Kings Dominion 10/14/07

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After a good night of swimming and rest at the Comfort Inn in Ruther Glen to recover from the SFA disappointment(see trip report.) We got to KD right at 10am. There were only about 30 cars in the parking lot at this point, and it made us hopeful that it was going to be a great day.

The weather was sunny and 70's. Perfect coaster riding weather. We started by heading to the Scooby Doo and the Haunted Mansion ride for my daughter(who is a big Scooby fan)to enjoy. It was closed, so we figured we'd come back later.

We went to Volcano, and took a front seat lap. This 15-20 minute wait was the longest of the day for any ride. Good first coaster ride of the day, and we were already tied with the amount of coaster rides at SFA the day before. ;)

We rode Tomb Raider next, and love the program this ride runs. Love the finale 4 flip ending. I love Topspins, and the fact that we didn't have to wait in line to ride.

We then rode Anaconda, Flight of Fear, and Italian Job in about 15-20 minutes time. With that we took a break coaster riding to head back over to ride Scooby Doo and the Haunted Mansion.

We spent about 30-40 minutes there riding at least 15 times. I love these rides, and Scooby is one of the better ones that I have been on. The only bad part is some of the guns didn't work right, and couldn't score as good.

What was nice is the ride ops wouldn't let us stay on, but they would let us cross under the rail and get right back in line without having to walk all the way back out and in. It was pretty much like ERT.

My daughter is 4 years old. She's not really too brave yet, and I won't push her to ride any coasters or thrill rides unless she wants to. Being that she is over 40 inches she's getting pretty close to being tall enough to ride some bigger rides. Phoenix is the one that comes to mind first being that you only have to be 42 inches to ride. It'll be some time before she's brave enough to handle that, but she'll probably be tall enough at some point next season.

She did however decide that she wanted to ride Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster, and yes I was really happy about that. She rode it twice, and I was really proud of her for doing that. I had to get an onride photo, so she can show everyone just how brave she is becoming. It was a good deal too. Two 3X5 pictures in the Scooby Frames, and a keychain photo for $10. She was so proud and held the keychain for the rest of the day. ;) She rode the Rugrats Toonpike and a few other kids rides, and by that time it was about 2pm, and time to eat.

This is where my only complaint of day comes in. The park didn't have really any sit down places to eat open. We wanted Bubba Gump's Shrimp Shack, and it was closed. We walked all over the park looking, and ended up eating at the Tomb Raider Grill which is close to where we started. The only other places open were pizza places, and we didn't want to eat that.

The food was ok at the Tomb Raider grill. The best part was being able to put your own fixins on your burger. We had 3 cheeseburgers, 2 large fries, and a souvenir cup with free refills all day for $40. Not horrible, but not good either.

After lunch we went The Grove section of the park, and worked our way around from there. We rode Shockwave, Drop Zone, Rebel Yell, Hurler, Ricochet, Grizzly, and Spongebob 3D in that order. By the time we were done with everything it was around 5pm. We decided to go back for re rides.

We hit Volcano again, and Avalanche that we'd missed earlier in the day because it wasn't opened yet. Then we went back to kids section to finish the day riding the Scoody Doo and The Haunted Mansion, and the Ghoster Coaster again.

We left the park just before 7pm when I heard people arguing with the handstamp attendant about not being able to return after 7pm. We declined our handstamp, and headed back to PA. It was the great day at Kings Dominion, and now felt that our weekend trip was well worth it. ;)

Nice TR. But that $40 for lunch...ouch!

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