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Second Annual Spring Bloom Festival at Kings Dominion

kd40yrlogoSpring fever is in full effect at Kings Dominion! Celebrate the return of warmer weather at the second annual Spring Bloom Festival April 3 – May 3. From International Street through Planet Snoopy, thousands of flowers are planted by Kings Dominion’s very own landscaping department, transforming the park into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. 

Spring Bloom features live entertainment, free family-friendly concerts, unique food offerings, and hands-on children’s activities. Spring Bloom is a month long celebration that spells fun for the whole family with these special events:

  • Easter EGGstravaganza – Celebrate Easter with Snoopy and his friends. Make sure to get your picture taken with Eggward the Easter Bunny or visit our petting zoo. Little ones can test their egg hunting skills with our Easter EGGsploration scavenger hunt or learn from our hands-on craft making classes. Easter activities will be held April 3-5.
  • Spring Break – Take a break from the books and get ready for fun! Kings Dominion will be open April 6-10 for the most thrilling spring break in the region.
  • Debby Ryan & The Never Ending– Disney star Debby Ryan along with her band, The Never Ending will perform at Kings Dominion. Debby Ryan stars in the Disney Channel Original Series, “Jessie.” The concert is free with park admission. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Concert will be held at Kingswood Amphitheater on Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Choo Choo Soul – For the younger ones, Choo Choo Soul is a children’s entertainment act featuring a hip-hop train conductor and her partner, a dancer and beatboxer dressed as a railroad engineer. The concert is free with park admission. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Choo Choo Soul will perform at the Peanut’s Showplace Theater on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Spring Bloom: An International Culinary Celebration – Take a culinary trip around the world with Kings Dominion’s Executive Chef! New food stations and restaurants will feature international food items from Switzerland, Italy, Jamaica, and many more! These delicious delicacies will be created using fresh spring ingredients from local Virginia farms.
  • Live Entertainment – Strap on your dancing shoes and enjoy toe-tapping entertainment from local Country and Bluegrass bands every weekend!
  • Happy Birthday KD! – Kings Dominion opened over the course of two years, with the official grand opening on May 3, 1975. Time to cut the cake and blow out the candles as the park officially turns 40 on May 3, 2015. The day will be filled with surprises, entertainment and more!

There is something for everyone at Kings Dominion’s Annual Spring Bloom festival! 2015 Season Passes are on sale now. 

The above is from a Kings Dominion Press Release on March 3, 2015.

All-New Soak City to replace WaterWorks at Kings Dominion

10959633_10152556823761875_8006494431628925775_nDOSWELL, VA (February 5, 2015) – The 40th Celebration continues at Kings Dominion as WaterWorks transforms into Soak City. An expansion and renovation of Kings Dominion’s all-inclusive water park is well underway.

Soak City will feature many of the park’s popular water rides and attractions while incorporating all-new attractions and elements including:

• A 65-foot tall slide tower that features three thrilling attractions, each one providing a unique riding experience. Paradise Plunge sends thrill-seekers into an almost vertical free fall as the floor drops out from underneath their feet. On Aqua Blast, riders are sent twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring 360-degree turns. Thunder Falls launches riders KD_Slides_Preview03 (2)(3)in a tube down a series of intense drops and turns.

• Splash Island, a new children’s area that will double the size of the current children’s options in the water park. The family-friendly splash zone will create a magical play environment for children of all ages and abilities. Features include small slides for young children and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground, as well as overhead. Splash Island allows family members to play, socialize and enjoy the water park experience together.

• Improved Guest Amenities: Upgraded family changing areas, an additional restroom complex, expanded deluxe cabanas featuring WiFi and television, and new restaurant concepts designed by Kings Dominion’s Executive Chef.

• The Soak City makeover will include an updated entrance area and landscaping throughout the 20-acre water park.

“The Soak City expansion shows our investment and commitment to being home to Virginia’s premier water park. We are thrilled to offer two parks for the price of one, which is a great added-value to our guests who appreciate a chance to cool off during our hot summer season,” says Pat Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion. “The new water park will have thrills and chills for every age, creating memories that last a lifetime.”

