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Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:46 am
by cfc
A park's opening day can be a bit of a mess. For example, Kings Dominion's opening day last year was a parade of technical issues and non-operating rides (Twisted Timbers was especially temperamental, but it was brand new). But the weather yesterday was perfect--partly sunny and breezy, with temps in the high 70s (a perfect Virginia spring day).

And, hey, KD did itself proud, with most of the coasters operating pretty smoothly. There was a bump here and there (Drop Tower was broken most of the afternoon and Windseeker found a bit too much wind, for example). But, overall, I think KD was pretty happy with how things went--and they drew a good-sized crowd. And, yes, the Mushrooms were singing.

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"In a gadda da vida, honey!"


I had a few objectives, aside from riding Twisted Timbers, I305, and Dominator:

1. Volcano--had they started dismantling it?
2. The old Dinosaurs Alive gift shop--what was it now?
3. The new Parched Pig tap room--was it open?

Let's have a look around.

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:07 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Very entertaining report as usual. The Grizzly store and the Parched Pig look great.

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:16 am
by Dombot
Looks like a pretty good opening day! Thanks for the report, Chuck.

Gotta say, while I'm really not a fan of the ride it accompanies, the new Grizzly gift shop looks stellar. Such a great compliment to Old Virginia, fits in with the theme so well.

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:58 am
by bert425
nice report Chuck!

and the Parched Pig looks great.

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:23 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great TR Chuck! Always enjoyable, when you're guiding us through a park. Any park. :smile:

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:54 pm
by coasterbill
Great photos!

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:45 pm
by boldikus
Nice little update, Chuck. The beer spot looks clutch. Can't wait to get into some Virginia vibes in a few weeks! ;)

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:48 am
by coasterbill
I'm glad they still have those growlers. I was *this* close to buying one on multiple occasions last year and kept forgetting to get them on the way out. :lol:

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:23 pm
by Intamin_coyote
Great report!

Looks like you had fun day Intimidating, Dominating, Twisting, and Timberizing :lol:

But alas, no more Blasting :cry:

Re: Photo TR: Opening Day at Kings Dominion

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:39 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

Are they changing the color of the Eiffel Tower or just applying a new layer of paint?