Kings Dominion

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Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion logo.svg
Slogan Thrills Connect
Location Doswell, Virginia, United States
Coordinates 37°50′30.63″N 77°26′43.14″W / 37.8418417°N 77.4453167°W / 37.8418417; -77.4453167Coordinates: 37°50′30.63″N 77°26′43.14″W / 37.8418417°N 77.4453167°W / 37.8418417; -77.4453167
Owner Cedar Fair
General Manager Pat Jones
Opened May 3, 1975
Previous names Paramount's Kings Dominion - 1993 to 2006
Operating season Late March/Early April-Late October/Early November
Area 400 acres (1.6 km2)
Rides
Total 60
Roller coasters 14
Water rides 2
Website http://www.kingsdominion.com

Kings Dominion is a themed amusement park in Doswell, Virginia 20 miles (32 km) north of Richmond and 75 miles (121 km) south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 95.[1]

The 400-acre (1.6 km2) park opened in 1975 and is currently owned by Cedar Fair and offers over 60 rides, shows and attractions including 14 roller coasters and a 20-acre (81,000 m2) water park.[2] The name given to the park is derived from the name of its sister park, Kings Island, and the nickname for the state of Virginia, "Old Dominion".

History[edit]

Early history as Kings Dominion (1972-83)[edit]

The park entrance as seen from the observation deck of the replica Eiffel Tower

Following the success of Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, Family Leisure Centers (a partnership formed between Taft Broadcasting Company and Top Value Enterprises) decided to expand into a new region of the country by opening a second park. A 400-acre (1.6 km2) site was chosen in Doswell, Virginia in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, and construction began on October 1, 1972.[3] The new park was designed with Kings Island in mind as the blueprint using similar themes, rides, and activities.

Kings Dominion officially opened on May 3, 1975[4] offering fifteen attractions including the Rebel Yell, the Lion Country Safari Monorail, Galaxie, and a junior wooden roller coaster known as Scooby Doo. Also present at the opening was a log flume, steam train, a collection of flat rides and a cable-car sky ride that transported visitors between Old Virginia and The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera.[3] In addition, Kings Dominion's 1/3-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and the International Street Fountain greet visitors near the main entrance to the park. Original themed areas included The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera, International Street, Lion Country Safari, Old Virginia, and Coney Island.[5]

Kings Dominion added their fourth roller coaster, a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop known as the King Kobra, in 1977. The King Kobra featured a 50-ton counter weight drop launch and was the park's first launched roller coaster. It was in the park for nine seasons before being relocated to Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland and later to Hopi Hari in Brazil where it exists today as Katapul.[6] Also in 1977, Kings Dominion was one of several amusement parks serving as location for the film Rollercoaster.

A campground was completed in time for the 1978 season and the park's well-known Lost World mountain debuted in 1979. Originally, the Lost World featured three rides: a flume ride called Voyage to Atlantis, a children's attraction mine ride known as Land of the Dooz, and a rotor called Time Shaft. Only a year later in 1980, the flume ride was rethemed Haunted River. Kings Dominion later expanded Old Virginia with the addition of the park's second wooden roller coaster, the Grizzly, in 1982 and a river rapids ride called White Water Canyon in 1983.

Growth under KECO management (1983-92)[edit]

The replica Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion

Taft Broadcasting Company sold its theme park division in late 1983 for $167.5 million to Kings Entertainment Company (KECO), a new company formed by senior executives and general managers of Taft's Amusement Park Group.[7] Three parks were involved in the sale — Kings Island, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds — along with a 20-percent stake in Canada's Wonderland. American Financial Group later purchased KECO in 1987 but allowed KECO to continue to manage operations at the amusement parks.[8]

