^^Interesting idea, but Volcano's footprint is NOT small. The volcano alone took up tons of room, along with the giant curve outside the volcano and the land behind it, Kings Dominion can pretty much fit anything they want in that spot.
I really would like to see a record-breaking B&M Flyer themed to some African bird / safari themed. There's nothing like it in the area, it is extremely marketable, and it can break records pretty easily since there aren't too many large-scale flyers out there. A Wing Coaster would be great as well, and could work with this theme too.
^Hey, a wing coaster is a good idea. If Kings Dominion builds and opens a wing coaster next year, then not only I'd come by for the visit, but also buy their CEDAR FAIR PLATINUM PASS so I can enjoy their other parks as well ( which will be significant for I haven't done that route in a few years). What do you say, KD: are you going to make me happy?
I'm going to be in northern Virginia for a wedding this weekend. My Friday is wide open until the evening. Would it be worth it to run down to KD from the Winchester area on Friday for the day? I have a Platinum Pass, so parking and entry would be free. I have looked at Google Maps and it is about a 2 hour drive from Winchester to Doswell.
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^^-- Of course it would! One of the best amusement parks there is. Unless it's too hot for you that day and you can only go the hottest and most (often, only) crowded part of the day, which are similar.
I'm sorry what is the question here? You're a roller coaster enthusiast on a roller coaster enthusiast messageboard asking other roller coaster enthusiasts if we think you should go to a great amusement park containing some of the best roller coasters on earth only two hours from you on a day - a weekday no less - when you have nothing else going on and it would cost you nothing but gas money and lunch? What do you think we're going to say?
Honestly you might not even need a skip-the-line pass if you hit Twisted Timbers for early entry and Flight of Fear early on. Getting one would allow you to re-ride the crap out of Twisted Timbers though so I wouldn't argue if you went that route.
boldikus wrote:I'm sorry what is the question here? You're a roller coaster enthusiast on a roller coaster enthusiast messageboard asking other roller coaster enthusiasts if we think you should go to a great amusement park containing some of the best roller coasters on earth only two hours from you on a day - a weekday no less - when you have nothing else going on and it would cost you nothing but gas money and lunch? What do you think we're going to say?
I think the only debate would be if it were Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion. I far prefer Busch Gardens, but both are great parks and since they have a Platinum Pass, I think Kings Dominion is the no-brainer.
Kings Dominion's Early Summer Party: Grand Carnivale
TPR was invited to the opening day of Grand Carnivale--the park's combination of a food-and-wine festival with Mardi Gras. While this isn't the first time the park has hosted an event based on international cuisine, this year they've thrown in a dance party, a parade, fireworks, and entertainment (as well as food) from five countries: China, France, Germany, India, and Italy.
And what's on the menu? (I've tried the boldfaced items.)
China: Szechuan Beef Bao Bun (steamed bun, with Gochujang-glazed beef short rib and pickled cabbage), Emperor's Chinese Spare Ribs (slow cooked, chili-rubbed pork ribs glazed with sweet, sticky sauce)
France: Crepe Monsieur (ham and Gruyere crepe, topped with Bechamel sauce), Crepe Franchaise and Chocolate (filled with Nutella and strawberries)
Germany: Bratwurst with Kraut, Bier Kase Spatzle (Bavarian noodles in a creamy beer sauce topped with crispy onions)
India: Vegetable Samosas (crispy pastry filled with potato and peas served with mango chutney), Tandoori Chicken Tacos (spiced chicken over toaster naan with cilantro, radish, and yogurt sauce)
Italy: Mama Meatballs (marinara, served on garlic toast with shaved Parmesan), Roman Suppli (fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and pepper in marinara sauce)
I had Apple Strudel for dessert.
All the festivities take place, appropriately enough, on International Street, with a special focus on the plaza around the Eiffel Tower, which is where you'll find the food booths and mini-entertainment stages, with the exception of Germany, which is halfway between the park entrance and the tower. There are songs and dances from the different nations, and quite a few street performers (most of whom participate in the nightly parade and dance party). The parade circles the Eiffel Tower, and some of the floats add more atmosphere to the dance party afterward.
Here's a look at KD's Grand Carnivale, along with a pause to pay our respects to the late Volcano: The Blast Coaster.
Then it's party time--at least until July 7. My thanks to Kings Dominion for the invitation.
Welcome to Grand Carnivale! The king on the left looks a bit shifty. Maybe he's already a bit tipsy.
Even Starbucks is wearing Mardi Gras beads.
Need a tasting card? Get it here. You get six samples for $30. Or you buy food samples for $6.99/each. There's a special cocktail, too.
The action centers on the Eiffel Tower, or so says Capt. Obvious.
There was a brief opening ceremony at the main stage across from the tower.
"Welcome to Grand Carnivale, my loyal subjects! As your king, I must warn you . . .
. . . there are mimes about!"
We'll get back to the festivities later, but it's time to pay our respects. You can still make out "Blast Coaster" on this sign--barely.
The station and gift shop are all that is left.
But you do get a new view of Avalanche.
Why, hello there, Flight of Fear building.
The future awaits.
Stay seated! I'm watching you!
At least the waterfall is still here.
Meanwhile, what's happening on International Street?
I have my complimentary tasting card. Hmm--where should I go first?
"You follow me, ja?
Challenge accepted--beer and spatzle for me!
Of course, there's music. It's Oktoberfest!
Yes, there are mimes! And artists! You have been warned!
Uh oh! Giant chefs and mimes are natural enemies! More food and fun to come.
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