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September 8, 2017 - NEW TERROR LURKS AT KINGS DOMINION'S HALLOWEENT HAUNT, FRIGHT-FREE FAMILY FUN RETURNS WITH THE GREAT PUMPKIN FEST

Doswell, VA — Kings Dominion will debut three gruesome new experiences as the dreadful fun of Halloween Haunt returns for its 17th frightful season on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Fest also returns on September 23 with family-friendly Halloween fun in Planet Snoopy.  


Adding to an already macabre lineup of mazes, monsters and live entertainment, the new Halloween Haunt highlights include a bayou-themed maze and two new roving performances.   

  • NEW MAZE: Blood on the Bayou The park’s newest maze is themed after a haunted bayou where the swamps once ran red with blood, with whispers of curses and unnamed voodoo priests. Guests will wind their way through a swamp, past a half-sunken ship where the evil that lies in wait hungers for new visitors. 
  • NEW SHOW: The Grave Walkers Take a stroll with these twisted interactive street performers as they bring the best of the French Quarter to the Commonwealth. Listen for the blare of an approaching trumpet or the blast of a tuba as they take to the streets with a Halloween party like no other. 
  • NEW SHOW: The Coven In this roaming performance, a troupe of witches are wreaking havoc on the midways with their bizarre rituals. Beware because they are looking for their next victim as they prepare for the coming solstice.   

In total, those who dare can brave eight mazes, five scare zones and a variety of live shows during Halloween Haunt, which features the largest scare force in the region with hundreds of monsters roaming the midways. During the nighttime event, guests can also get their adrenaline fix on more than 20 rides, including Intimidator™ 305 and Dominator, as fog and darkness blanket the park. 

 
Test your limits and experience fear beyond your worst nightmares with all-new Skeleton Key rooms. Guests face extra terror as they unlock exclusive chambers and complete sinister tasks in order to escape. Skeleton Key is exclusive to Fright Lane, a premium feature that gives guests front-of-the-line access to mazes and rides. Haunt is held select nights September 23 through October 29; entry tickets plus Fright Lane passes can be purchased online. Monsters descend upon the park at 7 p.m. during the Overlord’s Resurrection as he calls forth all of his minions and sends them out into the night.  


For daytime Halloween fun with no fear, The Great Pumpkin Fest in Planet Snoopy features surprises around every corner, from a petting zoo to a pumpkin painting patch. The little ones can take part in educational and interactive shows such as Mad Science: Halloween Edition.  


The Great Pumpkin Fest has activities for the whole family to enjoy together; as an added benefit, children three to five years of age are eligible for FREE admission when their parent or guardian registers and activates their 2018 Pre-K Pass.  The Great Pumpkin Fest is held select Saturdays and Sundays from September 23 through October 29 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 


For the most up-to-date hours of operation, visit www.kingsdominion.com.  The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt are both included with park admission. To get a FREE visit to Kings Dominion during Halloween Haunt, guests can purchase a 2018 Gold Season Pass.   


About Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company Kings Dominion, located in central Virginia, is the region’s premier amusement park featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, an all-inclusive water park and 14-acre children’s area. Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.  # # # 

August 16, 2017 - NEW "HYBRID" ROLLER COASTER AND WINTERFEST HOLIDAY EVENT COMING TO KINGS DOMINION IN 2018

Doswell, VA (August 16, 2017) – Wood and steel intertwine into twisting barrel roll drops, dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness on Kings Dominion’s newest hybrid roller coaster – Twisted Timbers – slated to open in the spring of 2018.

Twisted Timbers is an innovative hybrid coaster that uses the latest technology to combine wood supports with a steel track to give riders an exhilarating experience with maneuvers previously unimaginable on a traditional wooden coaster. The coaster is designed by Rocky Mountain Construction of Idaho, a company renowned for reimagining wooden coasters. Features of the ride include:

  • 109 foot tall barrel roll drop
  • 3351 feet of track
  • Top speed of 54 miles per hour
  • Three loops
  • Three overbanked turns
  • 20 airtime moments

Twisted Timbers will be located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park and is themed to an abandoned apple orchard on the edge of town. The story behind the coaster is that an unknown force – supernatural or natural– destroyed the harvest years ago and froze the orchard in time; now the strictly “off-limits” orchard has reopened for tours, with the twisted ride as its highlight.

Also new in 2018 is WinterFest, an immersive holiday experience in which the park will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, multitudes of Christmas trees, millions of lights, ice-skating, entertainment, food, crafts and hands-on activities.  A nightly tree lighting ceremony will kick off each evening of the imaginative holiday event. The park’s fountain on International Street will be transformed into Snowflake Lake, an area where guests can enjoy ice skating in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower; the tower will be converted into a 300-foot Christmas tree complete with a state-of-the-art light show as snow falls over the midway.

