On August 30th, 2012 we visited Kings Dominion for a third day in a row. This time, we stopped quickly for a few hours before our long voyage back home.
We arrived approximately 11:30 am that day, and as it was the last few days, the park was mostly empty. We decided to do the Roller Coasters at the park that we did not ride this trip. First we rode the old Dinn Coaster, Grizzly, and then headed over to ride the other old, rough Wood Coaster at the park, Hurler. We decided to skip Ricochet, because its a Wild Mouse, and why would we want to ride one of those? We also took another spin on the Rebel Yell, because it is one of the best Wooden Coaster in Virginia and the south.
It then was extremely hot, so we took a quick ride on the Log Flume to cool off, and rode Windseeker and Drop Tower again to dry off. We then only had time for one more ride left, so we headed to Intimidator 305. There was an only station wait, and we rode the back row twice, to experience its intense airtime and grey-outs!
Sadly, it was about 2 pm, and it was already time for us to leave the park. We had a 8 hours drive home, which turned into over 14 hours because of traffic! We would have loved to stay at Kings Dominion for another day, to re-ride Intimidator 305 forever! Also to ride there other fantastic Coasters and Rides, including Volcano, the Blast Coaster, Flight of Fear, Anaconda, Dominator, Rebel Yell, Drop Tower, Windseeker, and more! It was a fantastic week at Kings Dominion, and we plan to visit it again soon!
3-day trip to Kings Dominion rating: 9/10
On August 30th, 2012, after spending a full day at Kings Dominion, we visited Go-Karts Plus. Go-Karts Plus is a small Action Park in Williamsburg, with many go-kart tracks, a few small rides, and an E&M Miler Kiddie Coaster, Python. Our main purpose for going to Go-Karts Plus was to ride the Python Coaster, which was my 248th Coaster!
We arrived at the park at 9:45 pm, right before the park closed at 10:00 pm. I quickly purchased 4 tickets for the Python, which was 6 dollars! There was none else there besides us, and the ride attendant which gave it an eerie feeling. I quickly rode the Coaster, and the park closed, so we left.
There really isnt much to say about Go-Karts Plus, besides it has a Kiddie Coaster, which was not too bad. If you are ever visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg, drive the extra few miles to Go-Karts Plus to ride the Python Kiddie Coaster to get a Coaster Credit!
On August 30th, 2012, we went back to Kings Dominion for a second day in a row. We were at the park for most of the day, and it was fantastic. Kings Dominion was empty, and some of the best Coasters, including Volcano, Intimidator 305, Dominator, and Flight of Fear, had no wait times!
We arrived at the park right when it opened, at 10am. Again, the first thing we did was go straight to ride one of K.D.'s best Coasters, Intimidator 305. At that time, it had a walk on wait. It was very surprising to see a fantastic Giga Coaster with a walk on wait! We rode it once in the front row, and then decided to headed over to ride the epic ''Sci-Fi'' themed Flight of Fear. Then we headed to ride Volcano, the Blast Coaster. It also had no wait, so we rode the Coaster with the current tallest Inversion, at 150 feet, a few times. We then took a quick spin on the Avalanche, a bobsled Coaster next to Volcano. Avalanche was a great and unique bobsled Coaster. It is among one of the last Bobsled Coasters left, and it is one of our favorite.
It was already about 2 pm, and we ate at the Trails End Grill, which was in the Congo section of the park, near Volcano. It was your average Amusement Park food, a little over priced, and just okay. However, it was a nicely themed restaurant, and nice and cool in the A/C. Next time you visit Kings Dominion, I suggest eating at the Trails End Grill, because it has a good theme, inside with A/C, and near the best Coasters in the park.
After eating, we did not take any breaks from Coaster riding, and headed to ride the Backlot Stunt Coaster, a small launched Coaster. Then we headed to ride the old Arrow looping Coaster, Anaconda. After getting our heads banged around, our headache got worse after riding the TOGO stand-up Coaster, Shockwave. Two head banging Coasters back to back, plus intense heat gave us a big headache.
We were then in 'The Grove' section of the park, where we rode Rebel Yell, a fantastic Wooden Coaster. Then we headed to ride the insanely tall 305 foot Drop Tower, called Drop Tower, and another ride on Windseeker. They all had no wait times, and we did it a few times in a row.