One of the first additions under the new management group was Berserker — a looping starship ride added to International Street in 1984. Also that year, Smurf Mountain replaced the mine ride Land of the Dooz, transforming the Lost World into The Smurfs theme. Kings Dominion unveiled a TOGO stand-up roller coaster in 1986 called Shockwave, the first of three roller coasters to be added under KECO. Shockwave has one loop like the older King Kobra but adds a helix. King Kobra was removed at the end of the season. A water slide complex known as Racing Rivers opened in 1987, and Avalanche, which remains the only Mack bobsled roller coaster in the United States, debuted the following year in 1988.[9] The trains of Avalanche are themed after bobsleds from various countries including the United States, France, Germany, Canada and Switzerland creating the experience of a bobsled race in the Winter Olympics.[10]

Kings Dominion continued to expand over the next few seasons starting with Hanna-Barbera Land in 1990 with the addition of more children's flat rides. A new, looping roller coaster from Arrow Dynamics called Anaconda was introduced the following year in 1991 featuring the world's first underwater tunnel which travels under part of Lake Charles. Anaconda was also originally billed as having six loops,[11] but unlike Arrow's six-inversion coaster Drachen Fire that opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg the following year, the Anaconda actually has only four inversions: a vertical loop, a sidewinder, and two consecutive corkscrews.[12]

A new 20-acre (81,000 m2) water park addition called Hurricane Reef opened in 1992. To build the water park, Kings Dominion filled in two-thirds of Lake Charles near the Candy Apple Grove region of the park. Originally it featured the Monsoon Chutes (two pairs of free-fall body slides, at 70 and 50 feet (15 m) high, respectively), the Torrential Twist (two enclosed body slides which wrapped around each other), the Pipeline (four open body slides), Cyclone (three enclosed body slides, the center of which was a free-fall), Tidal Wave (two open slides, which riders rode on inner tubes), Splash Island (an area for children with five water slides), and a lazy river.[13]

Paramount era (1993-2006)[edit]

The Kings Dominion Theater (Named "The Paramount Theater" during the Paramount era)

Kings Dominion continued its growth when it became part of Paramount Parks in 1993 and switched its name to Paramount's Kings Dominion. New attractions and areas of the park themed to Paramount's television shows and films appeared at Paramount's Kings Dominion almost every season that they were under Paramount's ownership. In 1993, they added a motion simulator attraction, originally featuring the Days of Thunder film, and Lion County Safari was removed at the end of the season. The 1994 season saw the addition of a new area of the park themed to the 1992 Paramount motion picture Wayne's World, which featured their third full-size wooden roller coaster, Hurler, a shop called the Rock Shop, and a Stan Mikita's restaurant similar to the one featured in the film. Since then, the Wayne's World section has been merged into the Candy Apple Grove (since renamed the Grove); the Stan Mikita's was converted to the Juke Box Diner, and the Hurler no longer has Wayne's World theming, except for a few spray painted "Wayne's World" logos near the exit of the ride. In the next year, another children's area, known as Nickelodeon Splat City, opened near the Shockwave roller coaster, this was a product of Viacom purchasing Paramount in 1994. This was later converted into Nick Central. Also Smurf Mountain was removed in 1995, leaving a dormant fiberglass mountain in the back of the park.

In 1996, Kings Dominion introduced its second launched roller coaster, and first LIM-launched roller coaster, The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear. The Outer Limits has a 56 miles per hour (90 km/h) launch, four inversions, and an identical "spaghetti bowl" layout to Flight of Fear at Kings Island. Almost as notable as the launch of The Outer Limits was the fact that the entire ride was in semi-darkness; the riders could not see where they were going. Five years after The Outer Limits opened, Paramount Parks' licensing agreement to use theming from the television show after which the ride was named expired; the Outer Limits-related theming in the ride and its queue was removed, and the ride was renamed Flight of Fear.

1997 featured the debut of KidZville, a re-theming of the Hanna-Barbera section. The park added the new Taxi Jam roller coaster, and Scooby's Playpark became a construction themed playpen called Kidz Construction Company. Yogi's Cave was rethemed to Treasure Cave and many rides in KidZville, such as Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster, George Jetson's Spaceport, and Huck's Hot Rods, continued to bear the names of Hanna-Barbera characters.

