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Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion logo.svg
Slogan Ride On!
Location Doswell, Virginia, Virginia, United States
Owner Cedar Fair
General manager Tony Johnson
Opened May 3, 1975, 48 years ago
Previous names Paramount's Kings Dominion - 1993 to 2006
Operating season March-January
Area 400 acres (1.6 km2)
Total 59
Roller coasters 12
Water rides 2

Kings Dominion is an amusement park located in Doswell, Virginia, 20 miles (30 km) north of Richmond and 75 miles (120 km) south of Washington, D.C.. Owned and operated by Cedar Fair, the 400-acre (1.6 km2) park opened to the public on May 3, 1975, and features over 60 rides, shows and attractions including 12 roller coasters and a 20-acre (81,000 m2) water park. Its name is derived from the name of its sister park, Kings Island, and the nickname for the state of Virginia, "Old Dominion."


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Volcano, The Blast Coaster

Following the success of Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati, Family Leisure Centers decided to expand into a new region of the country by opening a second park. A 400-acre (1.6 km2) site was chosen in Doswell, Virginia, north of Richmond in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, and construction began on October 1, 1972. The new park was designed with Kings Island in mind as the blueprint using similar themes, rides, and activities. Kings Dominion officially opened on May 3, 1975, offering fifteen attractions. Daily admission price in 1975 was $7.50, and a dollar for parking. A campground was completed in time for the 1978 season.

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The Crypt at Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion continued its growth when it became part of Paramount Parks in 1993 and switched its name to Paramount's Kings Dominion. New attractions and areas of the park themed to Paramount's television shows and films appeared at Paramount's Kings Dominion almost every season that they were under Paramount's ownership.

On May 22, 2006, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. announced that they were purchasing all five Paramount Parks. The sale was finalized on June 30, 2006 for $1.24 billion. The park continued to operate as Paramount's Kings Dominion until the beginning of the 2007 season when Paramount was dropped from the title.

Areas and attractions

International Street is the park's main entry area, featuring a 320-foot-long (98 m) fountain pool in the center of the walkway leading up to the 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower at the end of the street. The area is themed to a showcase of various European architectures, featuring shops and restaurants of different cultures. Originally, only the walkway and its shops were considered part of the International Street area; during the park's Paramount seasons, the boundaries of International Street expanded to include the Action Theater.

Ride Opening year Manufacturer Description
Berserker 1984 Intamin A Looping Starship ride.
Dominator 2008 Bolliger & Mabillard A floorless roller coaster. Originally from Geauga Lake in Ohio.
Eiffel Tower 1975 Intamin An approximately one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris at 315 feet (96 m) and 450 tons. There is an exact replica of this Eiffel Tower at Kings Island.
Grande Bandstand 1975 A performance stage beneath the Eiffel Tower.

Old Virginia

Along with International Street, Old Virginia is the only original section of Kings Dominion that has kept its same name throughout the park's history. This area has a distinct old-fashioned country theme with colonial-themed props (including a replica of the Liberty Bell), music, and architecture. In the 1970s, Old Virginia had an Intamin Flying Dutchman flat ride called Jamestown Landing; behind it, Old Virginia had a steam train ride, Old Dominion Line, which ran through the woods in the back of the park. Jamestown Landing closed by 1980; the Old Dominion Line stayed until it closed in the 1990s.

Ride Opening year Manufacturer Description
Blue Ridge Tollway 1975 Passenger-driven cars that ride along on a guide rail.
Flying Eagles 1975 Bisch-Rocco A Flying Scooters type ride.
Grizzly 1982 Curtis D. Summers/Taft Broadcasting A wooden roller coaster similar to Wild Beast at Canada's Wonderland
Kings Dominion Theater 1975 A theater that currently houses Cirque Imagine. Originally named The Mason-Dixon Music Hall and later named The Paramount Theatre during the Paramount era.
Shenandoah Lumber Company 1975 Arrow Development A log flume ride.
Gran Prix Raceway 1995 R.E. Enterprises Pay-per-ride Go-kart racing track.
White Water Canyon 1983 Intamin A River rafting ride.

Candy Apple Grove

Candy Apple Grove was known as Coney Island when the park first opened in 1975. It was renamed Candy Apple Grove in 1976. The area is Kings Dominion's largest section in the park, and in its early years, it featured an orchard theme that included three apple-themed rides: Apple Turnover, Bad Apple, and Adam's Apple. Much of the apple-related themes were removed over the years, and the area became known as simply The Grove when it merged with the former Wayne's World area in 2001.

