Virginia parks ramp up with new attractions

Posted Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Dominion is cleaning up its entry area to send the message that new owner Cedar Fair is intent on improving the park. It's also adding a new wave pool, tornado slide and a new flume.

Busch Gardens is readying it new B&M dive coaster Griffon, which is expected to open May 25 in the France area of the park.

Read more from The Times Dispatch.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 11:48 AM
Its always nice to see competition and that cedar fair takes these new parks seriously.
Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:17 PM
Why wouldn't they take it seriously? They're not in it to lose money.
Thursday, March 22, 2007 4:18 PM
Cannot wait to get to both parks this June. Only three more months to go :)
Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:33 PM
Can't wait to go to both next week. Bought our Maxx Passes from KD instead of Dorney because its a significant savings to do so. Can't beat the deal of not having to buy 2 separate passes now. Thanks Cedar Fair.
Friday, March 23, 2007 9:08 AM
Well, it is a nice surprise to hear that they have been working on other areas of the park in addition to the water park expansion. Here is a company who did not officially take over until July 1st of 2006 and we are getting a re-modeled park entrance and 3 new water park attractions. Not bad for a company owning the Paramount Parks for just over 8 months.

It is nice to see that Cedar Fair is showing this level of commitment this early in the game. I have a gut feeling that Kings Dominion is going to get a strong focus from the Cedar Fair corporate office in the years to come. The factors I see are strong competition between 2 other park chains, Busch Gardens and Six Flags; a market base that has not really been tapped as fully as it can be; plenty of undeveloped land for expansion of the park and hotel/motel resort development by CF; also, there is undeveloped land adjacent to the existing park's southern boundaries that has been up for sale off and on for the last several years by either the same or different owners and that could be a future option for CF if they are interested in buying the land; and finally the park is right off of interstate 95 the main east coast highway from Maine to Florida.

Friday, March 23, 2007 10:55 AM
And here I was thinking that PKI was the one former PP getting major cap-ex. Good for PKD! :)
Saturday, March 24, 2007 4:16 PM
i love living exactly 40 minutes from both these parks lol:) its gonna be a good year! :)

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