I went to Kings Dominion this past weekend. Many people know that I have a season pass to Six Flags and try to visit theme parks often. Kings Dominion is about 100 miles south of where I live. It is bigger than Six Flags America, but it is also twice as far, so I don’t go there as often. This was actually my first visit to Kings Dominion since 2006.
It wasn’t my idea to go to Kings Dominion. The other weekend, as we were leaving a picnic for the YFU exchange students, one of my students mentioned that a few others were planning a trip to Kings Dominion and asked if he could go. I had two students this year, one who likes going on rides and roller coasters and one who didn’t. Last fall, we went to Six Flags America and Busch Gardens Europe. The one went on one roller coaster and said he wouldn’t go on another.
Since my one student who didn’t like roller coasters was leaving early, I said that my student could go, but that I would come with him. A few days before the trip, I spoke with the host mom who was taking the students to Kings Dominion. She was planning to get there early and have a chance to have breakfast before the park opens. Since I always have to plan my trips around my dog, I said we would get there a little later (but still before the park opened).
We got to Kings Dominion about 30 minutes before the park officially opened. We met at the hotel just outside the park. The group was a little smaller than expected. It was just one student from Maryland, one from Richmond, my student, and myself. The one mom was just dropping the boys off and said she had some errands to run and would come back at 7:00pm.
We went to the park. The boys rode the hotel shuttle and I drove my car. I had tickets for myself and my student, but the two boys didn’t have tickets. They lucked into some free tickets from someone who had a few extra corporate tickets that were good for that day only. They were a little confused when I walked up. They said someone gave them the tickets, but they wanted to go to the water park also. I told them the water park was inside the main park. So we went inside.
Kings Dominion has a new roller coaster, Dominator. We decided to do this ride first. The line wasn’t too long and it was a fun coaster. The water park didn’t open until after noon, so we had time to ride the coasters. The park wasn’t crowded. A few of the more popular rides had lines, but most lines were short. Around 3:00, we had finished going on most of the coasters and decided to go to the water park. One of the students needed to buy a swim suit which he quickly did.
The water park was a little more crowded and the lines for the slides were about 20 to 30 minutes each. The water park is long and narrow. The worst part was walking bare footed on the hot concrete. There really must be a way for them to have paths that don’t burn your feet.
At 6:30, we called it a day and changed out of our swim suits. After leaving the locker room, it was clear the weather was changing. The winds had picked up and the temperature dropped a few degrees. The one mom called me on my cell phone and said that a storm was coming. I told here we were on our way out and would be back at the hotel in 15 minutes. We stayed at the hotel for a while to talk and let the boys say, “Good bye.” After hitting the road, we ran into the storm. I was glad that the weather had held out all day until after we left.