Cedar Fair Closes Drop Rides

Drop Rides Shutdown at Cedar Fair ParksThe Associated Press has reported that the Drop Zone, a drop tower ride at Kings Dominion has been closed as a result of the accident involving a girls feet being severed on a drop ride at a Six Flags park. Cedar Fair has ordered similar rides closed at the Paramount parks it acquired last year. As a safety precaution drop rides at Kings Island (Cincinnati, O...[Read More]

Discounts on Theme Park Tickets

Theme Park Discount CouponsEveryone loves a deal right? At CVS drugstores and Giant grocery stores, I’ve been able to find coupons to several theme parks in the Mid-Atlantic. I’m sure you can find similar coupons at a grocery store, fast food restaurant, or drugstore near you.Kings Dominion – Doswell, VAI found a Kings Dominion coupon for $7 off a single-day ticket at a Giant gro...[Read More]

Kings Dominion | Theme Park Reviews

Kings Dominion: Launch Coaster Capital in the Heart of Virginia Kings DominionDoswell, VAPark MapTickets & PricingLast Visit: Summer 2004 Kings Dominion is located about 20 miles north of Richmond, VA and about 70 miles south of Washington D.C. It was my home park growing up and I’ve visited countless times. I’ve seen the park grow over the years and I’ve had plenty of time t...[Read More]

Flight of Fear @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

Flight of Fear Launched Riders& Industry into a New FrontierYou can’t tell what you’re in for as you walk up to the Area 54-esque military testing facility that houses Flight of Fear. For Flight of Fear Kings Dominion took a stab at theming for a change. A considerable amount of theming. The station and ride itself are all enclosed in a building designed to look like a UFO governm...[Read More]

Shockwave @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

Ever wonder why there aren’t more stand-up roller coasters?Shockwave probably should’ve been scrapped long ago. It’s got a decent first half, but I don’t think park-goers would shed any tears if it was removed. After the death of a rider in 1999, the ride was repainted, but not removed. Apparently, the rider freed himself of the restraints while he was aboard and fell to hi...[Read More]

Anaconda @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

Quadruple Looping Steel Coaster Loves WaterDoes a 14-story drop to an underwater tunnel sound like fun? The Anaconda at Kings Dominion is a steel coaster with some pretty unique elements. It rises high above a pond (that used to be the much larger Lake Charles) before dropping 144 feet into an underwater tunnel. It’s one of the few roller coasters in the world with an underwater tunnel. Anac...[Read More]

For Sale: Hypersonic XLC

Cedar Fair Starts Trimming the FatI’m a little late on this one, but it looks like if you’re in the market for an air compression launch roller coaster now is the time to buy. Kings Dominion is selling Hypersonic XLC. You can see the listing here. While it’s a unique attraction and has some impressive stats (0 to 80 in 1.8 seconds, 90 degree ascent and descent), I can’t say...[Read More]

Hypersonic XLC @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

More of a Thrill Ride than a Coaster, Too Bad the Thrills Are Short-LivedIn 2001, Kings Dominion already had more launch coasters than most parks in the world with Flight of Fear and Volcano The Blast Coaster. With the addition of a third launch coaster, Kings Dominion was a certified destination for coaster enthusiasts and thrill junkies. With a compressed air launch that takes riders from 0 to 8...[Read More]

Cedar Fair Buys Paramount Parks

Breaking News…Paramount finally found a buyer for its five parks. Cedar Fair (current owner of Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farms, Dorney Park, Geauga Lake, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair, & Michigan’s Adventures) has bought Paramount’s parks for $1.24 billion in cash. The five parks Cedar Fair will acquire are:Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto; Kings Island, near Cinci...[Read More]

Volcano, The Blast Coaster at Kings Dominion

Virginia’s Only Active VolcanoI was there the first day this coaster opened in the Summer of ’98. Thanks to the LIMs (linear induction magnets) which have changed the face of roller coasters, the launch is one of the most amazing coaster experiences I’ve ever witnessed. The acceleration is so raw and powerful. Anyway, it’s indescribable how cool it feels. 0 to 70 in a matte...[Read More]

What’s in a Name?

Early coaster names were often named after animals or weather events like the Wild Cat and the Twister. I’m sure originality was a problem back in the Golden Era of roller coasters. At one time in the first half of the 20th century there were around 1500 coasters operating in the U.S. (In comparison, today there are only about 600.) So you had the Coney Island Cyclone and the Riverside Cyclo...[Read More]

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