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Park News - (10/30/13) Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but the Halloween PC Police are now out in force after Universal Hollywood cancelled their raunchy Bill & Ted show last week. While it lasted through to the end of the Halloween Haunt season, Kings Dominion has announced that they are dropping the new “Miner’s Revenge” haunt from their Haunt lineup next year after there was some kind of outcry about it being ‘insensitive to coal miners”. Really? Yeah… I guess so… you can read the online petition asking them to shut the haunt down at Change.org.
(10/28/13) KDFans has posted their own official review of Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion this year.
(10/1/13) In The Loop talked with Gene from Kings Dominion this week on their podcast. Topics that came up include improvements on the way to Volcano: The Blast Coaster, Anaconda repaint, singing mushrooms, Haunt and much more.
(9/25/13) Kings Dominion is going to kick off the Halloween Haunt season right this Friday (Sept 27th) with the Monster Bash Block Party event. Music, Dancing, a Food Eating contest, and if you come in full costume you can get into the park for just $19.99. Click here for all the details.
(9/16/13) I’m told Intimidator 305 did reopen over the weekend as expected, through I also heard that it closed down again sometime late on Satuday night. No word on if it was open or closed on Sunday however.
(9/12/13) Good news from Kings Dominion today… it seems Intimidator 305 was spotted making test runs Wednesday morning. This means the lift is fixed…and perhaps we’ll see it open to the public once again this weekend.
(9/10/13) The latest buzz online is that reports are coming in about workers being spotted trying to fix Intimidator 305. Perhaps we’ll see it reopen in time for the Haunt. Anyone know more?
(8/28/13) Kings Dominion has posted an update about Intimidator 305 on their Facebook page. “We know many of you have inquired about the status of Intimidator 305 and appreciate your patience while the ride has been closed for maintenance. We are working with the ride’s manufacturer and anticipate that Intimidator 305 will reopen later this Fall. We will release additional information as it becomes available on our website at www.kingsdominion.com and on this Facebook page.”
Halloween Haunt 2013 - (9/16/13) KDFansite has posted a number of Haunt construction pictures and updates to their Facebook page over the weekend.
(9/5/13) KDFans has posted a construction update showing off the progress on the Halloween Haunt install. They also report that The Crypt has finally been repaired and it reopened on Sept. 2nd. Unfortunately there is no new good news to share about Intimidator 305. Meanwhile a new episode of KDTV has also been released.
(8/28/13) Kings Domion has launched their 2013 Halloween Haunt website which lists 10 mazes for this year’s Haunt: Blue Ridge Bloodbath, Club Blood, Cornstalkers, Doll Factory, Medieval Macabre, Miner’s Revenge, No Vacancy, Outbreak: The Evolution, Slaughter House and Zombie High.
The park will also feature 6 Scare Zones (Cleaver Bros. Carnival, Feary Tales, Ironworx, Necropolis, Primevil: The Kuru Curse and The Lair) and just one show called Edge of Darkness at the Kings Dominion Theater.
(8/19/13) The KDFansite page has several pictures from Kings Dominion this week showing off the park setting up various items for the Haunt.
(8/9/13) Screamscape sources tell us that Toxic Plague will be removed from this year’s Halloween Haunt line up. Toxic will be replaced by Zombie High.
(7/29/13) The latest buzz from Kings Dominion is that this year’s Haunt may feature two new mazes... Zombie High School and Miner’s Revenge.
2014 - 40th Celebration - (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 - New Coaster - Rumor - (12/12/12) If the early rumor holds true, I’m hearing that we pretty much wont see anything at all added to Kings Dominion for the 2014 season while the park makes preparations for their next big coaster in 2015.