Kings Dominion would love for you to weigh in! Starting Thursday, February 5, you can visit our park’s Facebook page to help name the new mega slide tower that will be home to Paradise Plunge, Aqua Blast, and Thunder Falls. Vote for either Hurricane Heights or Tsunami Summit. Voting ends at midnight on Monday, February 9. The name with the most fan votes will be officially announced on Tuesday, February 10.

Soak City is set to open in the spring of 2015 making this the first expansion at Kings Dominion’s water park since 2007.

14217_01 Kings Dominion - Spray PadGuests who want to be among the first to experience these exciting additions at the park can purchase 2015 Kings Dominion Season Passes now. Passholders enjoy many benefits, including: Bring-A-Friend discounts, food and merchandise discounts, and early access to select rides and the water park. Soak City is included with general park admission. The 2015 season begins on Sunday, March 29. For more information visit www.kingsdominion.com.

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS FROM A KINGS DOMINION PRESS RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 5, 2015.

Busch Gardens’ Kicks Off Annual Howl-O-Scream Event

BGW_HOS_002.JPGFrightful creatures have taken up residence at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream®.  Buccaneers, vampires, fiery fiends, legendary villains and mythical beasts are waiting for the first guests to arrive Sept. 12. At the stroke of 6 p.m. on Friday, the ghouls and haunts come out to play and the park becomes a seriously scary place. Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

A curse has spread over Busch Gardens in the form of a song.  The only way to lift it is to spend a night exploring Howl-O-Scream’s five Terror-tories™, including the new Wendigo Woods™  and six haunted houses. 

The park’s newest Terror-tory, Wendigo Woods, explores the frightful nature of the unknown through psychological scares that lets a guest’s imagination run wild. Other seasonal park offerings include a spooky lineup of shows, featuring Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® in the park’s Globe Theatre and Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park. Dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the park’s Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Ireland provide a refreshing break from the chills and thrills.

Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.  

ACE Members can enjoy  an informal get together at Howl-O-Scream on Saturday, August 20.   We’ll ride roller coasters during the day and Howl-O-Scream (and roller coasters at night).   Meet by the clock tower in front of The Globe Theater at 10:00 am on September 20. If you only want to come for Howl-O-Scream, you can catch up with the group at 4:00 in front of Apollo’s Chariot. If you want to catch up with the group at a different time, register, and there will be a contact number where you can reach the event organizer (Wesley Friend) To register, just like our Facebook Event Page or send a e-mail to acemidatlantic@yahoo.com.

Announcing ACE Howls! An Informal Get Together For ACE At Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream!

ACE LogoACE Mid-Atlantic is putting together an informal get together of ACE Members to enjoy coasters by day and Howl-O-Scream (and coasters at night) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Meet by the clock tower in front of The Globe Theater at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 20. If you only want to come for Howl-O-Scream, you can catch up with the group at 4:00 in front of Apollo’s Chariot. If you can’t make either time, please register, and there will be a contact number where you can reach the event organizer (Wesley Friend) and catch up with the group later. To register, just indicate your going on the ACE Mid-Atlantic Facebook Event page (link below) or send a e-mail to acemidatlantic@yahoo.com.

ACE Mid-Atlantic Opens Registration for Kings Dominion and Six Flags America events

ACE LogoSome of the best coasters in the ACE Mid-Atlantic region will be showcased in two seperate events on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, the traditional weekend of ACE Mid-Atlantic’s Fall Thrillfest and Celebrate America events.

ACE Mid-Atlantic Assistant Regional Representative Stephen Peeples has been working with Kings Dominion to put together an exciting Fall Thrillfest event in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Your day of fun at Kings Dominion includes:

  • One hour of ERT that includes Dominator, Intimidator 305 and Volcano: The Blast Coaster
  • “Informal Takeover Time” (ITOT) on the rest of the roller coasters in Kings Dominion.
  • Our Traditional “Boo Blasters on Boo Hill” tournament and Whac-A-Mole Competitions.
  • Picnic Lunch with complimentary beverages and door prizes.

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