Alexander: Following our…interesting…time at Six Flags America, we were excited to spend two days at Kings Dominion, one of the country’s nicest regional parks. As big fans of Kings Island, our expectations were high: how would the kindred KECO park compare??
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First order of business is Twisted Timbers, yet another finicky RMC hybrid. There’s nothing particularly special or technologically advanced about this ride, but it breaks down like turn-of-the-century launch coaster. Ride wise, It’s very good, but not unlike every RMC ever.
In recent years, Kings Dominion has done a lot to reinvest in its early aesthetic. Candy Apple Grove (and its selection of various apple-themed rides) has made a strong comeback following the Paramount-era cleansing.
Remarkably charming and different is KD’s singing mushroom quartet – original to the park, disappeared for over 2 decades, and then returned for the park’s 40th Anniversary. The splendid collection of audio-animatronics was built to original specifications, right down to the piano-playing, cigar-smoking, toad
The obligatory KECO Jr. woodie offers solid rides. It’s not the best wooden coaster in the park (the same can’t be said for the Carowinds and Canada’s Wonderland counterparts), but its a fun one for sure.
Let’s appreciate, for a moment, this lovely view from the flume queue. Kings Island may be the fan favorite of the two original KECO parks, but it can’t hold a candle to Kings Dominion’s natural beauty.
Grizzly has had some good and bad years, but these days the ride feels ideal. Rough around the edges, but so full of airtime and solid pacing. People familiar with California’s Grizzly will find very much of it in common with the absolutely superior Kings Dominion version (the Canada’s Wonderland version, Wilde Beast, will beat you up a lot more than Grizzly KD, but at least its not a body-shaming snoozefest like at Great America).
Check out Part 2 of the report for Racer 75, Anaconda, lots of aerial shots, and lots more of course!