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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby jynx242 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:33 pm

^If I remember correctly, that was the reason for the protests.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:25 pm

GigaG wrote:
Intimidator305 wrote:^ On top of many complaints on their Facebook page saying they'd never return to the park again, it made local news all across the region.

www.wsls.com/story/23797028/miners-union-va-theme-park-attraction-an-insult

Americans are more sensitive than Canadians. This maze made a long-run at Wonderland.


Ah, now I remember. Although wasn't that maze protested in part because there was a deadly disaster at a mine not to far away?


Yeah, the whole brouhaha was pretty dumb. Hell, Black Diamond at Knoebels is themed to coal-mining disasters and no one batted an eye about it.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby whatabeast » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:49 pm

Highlight of my trip to Kings Dominion today: Getting on White Water Canyon in the pouring rain, turning to the man pressing the buttons and asking, "Excuse me, how wet do you get on this ride?" The death glare he gave me was priceless.

It was my first time at the park. Anaconda was down, but I'm not missing out on much when it comes to an old Arrow, am I?

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Volcano rocked. Grizzly was much better than I expected. I accidentally punched myself in the face while riding Shockwave... it's a Togo. Sh!t happens. This park is very well rounded, and honestly I didn't think the water park was half bad. It was also virtually empty, so I could have just gotten a good impression of WaterWorks...

Overall, good day. I've been going to Kings Island my entire life, so it was an interesting experience. I can't wait to go back!
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:03 am

whatabeast wrote:Highlight of my trip to Kings Dominion today: Getting on White Water Canyon in the pouring rain, turning to the man pressing the buttons and asking, "Excuse me, how wet do you get on this ride?" The death glare he gave me was priceless.

It was my first time at the park. Anaconda was down, but I'm not missing out on much when it comes to an old Arrow, am I?

+ Intimidator 305 might be my new favorite. I'll have to ride Millennium Force again to be sure, but I might just be in love.

Volcano rocked. Grizzly was much better than I expected. I accidentally punched myself in the face while riding Shockwave... it's a Togo. Sh!t happens. This park is very well rounded, and honestly I didn't think the water park was half bad. It was also virtually empty, so I could have just gotten a good impression of WaterWorks...

Overall, good day. I've been going to Kings Island my entire life, so it was an interesting experience. I can't wait to go back!


Nice! I'll be there later this afternoon so hopefully crowds are still fairly light.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:41 am

I had a good time at the park yesterday. Crowds were fairly light and I got on most of the rides in 5 hours. Anaconda was still down. I didn't see anyone working on it though. The highlight of my visit had to be getting the last ride of the night on Volcano in the front seat. The second we were dispatched, it started pouring which made it an interesting ride.

Speaking of Volcano, how long ago did they reroute the station and change the side that you load on? Last time, you had to wait in that long ramp inside the structure, but this time the entire wait outside of choosing a seat was outside the volcano. The trains are also loaded in the same spot that they are unloaded now instead of being done in two separate spots. Did the park do this to prevent employees from having to wheel the carts with guest items to the unload area or do you think they may be planning on doing something like Wonder Mountain? The Smurf Mountain station is still standing if they plan to use it.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterchitchat » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:55 am

Kings Dominion just tweeted out about a water park expansion for 2015. Yes, this looks like the same slide complex they are pushing around the parks.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/kings-dominion/kings-dominion-waterworks-expansion/10152213202511875

Major WaterWorks Expansion New for 2015 at Kings Dominion

Slide complex and splash zone among new additions to Virginia’s premier water park

DOSWELL, VA (August 21, 2014) – Kings Dominion is adding a splash to its 40th anniversary celebration with a major expansion to its 20-acre water park, WaterWorks. The newly expanded water park will open to the public in the spring of 2015.

In addition to the water slides, rides and wave pool that have been a part of WaterWorks, the new expansion features elements that spell fun for the whole family including a mega water slide complex, a family-friendly splash zone, expanded cabana accommodations and amenities that will enhance the overall water park experience for guests.

The 65-foot tall slide complex features three thrilling new attractions. On Paradise Plunge, thrill-seekers will step into one of three chambers and wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them in a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of loops and s-curves in a translucent flume. Aqua Blast will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re dropped out into a pool of water. A wet and wild adventure will await guests on Thunder Falls as they climb into a single or double raft before being launched down a series of intense drops and turns.


Splash Island will be a space geared toward younger guests and their parents and will double the current size of the children’s options available in WaterWorks. Features include small slides designed for young children and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground, as well as overhead. Little ones can let their imaginations run wild as they get soaked underneath large cascading flowers, take a trip down a slide, or pump and direct water that shoots out from one of the many splash pad creatures.

Splash Island will also offer options for parents and family members looking to relax and soak up the sun in the adjacent lounge area while they watch the children play.

In addition to expanded pool-side cabanas, upgraded bath houses and additional restrooms are also part of the water park expansion plans.

“This major expansion to WaterWorks will allow family members of all generations to experience water park fun together with our new splash zone,” Kings Dominion’s vice-president and general manager Pat Jones said. “We are keeping with our traditions of providing entertainment and fun to all ages. We chose this six-slide complex to give our thrill-seeking guests a completely new water slide experience and Splash Island to provide a relaxing environment for more family fun.”

WaterWorks will continue to be available at no extra charge for Kings Dominion visitors. “We’re happy to offer two parks for the price of one,” says Jones. “The improved look and feel of WaterWorks will add to our guest’s experience. We can’t wait to share that with them.”

Guests who want to be among the first to experience the exciting new additions to Kings Dominion’s water park can purchase a 2015 Season Pass now at the absolute lowest price online at kingsdominion.com or at the park during public operating days through November 3.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair also owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in California under a management contract.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Diamondbacker27 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:15 am

It's better than nothing :p
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:36 am

It's not a bad water park (just a bit dated), and I've no problem with them expanding and improving it. Water Works is a big draw for KD, so this move makes sense.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterchitchat » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:43 am

cfc wrote:It's not a bad water park (just a bit dated), and I've no problem with them expanding and improving it. Water Works is a big draw for KD, so this move makes sense.


Chuck, water parks are always a big draw for the parks that have the 2 for 1 thing.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Coasterdude54 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:16 am

Well now that we know what we have for 2015, is it safe to start speculating 2016. =)
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