Check out King Dominion's new logo they are adopting this year! Notice there is no mention of Paramount in the logo! Last year Kings Dominion and it's sister parks were sold off by Paramount to the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Cedar Fair's flagship park, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" by Amusement Today magazine eight years in a row. So you know they know a little something about running an amusement park. This is all good news for Kings Dominion as future decisions regarding the park won't be made based on what Paramount/Viacom/CBS properties need promoting. Cedar Fair also knows the importance of a park's history and the memories it's visitors cherish. Perhaps over the years, some of the aspects that made Kings Dominion a unique park will be brought back to life and new rides and attractions will be built based on creativity and not lame movies like THE ITALIAN JOB and DROP ZONE! I don't expect to see a return of my beloved Smurf Mountain, but a blogger can always dream, can't he!
This year won't see any major additions to the park with the exception of a few new water slides in their water park and a couple of new shows. However, one new "rare" addition at Kings Dominion is a lower ticket price for the 2007 season. General Admission tickets sell for $44.95 this year, that's five dollars less than the 2006 season. The biggest news might be the introduction of the Cedar Fair Maxx Pass which gets you unlimited admission to all 12 of Cedar Fair's North America Amusement Parks during the 2007 season. Now while you probably won't be able to take them up on all 12 of their parks like Knott's Berry Farm out near Disneyland, CA or Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO, they do own 5 world class parks within a half-day's drive from the Baltimore area:
- Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA)
- Carowinds (Charlotte, NC)
- Kings Island (Cincinnati, OH)
- Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)
- Dorney Park (Allentown, PA)
That's alot of parks for only $89.95! I'd love to hit them all up in one summer, but I'll be lucky if I can make to Kings Dominion alone! Kings Dominion opens for their 2007 season on March 31.