Location: Doswell, VA (USA)
The 2017 season is officially underway at Kings Dominion, an amusement park located in Doswell, VA. Guests entered the gates this past Saturday, March 25 for the opening day festivities. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) pep band performed various tunes at the front gates as park guests waited to be let in. The park invited myself (Brian) and my girlfriend (Sam) out to the park to check out the new in 2017 additions to Planet Snoopy. The kids area is now the largest Peanuts themed kids area in the world with three new rides debuting this year: Sally Sea Plane, Peanuts 500, and the Kite Eating Tree.
The expanded Planet Snoopy area is the main focus for the 2017 season. The park caters to many younger guests each day as compared to the older guests that cannot wait to get on the next thrilling ride to enjoy. The rides are pretty spread out in the area and fill in the gaps that were vacant. The moon bounce ride is no longer as it has been replaced by Sally Sea Plane. The ride itself is a lot of fun and was very popular when the park opened to guests. Peanuts 500 is a fun little ride experience and it will keep the little ones coming back for more spins as they race to the finish line. The Kite Eating Tree is the only drop style ride of a kind in the area and is very unique to the other rides offered. The area also has a new event space called Joe Cool’s Pit Stop. The space is filled with picnic tables both enclosed and exterior seating. The patio area is very nice for birthday parties or gatherings.
In addition to an expanded Planet Snoopy, we had an opportunity to check out the new FunPix program that is available at the park this season. The program debuted at other sister properties in 2016 and was very successful. FunPix allows you to download unlimited digital photos of your on ride photos, front gate photos, and park photographers to your phone or computer and you can share on social media or purchase in different products or prints. A few challenges with FunPix occurred during the day but by the evening, it was a glitch with the system and we were able to enjoy our photos after the park closed. One thing to do when you sign up for FunPix is to change your temporary password, logout then log back in using your new password.
FunPix is available for a single day at $29.99 and Season Passholders can add FunPix for $44.95 to enjoy an entire season of unlimited downloads.
There are many things happening in 2017 at Kings Dominion. The park has added Free WiFi throughout the park, a new Mobile App, and there are new food options available on the dining plan. You can find the best ticket options on the park’s website or at a participating retailer. The best option for multiple visits is a Season Pass.
For more information about Kings Dominion, visit: https://www.kingsdominion.com
Logo and image credits:
Logo courtesy of Kings Dominion
Feature image courtesy of Brian Mitchell – Site Operator
Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator
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