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  • 2005 4th of July fireworks at KD
    2005 4th of July fireworks at KD
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  • clear the roads, folks, my brother's at the wheel
    clear the roads, folks, my brother's at...
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  • The Apple Turnover (wheel), 1992
    The Apple Turnover (wheel), 1992
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    The Apple Turnover

    by b1bob Updated May 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This was one of my favourite rides from the time I worked up the courage to ride it in the spring of 1979 (with the prodding of Debbie Wilson) through to the time they removed it in the early 1990s. There's not much to it really. It is a spinning ride on a hydraulic arm that gradually takes you up 65 feet (±20 m.), you spin at maximum height a few turns and make the slow descent back.

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    4th of July fireworks

    by b1bob Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    2005 4th of July fireworks at KD

    Fondest memory: In the few days leading up to American Independence Day, King's Dominion puts on a fireworks display just before closing that is almost as good as those at the Disney theme parks. The practice was put into peril for a time in the 1980s when a local horse breeder complained that the noise freaked out her precious equines. The powers that be did the math and figured that King's Dominion adds more revenue to local coffers and basically told the horse breeder to give her horses earmuffs. The King's Dominion fireworks display is so vivid that it can be seen for miles away. In fact, in 2005, my friend Lee gipper84 and I witnessed the display from the parking lot of the truck stop across the road and got almost as good a view as in the park without having to pay confiscatory ticket prices.

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    Hanna-Barbera Land

    by b1bob Updated Jun 20, 2004

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    clear the roads, folks, my brother's at the wheel

    Fondest memory: King's Dominion set aside an area with rides especially for the younger kids. The area was secluded in Hanna-Barbera Land where kids would often get a surprise visit from the likes of Scooby Doo, Fred Flintstone and Huckelberry Hound and well shaded for those hot summer days. Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters (like Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Captain Skyhook, Snaggle Puss, etc.) also were featured in the signs designating the maximum height limits for the kiddie rides. Over the loudspeakers in this part of the park, they played theme songs of various cartoons like "the Jetsons", "The Flintstones", and "The Banana Splits". They had junior bumper cars, little ranger jeeps, Yogi's Cave, and mini star ships.

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    Doughtie's Barbecue and Taco Gazebo

    by b1bob Written Mar 9, 2003

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    barbecue

    Fondest memory: In the Old Virginia section of the park, right near the Blue Ridge Parkway, was this outdoor cafe that specialised in two diverse dishes- North Carolina style barbecue and tacos. As a kid, I went for the tacos, but these days, I would prefer the barbecue.

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    Mediterranean Chef

    by b1bob Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    tabouli

    Fondest memory: Right at the entrance of the monorail was a restaurant called Mediterranean Chef where they served things like kofta burgers. Hamburger seasoned with herbs and spices and placed in a pita pocket or tabouli (wheat salad with parsley, lemon juice and diced tomatoes.

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    Der Sausage Haus

    by b1bob Written Mar 9, 2003

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    bratwurst & sauerkraut

    Fondest memory: Who would have guessed you could get real German style fare in Doswell, Virginia at a park not really themed to be European as a whole? I liked always liked the bratwurst and sauerkraut even as a young kid. When the folks from Paramount took over in 1993, they replaced it with a Philadelpia Cheese Steak stand.

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    Mind the weather

    by b1bob Updated Mar 7, 2003

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    comin' up a cloud

    Favorite thing: my French friend Luc and I went to King's Dominion on 31 July 1992. That was the last season most of the "good" rides were still there. The first thing I took him on was the Anaconda, followed by the Apple Turnover and The Rebel Yell (backwards track). After that point, he said he didn't want to ride anything that would go real fast, turn him upside down, or get him wet. That lets out about 70% of the rides at King's Dominion and he was too big to ride the Kiddie Rides.

    On the way out, it came up a bad cloud. Just as we exited the park, the storm was at the height of its fury. We couldn't go back in the park and there was no shelter. It rained almost horizontally, lightning streaked around us until we finally found the car. We got so wet that we had to stop by home and change into dry clothes before going to a dinner party that evening.

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    Racing Cars

    by b1bob Written Mar 7, 2003

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    Fondest memory: On exactly the same principle which the Blue Ridge Parkway (see "Must See Activities") operates, these more modern looking sport cars entertain the children and their parents in the Hanna-Barbera section of the park.

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    King Kobra

    by b1bob Written Mar 6, 2003

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    King Kobra

    Fondest memory: Hey, that's how THEY spelled it, folks. There really wasn't much to this ride, except it sure enough cooled you off on a hot day. You shot forth in a train at 67 mph (100 km./h.) through a 76-foot (24 m.) loop, and then up a 40 m. tip. Then you went backwards through the same loop. It was more interesting going backwards through the loop as you were going slower and were suspended upside down for a split second longer. You went backwards through the station, up the other tip and back where you started.

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    Halloween at K.D.

    by b1bob Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Fear Fest

    Fondest memory: In the 1970's and '80s the folks at K.D. would really put on a show for us at Halloween. There were haunted houses, ride operators in costume, manakin parts in pizza sauce (to look like blood) to freak out the really young ones. It's unusual to go to K.D. when it's nippy outside. They stopped doing Halloween, closing round about my birthday, for a time. Recently, they have gone back to the old throwback of putting on a show at Halloween. Hopefully, they'll bring back the Apple Turnover, the monorail, the Old Dominion Railroad, and maybe a few shops and restaurants.

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    Old Dominion Railroad

    by b1bob Updated Mar 6, 2003

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    Old Dominion Railroad, 1975

    Fondest memory: This should be a transportation tip, but the Old Dominion Railroad is yet another casualty of progress. The railroad was a steam engine that gave passengers a tour of the backwoods of the park. They had special effects making us feel like we were about to get boarded and hijacked. they even had an animatronic "talking" bear to entertain folks waiting at the station.

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    Showing King's Dominion to friends

    by b1bob Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Sanford Fenne and me, 31.8.80

    Fondest memory: On many occasions, a friend of mine would go to King's Dominion with us. Sometimes it would be Debbie Wilson, other times it would be various classmates. More recently, friends from overseas (Pierre and Luc from France; Fernando from Spain) have accompanied me to King's Dominion.

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    The Galaxy

    by b1bob Updated Mar 6, 2003

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    Galaxy, 1979

    Fondest memory: This ride was here from 1975 to 1983. The ride wasn't that high, fast or exciting. The only thing it did was turn you to your side. In September, 1983, some irresponsible 13-year old kid stood up as the coaster went down the second hill. He died, not from falling, but from hitting his head on the track above. Although it wasn't the ride's fault the kid died, the park responded by taking it down anyhow.

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    Monorail

    by b1bob Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Lion Country monorail

    Fondest memory: Ideally, this would be a transportation tip. However, when Paramount took over the King's Dominion theme park in 1993, taking away the monorail and the wild animal preserve- the very thing that got this park started. Taking the monorail through the preserve is safer than driving through the park. One time in the Lion Country safari days, a rhinoceros almost overturned one of those foreign jobs.

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    Moby's Seaside Revue

    by b1bob Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Moby's Seaside Review

    Fondest memory: The Moby Dick seaside review was a light-hearted dolphin show geared towards the kids. Sea World it isn't, but it impressed me when I was 7 years old.

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