Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (2/21/14) KDFans has posted the 2014 list of in park entertainment offerings at Kings Dominion.
(1/30/14) KDFanssite has interesting news to share this week for Kings Dominion as well as Cedar Point. After a little field trip to the permit office they have discovered plans to expand the park’s Camp Wilderness area by adding 32 new cabins as well as upgrade the RV sites. The funny thing is that an extra page for Cedar Point was accidentally filed in with the Kings Dominion paperwork showing off an image of a cabin that is part of a 2014 expansion coming to Cedar Point’s Lighthouse Point.
(1/20/14) According to KDFans, Kings Dominion will host a special coaster enthusiast family and friends event at the park to help celebrate their 40th Anniversary on Saturday, May 10th. Follow the link to see the latest details about what is taking place and how you can attend.
2014 - 40th Celebration - (4/22/14) Get ready for a flashback from the past of Kings Dominion, as we were sent a video clip showing off the reborn Singing Mushrooms (and Frog) now back at Kings Dominion for the park’s 40th Anniversary.
(4/16/14) A great photo collection showing off much of what’s new at Kings Dominion this season can be found at KDFans.
(4/9/14) An opening day report from Kings Dominion can be found over at KDFans this week that shows off the new Fountains and Floats restaurant, Rebel Yell’s new lights and much more. Meanwhile a second prior update shot at a preview event at the park on March 30th shows off a lot more of the park’s other new iconic updates, including the Singing Mushrooms and Floral Clock.
(3/18/14) I’m told that Kings Dominion will rename the Triple Spin ride to Bad Apple, as it is part of the returning Candy Apple Grove area.
(3/17/14) Another update about the 40th Annviersary of Kings Dominion was posted to KDFans this weekend, where they also confirmed that the missing water wheel would return to the Shenandoah Lumber Company.
(3/12/14) KDFansite takes a look around Kings Dominion this week and shows off the latest progress on the park’s many 40th Anniversary projects.
(3/6/14) KDFans has posted a new construction update from Kings Dominion as they finish up preparations for the big 40th Anniversary event.
(2/12/14) Various improvements coming to Kings Dominion for the 40th Anniversary have been posted to KDFans.com, along with more teasers about what kind of improvements will be made to Volcano: The Blast Coaster this season to improve the ride’s capacity.
(2/2/14) Kings Dominion released a few fun pictures of the park covered in snow over the past week which were reposted to KDFans, with notes about all the various construction updates going on in the backgrounds of these images. Check it out.
(12/31/13) KDFans has put together a little recap of surprises on the way to Kings Dominion in 2014, as announced during a 12 days of Christmas social media promotion. Some things we have known about for awhile… others, like unlimited admission to Dinosaurs Alive for Gold and Platinum Passholders is a new and welcome surprise. Other surprises include Blue Ice Cream, Anaconda repaint, Volcano: The Blast Coaster improvements and much more.
(12/11/13) The latest update to KDFans shows off a look of a few more items returning to Kings Dominion for the big 40th Anniversary celebration including the floral clock, digital designs of the singing mushrooms as well as a look at the in-progress piano playing frog, work on repairing one of the returning Candy Apples and more.
I’ve aso been told that we’ll see some interesting park entertainment acts from the past returning such as the Clown Band.
(12/9/13) Enjoy a great flashback moment with Kings Dominion as they look back to the park’s old Lion Country Safari attraction and prepare to create an updated Safari Village area for the 2014 season. Former park GM Dennis Speigel shares some great stories about memories and mishaps in the park’s old Safari section.
(11/14/13) One of our readers suggests that the blurry teaser image from Kings Dominion may actually be a scene of the singing mushrooms and piano playing frog that used to sit outside one of the park’s skyride stations. This certainly would be one of the more highly requested items on any Kings Dominion fan’s list of things they want from the 40th. What do you think? - Update: The latest teaser seems to confirm this as well, and clearly shows off what seems to be the frog piano player on Facebook.
(11/13/13) Kings Dominion is going to make a big surprise announcement for their 40th event on Thursday, but has released a teaser image on Twitter a few hours ago. I’m not sure what it is… kind of looks like a blurry dog picture… but that doesn’t make any sense, does it?
(9/13/13) Kings Dominion will celebrate 40 Years of family fun, thrills and memories in 2014 with a season long once in a lifetime event that will include many surprises, the return of classic park icons, and all new memories. While Kings Dominion actually opened in 1975, the park property opened one year prior in 1974 as Lion Country Safari.
The central piece of the celebration will be the introduction of ‘Ruby”, a custom painted 40th Celebration horse that will be added to the park’s historic Carousel. Other icons returning to the park in 2014 will include the park’s classic “Blue Ice Cream”, a restoration of the International Street fountain with a new LED lighting package and other improvements (wink, wink), the return of the Candy Apple Grove midway and the return of the Safari Village. Safari Village is currently known as the Congo area of the park, but next year we will see new exciting improvements made to Volcano: The Blast Coaster and Anaconda.