Overview of Volcano, The Blast Coaster and Flight of Fear in the background

Kings Dominion continued what became a trend of adding launched roller coasters in 1998, when they opened Volcano, The Blast Coaster in the former Lost World mountain. The mountain's previous rides had all been removed several years prior, and Volcano gave the mountain a major transformation. Volcano, which was manufactured by Intamin, was the world's first LIM-launched inverted roller coaster. The ride featured two separate launch sections, an Immelman style loop out of the top of the mountain, and three heartline rolls on the way back down. Volcano was themed to the 1997 film Volcano; the other Paramount Parks added inverted or suspended roller coasters themed to Top Gun around the same time. During the next two seasons, Kings Dominion expanded Hurricane Reef behind the Rebel Yell and renamed it WaterWorks. The new portion of WaterWorks includes Pipeline Peak, a set of four enclosed water slides, one of which (the Night Slider) is the world's tallest dark free-fall slide. In 2000, Nick Central opened on what was Nick Splat City and part of Kidzville.[14]

The park added its third launched roller coaster, Hypersonic XLC, in 2001. Hypersonic XLC, a Thrust Air 2000 air-launched coaster made by S&S Power, launched riders from 0 to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) in 1.5 seconds, taking them up an 87-degree incline and down an 87-degree drop.[15] The entire ride takes about 25 seconds. Hypersonic XLC broke down frequently and was closed for the first three months of its second season; no other Paramount Parks installed a similar ride.[16] Nevertheless, Hypersonic XLC helped establish Kings Dominion's reputation as "the launched coaster capital of the world".[17] Hypersonic XLC was removed after the 2007 season.

The early 2000s saw Kings Dominion opening new rides similar to existing rides at other Paramount Parks. In 2002, the park opened its new wild mouse roller coaster, Ricochet. Carowinds also installed their Ricochet in 2002. Diamond Falls, the Shoot-the-Chutes ride closed that season, leading to several seasons of speculation from park visitors over which ride would take its place. The 2003 season saw Kings Dominion become the final of several of the Paramount Parks to open a Drop Zone: Stunt Tower, now Drop Tower: Scream Zone. The 305-foot-high (93 m) Drop Zone at Kings Dominion was the tallest freefall ride in the world at the time it opened. In 2004, Kings Dominion added Scooby-Doo! And the Haunted Mansion; similar Scooby Doo-themed dark rides had opened at three other Paramount Parks during the three previous seasons. In the next season, Kings Dominion added an inverted top spin called Tomb Raider: Firefall, now The Crypt, which was an outdoor version of a similar ride named Tomb Raider: The Ride, also now The Crypt, at Kings Island. The differences between the two were that at Kings Dominion riders' feet dangle freely and at Kings Island there is a floor. In the 2006 season, Kings Dominion opened the Italian Job Turbo Coaster, its fourth launched roller coaster. Unlike the previously built launched coasters at Kings Dominion, each of which was faster than its predecessor, the Italian Job Turbo Coaster is designed more as a family ride and features several launches at 40 miles per hour (64 km/h). The coaster would later be renamed the Backlot Stunt Coaster in 2008. It is similar to the Backlot Stunt Coaster rides at Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland, which both opened in 2005.

On May 22, 2006, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. announced that they were purchasing all five Paramount Parks.[18] The sale was finalized on June 30, 2006 for $1.24 billion.[19] The park retained its Paramount's Kings Dominion name through the end of the 2006 season and dropped Paramount from the name at the beginning of the 2007 season.

Cedar Fair era (2007-present)[edit]

Control of the Paramount Parks had been transferred from Viacom to CBS Corporation at the start of the 2007 season. For the 2007 season, the park lowered its single-day admission by $5 to $44.95,[20] one year after Cedar Point had made the same change to their ticket prices. This was the first time that Kings Dominion has ever lowered their ticket prices for a full season.[20] In addition, they brought back their Starlight discount, which allows admission to the park for $29.99 after 4pm.[20] Kings Dominion expanded WaterWorks for the 2007 season, adding a second wave pool called Tidal Wave Bay, a four-person family raft slide called Zoom Flume, and a ProSlide Tornado.[20]

During the Cedar Fair era, the park introduced Halloween Haunt. While the park had always had a Halloween event, the new HAUNT event has been received very well.

