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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Fri May 22, 2015 4:44 am

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Password121 wrote: P.S. I wonder how KD will try to convince people that its minor improvements and/or small flat rides are some large investment, like they have for the PAST FIVE YEARS!
2011. Minor improvements
2012. Flat rides
2013. Flat rides
2014. Minor improvements
2015. Water rides
2016. Minor improvements


It's becoming my view that ALL of that is part of the I305 plan. Surely they knew then that the 40th was coming up. They just chose to put in the coaster first rather than do minor improvements for 5 years first, or do the coaster someplace in the middle.

It makes sense. Add a coaster every few years for 35 years. Take a break, then start replacing one every few years -- for up to another 35 years before the next break! Give people a chance to start speculating on replacement, then give them at least another couple years to ride the old ones so they don't complain about losing them before their time. KD reached the enviable position of being full of coasters, where at least for a while they could focus on other details.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby neil009 » Fri May 22, 2015 8:44 am

With Cedar Fair on their huge B&M snooze fest kick, why is everyone so eager for KD to get a new coaster? Wait a little while for them to start building good rides again.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Password121 » Fri May 22, 2015 8:52 am

Right, because Banshee and Fury are just SO bad :roll:
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby TB305 » Fri May 22, 2015 8:53 am

neil009 wrote:With Cedar Fair on their huge B&M snooze fest kick, why is everyone so eager for KD to get a new coaster? Wait a little while for them to start building good rides again.

You act like Banshee and Fury 325 are a snoozefest. Ride them first before you bash them :roll:

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby neil009 » Fri May 22, 2015 10:18 am

^I would take I305 over Fury and Volcano over Banshee. Pretty much anything from B&M would be a step down from what they already have. To me a wing coaster would not add anything to their current lineup, I don't really go by the "want a new ride just for the sake of being new" mentality.

Note that I'm saying this because to me KD already has a spectacularly solid line up. They can afford to wait until CF hops on the RMC train. If it's Dorney we're talking about, sure, bring on the wing coasters.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby TB305 » Fri May 22, 2015 11:49 am

neil009 wrote:^I would take I305 over Fury and Volcano over Banshee. Pretty much anything from B&M would be a step down from what they already have. To me a wing coaster would not add anything to their current lineup, I don't really go by the "want a new ride just for the sake of being new" mentality.

Note that I'm saying this because to me KD already has a spectacularly solid line up. They can afford to wait until CF hops on the RMC train. If it's Dorney we're talking about, sure, bring on the wing coasters.

And yet, have you ridden them? I've ridden both I305 and F325 (KD is my home park) and I would rather ride Fury over Intimidator. Just my opinion though. Fury had a much more cohesive, thoughtful, and complete ride experience in my opinion, and that first drop was absolutely amazing.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Intimidator305 » Fri May 22, 2015 12:31 pm

I too would take Intimidator 305 over Fury and Volcano over Banshee any day. I believe Banshee and Fury show signs that B&M is attempting to bring back that Kumba/Montu kick to their rides, but they aren't top 5 material for me.

With that said, I would greatly appreciate one more B&M at Kings Dominion that compliments Dominator nicely. A smooth, not-so-intense B&M would be a perfect addition for the park as their first coaster since Intimidator 305 (especially if replacing a ride like Shockwave). Trust me, I'd prefer an Intamin, BUT I believe a B&M would be better for the park and to round out the park's line-up so for the well being of the park, I hope the next ride is a B&M. :omg:

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri May 22, 2015 3:42 pm

If we can hold off speculating about what we hope Kings Dominion might be getting in the future, let's take a look at what they got this year. ;)

Soak City Media Day

I'm sure many of you have taken advantage of Water Works, KD's water park, which is part of regular park admission. Well, you can't go to "Water Works" anymore--because it's been rebranded as Soak City, complete with a new play area, slide-tower complex, cabanas, and food offerings.

Here's a set of "Fun Facts" the park provided:

Soak City is Kings Dominion’s all-inclusive waterpark featuring 20-acres of wet and wild fun for the entire family. Admission to Soak City is included in the regular park admission ticket or with a Season Pass – two parks for the price of one!

NEW - Hurricane Heights is a mega-slide tower standing 65 feet tall and housing 6 total slides including the following:

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: riders are sent 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

Thunder Falls: a wet and wild adventure awaits guests as they climb onto a raft before being launched down a series of intense drops and turns

NEW - Splash Island is a splash pad geared towards younger guests and their families. 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.