Winterfest visitors will be able to enjoy holiday-themed live entertainment in more than a dozen shows like Cool Yule Christmas, Jingle Jazz, and a special production of Snoopy’s Ice Show. Classic Peanuts™ characters along with special Winterfest entertainers like Jack Frost, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane will meet and interact with guests. Kids can help elves mail letters to Santa at the North Pole Post Office, and decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. Shoppers may select unique holiday gifts at Crafter’s Corner, featuring handmade goods from some of Virginia’s best crafters. Throughout the event, guests will be able to enjoy dozens of the park’s rides and attractions.

“2018 is going to be an amazing year for our guests,” said Gary Chadwick, vice president and general manager, Kings Dominion. “Twisted Timbers raises the bar for Kings Dominion’s high thrill level, and adrenaline junkies everywhere will crave experiencing its astonishing twists and revolutions over and over again. This, added to the immersive Winterfest seasonal event, will let our guests experience the park in an entirely different way, creating new family traditions. These investments demonstrate our continued commitment to position Kings Dominion as a dynamic world class destination.”

Guests may enjoy unlimited rides on Twisted Timbers as well as admission to WinterFest with the purchase of a 2018 Gold Season Pass, available now at the lowest price of the season, or a free Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass that provides children between three and five years of age with complimentary admission all season long. Gold season passholders receive unlimited access to Kings Dominion and its Soak City water park; entry to special events like Halloween Haunt, The Great Pumpkin Fest and Winterfest; free parking and exclusive discounts; and one free visit to the park in 2017. Special pricing ends October 29, 2017.

To see Twisted Timbers or WinterFest illustrations, logos and more, visit www.kingsdominion.com.

About Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Kings Dominion, located in central Virginia, is the region’s premier amusement park featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, an all-inclusive water park and 14-acre children’s area. Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

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August 1, 2017 - KINGS DOMINION'S ANNUAL BBQ & BREW FEST RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

Doswell, VA (August 1, 2017) – Kings Dominion’s annual BBQ & Brew Fest kicks off this Saturday, August 5 in the WindSeeker Plaza section of the park.

This year’s menu features dishes inspired by BBQ in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and more. Guests 21 and older can quench their thirst with craft beers from the area’s best local breweries. In addition, BBQ & Brew Fest will feature live entertainment from local bands each weekend:

Moonshine Society – August 5

Pat Russell Band – August 6

Moogly Blues Band – August 12

Red Light Rodeo – August 13

Roxbury – August 19

Little Country – August 20

Kings Dominion’s Executive Chef Tiffanie Facey has created dishes that feature classic southern recipes and unique twists, such as pulled pork tostones topped with guacamole and moonshine pulled pork egg rolls. Visit our website to see the full BBQ & Brew Fest menu.

BBQ & Brew Fest will feature several local breweries each weekend including:

  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Legend Brewing Company
  • O’Connor Brewing Company
  • Strangeways Brewery
  • Ardent Craft Ales
  • Devils Backbone
  • Midnight Brewery
  • Center of the Universe
  • Starr Hill Brewery
  • Steam Bell Beer Works
  • Isley Brewing Company
  • Hardywood Craft Brewery
  • Kindred Spirit

 

BBQ & Brew Fest runs every Saturday and Sunday August 5 – August 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. BBQ & Brew Fest entertainment is included with park admission. To purchase beer or food, park guests can buy taste tokens either online or at the park. For admission tickets, entertainment line-up and more details on BBQ & Brew Fest, visit www.kingsdominion.com.

About Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Kings Dominion, located in central Virginia, is the region’s premier amusement park featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, an all-inclusive water park and 14-acre children’s area. Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

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June 28, 2017 - FIREWORKS, FOOD AND FAMILY FUN AT KINGS DOMINION'S STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION

DOSWELL, VA. (June 28, 2017) -  Star Spangled Celebration will feature Kings Dominion’s biggest fireworks display of the season with extended shows and enhanced pyrotechnic elements each night of the event, June 30 - July 4. Guests can also enjoy patriotic performances from local military bands during the five-day celebration.

New this year, the park is hosting an all-you-can-eat BBQ Feast complete with all the sides needed for a delicious barbeque. This limited time dining option will be held on July 1 and July 4. The BBQ Feast is an additional cost and spots must be reserved online . There is a discount available for Season Passholders.

Kings Dominion is also honoring service members by offering free park admission for active and retired military personnel as well as veterans with honorable or medical discharge. Either a DD214 or government issued ID will be accepted at the front gate.

For a full line-up of events, show times, admission ticket information and more, visit kingsdominion.com.

About Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Kings Dominion, located in central Virginia, is the region’s premier amusement park featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, an all-inclusive water park and 14-acre children’s area. Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

 

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June 6,2017 - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LITTLE ONES AT KINGS DOMINION'S KIDSFEST

DOSWELL, VA. (June 6, 2017) -  Family fun is the focus at Kings Dominion’s third annual KidsFest, featuring even more activities for the little ones. KidsFest is held in the world’s largest PEANUTS™-themed children’s area, Planet Snoopy, and includes free activities, crafts, interactive shows and more. KidsFest is included with park admission and runs Saturdays and Sundays June 10 – June 18.