By then it was about 4 pm, and we decided to head to our cars to take a quick break in the A/C. After that, we only had a few more hours left in the park, and we headed back to the Congo section of the park. There we went back to Intimidator 305, which it had no wait. We managed to ride the intense Giga Coaster over 5 times in a row before we were too grey-ed out to ride it anymore. We then rode Volcano and Flight of Fear a few more times also.
It was then almost time for us to leave the park. Before we left, we went to ride Dominator. There was no one in the station to ride the world's longest floorless coaster, so we rode it a few times. We then were extremely over-heated and exhausted, so we decided to leave the park and go to Go-Karts Plus. But, returned to Kings Dominion for a third day in a row, the following day!
On the last week of August, we made a 3 day trip to Kings Dominion, from August 29th to August 31st, 2012. The park was mostly empty, and we were able to get many rides on some fantastic Coasters!
On August 29th, 2012 we arrived at the park at about 4:00 pm. We only had a few hours at the park, so we only had time to do a few rides. First we headed to ride Intimidator 305. The last time we visited Kings Dominion was in 2009, and we never rode Intimidator 305, until that day. The line for 305 was very short, and was only about 10 minutes long. For our first time on the Coaster, we wanted to ride it in the front row, so we waited an extra 30 minutes. The line for the front row was very slow, due to its one train operation. We waited years to ride the Coaster, so another few minutes would not be too long. After we rode Intimidator 305, it instantly became one of our favorite Coasters, and it was my 247th Coaster.
We then headed over to ride the other big Coasters in the Congo section of the park - Volcano, the Blast Coaster, Anaconda, and Flight of Fear. They all were great Coasters, and had a very short wait time. It then was already time for us to leave the park. Before we left for the day, we took a quick ride on the all-new Windseeker. We then quickly rode Dominator, which is located next to the entrance of the park. We then left Kings Dominoion for the day, but returned early in the morning the next day!
On August 25th, 2012 was the 13th annual Oc~Boulder~Fest at Lake Compounce. It is a yearly ACE event, with ERT on the one and only Boulder Dash.
The park opened to the general public at 11 am, the same time as registration began. We arrived on time, got set up, and headed straight to ride Boulder Dash, to get a quick ride on the fantastic Wooden Coaster. The ride only had a 10 minute wait, because the park just opened up. We then rode the Ghost Hunt, a indoor dark ride, then headed over to ride Zoomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster. They both also had very short waits.
It was already noon, and we headed over to the private picnic areas, where the park provided a wide verity of food for us, including BBQ chicken, burgers, beans, corn, salad, ice cream and more. We took our time eating, and waited for the ACE New England Rep, Rus, to get ready for a speech. He thanked everyone for coming out for the event, and talked what was planed for the rest of the day. It was then time for door prizes, which were free raffled off girts. This time, the door prizes were free coupons to use on food, gifts, and more throughout the park. We were lucky to win some, and that was able to pay dinner for us in the park!
After a fabulous lunch, Rus set up a Behind the Scenes Tour of the WildCat Wooden Coaster. Sadly the Wooden Coaster would be closed for the remainder of the 2012 season, but we were lucky enough to go inside where no general public can ever enter! We were able to get on the track, and inside the supports of the Coaster! Inside the head man at the park, Jerry told us the plans for the future of WildCat. They plan on remodeling the supports and track, along the first drop, and possible add in new trains in 2013. Also, each year the park will do some more work to re master this classic Wooden Coaster.
However, we shouldnt forget the reason why most of us visited the park that day, to ride Boulder Dash. As the time for ERT was approaching, we decided to take a ride on the sky ride, and a few other rides around the park. We then decided to hit Crocodile Creek, the water park at Lake Compounce, for a hour. We rode a few slides, including the new RipTide Racer. The new slide looks interesting awesome, but it was a very short.
It was then about 7:30, and we walked the park until 9:00, until the park closed. At 9:00 we all meet outside the entrance of Boulder Dash until ERT started, which was approximately 9:35. It lasted one full hour, until 10:35. I was able to get in a good 16 times, in the front car, and the back car. The ERT was a blast, as Boulder Dash ran very smooth, and it was great flying through the woods in pitch black.
This year, Oc~Boulder~Fest was fantastic! We would like to thank Rus, the ACE New England Regional Rep, and Jerry from Lake Compounce, for setting up the event! We all appreciate it, and cant wait for the event next year at Lake Compounce!
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