In 1996, Kings Dominion introduced its second launched roller coaster, and first LIM-launched roller coaster, The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear. The rotation was immediately halted, and several of the passenger cars were severely damaged. On July 14, 2004, four people were struck by metal debris that sheared off the coaster's launch cable during launch. On July 20, 2004, twenty people were stranded on the coaster due to a malfunction. On July 4, 2002, a 12-year-old girl received stitches on her forehead after being struck by an object while riding the coaster accompanied by a friend who was with her. A guest's known, or unknown, health issues. On June 4, 2018, one of the vehicles caught on fire. On September 3, 2007, the ride experienced a fire in an electrical junction box. The ride reopened on June 1, 2006, after passing multiple safety inspections and tests. Formerly Fred's 4x4, Alleycat 500, and Road Rally, A Zamperla Crazy Bus ride; opened in 2017, A flat ride where miniature airplanes fly in a circle. Four riders were examined by the park's first aid team and released. Learn More. On January 14, 2002, a 200-foot (61 m) portion of one of VertiGo's 265-foot (81 m) steel towers collapsed. One 9-year-old from. Roughly 2 weeks later, an external electrical panel overheated and began smoking. Why don't libraries smell like bookstores? She was rushed to. An investigation discovered a loose bolt had become lodged in the linear induction motor magnets used to launch the train. Lifeguards and. On November 21, 2015, a fire was started at a storage building (haunt attraction at London Terror). On March 29, 1980, a 13-year-old boy from. It was opened to the public in May 2010. [28], For the 2013 season, Planet Snoopy merged with KidZville during a 7-acre (2.8 ha) expansion to form the largest Planet Snoopy in the Cedar Fair chain. [41] Other features that made a return to the area include a fully restored floral clock near the Carousel, oversized candy apples, and the popular blue ice cream that existed in the park for decades.[42]. Built by Zamperla. On August 1, 1992, a 20-year old man injured his hand when it was caught between the coaster and loading platform. Six were cleared by park medical staff, and one was examined at a nearby hospital before being released. New lighting packages were added to the International Street fountains and Rebel Yell. On July 2, 2000, a 44-year-old woman from. All were safely removed off the ride by firefighters. Our 20-acre water park, Soak City, is included with your park admission and features more than 2 dozen slides, a massive wave pool, cabanas, and more. [10], One of the first additions under the new management group was Berserker – a looping starship ride added to International Street in 1984. [5] In addition, Kings Dominion's 1/3-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and the International Street Fountain greet visitors near the main entrance to the park. [11] The trains of Avalanche are themed after bobsleds from various countries including the United States, France, Germany, Canada and Switzerland creating the experience of a bobsled race in the Winter Olympics. On September 2, 2001, the wire rope which was used to haul trains up the lift broke during a morning test run which resulted 30 park employees being stranded up top of the coaster's lift hill 275 feet (84 m) above ground. in the air. On April 5, 1999, two trains collided, injuring seven people. No injuries were reported. On September 1, 2001, a 20-year-old woman died of a ruptured cerebral artery a day after her ride. On July 19, 1990, an 18-year old park employee was injured after getting struck by a wheel housing a passing car while standing adjacent to the track as he searched for a lost article that belonged to a guest. [28] Kings Dominion also added Dinosaurs Alive!, an upcharge dinosaur walkthrough exhibit, located in the Old Virginia section of the park. On July 25, 1979, a malfunction brought the roller coaster to a sudden halt when the wheels on one of the coaster trains became slightly dislodged and stopped abruptly on the tracks when it was 12 feet (3.7 m) above ground. Formerly known as Triple Spin from 2002 to 2013. Both sustained injuries in the accident. On June 21, 2015, a 37-year-old man injured his right leg when the gates in the ride's loading platform closed on him as he was boarding the ride. In total, 20 riders suffered minor injuries. [52], Original Kings Dominion logo used from 1975 to 1992; sometimes used in-park since 2014, Paramount's Kings Dominion Logo used from 1993 to 2003, Paramount's Kings Dominion logo from 2003 to 2006, Logo used briefly in 2007 after the switch from Paramount Parks. Halloween Haunt is an annual Halloween event at Kings Dominion. And the Haunted Mansion; similar Scooby Doo-themed dark rides had opened at three other Paramount Parks during the three previous seasons. On September 16, 2009, a launch cable snapped, lacerating a 12-year-old boy's leg and injuring his father's back. On August 29, 1999, during the time of its operation, the chain lift used on the ride broke with riders being stranded on one of the coaster's cars. Seventeen people went to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Set in the Blue Ridge mountains, the area has a vintage, rustic theme marked by its wooded architecture and country-style decor. She lost consciousness and had vision problems afterwards. On December 30, 2012, the left rear wheel fell off the stagecoach, causing it to tip and fall on its side, on the trail near the Ferris Wheel in Camp Snoopy. The guest was later released from the hospital. Kings Dominion is Virginia’s only destination with two parks in one! The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, or deaths that occur at a park. Anaconda was also originally billed as having six loops,[13] but unlike Arrow's six-inversion coaster Drachen Fire that opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg the following year, the Anaconda actually has only four inversions: a vertical loop, a sidewinder, and two consecutive corkscrews. Safari Village is Kings Dominion's easternmost and predominantly African-themed section. A 200-foot-long (61 m) children's coaster from E.F. Miler. Some test runs were made when the sensor was eventually replaced by a new one. On May 30, 2000, a 17-year-old female park employee suffered injuries after falling 10 to 12 feet from the passenger loading area. On October 14, 2001, twenty people were sent to the hospital after two trains collided during a rainy day. On August 18, 2019, a guest was taken to the hospital after receiving a hand injury while riding. The animatronic Singing Mushrooms, popular decades ago, was redeveloped with newer technology and placed back on display. The park has renamed the Hanna-Barbera themed rides in Kidzville to match the Planet Snoopy theme, ending the park's 35-year run with Scooby Doo and other Hanna-Barbera characters. [4] Its name is derived from the name of its sister park, Kings Island, and the nickname for the state of Virginia, "Old Dominion.". Originally it featured the Monsoon Chutes (two pairs of free-fall body slides, at 70 and 50 feet (15 m) high, respectively), the Torrential Twist (two enclosed body slides which wrapped around each other), the Pipeline (four open body slides), Cyclone (three enclosed body slides, the center of which was a free-fall), Tidal Wave (two open slides, which riders rode on inner tubes), Splash Island (an area for children with five water slides), and a lazy river.[15]. Located near Rebel Yell, Americana became Kings Dominion's first Ferris wheel.[26]. On May 2, 2014, two people were injured when the ride rolled back into the station. On July 21, 2017, a 41-year-old ride operator from. No injuries were reported. Hypersonic XLC broke down frequently and was closed for the first three months of its second season; no other Paramount Parks installed a similar ride. On June 7, 1987, five people were charged for allegedly shooting two people inside the water park with an unregistered machine gun. The 2014 season also saw the return of the iconic floral clock, the popular clown band, and the renaming of Johnny's and Trail's End Grill restaurants to the original names, Dinner Bell and Hungry Hippo, respectively. On September 2, 1999, a 13-year-old boy from. In the 1970s, Old Virginia had an Intamin Flying Dutchman flat ride called Jamestown Landing; behind it, Old Virginia had a steam train ride, Old Dominion Line, which ran through the woods in the back of the park. Skyhawk reopened on August 1, 2014. Fabric ceiling needed replacing. In 1986, a 13-year-old girl suffered injuries to her chest and abdomen when the ride came to a complete halt.