NEW: Brick Fest Live – The largest touring LEGO show makes a stop at Kings Dominion. Check out their creative creations, LEGO challenges and build areas.  Free with park admission, Brick Fest Live activities run from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

NEW: Breakfast with Snoopy & The PEANUTS™ Gang – Enjoy the most important meal of the day in a fun way with our new character breakfasts on Saturday June 10 & June 17. This is an add-on cost and tickets must be reserved online. Breakfast is buffet style and Season Passholders receive a 10% discount.

Mad Science - This is not your typical science education show. Join Atomic Ali and learn more about science in a fun and interactive way.

Animal Education Shows - Get ready for wild and educational animal shows from Leesburg Animal Park and Maymont. These engaging shows will teach you all about the starring animals and their habitats. 

Balloon Art – Visit Mickey, the talented balloon artist from the Richmond Magic Show, to take home a free twisty and fun masterpiece.

Hanover Fire and Rescue Fire Truck Demo – Join members of the local fire department as they showcase one of their big red fire trucks.

 

KidsFest takes the fun of Kings Dominion up a notch and you can still enjoy all that Planet Snoopy offers including 20 children’s rides and regularly scheduled shows like “JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show” and “Charlie Brown’s Jungle Journey.” The event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on all four dates. For detailed information visit www.kingsdominion.com.

 

About Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Kings Dominion, located in central Virginia, is the region’s premier amusement park featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, an all-inclusive water park and 14-acre children’s area. Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

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May 17, 2017 - A BATTLE IS BREWING AT KINGS DOMINION 

DOSWELL, VA (May 17, 2017) – Step into a brand new virtual world at Kings Dominion as the park debuts an interactive, competitive gaming experience – “The Battle for Kings Dominion.”

This immersive gaming app combines augmented reality with traditional gaming and will take the in-park experience to the next level, allowing guests to declare their loyalty to a coaster alliance and then “battle” against each other to take control of the Kings Dominion realm.

“We are excited to introduce our guests to an entirely new digital layer of the park experience,” said Gary Chadwick, Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager. “Being able to gamify the park through the Battle for Kings Dominion, from interactive queue lines and midways to the personification of rides, will make for an even more engaging day.”

The cutting-edge Extended Experience game was developed by experiential design experts Holovis. Gamers will be able to choose from five coaster alliances: Dominator, Flight of Fear, Intimidator® 305, Avalanche or Volcano. Each alliance has its own unique character avatar and a custom battle shield. Guests will compete against each other and attempt to defeat the other alliances for dominance of the park throughout the day.  Players can earn points in various ways including playing augmented reality mini-games in special parts of the ride queue lines, taking over territory from competing teams, answering trivia and riding roller coasters.  Augmented reality moments from the experience will also come to life on the guest’s Apple® or Android™ device and can be shared with friends and on social media.

“Extended Experiences are the future of entertainment,” explains Amy Steele, VP of Development at Holovis. “This is where every element is connected together allowing guests to discover hidden narratives and gamify what are traditionally passive moments. They can even continue to customize their Coaster Alliance avatar from home as people prepare for their next visit.”

The Battle for Kings Dominion will be available for download on May 19. To complement the game, Kings Dominion has added free park-wide Wi-Fi, making it even easier to play and connect while visiting. A new mobile app complete with an interactive park map and ride wait times is now available. For the full calendar of 2017 operating hours, visit www.kingsdominion.com.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair also owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in California under a management contract.

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May 1, 2017 - GET YOUR TASTE BUDS READY FOR KINGS DOMINION'S NEW FOOD FESTIVAL 

DOSWELL, VA. (May 1, 2017) Virginia is for Lovers! Whether you love food, wine, beer or coasters… Kings Dominion’s brand new event, Taste of Virginia, is sure to delight! On Saturdays and Sundays from May 6 to May 21, this brand new, mouth-watering event, will take place in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park.

Kings Dominion’s culinary team has whipped up a menu that will take guests on a delicious journey through the commonwealth. The festival and entertainment are available to all park guests, but by purchasing tokens, you’ll be able to taste sample-size dishes inspired by regions such as Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater including crab cakes and seared oysters. Perhaps the delicacies of colonial Virginia will have you coming back for more with Smithfield ham and cheese empanadas or sweet potato and roast duck popovers. And don’t forget dessert! Taste of Virginia has that covered too, with peanut butter fudge, fried Winesap apple pies and much more.

The park has partnered with several of Virginia’s world-class breweries, wineries and distilleries to help quench your thirst featuring favorites like Hardywood, Copper Fox Distillery, Legend Brewing Company, Center of the Universe and many more.

Enjoy all of this home-grown deliciousness while grooving to the sounds of the BEST local live bands. Visit Kings Dominion’s website for the full entertainment lineup. Plus, on May 13, Taste of Virginia will feature appearances by two special guests:

 

  • Tim Smith, from the hit show, Moonshiners, will hold a meet-and-greet with fans from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Damaris Phillips, winner of the ninth season of The Next Food Network Star and host of Southern at Heart, will showcase her talents during two cooking demonstrations at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Come experience all that Taste of Virginia has to offer. Your taste buds will thank you! To see the full menu or purchase a Taste of Virginia Combo Ticket with taste tokens and park admission, visit kingsdominion.com.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair also owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in California under a management contract.

