Building the Roller Coaster Capital of the Mid-Atlantic
Paramount’s Kings Dominion celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2000. Nickelodeon Central opened that year bringing some of the most popular Nickelodeon family of characters to the park including The Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. In WaterWorks, Pipeline Peak opened featuring four thrilling new enclosed water slides, including Night Slider - the world’s tallest enclosed dark tube slide at the time.
In 2001 Paramount's Kings Dominion continued its heritage of introducing cutting edge thrill rides with the debut of HyperSonic XLC, the world’s first compressed-air launch coaster. In the Action FX Theater the 7th Portal, a 3-D ride simulator adventure for the digital generation, made its premier replacing the James Bond 007 film!
Continuing to build the rollercoaster capital of the Mid-Atlantic, Ricochet, an exciting fast-track roller coaster filled with unexpected twists, tight hairpin turns and a thrilling 50-foot drop became the park's 12th coaster in 2002. Also in that year, Triple Spin debuted in The Grove (formerly Candy Apple Grove).
In 2003, Paramount’s Kings Dominion became home to the tallest drop tower attraction in North America. At 305 feet, the Drop Zone Stunt Tower reached speeds of 72 miles per hour, or 106 feet per second! SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D debuted in the Action Theater based on the #1-rated Nickelodeon television series at the time.
Paramount’s Kings Dominion debuted the Mid-Atlantic’s first interactive family ride, Scooby-Doo! & The Haunted MansionTM in 2004. Based on the beloved Hanna-BarberaTM characters and hit movie star Scooby-Doo, park guests joined Hollywood’s favorite animated canine and the Mystery, Inc.TM gang on the case to explain the mysterious activity of a green ghost haunting a Victorian Mansion.
In 2005, another Hollywood big-screen spectacular came to life at Paramount’s Kings Dominion with the addition of Tomb Raider: FirefallTM, a new multi-sensory adventure attraction that sent guests spinning while suspended over a pit of fire and water!.
The Italian Job Turbo CoasterTM became Paramount’s Kings Dominion’s newest coaster in 2006 complete with the thrills of a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Guests of all ages enjoyed a unique, fast-track coaster experience that brings to life one of the most thrilling movie chase sequences ever filmed in Hollywood.
In March of 2006, Cedar Fair L.P. announced it had agreed to acquire Paramount Parks, Inc. from CBS Corp. for $1.24 billion. CBS Corp. had become a separate entity from Viacom, Inc. at the end of 2005 and at the time indicated its desire to divest its theme park division and focus on its core assets. Cedar Fair L.P. at the time owned and operated seven amusement parks and five water parks, including the company's flagship property, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, OH. This transaction included all five Paramount-branded theme parks in North America and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.
In 2007, the first official season under Cedar Fair, the park returns to its original name - Kings Dominion – and debuted an $11 million WaterWorks water park expansion. The new attractions included the addition of a second wave pool, Tornado – a funnel-style water slide and Zoom Flume, which gives families the opportunity to enjoy a rafting adventure together.
A year later in 2008, Kings Dominion soared to new heights with the introduction of its 14th roller coaster, Dominator. The innovative 4,210-foot steel coaster was the longest floorless coaster in the world and has one of the largest vertical roller coaster loops.
Kings Dominion closes out the decade with the addition of Americana, a giant 110-foot Ferris wheel, and El Dorado, a high-in-the-sky swinging pendulum ride, were also added to the park’s impressive lineup of family friendly attractions in 2009.