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(Paramount's) King's Dominion Trip Report

Kings 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 Kern
Posted June 20, 2006 at 7:27 PM
Alright, here is my trip report for (Paramount's) King's Dominion.

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.

Avalanche:
A good fun one just to ride every now and then just to break up the rountine. The wait though was longer this year than last. I rode it around mid day (which could explain that reason) and waited about 20 minutes for it. Nothing different than last year.

Volcano:
So smooth and nice. This coaster is that same as last year and just as good. This one never gets old and front seat is the best. The wait was about 50 minutes mid day and 25 at 8 pm.

Anaconda:
Feels a little rougher this year. That could also just be where you're sitting. Fun still, that first drop is just great. Wait time fluxuates but I only say it being no wait to 10 minutes.

Italian Stunt Job:
Fun little coaster. I have to say that I wasn't expecting anything good but I was surprised. It's very smooth and a good overall ride. Both days that I rode it, the wait was about 30 to 45 minutes. I wouldn't wait any longer than 30 minutes but it is worth a stop during the day.

Drop Zone:
Sweet ride. Nothing else to say other than that. It could use a new paint job, hopefully for next year they do paint it.

Shockwave:
Short ride, but fun. If the line is out onto the ramp, expect a 40 minute wait at least. Takes them way to long to check all the restraints on the ride, but I guess they need to be extra careful seeing as how one person has already climbed out of them and died. Also the lift chain is very slow. Also, don't ride front car if you don't like a rough ride. That last turn is very rough on the shoulders.

Rebel Yell: Backwards:
I know it's not the same for everyone, but for me, I can't ride this anymore. I did it once a couple years ago and jarred my back. Well, I tried it again and jarred my back again. Fun, yes, but not for me. Wait time ranged from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

Rebel Yell: Forwards:
Fun and tons of air time. A good woodie in the park and the wait time is usually very low depends on the time of day. Earlier in the morning is usually the longest. After about lunch time, it'll be anything from walk on to no more than 10 minutes.

Ricochet:
Fun coaster just to joke around on with friends. Also very easy to make some memorable ride photo's. Wait will be anywhere from walk on to 15 minutes.

Hurler:
If they really did retrack it, I haven't noticed. First thing you will notice is that the "stage" by the control room is empty. I don't know if this has to do anything with Cedar Fair, LP buying the parks or not. It is a good coaster, if only it weren't so rough.

Hypersonic XLC:
Really smooth this year. Fun but short ride and is worth riding at least one time. Both days that I've went I've only had to wait 45 minutes for front row (no other row to ride other than front).

Grizzly:
Probably the best wooden coaster there. It's in the woods and the drops are great. Yes it is a little rough, but it is a woodie. Wait time is usually fairly low. Both days it was between just being able to walk on to waiting 15 minutes.

White Water Canyon:
Fun ride that you will get wet on, also is a pretty long one. Today was the first time that I had ever ridden it as I usually don't spend any time on other rides other than the coasters. The wait today was 25 minutes and got longer after I had ridden. I'm sure it also depends on the weather.

Log Flume:
It's a log flume, what else. Wait time was about 20 minutes. It's got 2 good drops that won't really get you wet. But watch out for the water cannons after the last drop. It's a quarter a shot to soak some people.

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.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Chase Harrison
Posted June 20, 2006 at 10:01 PM
hmmmmmmmmm i still dont wanna go to PKD till Cedar Fair gives it a makeover :P

From Donna Tolliver-Walker
Posted June 21, 2006 at 4:35 AM
Appreciate 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!

From Pete Brecht
Posted June 21, 2006 at 12:05 PM
I 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.

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 Williams
Posted June 21, 2006 at 3:16 PM
Pete,

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 Kern
Posted June 21, 2006 at 3:40 PM
Yeah, 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.

From Pete Brecht
Posted June 22, 2006 at 6:51 AM
For 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.

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 Countiss
Posted June 27, 2006 at 8:26 AM
Going their soon. I hope Volcano will be fixed and operating.

From Dustin Kern
Posted June 27, 2006 at 10:41 AM
I 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."
Typical

From Donna Satterfield
Posted July 1, 2006 at 8:05 PM
Volcano 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.

From vaughan crittenden
Posted July 2, 2006 at 5:00 PM
there 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.

From Dustin Kern
Posted July 2, 2006 at 8:12 PM
Just 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.

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 Satterfield
Posted July 2, 2006 at 11:06 PM
Do 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.

From vaughan crittenden
Posted July 3, 2006 at 10:04 AM
dustin dustin
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 Countiss
Posted July 3, 2006 at 9:18 PM
Vaughan, 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.

From vaughan crittenden
Posted July 4, 2006 at 9:27 AM
jake
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 crittenden
Posted July 4, 2006 at 3:46 PM
sorry i meant one of the designers not the owner. i was too busy typing to realize my mistake

From Donna Satterfield
Posted July 8, 2006 at 9:50 PM
Vaughan
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 Hill
Posted July 12, 2006 at 6:11 PM
Does anyone know if they sent "Flight of Fear" to another Paramount Park...? Like Carowinds...respond back if you know anything...!

From Dustin Kern
Posted July 14, 2006 at 6:05 PM
When 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.

From Jake Countiss
Posted July 15, 2006 at 4:33 PM
Sorry 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.

From Donna Satterfield
Posted July 18, 2006 at 9:41 PM
Well 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.

From Matt Hill
Posted July 18, 2006 at 10:12 PM
It 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!

From Dustin Kern
Posted July 18, 2006 at 11:10 PM
FOF 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.

From Matt Hill
Posted July 19, 2006 at 10:08 AM
I 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...

From Jacob Palmer
Posted August 20, 2006 at 6:48 PM
Volcano 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.

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 21, 2006 at 7:52 AM
I 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.

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