 

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March 22, 2017 - KINGS DOMINION OPENS FOR AN EPIC SEASON OF FUN THIS WEEKEND 

Doswell, VA (March 22, 2017) – The wait is finally over! Kings Dominion will open its gates for the 2017 season on Saturday, March 25.

New for 2017 – the world’s largest PEANUTS™-themed children’s area has been expanded with the addition of three new rides, upgraded food locations, a new event space and more! The three new rides include:

  • Kite Eating Tree – Charlie Brown’s kite is stuck in a tree again, can you help get it down? On this exciting ride, guests will be propelled to the top of the tower and bounce down to the platform as they experience sensations of weightlessness.
  • Sally’s Sea Plane – Join Sally as she soars through the air high above the sea! Kids and their parents are in store for an adventure with a trip on Sally’s airplane. Take a trip round-and-round on this giant plane as it rotates and rises into the air.
  • Peanuts™500 – Pick your car and rev up the engine with the Peanuts™ crew on this fun car ride that is the perfect size for your little racers. Start your engines and hit the track in race cars designed for parents and children to ride together as they move in a circle and whip around the corner on a closed track.

This latest expansion to the 14-acre kid’s area brings the total number of rides in Planet Snoopy to 20. In addition, Kings Dominion is offering FREE admission to children ages three to five for the entire 2017 season. Children can be registered online for the Pre-K Pass and must be processed at the park by April 30.

“We’re committed to creating a fun, dynamic environment for children and their parents,” said Gary Chadwick, General Manager and Vice President of Kings Dominion. “These new rides and amenities add to an already great kid’s area that has been recognized world-wide. We’re excited to see a new generation of Kings Dominion fans enjoying Planet Snoopy.”

Also new for the 2017 season, Kings Dominion has equipped the entire park with free Wi-Fi and will debut a new mobile app for guests, complete with ride wait times, park map and more. This season, new signature events and six brand new live shows also join the exciting lineup of fun at the park.

Kings Dominion opens to the public for its 43rd season on Saturday, March 25th at 11:30 a.m. Season Passholders are invited to a special preview night Friday, March 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For a complete list of park hours, special events, information, and to get the best deal on Season Passes, visit kingsdominion.com.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.


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June 7, 2016 - KINGS DOMINION ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

Doswell, VA. (June 7, 2016) - Kings Dominion announces Gary Chadwick as the new Vice President and General Manager of the amusement park. 

Chadwick joins the Kings Dominion team with 13 years of leadership experience in the amusement park industry. Most recently, he has spent the past nine years at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as the Vice President of Food and Retail Operations. He previously worked at Kings Dominion as the Department Manager of Retail Operations from 2003 to 2007. 

Chadwick began his career in the theme park industry in 1999. That summer, he traveled from England to the United States as a participant in Kings Dominion’s inaugural season hosting international students as part of the Work and Travel USA program, which continues to this day. 

“I am very excited to be back where I started my career,” Chadwick said. “I love being able to work in an environment that is dynamic and constantly changing. Kings Dominion is a fantastic park. I look forward to the future and continuing to provide family fun to the region.” 

Chadwick replaces Pat Jones, who served as Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager from 2007 to 2016. She will be relocating to Charlotte to oversee operations as the Vice President and General Manager of Carowinds. 

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair also owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in California under a management contract. 

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Media Contacts

The Kings Dominion Communications Department welcomes inquiries and visits from credentialed members of the news media for the production of high quality news features and programs about Kings Dominion! 

Contact

Katelyn Sherwood
Kings Dominion Communications Manager
16000 Theme Park Way
P. O. Box 2000
Doswell, VA 23047

Office: 804-876-5153 (News Media Calls Only, No Advertising Inquiries Please) 
Email: katelyn.sherwood@kingsdominion.com
social@kingsdominion.com

If you are interested in advertising with Kings Dominion, please contact our advertising agency at the following: ckmedia-cedarfair@c-k.com.

ATTENTION MEDIA: All requests for media passes must be submitted online. Information regarding our media pass policy is available in the Media Center section of our website under Media Pass Policy. 

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Media Pass Policy

The news media admissions policy for Kings Dominion enables working media to become familiar with the park’s many story opportunities and, at the same time, enjoy a day with family or friends. 

This program is for media personalities only. Tickets may not be set up under a family member's name, or picked up by anyone other than the media contact. Please review guidelines before requesting passes.

