This last Saturday, I went on a trip with others from my school to Kings Dominion for about 7 hours. When we
got there, the first thing I noticed was how cold and windy it was. I knew that this could either be a great thing because it will
scare away the crowds and there will be little to no lines, or it will be too windy and cold for a lot of different rides to operate
and there would even be a possibility of the park closing early. Well it turned out the combination of just the right amount of
cold and the wind made this an amazing day by scaring away much of the crowds. Even though some major rides were closed
for the day, or ended up closing later in the day, I ended up getting in lots of rides. I will let the pictures do the talking, but I will
give my ride count for the day here.
Backlot Stunt Coaster, Delirium, Grizzly, The Crypt, Ricochet, Bad Apple,
Eiffel Tower, Flying Eagles, Wave Swinger, Boo Blasters, Woodstock Express: x1
Volcano, Flight of Fear, Anaconda, Rebel Yell, Avalanche: 2x
I305: 5x (closed later in the day)
Dominator, Wind Seeker, Drop Tower, Hurler: Closed
On to the photos!
I welcome you to this trip report with the obligatory Eiffel tower/fountain/logo picture
Some nice theming at this Cedar Fair park to start the day!
Many rides similar to those in Great Adventures past can be found at Kings Dominion. This is the
parks Looping Starship called Berzserker. I never did get around to riding it today though
Overpriced Chinese food!
Did I mention the park was dead today?!
Wave Swinger Swinging away
The legendary singing mushrooms. They were recently brought back for the parks 40th anniversary, but I guess they have taken up
permanent residence at the park
My first ride of the season!
It was so cold at the park, that they hosted the olympic bobsled time trials today!
"all clear means you're out of here"
This water path used to be part of an old water ride that ran through the mountain where volcano now resides
How much water can fit into a jeep? Tune in next week to find out!
The gates to heaven
305 feet of pure bliss
A train going down the second hill
The exit to I305 lets you get really close to the ride
Dale Earnhardt approves
Kings Dominion. Where you can launch out of a volcano, drive a nascar, and go to space, all while walking about 300 yards
Ready to launch!
After this ride I went to Anaconda
Through the trees
Surprisingly, this ride wasn't too rough
After seeing that Great Adventure is paving their parking lot, Kings Dominion decided to build this parking garage right in the middle of the park!
Ride billboard, and train
For how small it is, Backlot Stunt Coaster is a fun ride that's perfect for families. Especially if all the effects are working
New for 2016, this new mondial frisbee
Its a very dizzying ride, and it actually goes up pretty high
Delirium is a much better ride than Shockwave; the parks old stand-up coaster that was in this spot last year
Rebel Yell was rough both times I rode it today
A train full of cold riders
Last month it was announced that Hurler would be closed for the season
Que speculation for Iron Hurler 2017! Can't you just imagine a zero-g roll drop right there next year
The entrance to Grizzly is kind of strange. You have to walk through the Dinosaurs alive gift shop to get to it
Around 10 years ago, that was the station for Hypersonic XLC. You can still see some of the footers in this picture
Its really hard to get good pictures of Grizzly since its buried deep in the Virginia wilderness
Wind Seeker was closed due to seeking too much wind
You can't forget the classics
If you need a rest from coaster riding, you can take a nice quiet car ride through the forest
Or watch the parade
Story time: In 1971 Apollo 14 went into space it brought along with it several seeds. When the seeds came back down and were distributed to different areas of the United States, one of the places that received seeds was Kings Dominion. This tree is from one of those seeds, giving this tree the honor of being called "moon tree"
At around 1 the park was still dead.
I made my way over to Dominator and saw that it was closed.
Loop De Loop
Dominator never got the chance to dominate anything today
I believe the rectangles in the track were from a catwalk from when Dominator was over the water at Geauga Lake
I'm blue daba de daba die
Fun Fact, this ride opened up in 1974 one year before the park did in 1975
The front side of water...
I ended up eating at this nice little restaurant called Outer Hanks
Giant snoopy guarding over his area
The only crowd in the park today was in front of the theater because of this indoor cheerleading event the park was having
Drop Tower was closed due to high winds today effectively killing the area around it
Don't worry Intimidator, I'll be back soon
I never rode this ride until today, and it was very fun.
Kings Dominions Top Spin "The Crypt" has some cool water fountains
I went over next to the parks bobsled Avalanche and rode it twice. This ride is really fun, and also great for families.
I like how the ride goes over the path like this
Cool Dale Earnhardt car they have at the entrance to the ride
More twisty Goodness
I then went up to the Eiffel tower to grab some pictures
The wind up here was crazy
I didn't want to risk dropping my phone so sorry about the bars
Dominator sitting idol. Notice the lack of people on the paths
Some huge flowers
WAIT... how did I end up at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?!?
The parks 100 year old carousel originally from Roger Williams Park in Rhode Island
R.I.P Flying Wave
It seems that they old Great Adventure lion has made its way down to Kings Dominion for the day
It was stuck at this time all day. But you know what they say, "a broken clock is right twice a day"
For some reason, I went back to the Hurler area and took some pictures and rode Ricochet the parks wild mouse
I'm glad its getting a refurbishment cause it really needs it. Each time I have ridden it, even on the busiest of
days, it had no wait what so ever. Not to mention it was incredibly rough. I also hope they do something about
that large grey box they call a station.
Since everything around it is closed, I don't even know if people know it is even here
I like the do not touch sign
After walking all the way to Intimidator, it closed due to high winds when I was next in line. Oh well, so close yet so far away.
My last ride of the day was the parks Shooting ride
For how out of the way it is, and how cheesy the theming is, it is still enjoyable in its own special way
more giant flowers and birds
At around six it was time to bid farewell to Kings Dominion after a wonderful day
And I'll leave with this shot of Dominator from the parking lot
Thank you guys so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it.