In December 2006, Kings Dominion also put Hypersonic XLC up for sale.[21] The park announced plans to keep it running until a buyer was found. It remained in operation during the 2007 season and was closed and dismantled several weeks before the 2008 season started. Also during the 2007-2008 offseason, Cedar Fair renamed the park's last two rides to open with Paramount theming. Drop Zone Stunt Tower became Drop Tower Scream Zone, The Italian Job: Turbo Coaster became Backlot Stunt Coaster, and Tomb Raider: Firefall received the name The Crypt. The Paramount Theater also changed its name to Kings Dominion Theater.[22]

Dominator, a Bolliger & Mabillard floorless roller coaster formerly located at Geauga Lake, opened in 2008 in International Street. The Dominator is the longest floorless roller coaster in the world, with the second largest vertical loop in the world

The 2008 and 2009 seasons saw Kings Dominion receive three rides which had operated at Geauga Lake during its dry amusement park's final season. On October 23, 2007, Kings Dominion announced that Dominator, a floorless roller coaster, would be moved to Kings Dominion and located in the International Street section.[23] Dominator opened on May 24, 2008, becoming Kings Dominion's first roller coaster with five inversions. For the 2009 season, two flat rides once located at Geauga Lake, like Dominator, opened in 2009. Located near Rebel Yell, Americana became Kings Dominion's first Ferris wheel.[24] El Dorado, a pendulum ride, opened in the former site of Hypersonic XLC next to the Xtreme Skyflyer.

For the 2010 season, Kings Dominion opened Intimidator 305, a 305-foot-tall (93 m) gigacoaster by Intamin. The ride features a cable lift hill, an 85° first drop and a maximum speed of at least 90 mph (140 km/h). The ride, which is themed to NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, was announced on August 20, 2009, and represents the park's largest-ever capital investment. It is open as of May 2010.[25] Also for the 2010 season, the Kidzville and Nickelodeon Universe areas of the park are being re-themed to Planet Snoopy, as are the children's areas at Canada's Wonderland and Kings Island. The park has renamed the Hanna-Barbera themed rides in Kidzville to match the Planet Snoopy theme, ending the park's 35-year run with Scooby Doo and other Hanna-Barbera characters.

For the 2012 season, Kings Dominion installed WindSeeker in the Grove section of the park next to the Juke Box Diner. There are other versions of the ride in Cedar Fair parks such as Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point, Kings Island, Knott's Berry Farm, and Carowinds. The ride stands 301 feet (92 m) and gives riders a view of the surrounding area.[26] Kings Dominion also added Dinosaurs Alive!, an upcharge dinosaur walkthrough exhibit, located in the Old Virginia section of the park. This attraction also appears at Kings Island, Cedar Point, and Canada's Wonderland.[26]

For the 2013 season, Planet Snoopy merged with KidZville during a 7-acre (2.8 ha) expansion to form the largest Planet Snoopy in the Cedar Fair chain. There are now 18 attractions covering 14 acres (5.7 ha).[27]

For the 2014 season, Kings Dominion will be bringing back features from previous seasons to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Lion Country Safari. This includes the return of the classic singing mushrooms, the repainting of Anaconda, a better queue line for Volcano: The Blast Coaster, and the return of blue ice cream. The floral clock will return, along with the clown band. A new LED light package will be added to the parks fountains as well. In addition to those, the park re-themed Congo area to Safari Village and the Grove into Candy Apple Grove.

