(Paramount's) King's Dominion Trip ReportKings Dominion: This is a review of the park from my point of view on the following dates: 6-20-2006, 6-13-2006. A review of the rides that I rode and a brief review of the park.
From Dustin KernAlright, here is my trip report for (Paramount's) King's Dominion.
Posted June 20, 2006 at 7:27 PM
This will cover 2 days of visiting this park and cover all the roller coasters. The two days are today, 6-20-2006, and 6-13-2006.
The two most noticable improvements for me was the fact that there is so many staff people present in the park, and you actually see park security now. Last year, the only time that you saw park staff was at a ride and the occasional person sweeping. As for security, the only time that I saw one was the one and only time that I went before the park opened. The park is really clean this year and looks good. Unfortunatly, some of the rides aren't up to par.
Italian Stunt Job:
Rebel Yell: Backwards:
Rebel Yell: Forwards:
White Water Canyon:
Overall, the park is great and worth the money that I spent on a season pass (I get a discount). A great park to go with friends.
The only complaints that I have about the park is: 1. they removed Flight of Fear, 2. prices went up (but what isn't today), 3. They need to pave the parking lot!
I hope that this has been helpful to you and that you enjoy your visit(s) to King's Dominion.
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From Chase Harrisonhmmmmmmmmm i still dont wanna go to PKD till Cedar Fair gives it a makeover :P
Posted June 20, 2006 at 10:01 PM
From Donna Tolliver-WalkerAppreciate the thorough report. I've got full-price tickets, which is supposed to get me in twice for the price of one day, and I've never been, being a BGW/BGE fan all the way. But this will help DH and me plan our PKD trips this year. I'm most looking forward to Volcano, though I also have a fondness for woodies. Will avoid Rebel Yell backwards, I think!
Posted June 21, 2006 at 4:35 AM
From Pete BrechtI agree that the park seems better-run than before Cedar Fair announced its takeover. Hopefully that's not just a coincidence. When I was at PKD on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago, they were running 2 trains on Grizzly and Rebel Yell, which I hadn't seen in a while. The crowds were pretty light that day, so I was able to ride numerous times without having to get out of my seat.
Posted June 21, 2006 at 12:05 PM
BTW, I rode Hurler last week, and I thought it was noticeably smoother than last year! It still had a few rough moments, but that first turn after the drop used to slam back and forth something fierce, and I hardly noticed it at all this time.
From Daniel WilliamsPete,
Posted June 21, 2006 at 3:16 PM
I think that PKD was already in the process of turning things around. I interviewed for a position there last winter, and could tell through my course of the application process that they were making serious changes to the operation of the park, though they were starting from the inside out... In fact, it would suprise me that they started making the changes knowing that the company were going onto the selling block later that year.
I'm interested to see how the Paramount Parks get intergrated into the Cedar Fair system. Even some of the small things... Paramount Parks stopped using Ellis and Associates as a lifeguard licensing agency a couple years ago, changing to NASCO. Cedar Fair are staunch Ellis folks (The differences are much greater than one would assume).
From Dustin KernYeah, both times that I had gone (I'm going again next Tuesday) they were only running one train on the Hurler, Grizzly, and both Rebel Yells. They have only been running two trains on everything else. Hypersonice XLC and Volcano always should have three trains running. So should Italian Stunt Job, but the third train seems to have a broken mirror on it judging by all the blue tape holding it on.
Posted June 21, 2006 at 3:40 PM
From Pete BrechtFor the record, in my dozens of visits to PKD (CFKD?) in the past few years, I've *never* seen Hypersonic or Volcano run 3 trains. On the flip-side, I've never seen them run only 1 train on those rides, either, so it could be a lot worse. In my experience, running 3 trains doesn't really add that much capacity over running 2 trains for most rides anyway, unless the ride ops are really motivated.
Posted June 22, 2006 at 6:51 AM
When I went a couple of weeks ago, they were running 3 trains on Italian Job, so at least they're willing and able to do so.
From Jake CountissGoing their soon. I hope Volcano will be fixed and operating.
Posted June 27, 2006 at 8:26 AM
From Dustin KernI called the park yesterday and of course, and I quote: "We don't have any idea when it will be reopening. We won't know anything about what happened or when the ride will be reopening till they tell us."
Posted June 27, 2006 at 10:41 AM
From Donna SatterfieldVolcano runs with 2 trains everyday except on Saturdays. I doubt they'll ever run only 1 train because that'll make the line twice as long to wait in.
Posted July 1, 2006 at 8:05 PM
From vaughan crittendenthere is one problem though with that ride. when i went on it in june i didn't shoot us high enough and we rolled back down the hill. the first emergency brakes failed but the second emergency brakes got us. somebody was injured but i don't know how or what was injured.im not going to get on that ride again or go to the park. plus i live closer to busch gardens which is better. you can always depend on their rides to work and the park is way cleaner.
Posted July 2, 2006 at 5:00 PM
From Dustin KernJust because you had one bad experience, that doesn't give you a reason to bad mouth that park. That could've just as easily happened on any other roller coaster in the world. Look at Drachen Fire, how many people complained of injuries on that ride and that was at BGW/BGE. Injuries and accidents will happen no matter what we do. This is a risk that everyone takes when riding a roller coaster. Take me for example, I almost fell out of a roller coaster when I was younger. I stopped riding them for almost 10 years. I manned up and moved on and I'm glad I did. You know what I'm doing next week? I'm going back to that theme park, to that coaster, and I'm going to ride it.
