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  1. super7

    Decoding 2020

    That was Intamin. They are normally lower in quality to B&M. Plus they went cheap on I305 and built it low to the ground which makes it neck snapping and gray out inducing Raging Bull is a great ride.
  2. There is Halley's Coffee Zodiac Books Tumble Bug Market Skylab Café. Then you have Monster Toys. All of the others are retired rides. I hope this is not a hint toward the future. But Monster is getting close to 50 and it is one of the few Coney heritage rides still remaining (correct?) I also noticed that some of Monster's orange lights were burnt out or replace with white lights. Are they not giving it tlc this year for a reason? If for some reason it goes they should hunt down an awesome Huss Magic to fill its place......
  3. They did an excellent job with the space this ride is limited to. THIS is the kind of theming we expect at these parks. Not over-the-top Disney type of theming, but nice touches that fit the overall theme and give you something to look at and make you feel good.
  4. 1, Overall, the renovation is definitely an improvement. International Street was looking dated and wore out whereas the 3 International Streets are the most spectacular entrances of any park. KI's version just wasn't living up to its potential before. Seating by the fountain was previously limited and none of it was shaded. The landscaping wasn't much of anything (more on that later). 2. The new pavers look amazing. 3. It looks like all of the buildings were repainted and look like new again. Strange though some of the lights outlining the buildings and windows were burnt out. I would think they would have wanted everything more perfect for the unveiling this weekend. The country flags on each building are a nice touch. 4. All new asphalt around the tower. Which is surprising since they have been replacing asphalt with pavers and concrete lately. Nice they put some seating under the tower. Are the 8 new trees around the tower at each entrance new? 5. LOTS of seating now. That is wonderful. The ugly white tables are gone. The black tables are the same picnic table style, but look much better. Budget must have only allowed for half of them to receive umbrellas, which all of them should have umbrellas as it is miserable to sit in the heat in the open like that. The multi-color umbrellas grouped together by color look great. Let's hope they do upkeep on them. 6. International Street is now very barren looking with the removal of the large trees. Winterfest lighting will be underwhelming now as the lights in the trees won't be a canopy like before. However, its nice there are 22 new trees. What type of trees are these and how big will they grow? My personal wish would be another row of trees between the fountain and seating like KD and Canada's Wonderland, to create a canopy of shade. Overall the landscaping improvements were limited, but the flowers and flower carts at the front look great. Maybe more to come? The lack of trees also really exposed those ugly, scaffolding looking lighting towers. 7. Stage is extended fully in concreate. Poor performers lost their shade from the previous trees. It will be brutal if they perform before sundown. Off the Charts has 6:00 shows on Sat and 7:00 shows on all scheduled nights. It's going to be HOT for them some of those nights, and the sun in going to be in the audience's faces. 8. The fountain, mixed feelings. My opinion was the pedestals were outdated and I personally prefer jets out of the water like the current design. It is 100% pure water, which is beautiful. There are over 100 jets, but they are smallish in diameter. They do shoot up fairly far in the air however. There is water EVERYWHERE in the air when the new fountains are peaking. The lighting is not good . It is all from the lightning towers. From the front of the fountain, it looks OK, but from the sides, there are just streaks of light across the water. I am supposing this was a budget and/or maintenance issue. If lights need maintenance, they are not under water. But it's the weakest fountain lighting at any of the International Streets Are the groups of jets locked together in the same pattern, or is there it possibility of them operating independently to synchronize to music? Overall, it is a much better feeling and look on International Street compared to last year. Much cleaner looking and more seating makes it a place to "hang out," where before it was a place to "walk through". Improvements will be made with landscaping with annuals most likely. There is definitely room for improvement with the fountain lighting and additional tree installation.
  5. super7

    Decoding 2020

    How giga twister like Raging Bull is a hyper twister on a limited plot of land ? KI definitely doesn’t need anymore out and backs. They have 3ish already. N
  6. super7

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    Arrows must be the highest required temp.
  7. None of them can operate on opening day apparently due to temperature.
  8. Will the park stay open all day? Kings Dominion is now infamous for closing the park if there is rain
  9. The trees that were removed had some major limbs already removed, so that's a good point. I think overall there are more trees, but its not going to end up being a shaded paradise. The tree opinion subject is really a matter of tree lovers or not. It's pretty obvious I am a tree lover
  10. I agree that hill at the entrance at Kings Dominion serves only to block the view of the fountain as you enter. But the fountain is fully visible from the other points. KD personally one of my favorite parks because of how much of the park and walkways are under the trees. More of the walkways there are shaded than even nearby Busch Gardens. Before the trees around KDs Eiffel Tower were removed due to disease,the Tower looked incredible popping out of the forest. IMO Treeless parks feel barren and MORE like parking lots. And they are hot. KI in general does not have a lot of tree covered paths. Trees definitely make Winterfest better. Light covered trees have a special feeling of immersing you in the lights. KDs International Street at Winterfest was absolutely one of the most impress Christmas sights ever (with the exception of the elevated skating)
  11. The new International Street is definitely an improvement, but I don't believe that it will be as beautiful as its 2 counterparts (for tree and landscape lovers). It looks like a huge part of the changes are new pavers closer to the fountains. At least there are trees, but it will take a while for them to be of any size. I was hoping for landscaping islands that King's Dominion has, but the trees are planted directly into the pavers. International Street for Winterfest is going to not look good this year compared to the previous years. The canopy of white lights in the trees was a big part of the special feeling when you walked through the gates. Will the 2 outlooks be the only seating areas or will there be tables on the inner side of the trees toward the fountains?
  12. Winterfest is my favorite time to go to the park.
  13. Things like this matter in park quality. Without a doubt, current mgmt is sending the Taft parks back to the top after they bottomed out during the Paramount years.
  14. Yay! No dog show. Choreographed 80s show in the Showplace. Off the Charts and cirque show are back.
  15. Will the generic white picnic tables be replaced by European street style umbrella table seating like the park originally had? Those unshaded tables were one of the worst things about I Street
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