PARK HISTORY



A long tradition of creating traditions.


It started as a dream. Taft Broadcasting Company and the Kroger Company (known as Family Leisure Centers, Inc.) joined to develop a family amusement park north of Richmond, Virginia, and south of Washington, DC. They thoughtfully and carefully planned for one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life rides, attractions, entertainment, live shows and special events.

In the midst of all the details about blueprints and construction, they also planned for something else: lifelong family memories. They dreamed of a place where families and friends could step away from daily life and just have fun – together.

What are your Kings Dominion memories? On these pages, join us on a ride through our rich, 40-year history and see how much you remember.

You can also join the conversation by posting stories and photos on social media using the hashtag #KD40 or visiting kingsdominionmemories.com.

The 1970's
The 1970's

Kings Dominion’s Lion Country Safari animal exhibit broke ground 1973 and opened a year later. On May 3, 1975, less than two years after the initial groundbreaking, the dream became reality when Kings Dominion opened to the public.

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The 1980's
The 1980's

Several new attractions were added to Kings Dominion in the 1980’s, including several fan-favorites in the mountain. New roller coasters were also built, some of which are still at the park today.

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The 1990's
The 1990's

During the 1990’s, the children’s area of Kings Dominion received a fresh new look, the park built its first-ever water park Hurricane Reef and the popular Volcano: The Blast Coaster emerged on the scene.

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The 2000's
The 2000's

Kings Dominion celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000 and throughout the decade continued to build the reputation as the rollercoaster capital of the Mid-Atlantic.

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The 2010's
The 2010's

Planet Snoopy emerges as the world’s largest PEANUTSTM-themed children’s area in the world with 18 total rides and the park soars to new heights with the record-breaking Intimidator 305 roller coaster.

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