As part of Kings Dominion's 40th-anniversary celebration in 2014, The Grove was restored to its original orchard theme, and the name was changed back to Candy Apple Grove. The animatronic Singing Mushrooms, popular decades ago, was redeveloped with newer technology and placed back on display. Other features that made a return to the area include a fully restored floral clock near the Carousel, oversized candy apples, and the popular blue ice cream that existed in the park for decades. The westernmost corner of Candy Apple Grove, distinct from the rest of the area, is themed to the 1950s.

Some of the area's more notable rides include WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall (92 m) swing ride that opened in 2012, and Delirium, a type of pendulum amusement ride that opened in place of stand-up roller coaster Shockwave in 2016. Candy Apple Grove's newest ride, steel coaster Twisted Timbers, opened in 2018 replacing Hurler and reusing some of the previous support structure. In addition to rides, the area features an arcade, carnival games, fast-food restaurants, and a gift shop.

Ride Opening year Manufacturer Description
Americana 2009 A ferris wheel that previously operated at Geauga Lake from 1999 until 2007.
Apple Zapple 2002 Mack Rides A wild mouse roller coaster. Named Ricochet from 2002 to 2017.
Bad Apple 2002 HUSS HUSS Troika. Formerly known as Triple Spin from 2002 to 2013
Carousel 1975 Philadelphia Toboggan Company A historic 1917 wooden carousel, PTC #44. Originally from Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.
Delirium 2016 Mondial A 115-foot-tall (35 m) spinning pendulum flat ride.
Dodgem 1975 Bumper cars
Drop Tower: Scream Zone 2003 Intamin A Gyro drop tower.
Candy Apple Grove Stage 2018 Performance stage scheduled to host "Timbers Jam Band" show in 2018.
Racer 75 1975 Philadelphia Toboggan Company A racing dual-tracked wooden roller coaster. Named Rebel Yell from 1975 to 2017.
Twisted Timbers 2018 Rocky Mountain Construction A steel hybrid coaster; replaced Hurler which operated from 1994 to 2015.
Wave Swinger 1975 Zierer A suspended swing ride that rotates with a wave motion lifting riders more than 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air.
WindSeeker 2012 Mondial A tower swinger ride featuring two-person swings that slowly rotate and ascend the 301-foot (92 m) tower until reaching the top where speeds increase up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).
Xtreme Skyflyer 1996 Skycoaster Pay-per-ride double skycoaster

Safari Village

Safari Village (formerly named Congo) is Kings Dominion's easternmost and predominantly African-themed section. It was inspired by one of the park's original attractions, the Lion Country Safari. Containing a boat ride and a monorail train through a nature preserve, the safari attraction closed in the 1990s. The area is home to mostly African architecture and landscaping, with many rides and restaurants themed to African stories and geography.

Ride Opening year Manufacturer Description
Anaconda 1991 Arrow Dynamics A custom looping roller coaster. It was the first looping coaster to feature an underwater tunnel and the first coaster at Kings Dominion to feature more than one inversion.
Avalanche 1988 Mack Rides A bobsled roller coaster that is the only Mack bobsled coaster currently operating in the United States.
Backlot Stunt Coaster 2006 Premier Rides A family LIM-launched roller coaster based on the chase sequence of the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. Riders launch into a parking garage, dodge police cars, and are attacked by a helicopter, which ignites fire all around riders before hitting a second launch section, sending riders into pitch black darkness. Formerly known as The Italian Job: Turbo Coaster (2005–2007).
The Crypt 2005 HUSS A suspended top spin with fire and water effects. Formerly known as Tomb Raider: Firefall (2005–2007).
Flight of Fear 1996 Premier Rides A LIM-launched roller coaster prototype. Over-the-Shoulder harnesses were removed and replaced with lap bars in 2001. Formerly known as Outer Limits: Flight of Fear (1996–2000).
Intimidator 305 2010 Intamin A giga coaster that is one of the tallest in the world. The name is in reference to former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, "The Intimidator", and the coaster's 305-foot (93 m) lift hill.
Scrambler 2000 Eli Bridge Company A classic scrambler ride. Formerly called Witch Doctor.

