Well, it's time for the first full season under Kings Dominion's new regime--Paramount is dead! Long live Cedar Fair!
Paramount may be dead, but its ghost still lingers. It doesn't appear that CF took a lot of care in "de-Paramountizing" the park, aside from the maps, a sign here and there, and the CMs' name badges. You'll still find the Paramount name and logo on shirts in all the shops (gotta sell that back inventory) and on many of the trash cans, and those Paramount movie props are still ringing the Eiffel Tower.
And there is one interesting, somewhat more irritating holdover from the old boss. Remember how they used to play music from different movies and TV shows, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Leave It to Beaver, all over the place? Today, except for the music in the Nick section and the jungle drums in the Congo, the only music being played in the park, from the main gate to the Grove to Old Virginia, was . . .
the theme from Star Trek: First Contact!
Yes, I heard that music pretty much constantly for the the six hours or so I spent at KD. Would love to know what the story is behind this. Is this the only music CF could get the rights to use?
Well, theme music aside, the weather was great, the crowds were pretty light, and I had a good time. And, yes, there was but one-train operation on all the park's rough and wild woodies. But Volcano was its usual awesome self, as was Flight of freakin' Fear.
And now here's a bunch of those things that are supposed to say a thousand words. Enjoy.
PS--if you have one of those temporary KD or CF Maxx Passes, just go to any open ticket window, and the cashier will trade it for a "permanent" plastic card (no muss, no fuss).
PPS--I have a suspicion that CF may be using a new vendor for KD's soft-serve ice cream. It used to be pretty good--now it really sucks. Yes, this pallid, stale-tasting twirl of gelatinous goo would probably better serve as a low-grade stamp adhesive than as a snack treat.
Here I am at Knott Paramount's Kings Dominion. Doesn't look like much has really changed.
At least this trash can got the memo.
A lousy picture of a good change--the entrance is no longer blocked by ticket booths. So, you actually get "lines" when you enter, as opposed to an unruly mob. (Tickets are sold in the bldg. in the left foreground.)
An eye full of the Eiffel . . . slap! Ow! Sorry--it won't happen again.
The early bird gets two rides (one in the front seat) in 15 minutes on Volcano.
Yep--sure beats the crap outta the Smurf train ride that used to be there.
And, for all of you who like rides based on mediocre remakes of old movies . . .
. . . it's (kersploosh!) Italian Job! (I must admit that I think this little coaster is fun.)
We're now entering Flight of Fear! This is a restricted area!
Remember--you will be under constant surveillance . . .
. . . by aliens!
Time to help Scooby and the gang get to the bottom of another groovy mystery (before the line gets too long).
I think this kid likes band. Just a hunch.
Might as well catch the Tomb Raider show while waiting for Avalanche to open.
Remember kids--clean poo is happy poo! (Note to CF: you might want to fix this sign.)
And now we turn to Curt Gowdy over at the bobsled run. Looks like Team USA has taken the early lead.
But "Canaba" is starting to close the gap!
Here's what $7.39 buys you at KD. Well, at least the pizza is decent and the napkins are free, right? Part two of photos to come.
Seems like you had a great time. I was there as well, and you're absolutely right about Cedar Fair taking there sweet time with getting rid of the Paramount stuff. However as I was waiting for them to open up the parking gates, one of the attendants I spoke to said that they have until the beginning of next season to 'de-Paramount' the place, to include the electronic billboard that can be seen from all over the park and I95.
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