Located in Doswell, Virginia, Kings Dominion is a great amusement park that offers a little bit of everything for families and thrill seekers alike. Currently offering twelve roller coasters during the 2017 season and numerous flat rides, the park offers plenty of thrills for guests of all ages. In recent years, the park has unveiled new flat rides, an expanded children’s area, in-park Wi-Fi, an enhanced park photo pass called FunPix, and augmented reality experiences. As with all parks in the Cedar Fair chain, Kings Dominion continues to look for new ways to enhance the park experience. Here are five things that Kings Dominion should consider adding for 2018.
Build New Roller Coaster
While this is the most obvious and most popular request by enthusiasts, it is best to begin here. Kings Dominion needs to add a new roller coaster experience. The good news is that it appears that the park is on pace to add such an attraction for 2018. While details have yet to be released on the construction project in the area formerly known as Hurler, it is all but confirmed that a new and exciting roller coaster experience is in the works for next season. Certainly, there’s Really More Coming, right?
Extend the Operating Season
If it was up to enthusiasts, amusement parks like Kings Dominion would be open all year long. Of course, the weather would cooperate throughout the year too. While that is not likely, Cedar Fair has been testing out extended operations at some of its parks that spills into the Christmas holiday season. This would provide new experiences for guests, tap into the holiday market opportunities for the park, and increase revenues. With the increased revenues, the park can continue to find new ways to become even better in future seasons. Bring WinterFest to Kings Dominion!
Expand Soak City
While this might not be a top priority since the park recently expanded the waterpark, water attractions are usually great additions to the park, adding great return on investment. In the case of the waterpark at Kings Dominion, how about adding a water coaster? The water coaster is really becoming a trend in recent years, and the crowds love them. Adding such an attraction would definitely boost excitement about the water attractions while also giving the park some additional marketability.
Add a New Dark Attraction
For a while, it appeared that every Cedar Fair park was in line to get a nice dark ride experience. The Trio-Tech dark rides at Canada’s Wonderland and Knott’s Berry Farm were great additions to those parks. Adding a similar type of attraction at Kings Dominion would really allow the park to expand its attraction portfolio even more. Sure, Boo Blasters is a classic attraction that is fun for all ages, but a new dark ride of some sort couldn’t hurt! If the park wants to follow the direction that California’s Great America and Carowinds took, maybe a theater-style intra-active 3D attraction would fit better at Kings Dominion. In either case, associating it with a popular and fun intellectual property (IP) would be fantastic.
Revamp Front Entrance
Ever since Cedar Point’s main gate was updated and Cedar Fair CEO, Matt Ouimet, insinuated that more parks in the chain would get a similar treatment, the demand and hopes of many guests to see when each park would get an update at its main gate increased. Personally, the front gate area of Kings Dominion is not all that bad, but an upgrade and modernization of it couldn’t hurt. Plus, it might lend itself to having another roller coaster added to fly above or below that entrance area similar to Cedar Point and Carowinds, and few people would complain about the park adding yet another roller coaster, right?
If Kings Dominion adds these five additions, the park would likely see increased patronage and revenues. There is a good likelihood that many of these additions are either in the works or under close consideration. In either case, the next couple of years will be extra exciting at Kings Dominion!