Areas and attractions[edit]

International Street[edit]

International Street is the park's main entry area, featuring a 320-foot long fountain pool[28] in the center of the walkway leading up to the 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower at the end of the street. The area is themed to a showcase of various European architectures, featuring shops and restaurants of different cultures. Originally, only the walkway and its shops were considered part of the International Street area;[29] during the park's Paramount seasons, the boundaries of International Street expanded to include the Action Theater.[30]

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description Rating[31]
Action Theater 1993 A 3-D theater which currently houses "The Lost World 3D". Formerly known as The Paramount Action F/X Theater (1998–2008), Days Of Thunder (1993–1997), "SpongeBob Squarepants 3D" (2003–2011), "Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia" (2012-2013)
Berserker 1984 Intamin A Looping Starship ride. 4
Dominator 2008 Bolliger & Mabillard A floorless roller coaster. Originally from Geauga Lake in Ohio. 5
Eiffel Tower 1975 Intamin An approximately one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris at 315 feet (96 m) and 450 tons. There is an exact replica of this Eiffel Tower at Kings Island. 2

Old Virginia[edit]

Grizzly

Along with International Street, Old Virginia is the only original section of Kings Dominion that has kept its same name throughout the park's history. This area has a distinct old-fashioned country theme with colonial-themed props (including a replica of the Liberty Bell), music, and architecture. In the 1970s, Old Virginia had an Intamin Flying Dutchman flat ride called Jamestown Landing; behind it, Old Virginia had a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[32][33] steam train ride, Old Dominion Line, which ran through the woods in the back of the park.[34] Jamestown Landing closed by 1980;[29] the Old Dominion Line stayed until it closed in the 1990s.

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description Rating[31]
Blue Ridge Tollway 1975 Passenger-driven cars that ride along on a guide rail. 2
Dinosaurs Alive! 2012 Dinosaurs Unearthed A pay-per-entry walkthrough Dinosaur attraction.
Flying Eagles 1975 Bish-Rocco A Flying Scooters type ride. 2
Grizzly 1982 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters A wooden roller coaster. A similar one exists at Canada's Wonderland. 4
Kings Dominion Theatre A theater that currently houses KD40 - On Stage. Originally named The Mason-Dixon Music Hall and Paramount Theatre during the Paramount era
Shenandoah Lumber Company Arrow Dynamics A log flume ride. 4
Thunder Raceway 1995 R.E. Enterprises Pay-per-ride Go-kart racing track. 4
White Water Canyon 1983 Intamin A River rafting ride. Originally White Water Rafting Adventure. 4

Candy Apple Grove[edit]

Originally, Candy Apple Grove was known as Coney Island in 1975, then was introduced in 1976. In the 1990s, Candy Apple Grove lost much of its theming and was renamed as the Grove in 2001 until 2013. Candy Apple Grove is Kings Dominion's largest area in the park. The area opened with an orchard theme complete with large candy apples, the popular animatronic Singing Mushrooms, and three apple-themed rides: Apple Turnover,[35] Bad Apple, and Adam's Apple. As part of Kings Dominion's 40th anniversary celebration, the Grove was rethemed to Candy Apple Grove with the return of its original theme including the newly developed Singing Mushrooms,[36] floral clock, and the popular clown band.[37]

In addition to rides, the area features carnival games, an arcade, fast-food restaurants, and a gift shop. The newest ride in Candy Apple Grove, WindSeeker, opened in 2012.

Ride Opening Year Manufacturer Description Rating
Americana 2009 A ferris wheel that previously operated at Geauga Lake from 1999 until 2007. 2
Bad Apple 2002 HUSS HUSS Troika. Formerly known as Triple Spin from 2002-2013 3
Carousel 1975 Philadelphia Toboggan Company A wooden carousel; one of the last wooden carousels operating in the world.[38] 1
Dodgem 1975 Bumper cars 4
Drop Tower: Scream Zone 2003 Intamin A Gyro drop tower. 4
Grove Stage 2013 Performance stage that currently houses Rockin' Country and Karaoke Superstars
Hurler 1994 International Coasters, Inc. A triple out-and-back wooden roller coaster. 4
Rebel Yell 1975 Philadelphia Toboggan Company A racing dual-tracked wooden roller coaster. 4
Ricochet 2002 Mack Rides A wild mouse roller coaster. 4
Shockwave 1986 TOGO A stand-up roller coaster. 5
Wave Swinger 1975 Zierer A suspended swing ride that rotates with a wave motion lifting riders more than 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air. 3
WindSeeker 2012 Mondial A tower swinger ride featuring two-person swings that slowly rotate and ascend the 301-foot (92 m) tower until reaching the top where speeds increase up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h). 4
Xtreme SkyFlyer 1996 Skycoaster Pay-per-ride double skycoaster 5

