A New Look and a Water Park Emerges
In 1990, Kings Dominion’s children’s area, Hanna-BarberaTM Land, received a fresh look with the addition of five new children’s rides, more Hanna-BarberaTM characters, live shows and games for children.
A monster was unleashed in the park a year later in 1991, when Kings Dominion introduced the Anaconda, a one-of-a-kind giant steel roller coaster that twisted and turned for a total of six complete loops! Anaconda was the first looping coaster in the world to feature an underwater tunnel.
More changes came to Kings Dominion in 1992 when it introduced a new themed area: Hurricane Reef Water Park. Hurricane Reef covered more than six acres and featured 15 body slides, speed slides, tube slides, kids’ slides and more.
Kings Dominion received a new owner – and a new name - in 1993 when Kings Entertainment Company was purchased by Paramount Communications, Inc. Now known as Paramount’s Kings Dominion, the park’s new owners placed their Hollywood stamp on the park as stock car racing came to with the opening of the Days of Thunder racing simulator themed to the Paramount film of the same name. Guests experienced never-ending action as seen from behind the wheels of a race car.
In 1994, the magic of the movies came alive with the introduction of the Wayne’s WorldTM themed area, home to the park’s fourth wooden roller coaster, the Hurler. The park became part of Viacom International Inc., when Viacom purchased Paramount Communications, Inc. Sister companies now included MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television and Blockbuster, opening up a new world of themed entertainment possibilities. A year later in 1995, guests saw these possibilities come to life. Green Slime invaded the park when Nickelodeon Splat CityTM exploded onto the scene, bringing a new brand of messy fun. The Showplace also re-opened and was re-named the Kingswood Amphitheatre.
The world’s first linear induction, launch-style coaster, The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear made its debut in 1996. This unique roller coaster sent riders flying over nearly 3,000 feet of track in complete darkness. The park also introduced Xtreme SkyFlyer, a unique free-fall attraction that combined the thrills of hang gliding and sky diving. The next year in 1997, Hanna-BarberaTM Land was transformed into KidZville, a town built just for kids with one-of-a-kind rides, activities, shows and attractions. The Taxi Jam Coaster—a child’s first coaster—opened in this area.
Kings Dominion made national headlines in 1998 when the iconic mountain completed a nearly two year long transformation into the world’s fastest suspended roller coaster for its time, Volcano: The Blast Coaster. This first-of-its-kind attraction was introduced and built around the already-existing fiberglass mountain. Nickelodeon’s Rugrats Tommy, Angelica and Chuckie made their home at Paramount’s Kings Dominion, and the Days of ThunderTM motion simulator theater became the Paramount Action FX Theater. The theater premiered an all-new action adventure film, James Bond 007: A License to Thrill.
In 1999, Hurricane Reef Water Park received a major expansion and new wave pool and was renamed: WaterWorks. The area now featured 16-acres of watery fun for the whole family.