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Review Media Pass Guidelines

We are pleased to extend the following courtesies to news media representatives who live and work in our region:

  • Working media on assignment are provided complimentary admission to the park and will be accompanied by a media escort.
  • A maximum of two (2) complimentary tickets per season are provided to visit Kings Dominion to qualifying media (within a 250 mile radius of the park) for enjoyment (non-working) purposes.
  • We are aware that some newspapers, radio stations and television stations prefer that their personnel not accept complimentary passes to events and attractions. We respect this policy and will decline to offer passes to your personnel if you so indicate. Please contact the Communications Department at Kings Dominion if you wish to have your organization excluded from this list.
  • Freelance writers must provide written confirmation of assignment.
  • Online bloggers will qualify for media tickets after providing documentation that the blog receives at least 20,000 hits per month. 
  • This courtesy is extended to active members of the news media only, not to include office, sales or retired personnel. Identification in the form of both a photo ID and a news media ID (press card or business card) is required on the date of use. 
  • Please note that complimentary media admissions do not include concerts or other special events and attractions at the park.
  • Unfortunately, theme park enthusiast and fan-based websites do not qualify as working media.


Complimentary media passes are extended to the following news media representatives:

Newspapers/Magazines/Print Publications

Owner, General Manager, Publishers, News Directors, Reporters, Editors, Photographers, Writers

Radio Stations

Owner, General Manager, Program Director, News Directors, News Reporters, other On-Air Personalities, Writers

Television Stations

Owner, General Manager, News Directors, Assignment Editors, Reporters, other On-Air Personalities, Photographers, Writers, Field Producers

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Park Descriptions

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50 Words

Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for summertime fun! With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, there’s something for everyone! New in 2017 – Planet Snoopy is growing! Plus, visit our recently expanded all-inclusive 20-acre water park, Soak City!

Learn more at www.kingsdominion.com. 

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Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for fun! With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, there’s something for everyone! New in 2017 – Planet snoopy is growing with three new family rides, food and beverage amenities and more! You can soak up the sun at our newly expanded all-inclusive, 20-acre water park, Soak City!

Learn more at www.kingsdominion.com. 

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Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for fun! With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, there’s something for everyone! New for 2017- Planet Snoopy is growing! Enjoy more fun, more laughs and more thrills with the addition of three new family rides plus a new event space and upgraded food and beverage locations. Pack your swimsuit and soak up the sun at our recently expanded 20-acre water park, Soak City, which is included with park admission! It’s filled with exciting water slides, two wave pools, cabanas and more!

Learn more at kingsdominion.com.

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Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for fun! With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions we’ve got everything you need to create lifelong memories. Thrill-seekers will get their fix with one of the East Coast’s largest collection of roller coasters – 12 in all – including Intimidator 305, which stretches 305 feet tall and screams at more than 90 miles per hour. Families will delight in the zany rides at Planet Snoopy, featuring Snoopy and the entire PEANUTS™ gang. 

New for 2017- Planet Snoopy is growing! Additions to our 14-acre kids area include three new family thrill rides, a new event space, and upgraded food and beverage locations. 
Soak up the sun in the newly expanded Soak City, our all-inclusive 20-acre water park. Filled with exciting water slides, interactive splash pads, two wave pools, cabanas and more! 
Kings Dominion is located along Interstate 95 at Exit 98 in Richmond, VA. 

Learn more at kingsdominion.com.

225 Words

Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for summertime fun! 

We’ve got 400 acres packed with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Thrill-seekers will get their adrenaline fix with one of the East Coast’s largest collection of breath-taking roller coasters – 12 in all -- including Intimidator 305™, which stretches 305 feet tall and screams at more than 90 miles per hour. Families will delight in the zany rides, shows and activities at Planet Snoopy, featuring Snoopy and the entire PEANUTS™ gang and 20 rides designed for families to experience together! 

New for 2017- Planet Snoopy is growing! Three new family thrill rides join the line-up including the Kite Eating Tree, which shoots riders to the top of the tower before bouncing back to the ground. Additions to our 14-acre kids area also include a new covered event space and upgraded food and beverage locations. 
Soak up the sun in the recently expanded Soak City, our all-inclusive 20-acre water park. Filled with exciting water slides, two wave pools, cabanas and more! Plus, little ones and their families can play together on Splash Island, an interactive splash pad where kids can let their imaginations run wild! 
Kings Dominion is located along Interstate 95 at Exit 98 in Richmond, VA. 

Want to learn more? Visit us at kingsdominion.com or call 1.804.876.5000.

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Park History and Timeline

On May 3, 1975, after less than two years of construction, Kings Dominion opened its gates to the public.   It didn't take long for King Dominion to be recognized as the perfect family destination location in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The idea for a family amusement park north of Richmond, VA and south of Washington, D.C., began as a dream in 1971.  A site was selected in Doswell, VA in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic to build the 400-acre park.  The design of the new park was similar to Kings Island near Cincinnati, OH, using similar rides, attractions and themes including a 315-foot-tall Eiffel Tower replica and twin-track, racing roller coaster.