Safari Village[edit]

Safari Village (formerly named Congo) is Kings Dominion's easternmost and predominantly African-themed section. It was inspired by one of the park's original attractions, the Lion Country Safari. Containing a boat ride and a monorail train through a nature preserve, the safari attraction closed in the 1990s.

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description Rating[31]
Anaconda 1991 Arrow Dynamics A custom looping roller coaster. It was the first coaster to feature an underwater tunnel and the first coaster at Kings Dominion to feature more than one inversion. 5
Avalanche 1988 Mack Rides A bobsled roller coaster that is the only Mack bobsled coaster currently operating in the United States. 3
Backlot Stunt Coaster 2006 Premier Rides A family LIM-launched roller coaster based on the chase sequence of the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. Riders launch into a parking garage, dodge police cars, and are attacked by a helicopter, which ignites fire all around riders before hitting a second launch section, sending riders into pitch black darkness. Formerly known as The Italian Job: Stunt Track (2005–2007). 5
The Crypt 2005 HUSS A suspended top spin. Formerly known as Tomb Raider: Firefall (2005–2007). 5
Flight of Fear 1996 Premier Rides A LIM-launched roller coaster prototype. Over-the-Shoulder harnesses were removed and replaced with lap bars in 2001. Formerly known as Outer Limits: Flight of Fear (1996–2000). 5
Intimidator 305 2010 Intamin A giga coaster that is the newest roller coaster at Kings Dominion and one of the tallest in the world. The name is in reference to NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, "The Intimidator", and the coaster's 305-foot (93 m) lift hill.[39] 5
Scrambler 2000 Eli Bridge Company A classic scrambler ride. 3
Volcano, The Blast Coaster 1998 Intamin A launched inverted roller coaster. The largest of its kind in the world. It is an enclosed roller coaster since the station is located inside a model of a giant Volcano. 5

Planet Snoopy[edit]

The section originally opened as Nickelodeon Splat City in 1996, and was later renamed Nickelodeon Central in 2000. It was re-themed to the Peanuts for the 2010 season. In 2013, Cedar Fair merged the KidZville section of the park and introduce 12 new and re-themed attractions.[27]

Attractions Height Requirement Thrill level
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Under 46" with adult 2
Lucy's Crabbie Cabbies Under 54" 2
Flying Ace Over 44" or with adult 3
Great Pumpkin Coaster 40" or with adult 2
Joe Cool's Driving School Between 40" and 60" 2
Peanuts Road Rally Under 54" 1
Snoopy vs. Red Baron Between 36" and 54" 2
Snoopy's Moon Bounce Between 36" and 54" 2
Peanuts Turnpike Under 54" 1
Woodstock Express Over 46" or with adult 4
Flying Ace Balloon Race Over 42" or with adult 2
Snoopy's Rocket Express At least 36". Between 36" and 42" with adult 2
Linus Launcher 42" 3
Charlie Brown's Wind Up Over 42" or with adult 2
Lucy's Tugboat Over 42" or with adult 2
Snoopy's Junction Over 36" or with adult 1
Snoopy's Space Buggies Over 36" or with adult 2
Woodstock Whirlybirds Over 42" or with adult 2

WaterWorks[edit]

Main article: WaterWorks

WaterWorks is Kings Dominion's water park. It opened in 1992 and is included with admission to Kings Dominion.

