Kings Dominion ERT? And another question...

Monday, August 26, 2002 1:24 PM
I did a little digging with the Search function but nothing jumped out at me. I was wondering if anybody has some information about the ERT that is promised to Season Pass holders? I've never seen anything anywhere about it and am hoping it's not some false advertising.

On a side note, I'll be visiting CP on a Sunday near the end of September. Will the crowds have died down by then? Thanks guys...

Monday, August 26, 2002 3:23 PM
This may be not the answer to your question, but does PKD have a gold season pass. I know that PKI and Paramount`s Carowinds have them and I was curios if PKD offered one which would mean that they would have some times for ert for gold pass holders like at PKI.


Monday, August 26, 2002 3:49 PM
No, they just have one version. Here is a link to where it says ERT. It's also in all the park map brochures.
Monday, August 26, 2002 4:41 PM
I am sure someone can give you a more complete answer, but I know there are days when you can enter 1/2 hour early to ride Volcano. There is also a season pass holder day very early in the year where crowds are present, but not big.
Monday, August 26, 2002 7:26 PM

If you look to the left of the enterence (Before You Enter), there should be a sign of some sort what the ERT is for that week, if any. ERT is only in the mornings, and it isn't much. It's rare that they have it, but you might be able to catch it. Just check there and it should tell you. I can't give ya an exact location of the sign, but its there. Otherwise, just find someone and ask about it once you are at the park.

As for the Gold Pass, Kings Dominion only has one type of pass, which seems odd to me seeing its one, if not the biggest, Paramount Park.

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Monday, August 26, 2002 7:58 PM

PKD was a huge hit during the DC trip, and the employees rocked! Watch out for the DROP ride next year, better even than PKI's Drop will be THE king of Intamin drops.....stopping a mere 33' from the ground.....

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 6:08 AM
Yeah, they sold us on ERT early this season, only they knew nothing about it, it hadn't started yet, not to mention AFTER we got passes, we noticed they can't get the kennel open in time for us to get in for it. If you're not right there when it happens, as far as I can tell from our experience, you're not easily getting it. Every time we've gone, we've seen a few peeps on Volcano, but they must've been quick! No Saturdays, they do it from June to Labor Day(?) I think's what the sign says.......
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 12:39 PM
Checking out that link I was shocked to realize that PKD season passes include free admission to PKD`s FearFest! At PKI pass holders get about a $3 dollar discount and still have to pay about $19!


Wednesday, August 28, 2002 11:59 AM

When I went to PKD several weeks ago, they didn't have ERT on Volcano, even though the sign out front said they did. They DID have ERT on Ricochet, and they let me use my Carowinds pass for that. They were checking passes near the Action F/X theater if I remember right. This would work well to get in line early for Hypersonic - get in that area of the park at 10:00, ride Ricochet, then get in line for Hypersonic before they let the GP in. I would've done that except the sign said Hypersonic wasn't opening until 1:00 - but they announced it was opene at 11:00 - when I of course was over by Flight of Fear. A good sprint across the park got me in line for it before it grew too large.

Paramount is wildly inconsistent with some of their season-pass benefits from park to park it seems. At Carowinds, we have a Gold pass that gives us free parking and discounts on food / merchandise. It's not honored at the other Paramount parks for parking though. All passholders get ERT on Top Gun and whatever the new attraction is for that year - last year Scooby's Haunted Mansion, this year Ricochet, and next year Runaway Reptar. We have to pay $15-$20 for Scarowinds tickets depending on when we buy them - which is about a $15 savings.

I guess having to pay for Scarowinds balances out all those ERT sessions on Top Gun, flying over that huge line of non-passholders waiting for the line to open....


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