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TimelineKings Dominion opened its gates on May 3, 1975. Here's a look at the park year-by-year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New for this season was the Haunted River, which replaced Journey To Atlantis in the Lost World.
The 180-degree theater opened, which allowed visitors to cruise through the Baja desert and see a volcano up close!
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.
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.
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.
The park's kids' area, Hanna-Barbera Land, is transformed into KidZville. This all-new section features rides, shows and attractions specifically for kids.
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.
Also in 2013, Kings Dominion will have 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.