Posted July 2, 2006 at 8:12 PM
As long as there are roller coasters, people will unfortunatly get injured and possibly killed. Some through stupidity, others through ride error/malfuntion. This may seem a little dark to think like this, but it's the truth. We as coaster addicts and lovers accept the fact, whether it be consciously or unconsciously, that every time we strap ourselves in, it might be our last.
From Donna SatterfieldDo you think even if the park know what exactly happened on a ride, Volcano for example, that they would tell everyone who called? They say that they aren't sure what's wrong or how long it'll be because if they give specifics and it isn't true then a guest can go back a say something. You can't expect the people working there to know a lot about what's going on with the ride. They know it's closed and will be told if and when it'll reopen once they make a final decision.
Posted July 2, 2006 at 11:06 PM
From vaughan crittendendustin dustin
Posted July 3, 2006 at 10:04 AM
the reason why i wont go to the park again is because of the maitence of all the rides. volcano broke down 3 times that day. HXL collided with another train and the park is filhty as u know what. i read on another message board that PKD is just a Ceder Point wannbe and its true. to be honest i dont care about ur experiences. im just giving my opinion about a park so somebody might have help deciding wether to go there or not.
From Jake CountissVaughan, don't be badmouthing Volcano. It is a good ride you have to admit. Think about the people that have to go down Top Thrill Dragster backwards on a rollback. It looks pretty fun though. But compare 420 ft. to 140. And your complaining. I bet that that will never happen to you again in your life on that coaster.
Posted July 3, 2006 at 9:18 PM
From vaughan crittendenjake
Posted July 4, 2006 at 9:27 AM
i know what you mean. it probaly wont happen again and this might shock you but im good friends with the step-daughter of the owner of the company that built that ride. so its not that i dont like volcano i just feel that the launch failure occurs too often and somebody should do something about it. this problem is only hurting PKD because when they close the ride which right now it still is after the time i went on it they lose customers and revenue.
From vaughan crittendensorry i meant one of the designers not the owner. i was too busy typing to realize my mistake
Posted July 4, 2006 at 3:46 PM
From Donna SatterfieldVaughan
Posted July 8, 2006 at 9:50 PM
I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I do agree with you in some aspects about PKD. I work there and I do agree the park is dirty but it is not all to blame on the associates working there, the guests play a big part in that. I know you'll say that maybe we'll need more people but sometimes it isn;t that easy. Some departments went through a budget cut thus affecting things. In regards to the rides... they are run by a computer and sometimes it's harder than you think the find and solve the problem. The Volcano launch failures could be because of numerous problems. The closing of Volcano was bad timing but couldn't be helped. You need to close a ride the find out why it did something like that and if it takes awhile then so be it. Oh and Jake the Volcano is 155ft tall not 140ft.
From Matt HillDoes anyone know if they sent "Flight of Fear" to another Paramount Park...? Like Carowinds...respond back if you know anything...!
Posted July 12, 2006 at 6:11 PM
From Dustin KernWhen I called the park, I got 2 answers (this was about a month ago so it might have changed). The first was that it was removed and that was the end of it. But when I called back the next day, the lady assured me that it was being moved to another park and that it will not be scrapped. As to why they just didn't keep it there, I have no idea. I know that I will miss it.
Posted July 14, 2006 at 6:05 PM
From Jake CountissSorry Donna just a typo. Thinking of another coaster. But guests are defineately the big part to a dirty park. I don't see employees littering.
Posted July 15, 2006 at 4:33 PM
From Donna SatterfieldWell Volcano has reopened and running good. FOF... who knows anything about that. I work there and don't know what's going on. All we're told is that it won't be operating for the 2006 season and we don't know about anything other than that.
Posted July 18, 2006 at 9:41 PM
From Matt HillIt doesn't list Flight Of Fear...on the site now...it used too didn't it...it doesn't now...so it must be gone...i hope it goes to Carowinds!
Posted July 18, 2006 at 10:12 PM
From Dustin KernFOF is being removed is what I was told by guest relations. I really hope that this isn't true, but if it is, it's better than it being scrapped. I guess we'll find out in time unless anyone on here has got some news.
Posted July 18, 2006 at 11:10 PM
From Matt HillI called them and asked if "Flight Of Fear" is being moved to another park...he said "Not sure, I just know it isn't running anymore" so yeah...something like that...so i don't know...i'll call back later...
Posted July 19, 2006 at 10:08 AM
From Jacob PalmerVolcano doesn't break down often, but it does have safety cut outs more often than other rides. I agree, don't bash it because of one bad experience. I've been on Volcano over 100 times and never had any problem, especially not with roll back. Same goes for HyperSonic...it has a lot of safety cut outs because of the air-launch, but generally, they don't effect your ability to ride the ride during the day. And I don't know that it's possible for two trains to collide on HyperSonic with the way it's braking system is designed. On top of other things, the small tires included in the braking system would physically stop the cars from colliding if it came to this. Maybe you just caught it on the worst possible day, haha.
Posted August 20, 2006 at 6:48 PM
From Christy ShumanI called PKD last Saturday and they said the volcano and FOF are both running. I guess I will find out for sure when I go. Dang some u guys got me worried about riding the Volcano and I love that ride.
Posted August 21, 2006 at 7:52 AM
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