Incidents[edit]

In the afternoon of May 27, 2014, a transformer near Safari Village blew, causing Intimidator 305, Volcano: The Blast Coaster, Anaconda, Backlot Stunt Coaster and Avalanche to halt operations immediately, with riders present. Through precautionary measures, all rides in the park except for Flying Eagles and Blue Ridge Tollway (which operates via gasoline) were ordered to halt operations immediately. No injuries or deaths of any nature were reported and all guests were safely removed from ride vehicles.

Criticism[edit]

In 2013, the park's "Halloween Haunt" event featured a walk-through maze called Miner's Revenge. Advertisements for the attraction characterized it as "the worst coal mine accident in history,"[40] and the attraction featured depictions of dead miners' bodies that had been mangled by a mining disaster.

The attraction drew criticism in the press for being in poor taste due to the region's experience with mine disasters. Washington Post writer Peter Galuszka (author of a book on the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster)[41] said that the attraction "hits a little too close to home for me" since "The idea of abandonment is a difficult topic for miners. At Kings Dominion, the suggestion of living miners left to die is meant to inject some enjoyable dramatic tension",[42] while in the Washington Monthly, Kathleen Geier decried that "agonizing deaths are being served up for fun and profit to the gawking, peanut-crunching masses" and asked "What next — a thrill ride based on the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh? Auschwitz: The Theme Park?".[43]

Following the controversy, Kings Dominion stated that they will not operate Miner's Revenge in the future.

Fast Lane[edit]

Fast Lane is Kings Dominion's virtual queue system. For $60, visitors get a wrist band that enables them to get to the front of the line on 15 of the most popular attractions without queueing.

Halloween Haunt[edit]

Halloween Haunt Kings Dominion logo.jpg

Halloween Haunt is an annual Halloween event at Kings Dominion. It debuted in 2001 as FearFest,[44] but was renamed Halloween Haunt in 2007 to match other Cedar Fair parks.

Attractions[edit]

As of 2014, Halloween Haunt features 15 attractions including 9 mazes and 6 scare zones.[45]

Attraction Type Opened Location
Blue Ridge Bloodbath Maze 2001 Old Virginia
Cleaver Brothers Carnival Scare zone 2012 Candy Apple Grove
Club Blood Maze 2007 Candy Apple Grove
CornStalkers Maze 2011 International Street
The Doll Factory Maze 2010 Planet Snoopy
Feary Tales Scare zone 2009 Planet Snoopy
IronWorX Scare zone 2010 International Street
Maze of Madness Maze 2014 Candy Apple Grove
Necropolis Scare zone 2010 Old Virginia
No Vacancy Maze 2012 Old Virginia
Outbreak: The Evolution Maze 2012 Safari Village
PrimEvil: The Kuru Curse Scare zone 2012 Safari Village
Slaughter House Maze 2010 Candy Apple Grove
The Lair Scare zone 2011 Old Virginia
Zombie High Maze 2013 Candy Apple Grove

Timeline[edit]