NEW – Beach Party Cabana is a deluxe VIP party cabana featuring Wi-Fi, television, personal wait staff, and plush lounge chairs.

NEW – Oasis Marketplace sits adjacent to Splash Island and offers a variety of healthy snacks and beverages.

NEW – Fonda’s Fiesta features a menu designed by our Executive Chef serving up fish tacos, southwest chicken wraps, churro cupcakes, and more.

NEW – Surfer Joe’s features a menu inspired by our Executive Chef serving up a variety of po’ boy subs, nachos, and more.


And how was Hurricane Heights, the park's new tower complex from Whitewater? The Paradise Plunge was quite intense and disorienting and knocked me for quite a loop! Maybe I'm getting old, but I preferred the tamer tube slides. My favorite was the Thunder Falls slide with the double-down drop. I was catapulted off my tube as soon as I hit the pool, which was pretty refreshing. Hurricane Heights is located on the other side of Rebel Yell, near Tidal Wave Bay.

The new cabana set-up is nice, and we enjoyed the lunch they provided that day, which included coconut shrimp, "Aqua Blast Burgers" (BBQed sliders with a slice of pineapple on top), tasty fried potatoes, and pina colada cupcakes. The potatoes and cupcakes will also be part of Soak City's regular food offerings, but I don't know about the shrimp or the little burgers. It was all pretty good--a step above KD's usual fare.

Here's a look at what to expect at Soak City.
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Goodbye Water Works. Hello Soak City!
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Snoopy and Charlie Brown are very excited.
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Snoopy is ready to go sliding now!
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But I guess Charlie Brown just prefers baseball.
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There was a brief ceremony, which included some remarks from the park's general manager and VP, Pat George: "We’re excited to finally open the gates of Soak City for our guests to enjoy all the improvements made over the past several months. We are dedicated to providing the best summer experience for families to create memories that will last a lifetime.”
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Looks like Soak City bought some advertising space from Backlot Stunt Coaster.
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Need to cool off? Here's a nice spot.
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Hmm--I guess there's a good reason for calling it "Splash Island." The park's lazy river circles the new play area.
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Hurricane Heights offers six ways for you to get wet. You have to walk under Rebel Yell (and cry "more, more, more") to get there.
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Sign photo for Larry.
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Here's a closer look at the complex. It does offer fun for the whole family (provided they're at least 48" tall). The tube slides are fun for anyone, and the trapdoor slides at the top offer a bigger, more intense thrill. By the way, the two blue tube slides are Thunder Falls, while Aqua Blast is the purple one. These slides also have some lighting effects inside--a nice touch.
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Looks like the lifeguard is grooving to the sounds of . . .
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. . . the Beach Bumz.
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Let's see . . . they drop the floor out from under you there . . .
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. . . and you end up here . . .
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. . . courtesy of this company.
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You displace a fair amount of water when you hit the bottom.
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Tidal wave!
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Oh, there is a person in there somewhere.
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This tube slide with the double down was my favorite (the one next to it was fun, too).
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Shall we have some lunch in our cabana?
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Here's some of the spread. I liked the ginger beer, and the cupcakes had mandarin-orange slices in the middle (very nice).
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Here are some of the cabanas. They surround the Tidal Wave Bay wave pool.
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You can get some nice views of Intimidator 305 from Tidal Wave Bay and Hurricane Heights.
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But beware of Anacondas attacking from the trees!
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One last look at someone getting very wet on Thunder Falls.
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And here's a look at the Eiffel Tower being very patriotic for Memorial Day Weekend. Thanks for reading.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Intimidator305 » Fri May 22, 2015 4:16 pm

This was a much needed addition and the last area that needed a general spruce up since Cedar Fair took over. I was there two weeks ago and peeked inside Soak City and by looking at these photos at the finished product it was a job well done by the park. WaterWorks felt dated in some parts and now the water park is brightly colored and looking fresh with a new name. I'm also happy that they have dealt with the congestion on the north side of the water park and installed the new pathway. Congrats to KD and Cedar Fair on a job well done.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Coaster Hero » Fri May 22, 2015 8:14 pm

Thank you for posting that picture of I305's crest in the side view. I've never seen a picture of it so perfect,so I've had a hard time recreating it in N2!
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