Kings Dominion 10-14-2006 Report and Questions

Kings Dominion: Just a quick report of the trip I had today and a question.

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 14, 2006 at 4:49 PM
Pretty much the park was really busy and we only rode 5 rides in just over 2 hours. Just as an example, we had to wait 4 loads just to get onto Drop Zone.

My question is this, why is Flight of Fear closed? The fence was back up and locked.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 14, 2006 at 7:15 PM
oh no, I dont know why it was closed, it was open when we went on oct 8th. How were the rest of the rides?

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 14, 2006 at 7:19 PM
Maybe u could call guest services and ask them!

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 14, 2006 at 8:11 PM
My b/f just called PKD and they told him that FOF did operate today that they closed it early. She said it closes early on sat & sundays now. Dont know why tho.

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 14, 2006 at 8:13 PM
It was closed at 11:30 in the morning. The fence is back up with a pad lock on it. I didn't have a camera with me, but I'll take it next weekend if I go.

Nothing was really spectacular today other than the park looked good for Halloween. All I had the chance to ride today was: Drop Zone, Italian Job, Hurler, Grizzly, and Rebel Yell backwards. I left after 2 1/2 hours because I just couldn't deal with the crowds and King's Dominion's lack of running rides at full capacity. I was really shocked to see that all the woodies were running only one train. Volcano's line was backed up all the way past the enterance and Hypersonic only looked like it was running 2 trains.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 15, 2006 at 4:10 AM
Wow that sucks, The hurler, and rebel yell backwards wasnt even running when I went. I sure hope FOF is running when I go next weekend, sorry your trip sucked. BTW I have never seen Hypersonic run more than 2 trains, I mean the track is only so big lol.

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 15, 2006 at 7:01 AM
They used to run 4 trains all the time: one on the launch, one between the launch and station, one in the first loading station closest to the launch, and the 4th train would be coming into the station to the second loading platform. Pretty much every time that I went this summer they were running 2 trains, but for some reason, the trains were taking forever between launches. Maybe it's just the lack of staff during this season or the lack of trained staff.

All of the wooden coasters except for Rebel Yell forwards opened at 12. The Hurler opened about 15 minutes late. They also closed Drop Zone down around 2. I didn't get the chance to ask the ride op why, but I think it was because of wind. It was pretty breezy at the top when I rode it around 11:45. Just to add a note about that, there was a mechanic in the ride op booth when we rode it.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 15, 2006 at 7:46 AM
ahh, I have never ridden drop zone, I havent gotten the courage up yet for that. Did u ride volcano? I know u said the line was long but it moves pretty fast.

From Ryan Traylor
Posted October 15, 2006 at 7:56 PM
i'm not quite sure how you think that 4 trains could run on FOF. i think 3 trains max is the safest it could possibly run.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 15, 2006 at 11:50 PM
I think that's in reference to Hypersonic, not FOF having four trains. I've never seen FOF or similar rides w/more than one train. Hypersonic, however, I did.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 18, 2006 at 8:02 AM
Dustin and Jacob, Are u guys going to PKD this weekend?

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 18, 2006 at 12:23 PM
I was planning on going this weekend but other things have come up. I'm going to try and go next weekend.

From Jacob Palmer
Posted October 18, 2006 at 8:46 PM
I was also planning on going this weekend, but it looks like things are once again going to keep me away...But I'm pretty determined...Hopefully it will work out...but it's not looking good..and I was really excited about going..and it is starting to look like i may not have time to go at all :(

From Pete Brecht
Posted October 19, 2006 at 5:19 AM
I went last Sunday (10/15), and it wasn't crowded at all! The only ride with a wait of longer than 10 minutes was Volcano, and even that was only about 25 minutes by mid-afternoon. And the weather couldn't have been nicer: clear and in the upper 60's.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 19, 2006 at 7:44 AM
Wow I hope its like that saturday, but I'm sure it will probably be more crowded on a saturday

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 19, 2006 at 7:45 AM
Pete, was FOF running when u went?

From Pete Brecht
Posted October 19, 2006 at 12:37 PM
Unfortunately, I didn't get back to check out FOF's status since I was with my two young children.

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