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Kings Dominion - Review

Kings Dominion

Park Info
Location: Doswell, Virginia, United States
Website: http://www.kingsdominion.com
Status: Operating
Opened: 1975
Attractions: 50
Member Ratings
Park: 8.0/10 (232 votes)
Coasters: 6.6/10 (2561 votes)
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    Kings Dominion - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 23-Jun-2003 | Based on 5 visits between 05/95-05/03

    Kings Dominion is a nicely landscaped medium sized park with several white-knuckle coasters and family rides alike. The park is divided into eight themed areas, and admission also includes free entry into the Water Works water park. The best themed area is that of Congo, which is themed around Africa and contains some of the parks best coasters. While the general theming of the park does not compare to the likes of Disney and Universal, some of the individual theming on the rides certainly does.

    PKD has the standard selection of water rides, and two great kids areas (Kidzville and Nickelodeon Central), but its selection of flat rides is somewhat lacking, especially if you are looking for white-knuckle flat rides. However, if thrills are what you want, then you've come to the right place, because their coaster collection more than makes up for it.

    Depending on the time of year the rides usually open at 10am or 10.30am, but the main entrance and International Street may open earlier. Unlike at most other major corporate parks (including PKI) the lines for major attractions can close up to an hour before the park closes, I think this rule is only enforced if the park is busy and the lines are long. I have visited on both busy and non-crowded days, and have found the lines manageable, although the lines for Volcano and Hypersonic XLC can be very slow if the park is busy. On my visits the park has always been operating two trains on the steel coasters (where possible), but only one train on the woodies, although the line for the woodies was only at most a three train wait.

    On each of my visits to PKD I have found the park to be clean and well-maintained. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, and food prices are average for a corporate park. I have found the staff at the park to be quite friendly and efficient, for instance, on Volcano and Hypersonic they would try to fill all available seats to speed up lines, a ride operator also asked me if I was having a good day.

    Overall, I have enjoyed each and every visit to PKD, come rain or shine, come crowd or no crowd. I think PKD makes for a great day out, and is definitely a park worth traveling to, and if you're in Virginia and you want to sample a good collection of coasters, then PKD is by far the best choice.

    Scoreboard
    Coasters:  8/10
    Dark Rides:  6/10
    Flat Rides:  6/10
    Kiddie Rides:  7/10
    Water Rides:  6/10
    Cleanliness:  9/10
    Food:  6/10
    Landscaping:  8/10
    Theming:  7/10
    Staff Friendliness:  8/10
    Staff Efficiency:  8/10

    Overall: 

    8/10

    Ideas for Improvements
  • None.
    Kings Dominion Tips
  • Arrive at the park on opening and head straight for Hypersonic XLC or Volcano.
  • Pay attention the line closing times posted outside the ride entrances. My tip is to be in line for Volcano since this ride is probably even better at night, especially if you go out on an empty train.

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    Kings Dominion - Roller Coasters

    # Current Roller Coasters Rating Votes
    1. Intimidator 305 10.00 1 Stats / Pictures
    2. Volcano: The Blast Coaster 8.95 246 Review | Stats / Pictures
    3. Dominator 8.42 45 Stats / Pictures
    4. Flight of Fear 7.75 230 Review | Stats / Pictures
    5. Grizzly 7.15 269 Review | Stats / Pictures
    6. Backlot Stunt Coaster 6.91 69 Stats / Pictures
    7. Rebel Yell 6.84 262 Review | Stats / Pictures
    8. Anaconda 6.48 273 Review | Stats / Pictures
    9. Hurler 6.39 246 Review | Stats / Pictures
    10. Ricochet 5.98 179 Review | Stats / Pictures
    11. Avalanche 5.98 248 Review | Stats / Pictures
    12. Shockwave 5.36 240 Review | Stats / Pictures
    13. Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster 5.28 176 Review | Stats / Pictures
    14. Taxi Jam 3.47 77 Review | Stats / Pictures
    # Previous Roller Coasters Rating Votes
    1. Hypersonic XLC 8.31 173 Review | Stats / Pictures
    2. King Kobra 5.75 20 Stats / Pictures
    3. Galaxie 3.56 16 Stats / Pictures

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