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1970s

Kings Dominion opened May 3, 1975, offering fun and thrilling attractions that included the Rebel Yell roller coaster, Lion Country Safari Monorail, Log Flume, Steam Train and other family attractions.  The park's signature attraction was the Eiffel Tower, a one-third scale replica of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  Original themed areas were International Street, The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera, Old Virginia, Coney Island and Lion Country Safari.  In 1977, Kings Dominion added a fourth roller coaster in King Kobra.  The park was also one of the amusement parks used as a set for the movie Rollercoaster, filmed in 1977.   A campground was added in 1978 and a popular attraction known as Lost World debuted in 1979.   By the end of the decade, in just five short years, Kings Dominion had established itself as a destination place for families seeking fun, thrills and adventure. 

1980s

The early part of the decade saw two popular attractions added with the Grizzly roller coaster in 1982 and the White Water Canyon river rapids ride in 1983.  These two rides remain as popular as ever today.  In 1983, Taft Broadcasting sold its theme park division to Kings Entertainment Company (KECO).  One of the first additions the new management group installed was Berserker, a looping starship ride on International Street in 1984.   In 1986, Shockwave, a standup roller coaster, was added.  Racing Rivers, a water slide complex, opened in 1987.   Avalanche, which remains the only Mack Bobsled roller coaster in the United States, opened in 1988. 

1990s

The decade of the 90's began with the expansion of Hanna-Barbera Land in 1990.  A thrilling new ride was introduced in 1991, Anaconda, which was the first roller coaster in the world the feature an underwater tunnel.   A new waterpark addition opened in 1992, Hurricane Reef.  In 1993, a motion simulator ride featuring the Days of Thunder film, debuted.  The 1994 season saw the addition of a new themed area of the park called Wayne's World, which featured a wooden roller coaster , The Hurler.  In 1996, Kings Dominion unveiled the first LIM-launched roller coaster, The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear.  The following season, in 1997, saw the debut of KidZville, which was a re-theming of the Hanna-Barbera section.  New attractions included the Taxi Jam roller coaster.  The trend of adding launch coasters continued in 1998 when the park opened Volcano, The Blast Coaster.  Expansion continued in the waterpark area with a re-theme to WaterWorks in 1999. 

2000s

The early part of this decade saw Kings Dominion open major new rides and attractions starting with the HyperSonic roller coaster in 2001.  In 2002, Ricochet was added, followed by Drop Zone (now Drop Tower) in 2003.   The 2004 season saw the addition of a family dark ride experience, Scooby-Doo & The Haunted Mansion.  The following year, in 2005, Tomb Raider: The Ride (now The Crypt) was added.   Another new roller coaster joined the park's lineup in 2006 in Italian Job: Stunt Track (now Backlot Stunt Coaster).  On June 30 of that year, the park was sold to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.   In 2007, WaterWorks was expanded, adding a second wave pool, Tidal Wave Bay and a four-person raft ride.   Over the next two seasons, Kings Dominion added three new attractions starting with a thrilling steel roller coaster, Dominator.    The park added its first Ferris Wheel in 2009 with Americana, as well as El Dorado, a family flat ride. 

Today's Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion's commitment to providing its guests with world-class thrills, fun and family entertainment continues into this decade.  The park built one of the top steel roller coasters in the world in 2010, Intimidator 305.   This giga coaster by Intamin is themed to the late NASCAR driver Dale Ernhardt and represents the largest capital investment to date in the park's history.  A new light show, Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular, was added in 2011.   In 2012, two attractions debut with WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall tower swing ride, and Dinosaurs Alive!, an animatronic dinosaur park that features nearly 40 life-sized, roaring, moving dinosaurs. In 2013, Kings Dominion unveiled the bigger, better Planet Snoopy, the world's largest PEANUTS-themed children's area, featuring 8 new rides (18 total), a fresh market and more. in 2014 Kings Dominion celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the return of some of your favorite past attractions including Candy Apple Grove, Safari VIlliage and the Singing Mushrooms. In 2015 Kings Dominion rebranded its Waterpark to Soak City and added a new Mega Slide Complex, Hurricane Heights and family splash zone, Splash Island. In 2016, Kings Dominion introduced the gravity defying thrill ride, Delirium! 

In 2017 we're making room for more fun, more laughs and more thrills will our Planet Snoopy expansion that includes 3 new thrill rides- Kite Eating Tree, Sally's Sea Plane, and Peanuts 500.  Also expanding the Planet Snoopy experience includes a new event space and upgraded food and beverage locations. Kings Dominin will also be adding free park WIFI for guests and introducing FunPix, a fun and easy way to capture, collect, and share photos while you're at the park. 

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1972-1974

The construction of Kings Dominion began October 1, 1972.  It took nearly two years to build the park.  Attractions for the first season in 1974 included the Lion Country Safari and the Scooby Doo roller coaster. 

1975

After less than two years of construction, Kings Dominion opened to the public on May 3, 1975.  That day, approximately 20,000 guests enjoyed the park.  More than 1.5 million visitors would follow during Kings Dominion's first season.  Park visitors enjoyed five magical lands -- International Street, Old Virginia, Coney Island, The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera and Lion Country Safari, which opened as a preview to Kings Dominion in 1974.  Attractions for the season in 1975 included Rebel Yell roller coaster, Lion Country Safari Monorail, Log Flume, a Steam Train, Sky Ride, Galaxie roller coaster, and the park's signature attraction, the Eiffel Tower. Families raced down 12 hills on the Rebel Yell racing roller coaster, took a spin on the Carousel, viewed the musical revue "Give My Regards to Broadway" in the Mason Dixon Music Hall and observed the park atop a 315-foot-tall Eiffel Tower.

