With a larger-than-life birthday cake to greet guests, Kings Dominion opened its gates for the 40th anniversary season this past weekend. For anybody with fond memories of the park and all of its colorful attractions, this is the season to give it another visit.
International Street is a blaze of color with flowers, springtime decorations and dancing water spouts. The International Street fountain has some enhancements and all new LED lights for nighttime shows. The fence around the fountain sports colorful flower baskets, and butterfly and gardening decorations can be seen all around the street. A fresh and updated look has been given to the shops and restaurants on either side of the fountain.
One of the most widely anticipated returns is that of the Singing Mushrooms. This quartet of mushrooms, accompanied by a piano-playing frog, sing barber shop tunes by the Bumper Cars in Candy Apple Grove. They perform about every 20 minutes, otherwise their throats will get "spore." While in the Grove, be sure to check out the oversized and incredibly fun candy apples lining the walkways. The springtime element of Easter eggs can also be seen near the carousel.
This theme park Examiner's favorite newly old feature has to be the return of the Clown Band. This roving group of merry musicians brings a bit of energy and excitement everywhere they go.
All in all, Kings Dominion has done a fantastic job of updating and refurbishing the park. It seems that going retro is the new in thing to do. The only thing this theme park Examiner would change is the sign that says "We're finally over the hill." What? 40 is not over the hill! It's just getting started.
What about you? What is your favorite past attraction at Kings Dominion? What would you like to see come back?
In addition to all of these new and updated attractions, the park will also be introducing a new live musical show called #KD40 that will feature hits and memories from the 70s to today. This show will debut in June in the Kings Dominion Theater.
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