This isn’t all either… as the months go by many more exciting announcements are promised to come as part of this epic celebration. Check out the preview video below and then make your way over to KDFans to check out images of Candy Apple Grove, Safari Village and other areas from the past that will give you hints about what you might expect to see in 2014.
(8/22/13) According to the latest buzz for Kings Dominion, the park’s primary focus in 2014 may be on opening the rumored new fountain show project, similar to the one at Canada’s Wonderland. A waterpark expansion doesn’t look to be in the cards anymore.
(8/21/13) So what’s new for KD in 2014? With no sign of any large pending construction site, the rumors are pointing to two other possibilities. One set of rumors believes that the park may be planning a waterpark expansion for 2014, while the other claims that the park may focus on entertainment related additions, including a Luminosity (Cedar Point) style big night show of some kind to keep guests in the park after dark. I think there is enough credit in both of these ideas that we could likely see BOTH happen in 2014. Stay tuned!
(2/4/13) I’ve got one quick update this week on those “fountain upgrade” projects in the works for Kings Island, Kings Dominion and Canada’s Wonderland. Screamscape sources tell us this is actually a project that wont see the light of day until the 2014 season, so don’t look for any work to start in the parks anytime soon.
(1/31/13) The rumor mill on what is planned for the park entrance fountains at Kings Island and Kings Dominion has been buzzing with talk about adding a sort of Bellagio style light and fountain show that would perform to different music tracks. Unfortunately it seems this was just a leftover whisper from a previous proposal that was canceled months ago. Instead I’m told it has been replaced by a more modest and smale scale fountain improvement project according to the latest rumors.
(1/21/13) Comments made by Matt Ouimet have indicated that Cedar Fair will perform some kind of special update / upgrade to the fountains at Canada’s Wonderland, and followed by upgrades to the fountains at the entrance to Kings Island and Kings Dominion as well, based on something they saw at IAAPA. Anyone have a clue what could be in the works?
2015 - SOAK CITY - Rumor & Speculation -
(7/24/14) A reader pointed out an interesting find on the Kings Dominion website. If you look closely at the Waterworks logo used on one of the main waterpark page slides, you can see it has been placed over the top of a SOAK CITY logo. The “SO” can be clearly seen sticking out on the lower left side, and the round top and wave graphic is sticking out the top half of the logo from behind the Waterworks logo. Is this a subtle hint that Waterworks will be renamed as “Soak City” in 2015?
While we’re on the subject, a trusted source tells us that they were able to confirm survey markings in the backstage area south of the Wavepool. There is talk of adding a large multi-lane Mat Racer slide of some kind as part of the 2015 project. I don’t know if that will be the primary new attraction, or just one of two or three new things at this point. Stay tuned!
(7/22/14) Screamscape sources tell us that land-surveying work has been spotted taking place at Kings Dominion out in the waterpark, between Tidal Wave Bay and Pipeline Peak and on the Shoot the Curl site. Shoot the Curl is expected to be removed at the end of the season. If true, it looks like source’s nod about a Water Work expansion for 2015 may hold true.
(6/3/14) A Screamscape source contacted us about our concept of adding a Guardian style ride to the Volcano mountain structure. As I feared, they confirmed that there simply is not enough room within the existing structure to perform such a task, as the hidden supports for Volcano: The Blast Coaster cut every-which way through the interior of the mountain structure itself. However, it would be possible to add a new hidden structure to house just such an attraction behind the mountain and simply build up the queue entrance to appear as if the ride lies within the Volcano, instead of behind it.
That said… while I think it is still a solid idea for the future, our source indicated that we would likely see the budget money go to pay for a significant upgrade to the waterpark instead in 2015.
(5/30/14) Based on a fun discussion on Facebook about what Kings Dominion may have planned for 2015, I’ll share my own thoughts on the matter. Keep in mind that at this point, I’ve received ZERO rumors about any 2015 projects at Kings Dominion, so what you will read below is purely my speculation, based entirely on what Cedar Fair has been doing at some of their other parks.
And to cover this first… don’t expect a new coaster. Or at least not the big kind you are probably hoping for. I do wonder if something that uses coaster style track could be in the works however. I’ve never really been inside the mountain structure that serves as the home to Volcano: The Blast Coaster, but in the old days I know it used to house a few different smaller attractions, so I have to wonder if there may be room for one more today. Could Kings Dominion follow the lead from Canada’s Wonderland and build their own version of Wonder Mountain’s Guardian inside the same structure? Even if there really isn’t a lot of room, the park could build a separate and hidden structure behind the mountain, and simply run the new ride (or part of the queue) into the structure to make it look like the new ride takes place within.
Another idea may be to focus on the waterpark for 2015. It has been a few years since anything of significance was added to it and this may be the time.
One more idea comes to mind… perhaps following in the footsteps of Cedar Point and Valleyfair’s 2014 additions with a small collection of new flat rides, anchored by a Zamperla Disk’o Coaster. They are all good ideas, but I think I’d prefer to see the “Guardian” clone myself, as it is just a new and unique new concept and KD could use another themed dark ride.