Kings Dominion Trivia

Kings Dominion Trivia

 How well do you know Kings Dominion?  We have nearly 40 years of history, so be prepared to really test your knowledge!

KD Trivia

The name given to the park is derived from the name of its sister park, Kings Island located near Cincinnati, Ohio, and the nickname for the state of Virginia, "Old Dominion".

The construction of Kings Dominion began on October 1, 1972.

Kings Dominion opened its gates to the public for the first time May 3, 1975.

After a soft opening on May 3, 1975, the park's Grand Opening was held on May 24, 1975.

The 1977 suspense-thrilling Rollercoaster starring George Segal and Timothy Bottoms. 
The park's famous fountain on International Street spans a total of 320 feet -- more than the length of a football field!
A total of 4 million, 750 tons of steel were used to construct the popular Anaconda roller coaster.
The track on the Flight of Fear roller coaster is 2,705 feet long. 
FALSE:  The Rebel Yell was the second wooden roller coaster in the world with trains that traveled the full length of the track backward.   The Racer roller coaster at Kings Island located near Cincinnati, Ohio was the first. 

Intimidator 305 is themed after arguably the greatest NASCAR driver of all time, the late Dale Earnhardt. 

Gary Wachs was the first General Manager at Kings Dominion, when ground first broke in 1972. Then, in 1974, Dennis Speigel was named vice president and general manager of Kings Dominion / Lion Country Safari, overseeing the planning and construction of the park. 
TRUE:  At 315 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower is a one-third scale replica of the original in Paris, France. 
The popular White Water Canyon attraction opened in 1983.  Nearly 30 years later the ride continues to rank as one of the best water raft rides in the amusement/theme park industry. 

The Old Dominion stream train ride operated at Kings Dominion from the park's opening in 1975 through the 1995 season.

The Fountain propels 10,000 gallons of water into the air per minute. 
TRUE:  The American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) was founded in 1978 by Roy Brashears, Paul Greenwald, and Richard Munch. At the time, it was commonplace for thrill-seekers and prospective Guinness aspirants to participate in marathons on roller coasters. One such marathon was arranged in 1977 on Rebel Yell at Kings Dominion to promote the release of the movie Rollercoaster, starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, and Helen Hunt. Three of the participants in this marathon, Brashears, Greenwald, and Munch, discussed forming a club for those who had a passion for riding roller coasters and the amusement park industry.  With that, the idea for this now international club was born.