We took a road trip and spent the first part of Spring Break at Kings Dominion in Virginia.
Beyond that, our experience with the campground was relatively smooth. I will say that if you are looking for a relaxing place to stay, this probably wouldn’t be your first choice. The campers near us were noisy and didn’t seem to be aware of the unspoken campground etiquette of not walking through other people’s sites but that’s not really the fault of the campground itself.
In the tradition of all Cedar Fair campgrounds, we found the nightly rates a bit high considering the lack of cable TV at the sites (and only 2 1/2 channels through our antenna). It seems to me there is a missed opportunity of having a CCTV network in the park/campgrounds to build the anticipation of guests and inform them of all the daily and upcoming events. Aside from that our site had nice grass, was level, and roomy.
Speaking of Cedar Fair traditions, we appreciated that everywhere you looked there was a garbage can. Despite that, people still found opportunities to dispose of their trash in places other than the easily discovered receptacles.
Our favorite time to visit amusement parks is in the spring because of the lack of crowds. Spring break was no exception. We were able to do nearly everything we wanted in the span of 1 1/2 days. One of my most anticipated rides in the park was Volcano, a launch coaster that blasts you straight up out of the top of a volcano. The boarding process is slow so you’ll want to get there early or late in the day to minimize wait time. It is certainly a must ride for any enthusiast.
The most anticipated ride of mine was Intimidator 305. I was surprised a the intensity and overall smoothness of the ride but I experienced gray outs both times I rode it at the end of the first drop’s sweeping turn. That was enough to keep me from wanting to ride it again. I certainly encourage you to try it for yourself and see. Plenty of other people wanted to ride it over and over again.
In the foreground of the above picture is Anaconda, an Arrow Dynamics coaster known for it’s underwater tunnel. One of our favorite family rides at Kings Dominion is the Backlot Stunt Coaster. It is another launch coaster that has some theming to it that adds to the overall fun.
It is hard not to enjoy Mack Rides Wild Mouse coasters and Ricochet was no exception. Pictured to the right of it is Hurler which was pretty rough. It seems like a track reprofiling could do wonders for that wooden coaster.
I have been to Kings Dominion before and Grizzly was closed then. Sadly that was the case this time also so I’m still chasing the elusive Grizzly. Maybe it will be open during the fall when I expect to revisit the park.
While we are coaster enthusiasts, we are also amusement park enthusiasts. So yes, there were other things to see and do besides the coasters. One thing sorely lacking from our home park of Carowinds is a Ferris Wheel. Americana is a great addition to Kings Dominion and well worth taking the time to enjoy while you sit back and relax with great views of the park.
We had a special guest with us that I wrote about here. Overall we had a great time and look forward to our next trip to Kings Dominion. Thanks to the staff for an enjoyable stay!