1976

Bengal tigers arrived at the animal preserve.  The park sent visitors spinning around Candy Apple Grove in the new Apple Turnover ride.

1977

The King Kobra roller coaster was the new attraction this year, featuring a 75-foot drop.  The Kings Quarters Hotel also opened.  The movie Rollercoaster starring George Segal and Timothy Bottoms was filmed at the park. 

1978

The Kings Dominion Campground opened, increasing the number of two-day visits to the park.

1979

The 17-story Lost World mountain was the new attraction this year, featuring three separate rides: Journey To Atlantis, Land of the Dooz and the Time Shaft.

1980

New for this season was the Haunted River, which replaced Journey To Atlantis in the Lost World.

1981

The 180-degree theater opened, which allowed visitors to cruise through the Baja desert and see a volcano up close!

1982

This season saw the park unveil the Grizzly, a wooden roller coaster in a forest setting with an 87-foot drop and high-speed twists and turns.  Also new was The Showplace, a 7,500-seat, outdoor concert venue.

1983

White Water Water Canyon opened this year, presenting guests with a fun, thrilling watery course and spouting geysers.  Riders were assured they would get wet on this ride.  Senior executives with Taft Broadcasting purchased the theme park division of Taft and formed Kings Entertainment Company (KECO) with Kings Dominion, Carowinds in North Carolina, Kings Island in Ohio and Canada's Wonderland in Toronto.

1984

Berserker, a giant Viking ship that takes riders through a series of 360-degree loops, was added to the park's lineup of world-class thrills this year.  Land of the Dooz was replaced by Smurf Mountain.

1985

Kings Dominion celebrates its 10th anniversary season.  A new water ride was added this year, Diamond Falls.  Also added was a new children's play area, Scooby's Play Park.

1986

It was standing room only this year, as Shockwave was introduced as the first stand-up roller coaster on the East Coast.  The interest in the new ride helped drive attendance over the 2 million mark for the first time in park history.

1987

Racing Rivers, featuring three different types of water slides (Torpedo, Splashdown and Riptide), was the new attraction this year.   On the business side, KECO reorganized so that the company owned and managed Kings Dominion, Carowinds, as well as the entertainment and design division, Kings Productions.  KECO also managed Kings Island, Canada's Wonderland and Great America in Santa Clara, California.

1988

New this year is Avalanche, a bobsled-style family roller coaster with twisting curves, deep valleys and steep hills.  The rides trains are themed to Olympic bobsleds from five countries:  United States, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland. 

1989

New this year is Sky Pilot.  This exciting ride allowed guests to determine their own flight pattern, including the option to spin a dizzying 360-degrees.   

1990

The park's 15th anniversary season saw a fresh new look in Hanna-Barbera Land.  The expansion included the addition of five new children's rides, more characters, as well as new games and shows. 

1991

Kings Dominion introduces one of the biggest and baddest rides around, Anaconda.  This new steel roller coaster sends riders screaming through six loops and is the first roller coaster in the world to feature and underwater tunnel.    The park is also the site for the American Coaster Enthusiasts' summer conference. 

1992

A whole new theme area was added this year with Hurricane Reef.  The six-acre waterpark featured 15 water attractions, including a variety of slides.   Kings Dominion, along with Kings Island, Carowinds, Great America and Canada's Wonderland, were sold midway through the season to Paramount Communications, Inc. 

1993

An exciting new attraction opened this year with Days of Thunder, a racing simulator ride.  This ride enables guests to experience what it would be like to be behind the wheel of a racecar.  New owner Paramount Communications, Inc., begins the process of re-theming rides and attractions to movie themes. 

1994

A fun new area opened this year with the addition of Wayne's World.  The Hurler, the park's fourth wooden roller coaster, highlighted the new attractions in this area of Kings Dominion.  Viacom purchases Paramount Communications. 

1995

Green slime was the rage of the summer for Kings Dominion's 20th anniversary season with the addition of Nickelodeon Splat City.  The Showplace re-opened as the Kingswood Amphitheatre. 

1996

Kings Dominion introduces the world's first linear induction launch-style roller coaster with Outer Limits: Flight of Fear.   Riders on this unique attraction are sent roaring through a series of inversions in total darkness.  Also new this year is Xtreme Skyflyer, an attraction that combines the elements of hang gliding and sky diving.

1997

The park's kids' area, Hanna-Barbera Land, is transformed into KidZville.  This all-new section features rides, shows and attractions specifically for kids.

1998

The world's fastest suspended roller coaster is unveiled this year at Kings Dominion with the introduction of Volcano, The Blast Coaster.  The attraction is the park's second linear induction launch-style roller coaster, joining Flight of Fear.   Paramount Action FX Theater becomes the new name for the Days of Thunder motion simulator theater, featuring a new film:  James Bond 007: A License to Thrill.

