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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby BeansproutMidget » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:29 am

SLCHeadache wrote:Re: market, I'd argue that KD captures some of the DC area market, if only because SFA doesn't step it up. Traffic on the Beltway is also enough to keep Northern Virginia residents going to KD over SFA..


I've lived in NOVA for five years now, haven't bothered to drive up to SFA once. While I personally haven't gone because KD is closer to me than SFA by an hour, those I know who have gone there swear they wouldn't return. It's infamous for being 'horrible' by my peers.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:26 am

I just remember being at one of those family style Amish buffets and the family we were with lived in the town with Six Flags America, but they made it clear that they drove to Hershey anytime they'd go to an amusement park. On one hand, it makes sense since Hershey is awesome. On the other hand, it says a whole lot about Six Flags America.

Kings Dominion really is in an area with a ton of competition.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterAuditor » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:30 am

FilmoreISnAZN wrote:
CoasterAuditor wrote:Kings Dominion really is a stacked park

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To be fair, your GCI is INCREDIBLY mediocre.

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Absolutely fair. I've ridden good GCIs though at least. Hershey is only 3 hours north of where I live so if I need a solid GCI fix (as if I'm some sort of coaster junkie that just craves specific coaster makes and models as I go through day to day life) I'll go there.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:38 am

I was actually disappointed in my rides on Lightning Racer this year. The ride wasn't as smooth as I remembered.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby SLCHeadache » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:56 am

Re: GCI fix, Roar at SFA satisfies my GCI fix pretty well, I thought it was slightly smoother than Lightning Racer. Neither were objectionably rough.

Canobie Coaster wrote:I just remember being at one of those family style Amish buffets and the family we were with lived in the town with Six Flags America, but they made it clear that they drove to Hershey anytime they'd go to an amusement park. On one hand, it makes sense since Hershey is awesome. On the other hand, it says a whole lot about Six Flags America.

Kings Dominion really is in an area with a ton of competition.

Not really "a ton of competition" so much as "one serious competitor". I don't think Hershey is close enough to steal away many Virginia residents. Maybe DC/Maryland like you said.

KD was always far behind BGW until the 2008 season. Dominator caught them up, and the one-two punch of BGW losing the Big Bad Wolf and KD getting Intimidator 305 made KD the leader, though InvadR was a big gain for BGW. It all comes down to Project Madrid in 2019.

About the only thing SFA has on either park is the included water park in the summer and the coaster lineup in the winter.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:59 am

What is this Lightning Racer is rough crap? We rode it in late October and while it felt more out of control than usual we (the missus and I, and she is a complainer) both thought it was smooth as ever and one of our favorite rides we've had on it.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Vonni » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:34 am

CoasterAuditor wrote:
Vonni wrote:^ I'm jealous


I'm jealous you have Outlaw Run.



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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Jason Maier » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:36 am

You know . . . I may very well switch my Season Pass for 2019 to King's Dominion/Cedar Fair.

The last time I actually went to KD was for a summer camp day trip in '94 (I was 13 at the time).

It's only a 2 hour drive to KD for me (depending on Beltway traffic and such)

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Rayj » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:10 pm

With the addition of Twisted Timbers, is KD the 3rd best Cedar Fair park?

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Password121 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:55 pm

Rayj wrote:With the addition of Twisted Timbers, is KD the 3rd best Cedar Fair park?

I feel like it just completely depends on what people are looking for, so to throw out "Now it's the third best" seems pretty arbitrary. If people are more into atmosphere, short lines, and family rides, Kings Dominion is better than Cedar Point. It's all personal opinion.
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