Planet Snoopy

The section originally opened as Nickelodeon Splat City in 1995, and was later renamed Nickelodeon Central in 2000. It was re-themed to the Peanuts for the 2010 season. In 2013, Cedar Fair merged the KidZville section of the park and introduced 12 new and re-themed attractions. Another expansion in 2017 updated the former Nickelodeon Central area of Planet Snoopy with three new attractions and a covered pavilion area.

Attractions Height Requirement Opening Year Description
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Under 46" with adult 2004 An interactive dark ride by Sally Corporation; replaced Scooby Doo and the Haunted Mansion
Kite-Eating Tree 36" or higher 2017 A mini drop tower. Opened in 2017 as one of three new Planet Snoopy rides.
Lucy's Crabbie Cabbies Under 54" 1975 Children's bumper cars; formerly Boulder Bumpers
Flying Ace Over 44" or with adult 2000 An Aviator swing ride from Chance Rides; formerly Nickelodeon Space Surfer
Great Pumpkin Coaster 40" or with adult 2007 A 200-foot-long (61 m) children's coaster from E.F. Miler. Formerly Taxi Jam.
Joe Cool's Driving School Between 40" and 60" 2000 A miniature turnpike ride, formerly Rugrats Toonpike; one third of the ride's layout was removed to make room for the 2017 expansion
Peanuts 500 Over 42" or with adult 2017 A minitature whip ride from Zamperla; opened in 2017
Peanuts Road Rally Under 54" 1990 A rail-guided car ride across a pond. Formerly Fred's 4x4, Alleycat 500, and Road Rally
Sally's Sea Plane Over 42" or with adult 2017 A Zamperla Crazy Bus ride; opened in 2017
Snoopy vs. Red Baron Between 36" and 54" 1990 A flat ride where miniature airplanes fly in a circle. Formally Snagglepuss’ Seaplanes, Dick Dastardly’s Airfield, and Red Baron
Peanuts Turnpike Under 54" 1978 A rail-guided car ride. Formerly Top Cat's Turnpike and Junior Turnpike.
Woodstock Express Over 46" or with adult 1974 A small wooden roller coaster. Formerly named Scooby Doo (1974–1996), Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster (1997–2009), and Ghoster Coaster (2010–2012). Opened a year before the rest of the park.
Flying Ace Balloon Race Over 42" or with adult 2013 A an aerial teacups ride from Zamperla.
Snoopy's Rocket Express At least 36". Between 36" and 42" with adult 2013 A slow-moving monorail ride over the area from Zamperla.
Linus Launcher 42" 2013 A circular flat ride on which riders lay face down and swing in a circle. Built by Zamperla.
Charlie Brown's Wind Up Over 42" or with adult 2013 A small-scale swing ride from Zamperla.
Lucy's Tugboat Over 42" or with adult 2013 A rock-n-tug ride from Zamperla.
Snoopy's Junction Over 36" or with adult 2013 A train ride built by Zamperla.
Snoopy's Space Buggies Over 36" or with adult 2013 A circular flat ride on which vehicles attached to a central console bounce up and down. Built by Zamperla.
Woodstock Whirlybirds Over 42" or with adult 2013 A teacups ride from Zamperla.

Soak City

Soak City, formerly known as WaterWorks, is Kings Dominion's water park. It opened in 1992 as Hurricane Reef and is included with admission to Kings Dominion. In 2015, the water park was expanded and re-branded as Soak City.

Fast Lane

Fast Lane is Kings Dominion's virtual queue system. For $60, visitors get a wrist band that enables them to get to the front of the line on 15 of the most popular attractions without queueing.

Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt is an annual Halloween event at Kings Dominion. It debuted in 2001 as FearFest, but was renamed Halloween Haunt in 2007 to match other Cedar Fair parks. In 2017, Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt was voted the second best theme park Halloween event by USA Today.


Attraction Type Opened
Cleaver Brothers Carnival Scare zone 2012
Blackout Maze 2016
Blood on the Bayou Maze 2017
CornStalkers Maze 2011
IronWorX Scare zone 2010
Necropolis Scare zone 2010
No Vacancy: Condemned Maze 2018
Trick Or Treat Maze 2016
The Lair Scare zone 2011
Zombie High Maze 2013
Lockdown Maze 2015
Tollway Terror Maze 2015
The Yard Scare zone 2018

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See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Kings Dominion para niños

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