Kings Dominion Provides Fun for Everyone
The 400-acre park opened in 1975 and is currently owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which purchased Paramount Parks from CBS Corporation in 2006. It offers 60 rides, shows and attractions including 16 roller coasters and a 20-acre water park.
A campground was completed in time for the 1978 season and the park’s well-known Lost World Mountain debuted in 1979. Originally, the Lost World featured three rides: a flume ride called Voyage to Atlantis, a children’s attraction mine ride known as Land of the Dooz, and a rotor called Time Shaft.
A 20-acre water park addition called Hurricane Reef opened in 1992. Kings Dominion continued its growth when it became part of Paramount Parks in 1993 and switched its name to Paramount’s Kings Dominion.
In 2006, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. announced that they were purchasing all five Paramount Parks. The park retained its Paramount’s Kings Dominion name through the end of the 2006 season and reverted to its original Kings Dominion name beginning in the 2007 season.
In 2007, Kings Dominion announced the Dominator, a floorless roller coaster, would be located in the International Street section. For the 2010 season, Kings Dominion installed Intimidator 305, a 305-foot-tall gigacoaster themed to the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. For the 2012 season, Kings Dominion will install WindSeeker in the Grove section of the park next to Juke Box Diner and a second new attraction, Dinosaurs Alive will also debut.
There are many places to stay in Doswell and nearby Ashland, Va.
Best Western King’s Quarters hotel in Doswell offers free shuttle to the Park, a large outdoor pool, and a 24 hour Restaurant & Lounge, free high speed wireless internet in all rooms, and large screen TV. It is located at 16102 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047
Phone 804-876-3321 or 1-800-528-1234, or go to: www.bestwesternkingsquarters.com
Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness, also in Doswell offers a swimming pool, playground, volleyball court, and miniature golf, Direct TV and free WiFi in the campground lodge, tent sites, air conditioned cabins and large and small RV sites with electric and sewer hookups. Located just two minutes from Kings Dominion, free shuttle service is provided. It is located at 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047. Phone: 804-876-3006 or 1-800-922-6710 or go to http://www.kingsdominion.com/campwilderness.
Quality Inn & Suites – Ashland is six miles from Kings Dominion, featuring a large outdoor pool, fitness center, free hot breakfast, free high speed internet, free local calls, pet friendly, free coffee, microwave and refrigerator in every room,. It is located at 810 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005. Phone: 804-798-4231 or go to: http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-ashland-virginia-VA337
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites –Ashland is six miles from Kings Dominion, offering free upscale continental breakfast buffet, heated indoor pool & spa, microwave and mini-refrigerator in all rooms, Wi-Fi business center, fitness center. Many restaurants within walking distance. It is located at 107 South Carter Rd., Ashland, VA 23005. Phone 804-752-7889. Or go to: http://www.hiexpress.com/ashlandva
The Hampton Inn – Ashland is 5 minutes south of Kings Dominion, 22 miles from Richmond International Airport and 14 miles from Richmond International Raceway. There are 20 restaurants nearby, including the Ironhorse, Cracker Barrel and Perkins Family Restaurant. All rooms have Cloud Nine bedding, large flat screen televisions, wired and wireless internet, microwaves and mini refrigerators, as well as hot breakfast The fitness center has advanced cardio equipment such as an elliptical machine, a treadmill and much more. It is located at 705 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.
Phone: (804) 752-8444/1-800-HAMPTON, or go to: www.richmondashland.hamptoninn.com.
For more information, go to www.kingsdominion.com.