1999

Hurricane Reef is expanded from six acres to 19 and rebranded WaterWorks.   The makeover includes the addition of more water activities for families.  

2000

Kings Dominion celebrates its 25th anniversary season.  New attractions include Nickelodeon Central in the main park and Pipeline Peak in WaterWorks.  This attraction features four new thrilling, enclosed water slides.

2001

This season saw the introduction of the world's first compressed air-launch roller coaster, HyperSonic XLC  and began a new annual event celebrating Halloween called FearFest..  Also new this year is 7th Portal, an adventure-filled 3-D film. 

2002

The park unveils its 12th roller coaster in Ricochet, which features a series of unexpected twists, turns and a 50-foot drop.  Also new this year is a popular family ride, Triple Spin.

2003

Kings Dominion debuts the tallest drop tower ride in North America in Drop Zone Stunt Tower.  Guests plunge a staggering 27 stories from a height of 305 feet at a speed of 72 miles per hour, providing them with a thrill they'll never forget.  Also debuting this year is SpongBob SquarePants 3-D. 

2004

The first interactive family dark ride in the Mid-Atlantic region is unveiled in Scooby-Doo & The Haunted Mansion. 

2005

An attraction for adventure seekers is unveiled this year in Tomb Raider: The Ride (now The Crypt).  The multi-sensory ride appeals to park visitors and coaster enthusiasts alike with its thrills and special effects.   

2006

The Italian Job: Stunt Track (now Backlot Stunt Coaster) opened as a new fully themed action stunt car experience.  Thunder Raceway Go-Karts also debuts this year.  On June 30, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchases Paramount Parks from CBS Corporation for $1.25 billion.

2007

Three new attractions are added in WaterWorks: Tidal Wave Bay, Tornado and Zoom Flume.  An all-new Halloween event is introduced in the fall, Halloween Haunt.  

2008

Kings Dominion added to its lineup of world-class thrills by introducing its 14th roller coaster this year, Dominator.  This scream machine sends rider through five inversions at speeds up to 67 milers per hour on the longest floorless roller coaster in the world at 4,210 feet.  The ride also features one of the largest vertical loops in the world.

2009

The focus is on families this year with the addition of two new rides,  El Dorado and the Americana Ferris Wheel.  The Grizzly roller coaster was retracked this year, providing riders with a smoother, more enjoyable ride experience. 

2010

This year is one of the most exciting in the park's history.  Intimidator 305, a Intamin Giga Coaster, is unveiled as the biggest and fastest roller coaster on the East Coast.  Standing 305 feet at its highest point, riders race down a 300-foot first drop and through high-speed twists and turns at speeds over 90 miles per hour.   The ride was voted "Best New Roller Coaster of 2010" by Amusement Today.   Two other exciting attractions also debut this year with Planet Snoopy replacing Nickelodeon Central and Boo Blasters on Boo Hill replacing Scooby-Doo & The Haunted Mansion. 

2011

A new night time light show highlights the new attractions this year, Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular.  Starring everyone's favorite PEANUTS characters and their summertime adventures, this colorful pageant of lights invites guests to explore a breathtaking display the entire family enjoys.

2012

Two new attractions debut this year.  Riders soar 30 stories above the park on WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall tower swing ride.   Visitors to the park are able to step back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in the all-new Dinosaurs Alive! 

2013

On March 29, 2013, Kings Dominion unveiled its bigger, better Planet Snoopy children's area. Planet Snoopy at Kings Dominion will feature 8 new rides (18 total), a newly expanded 1,100 square-foot Family Care Center, daily meet-and-greet opportunities with the PEANUTS characters, the Richmond-based self-serve frozen yogurt shop SweetFrog and more. 

Also in 2013, Kings Dominion has its largest entertainment line-up in years, with 7 new shows, including "All Wheel Sports" with bikers and skaters who were semifinalists on Season 7 of NBC's America's Got Talent, along with "On Broadway", a Broadway-style musical revue. Also new is "Dominion at Dusk" featuring Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular, a new live show and fireworks on all 10pm closes. 

2014

In 2014, Kings Dominion began celebrating its 40th Anniversary with the return of some favorites from the past. Just a few of these attractions were the Candy Apple Grove and the Singing Mushrooms. Our Congo area was also rebranded Safari Village in honor of Lion Country Safari that debuted in 1974. 

2015

In 2015 Kings Dominion announced its Waterpark expansion project with WaterWorks being rebranded as Soak City. We also introduced 2 new attractions. Hurricane Heights, a 65 ft. mega complex featuring 3 new slides and Splash Island, a family splash zone. 

On May 3rd, 2015 Kings Dominion celebrated it OFFICIAL 40th Birthday with a huge party at the park that included a plaque dedication for the front gate, live entertainment in all areas of the park, special birthday prizes for guests and much more. 

2016

In 2016 Kings Dominion introduces the all new gravity defying thrill ride, DELIRIUM!