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Kings Dominion during rainy weather

Kings Dominion: Was wondering, whats the park like on rainy days?

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 4, 2006 at 7:18 PM
I am going to PKD saturday oct 7th. They are calling for rain as of now. Was wondering, whats the park like on rainy days? Do they run the rides? What rides dont they run during the rain? I live in NC, so its about a 3hr drive for me. Should I go?


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From Dustin Kern
Posted October 5, 2006 at 7:29 AM
Hey, I absolutely love going to King's Dominion when it's raining because there is no crowd there. The only bad things about going when it's raining is that you'll have to wait through periods of time where they close the rides down, getting wet (which is a minor sacrifice when you can just sit on Volcano), and that they might close the park early.

As for how the rides run, here's the list:

Light Rain (sprinkling) -- All rides remain open with the possibility of Hypersonic and Volcano closing

Rain -- All rides stay open except for Hypersonic and possibly Volcano.

Heavy Rain -- All outdoor attractions close. I don't know if Flight of Fear stays open or not, but if it is, the line will be long.

Lightening and/or Thunder -- All attractions close.

Last year I went to FearFest on a rainy day and they closed the park 2 hours early at 8 pm because there was hardly anyone there. It was awesome because you could ride the rides with out any waits for any of them. It just sucked that they closed to hours early because we did miss a lot of ride time due to closures. They did give us free tickets to come back next weekend which was pretty sweet.

It's a risk that you'll have to take because it'll either be the best time ever, or it's going to blow. You're best bet is the get on a couple of weather sites and check the forecast and see what everyone is saying. The 2 that I always check are: , and . The area code for King's Dominion is 23047. Hopefully if you go it doesn't get rained out!

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 5, 2006 at 8:14 AM
What are the most accurate weather sites for for Doswell?

From Jacob Palmer
Posted October 5, 2006 at 10:09 AM
Weather.com, the weather channel's site, is what I always use. And Flight of Fear doesn't close during the rain...only if there is lightening. You'd be surprised how often that it does not have a long line in the rain...I guess out of sight, out of mind.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 5, 2006 at 1:18 PM
I dunno about PKD but I know that at SFOT it started light raining & rides were still open but then suddenly the bottom dropped out & stormed & all the rides were closed due to lightening. but afterwards, 99% of them opened back up. I agree w/Dustin's synopsis. Seems pretty reasonable that it must depend on the type of raining it does.

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 5, 2006 at 4:22 PM
I don't tend to trust weather.com just because they have been wrong before. I check both of the sites that I posted in my last post. I'd suggest checking at least 2 of those sites if not all 3 so you can get a general idea of what it'll be like.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 5, 2006 at 5:18 PM
I dont see any sites that u posted Dustin thats why I was asking.

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 6, 2006 at 12:40 PM
Sorry, I guess I typed them in wrong. They are:

http://www.weatherunderground.com

and

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/

Again, the area code for King's Dominion is 23047

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 6, 2006 at 1:19 PM
Thanks but I have decided to go Sunday since the weather will be much nicer. Its supposed to be cloudy in the morning then sunshine by afternoon. Anyone else going Sunday?

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 8, 2006 at 3:55 PM
I always like to check the weather on my local tv station's website. They're usually correct most of the time. Wish I cud go but alas, I'm wayyyy over here in Texas. Have a great time though!

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 8, 2006 at 6:15 PM
Yeah, the weather forcasters in Va are horrible. You can't trust them here. That and with the mountains so close, it does make it tough to predict the weather.

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