  • 1974: Preview event featuring a film theater, Scooby-Doo (now called Woodstock Express), and Lion Country Safari.
  • 1975: Grand opening
  • 1976: Apple Turnover (Enterprise flat ride)
  • 1977: King Kobra (Steel coaster)
  • 1978: Kings Dominion Campground
  • 1979: Lost World (Themed area) featuring Journey to Atlantis, Land of the Dooz and Time Shaft
  • 1980: Haunted River replaced Journey to Atlantis
  • 1982: Grizzly and Amphitheater
  • 1983: White Water Canyon; Galaxie coaster closed
  • 1984: Berserker; Smurf Mountain replaced Land of the Dooz
  • 1985: Diamond Falls and Scooby's Play Park
  • 1986: Shockwave; King Kobra removed
  • 1987: Racing Rivers
  • 1988: Avalanche
  • 1989: Sky Pilot (replaced Monster)
  • 1990: Hanna-Barbera Land expansion
  • 1991: Anaconda
  • 1992: Hurricane Reef (Water park)
  • 1993: Days of Thunder
  • 1994: Hurler; Old Dominion Line steam train removed
  • 1995: Nickelodeon Splat City; Smurf Mountain, The Time Shaft and The Haunted River are removed
  • 1996: Flight of Fear and Xtreme SkyFlyer
  • 1997: Taxi Jam; Hanna-Barbera Land renamed KidZville
  • 1998: Volcano; Action Theater replaces Days of Thunder
  • 1999: Expansion of Hurricane Reef to WaterWorks
  • 2000: Nickelodeon Central; Pipeline Peak added to WaterWorks
  • 2001: HyperSonic XLC (Xtreme Launch Coaster); Stan Lee's 7th Portal 3D (feature in Action Theater); Shockwave and Anaconda repainted with new colors
  • 2002: Ricochet and Triple Spin; Meteor Attack (feature in Action Theater); Diamond Falls closes
  • 2003: Drop Tower and SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D (feature in Action Theater)
  • 2004: Scooby-Doo & The Haunted Mansion
  • 2005: Tomb Raider Firefall (Now known as The Crypt)
  • 2006: Backlot Stunt Coaster and Thunder Raceway Go-Karts
  • 2007: Tidal Wave Bay, Tornado and Zoom Flume added to WaterWorks; FearFest becomes Halloween Haunt
  • 2008: Dominator (Originally from the now closed amusement park Geauga Lake); Hypersonic XLC removed
  • 2009: El Dorado and Americana (both relocated from Geauga Lake); Grizzly retracked
  • 2010: Intimidator 305 (Intamin Giga Coaster); Nickelodon Central becomes Planet Snoopy; Boo Blasters on Boo Hill replaces Scooby-Doo & The Haunted Mansion; Rebel Yell retracked
  • 2011: Snoopy's Starlight Spectular; Shockwave repainted a new color; Grizzly retracked; El Dorado closes
  • 2012: WindSeeker and Dinosaurs Alive!; Fast Lane debuts; Dinosaur 3D replaces SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D
  • 2013: Planet Snoopy 7-acre (2.8 ha) expansion and merges with KidZville;[27] Snoopy's Splash Dance removed
  • 2014: 40th Anniversary celebration; International Street fountain restored, Candy Apple Grove and Safari Village return; Volcano: The Blast Coaster and Anaconda retrofitted.

Retired rides and attractions[edit]

  • 1974-1993: Lion Country Safari
  • 1975-1981: Adam's Apple/Vertigo (himalaya ride)
  • 1975-1984: Flying Carpets
  • 1975-1984: Galaxie (Galaxi) (made by S.D.C.)
  • 1975-1995: Old Dominion Line (steam train)
  • 1975-1995: Sky Ride (Two entrances, one next to the Rebel Yell and one in Hanna-Barbera Land)
  • 1975-1988: Bad Apple (Monster)
  • 1976-1993: Apple Turnover (Enterprise ride next to Lake Charles)
  • 1977-1986: King Kobra (Steel Coaster)
  • 1979-1980: Lost World Mountain: Journey to Atlantis (Replaced by Haunted River)
  • 1979-1995: Lost World Mountain: The Time Shaft
  • 1979-1983: Lost World Mountain: Journey to the Land of Dooz
  • 1980-1995: Lost World Mountain: The Haunted River
  • 1984-1995: Smurf Mountain
  • 1985-2002: Diamond Falls (Big Splash ride) (located where Black Lot Stunt coaster sits)
  • 1987-1996: Racing Rivers (Water slide complex)
  • 1989-1998: Sky Pilot (Located near Rebel Yell in Candy Apple Grove)
  • 1997-2012: KidZville
  • 2001-2007: Hypersonic XLC compressed air-launched coaster made by S&S Power
  • 2009-2011: El Dorado (where the WindSeeker is now located)
  • 1995-2012: Snoopy's Splash Dance

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References[edit]

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