King's Dominion: I know nothingKings Dominion: I need help planning my 5-6 hour day at King's Dominion.
From Danny MelilloIm planning to do a one day trip to King's Dominion next year. The problem is is that I only have 5 or 6 hours to do ALL of the major rides, and if time permits, some of the smaller ones. And does King;s Dominion have Hanna-Barbera? Please help!
Posted November 29, 2007 at 9:44 AM
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From Eli KatzmanHmmmm, let's see.....
Posted November 29, 2007 at 1:58 PM
Okay, this is my part. I'm not saying that you should defiately do this, but try. 1st of all, I'm assuming that you are a huge roller coaster fan. Anyway, the best starter is Shockwave. It's a pretty mild stand-up, especially the drop. Almost all the way through the season, the wait will be no more than 20-25 minutes. Next, head towards Tomb Raider. It's the best non-roller coaster there, and the wait is usually no more than 35-40 minutes. If it is no more than 15, definately hit it. If you aren't pumped up yet, go over to Anaconda. The first hill is 144 ft. high, and the drop sucks except that it's positioned right over Lake Charels and it has a tunnel go through it. Anaconda has lots of wiplash, but it is all made up for at the end with the 2 corkscrews. If you are pumped up, go to Volcano, which is positioned right across from TR. Best ride there. No comment. Line is about, depending on when you go, 20-1:45 min. Okay, if Hypersonic isn't there(80 mph in 1.8 seconds), you should probably ride Dominator, but I haven't ridden it because it is new for 2008. It has a record tallest loop(145ft). Ricochet and especially Scooby's Ghoster Coaster are WAY better than you think. Scooby's G.C. looks like a kiddie, but is way better. Now for the Woodies. K.D. has a nice chunk of woodies. Rebel Yell(best one), Grizzly, and Hurler. Rebel Yell is a racer, 87 ft. tall. One is Forwards, one is BACKWARDS. Forwards is a simple out and back, while backwards is a feeling not to forget. Flight of Fear, GEEZ. That was so cool! It boosts off at 60 mph. and in the dark, you do 4 flips. I don't know if you've been to SFA, but it is basically a Joker's Jinx but way better because it is in the dark. It may be closed, though because they close it every now and then for some reason. You may have heared about Italian Job, but I like it more than others. The only bad part is that it stops right in the middle. Oh yeah, one more thing. GO TO THE CANDY SHOP. The have so many choices!
Overall, you need to be able to ride TR, Volcano(definately!), maybe anaconda, Dominator(line may be to long), FoF, RY(backwards), and Hypersonic(if it's there(hopefully)). I don't know what a Hanna-Barbera is.
From Danny MelilloI also want to do Flight of Fear, and why wouldn't Hypersonic be open? And Hanna-Barbera was a simulator, that closed, and I heard it was at one of cedar fairs parks.Thanks for the help!
Posted November 29, 2007 at 3:25 PM
From Tyler W.There are rumors that Hypersonic might be torn down.
Posted November 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM
From Claudine DeshaiesWith 5-6 hours only, just try to be there as soon as the park opens. That will be your best chance to hit a lot of stuff with almost no lines.
Posted November 29, 2007 at 3:55 PM
The later you go, the more time you will waste in line.
From Christy ShumanThe best time to ride with short lines is first thing in the morning or about an hour before the park closes. Volcano is by far the best ride there, so dont miss that one. Hypersonic comes in 2nd, but its a little on the rough side after the hill. The line for it gets really long really fast and moves SLOW. Also dont forget Drop Zone stunt tower,305 feet tall, its the best drop tower I have ever been on, it will literally take your breath away. Eli pretty much covered everything else. Hope you have great time.
Posted November 29, 2007 at 4:28 PM
From Eli KatzmanHypersonic might be torned down and maybe trashed because of Gueaga lake closing. Dominator will probably go where Hypersonic is/was and the free space to the left of it.
Posted November 30, 2007 at 9:31 PM
From Christy Shuman^No Dominator is going behind Berserker, Hypersonic will probably operate for another year.
Posted December 1, 2007 at 12:24 PM
From Jacob PalmerYeah, the closing of Hypersonic has nothing to do with Geuaga Lake, it has to do with extremely high operating cost and low rider capacity. If you only have 6 hours, I would not recommend riding Shockwave. By all means, if you have extra time, ride it. Volcano is a must, as is Hypersonic
Posted December 14, 2007 at 12:34 PM
(it will probably still be open, as no one has bought it, and there is no reason for it to just sit, not operating). Tomb Raider is another must, as is, along with Flight of Fear. I enjoy all different kinds of coasters, so I would highly recommend Avalanche. I'm pretty sure it's the only Mack designed Bobsled in the U.S., which is unfortunate. Besides all that, if it is a possibility, I would def. suggest riding The Grizzly at night. Oh, and like Christy said, don't miss Drop Zone. One of the tallest drop towers in the world. Also, if Dominator is up and running that should def. be in your top 3 on the priority list. Alright, that's all I've got right now.
From Christy ShumanHas anyone seen KD's website lately? Cf is deparamounting things. Tomb Raider is now The Crypt and Italian Job stunt coaster is now Back Lot stunt coaster.
Posted December 14, 2007 at 2:30 PM
From Adrienne McDonaldWhat we did & generally do is figure out which wud be more popular & ride those first since towards the end of the day, Volcano & FoF will have longer lines but when we went it was just after opening for the season so there wasn't much of a crowd at first. We went up into the Eiffle Tower & just looked & took photos, it's also a good time to see where things are located. Then we just went in a circle starting on the right hand side & worked our way over to the other side. We were actually done by 3pm but went & changed clothes coz it was getting colder & came bk in the park for the rest of the evening trying to get up the nerve to ride Volcano which I didn't. Next time I will! Probably w/my eyes closed but I will lol. It really wasn't bad crowded at that time. We went at the end of March I think. But if you're going at a time of perhaps it'd be crowded I'd start on the left hand side of the park first w/Volcano, Tomb Raider, FoF, etc. since they seem to be the more popular rides then just keep going around the loop & hit the other ones. Or just do whatever. I usually hit the rides first then spend the remaining time shopping for souvenirs. That way I don't hafta put up w/bags on the rides & can just take my purchases out to the car & go home. (or in our case, the hotel but you know what I mean).
Posted December 24, 2007 at 9:39 AM
Hope this helps & have fun nonetheless. Too bad you can't hit BGE while there, it's not to far south of KD.
From Justin SpistoI'd rather go to BGE because KD sucks. too bad it isent next year because dominator is coming. But anyway go on FOF, Volcano, Tomb raider a couple of times, throw in anaconda if you have the time and like pain. Then eat and get the hell outta there.
Posted December 24, 2007 at 10:34 AM
From Danny MelilloTo tell you the truth, I wasn't overly impressed with bge, I went the year before griffin. I never went to kd so I thought I'd give it a chance on my way down to myrtle, stopping at hard rock, and eventually to georgia to see some family, and either stopping at sfog or driving a little out of the way to dollywood.
Posted December 24, 2007 at 12:26 PM
From Christy ShumanIMO I wasnt impressed with Dollywood at all. KD and BGE blow DW away. Mystery mine btw was painful IMO. The last drop and immleman were the only enjoyable parts of the ride.
Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:55 AM
From Eli KatzmanI forgot to put in Drop Zone because I hate the slowly rotating/rising ones. I'm okay with the boost up-down ones.
Posted January 1, 2008 at 3:51 PM
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