One thing that many amusement park enthusiasts ponder is whether or not their favorite parks have extra land that they could expand on in the coming years. If the park has extra, untapped land, an expansion could mean more rides, attractions, restaurants, and entertainment options. To coaster addicts, that hopefully means the chance of more roller coasters – bigger and faster roller coasters that is!
Take a look at an existing park with a lot of property that has yet to be developed – Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. In the parks’ early years, it was known to have a lot of animals. The park had a monorail that passengers would board and ride on a track around different areas to view the animals. Now, a track of this size and the property used for the animals, not to mention the buildings to take care of the animals and that section, would be land of a good size. To this day, that land is still there! That is right. Behind Volcano sits property worthy of expansion. Over the years, Kings Dominion has gone through different owners, and, as of now, no one has touched this area. One could speculate that wildlife may still be back there, but it is fairly certain that, if a giraffe was back there, park guests would have noticed it while riding Volcano. It could be possible that an iron clad zoning permit for wildlife use only could be the reason. This would make sense if there truly is some type of rare wildlife, animals, or plants back there. Nevertheless, just think of the size of this park and what it could be if that property was utilized.
In a recent slideshow presentation from Cedar Fair, the amusement park company acknowledged that Kings Dominion currently uses about 280 acres of its land but that 460 or so acres remain undeveloped. Does that mean that the park will add a new area to the park over the next decade? Certainly, it is possible. Might the park sell off that land for use by other businesses? That is also possible but probably unlikely. Other options could be resort options or other related options like a sports complex that is similar to the one that was recently opened in Sandusky, Ohio. The opportunities are endless. Of course, we all would love Kings Dominion (and other favorite parks) to be bigger and better than ever.
[Chart and slides courtesy of Cedar Fair.]