Visitors can purchase access, which includes a wristband that allows them to bypass standard lines in favor of shorter ones at many of the parks' most popular attractions. Fast Lane Plus is a more expensive, higher-end version that includes several additional attractions. Bands, choirs, show choirs, and orchestras can all play for ratings. Plaques and ribbons are awarded for performances which receive ratings of superior and excellent.
Early history as Kings Dominion —83 [ edit ] The park entrance as seen from the observation deck of the replica Eiffel Tower Following the success of Kings Island in Mason, Ohionortheast of CincinnatiFamily Leisure Centers a partnership formed between Taft Broadcasting Company and Top Value Enterprises decided to expand into a new region of the country by opening a second park.
Kings Dominion officially opened on May 3,  offering fifteen attractions including the Rebel Yell now known as Racer 75the Lion Country Safari Monorail, Galaxieand a junior wooden roller coaster known as Scooby Doo. Also present at the opening was a log flumesteam traina collection of flat rides and a cable-car sky ride that transported visitors between Old Virginia and The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera.
The King Kobra featured a ton counter weight drop launch and was the park's first launched roller coaster. A campground was completed in time for the season and the park's well-known Lost World mountain debuted in Originally, the Lost World featured three rides: Only a year later inthe flume ride was rethemed Haunted River.
Kings Dominion later expanded Old Virginia with the addition of the park's third wooden roller coaster, the Grizzlyin and a river rapids ride called White Water Canyon in Shockwave has one loop like the older King Kobra but adds a helix. King Kobra was removed at the end of the season.
A water slide complex known as Racing Rivers opened inand Avalanchewhich remains the only Mack bobsled roller coaster in the United States, debuted the following year in A new, looping roller coaster from Arrow Dynamics called Anaconda was introduced the following year in featuring the world's first underwater tunnel which travels under part of Lake Charles.
Anaconda was also originally billed as having six loops,  but unlike Arrow's six-inversion coaster Drachen Fire that opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg the following year, the Anaconda actually has only four inversions: New attractions and areas of the park themed to Paramount's television shows and films appeared at Paramount's Kings Dominion almost every season that they were under Paramount's ownership.
Inthey added a motion simulator attraction, originally featuring the Days of Thunder film, and Lion County Safari was removed at the end of the season. The season saw the addition of a new area of the park themed to the Paramount motion picture Wayne's Worldwhich featured their third full-size wooden roller coaster, Hurlera shop called the Rock Shop, and a Stan Mikita's restaurant similar to the one featured in the film.
The Hurler was transitioned into Twisted Timbers, the park's newest roller coaster in In the next year, another children's area, known as Nickelodeon Splat City, opened near the Shockwave roller coaster, this was a product of Viacom purchasing Paramount in This was later converted into Nick Central.
Almost as notable as the launch of The Outer Limits was the fact that the entire ride was in semi-darkness; the riders could not see where they were going.
Five years after The Outer Limits opened, Paramount Parks' licensing agreement to use theming from the television show after which the ride was named expired; the Outer Limits theming in the ride and its queue was removed, and the ride was renamed Flight of Fear.
The park added the new Taxi Jam roller coaster, and Scooby's Playpark became a construction themed playpen called Kidz Construction Company. The mountain's previous rides had all been removed several years previously, and Volcano gave the mountain a major transformation.
Volcano, which was manufactured by Intaminwas the world's first LIM-launched inverted roller coaster. The ride featured two separate launch sections, an Immelman loop out of the top of the mountain, and three heartline rolls on the way back down.
Volcano was themed to the film Volcano ; the other Paramount Parks added inverted or suspended roller coasters themed to Top Gun around the same time. The new portion of WaterWorks includes Pipeline Peak, a set of four enclosed water slides, one of which the Night Slider is the world's tallest dark free-fall slide.
Hypersonic XLC broke down frequently and was closed for the first three months of its second season; no other Paramount Parks installed a similar ride. The early s saw Kings Dominion opening new rides similar to existing rides at other Paramount Parks. Inthe park opened its new wild mouse roller coasterRicochet Now known as Apple ZappleCarowinds also installed their Ricochet in Diamond Falls, the Shoot-the-Chutes ride closed that season.
Stunt Tower, now Drop Tower: InKings Dominion added Scooby-Doo! And the Haunted Mansion ; similar Scooby Doo-themed dark rides had opened at three other Paramount Parks during the three previous seasons. In the next season, Kings Dominion added an inverted top spin called Tomb Raider: Firefallnow The Crypt, which was an outdoor version of a similar ride named Tomb Raider: The differences between the two were that at Kings Dominion riders' feet dangle freely and at Kings Island there is a floor.
The coaster would later be renamed the Backlot Stunt Coaster in This was the first time that Kings Dominion has ever lowered their ticket prices for a full season. It remained in operation during the season and was closed and dismantled several weeks before the season started.
Also during the — offseason, Cedar Fair renamed the park's last two rides to open with Paramount theming.
Turbo Coaster became Backlot Stunt Coaster.Carowinds is a better amusement park than The Pavilion when considering types of rides, atmosphere, and cost of admission. Carowinds is compiled of many gravity-defying rides. Top Gun: The Jet Coaster is the Carolinas' only inverted steel roller coaster.
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