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Paramount's Kings Dominion - A Thrill A Minute

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A July 2005 trip to Richmond by Carmen

Kings Dominion Entrance Photo, Richmond, Virginia More Photos
Quote: Doswell, VA, is just 10 minutes outside Richmond on Interstate 95 (2 hours from D.C. and 2 hours from the eastern shore of Virginia), and the only reason you’d likely want to visit is Paramount’s Kings Dominion theme park.

Paramount's Kings Dominion - A Thrill A Minute

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Kings Dominion Entrance Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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Doswell, VA, is just 10 minutes outside of Richmond on Interstate 95 (2 hours from D.C. and 2 hours from the eastern shore of Virginia), and the only reason you’d likely want to visit is Paramount’s Kings Dominion theme park. This theme park has been around as long as I can remember and has changed over the years. A few of the old attractions remain, but most have made way for the new, high-tech rides and the Paramount branding. (Nickelodeon characters dominate, etc.) To park at Kings Dominion costs per car (be sure to note your row letter and number), and the entrance fee can vary. For instance, you can buy and print your ticket online for , which is less than if you bought it...Read More

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Restaurant | "Happy Days Diner – After You’ve Had Your Thrills."

Happy Days Diner Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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I certainly don’t recommend riding these coasters on a full stomach – it might not be full for long. However, if you’re ready for a break, or if you’re done for the day, you might check out the Happy Days Diner in the "Grove" area of the park right near the entrance for the Rebel Yell and the XLC. A ‘50s motif, with ‘50s cars and neon lights, this diner offers what I think to be the best food deal in the park. For $6.75, you can have a Cunningham burger with all the fixings, crinkle fries, and a drink so large that it could be its own water ride. While certainly not fine dining, the burger was edible and the fries were delicious. Compare the cost to other "snacks" in the park. The "fre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

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Kings Dominion
Richmond, Virginia 23047
(804) 876-5561

Kings Dominion

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Attraction | "Hypersonic XLC – Prepare for Launch"

Kings Dominion Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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By far my favorite coaster of the day – and the newest at the theme park as of this journal – is the Hypersonic XLC. It is 18 seconds of pure enjoyment and thrill riding. On a crowded day, I’d expect quite a wait. The coaster only seats eight, and they load one coaster while the other is navigating the tracks. However, on this Thursday, we had only a 35-minute wait for the back car and a 50-minute wait for the front car. Keep your head against the head rest for this one folks, because it uses compressed air (the only one in the US) to send you speeding up to the top of the first – and only – drop. From there, you’ll generate a second or two of hang time, and then a straight drop to the bot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Kings Dominion
Route 30 & I-95
Doswell, Virginia 23047
+1 804 876 5000

Kings Dominion

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Attraction | "The Volcano – You’re the Sacrifice!"

Kings Dominion Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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You can hear the rumblings throughout the park. You can see the smoke rings float in the sky from atop other rides. And you can hear everyone discussing probably the most popular coaster at the park – the Volcano. Located in the “Congo” section of the park, this coaster was a Travel Channel favorite for the East Coast – and it’s easy to see why. First, it’s a suspended coaster, and you ride beneath the rails with your feet swinging. Secondly, while other coasters rely on an initial drop to gather speed, this one just shoots you into 70 miles an hour from the get-go. You’re then immersed in darkness while the volcano spits out – YOU! You’re shot – upside-down – through the mouth of the volc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Kings Dominion
Route 30 & I-95
Doswell, Virginia 23047
+1 804 876 5000

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Attraction | "Drop Zone Tower – Drop ‘Til You Drop!"

Kings Dominion Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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Claiming to be the tallest drop ride in North America (definitely taller than a similar ride at Six Flags in Maryland), this 305-foot tower is a must-ride, found in the “Grove” area of the park. Because the ride can seat a large number of people at once, the line isn’t intimidating at all. We waited only 15 minutes, and were very pleased with the result. It’s an agonizing wait as you’re hauled up the tower, looking at the park and the other rides below. They get smaller and smaller as you climb up, up, up. When you get to the top, they make you think about it for a few seconds – but it’s too late now to change your mind. Then, they let go, and you descend at 72mph for over 270 feet. I was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Kings Dominion
Route 30 & I-95
Doswell, Virginia 23047
+1 804 876 5000

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Attraction | "The Anaconda – It Simply Slithers."

Kings Dominion Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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Just as the snake Anaconda thrives under water, so does Anaconda the coaster. Located near the “Congo” section of the park, just south of the Rebel Yell, Kings Dominion says that it was the first looping coaster in the world that took its riders under water. The line wasn’t long at all – even for the front car of the coaster we waited only 10 minutes. With much anticipation, we harnessed ourselves in, and then our hearts jumped as we cranked up to the top of the first drop (144 feet). Once you ascend in the front car, you can see that tunnel ahead of you, and you think, there’s no way this coaster is going to make it into that teeny tunnel. But you do, and for effect and the entertainment ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Kings Dominion
Route 30 & I-95
Doswell, Virginia 23047
+1 804 876 5000

Kings Dominion

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Attraction | "The Rebel Yell – Scream More, More, Stop!"

Kings Dominion Photo, Richmond, Virginia
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I have to say that I had high expectations for the Rebel Yell. In years past (okay, my youth), it had been the highlight of my visit to the park. The cranking sound of the chains as they pull you to the top of this wooden coaster only heightens your fear as you round the top and plummet into a large drop, and then many more smaller drops. The entrance can be found in the “Grove” area of the park, and the neat thing here is that there are two lines, one to ride it facing front, the other to ride it backwards. Both are as exciting as they are different. Held in only by a lap restraint, prepare to feel as if you’re going to shoot out of your seat at the top of each hill. There are no spins or...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Kings Dominion
Route 30 & I-95
Doswell, Virginia 23047
+1 804 876 5000