would swing out OVER the lake...this ride scared me half to death when I was a kid...I thought for sure "the strings would snap"
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another mountain shot
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scooby dooby doo!
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yes they had water skiing shows on the lake..there used to be grandstands behind Dodgem to watch the skiiers
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Time shaft was a Rotor ride with lighting effects and loud music buried DEEP in the mountain
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the classic Q house and the much better color scheme....note the 4 car PTC's anybody know the year it went 5 car?
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Bonus pic from the season password from August 1990....this is how the ride sat for a YEAR the foundations were even finished for the pretzel loop and corkscrews...probably could have been finished in a month....but they let it sit for a year...this is th
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Postby Luxo » Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:04 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing...what rides occupied the volcano before it became the blast coaster?

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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:08 pm

So that was what where your old avatar came from.

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Postby gtaylor » Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:09 pm

^^The Haunted River, The Time Shaft, and the AMAZING Smurf Mountain. I love Volcano, but I miss me some smurfs.

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Postby cfc » Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:10 pm

I remember riding the Haunted River when I first moved to Virginia (was going to finish a master's degree and leave, but "the best laid plans of mice and men . . ."). The best part was that rather steep drop at the end. I thought. Below is a rather dark picture I took last weekend after riding Volcano. I had never noticed these skeletons down in the pit by the exit--they look like leftover theming from the Haunted River.

I remember the fountains in the entry plaza looking a whole lot bigger in the movie Rollercoaster. And how about those singing mushrooms?

Thanks for sharing, Jeff--Rebel Yell's old queue house was pretty cool (as was that lake).
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Sorry the picture's so dark. Looks like these poor guys have been hanging around Volcano's exit for quite some time.
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Postby pkdcoaster » Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:25 pm

Actually before it was SMURF mountain it was called "Journey to the land of the Dooz" then in 1983 I believe the transformed the animatronics into the Smurfs

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Postby pkdcoaster » Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:07 pm

Speaking of Rollercoaster! the movie..here are some screenshots from 1975

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Postby YoshiFan » Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:16 pm

Great pictures, I think I would have enjoyed the park more if it had all the rides it had in those photos compared to what is there now. I didn't know they used to have those Old Engine 99 trains. It seems like they are gone except for the ones at the Great Escape.

Rebel Yell's old queue house looks better than what they have now (I hate how it takes forever to walk through the current queue that seems way too long for the short lines it gets)

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Postby Slacking » Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:43 pm

Wow, awesome pictures, thanks for posting them.

I totally forgot about the Time Shaft! I loved the Haunted River though. When I visited PKD my one and only time (I think it was the year Hurler opened, 95, maybe?) I rode and enjoyed both of those rides. The Smurf ride was already closed by then though.

Wow, its been over 10 years since I visited PKD, I should try and hit it again this summer.

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Postby jamesdillaman » Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:47 pm

^ That's funny, that's the same year I visited my one and only time, and we (My girlfriend and I) just went there last weekend. I recommend going back, a lot has changed in 10 years!
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