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Kings Dominion Timeline

Here is a timeline of Kings Dominion Attractions

1974 – Lion Country Safari & Scooby Doo Rollercoaster open as a preview.
1975 – Park opened on May 3rd with five themed areas: Happy Land of Hanna Barbera, Safari Village, Coney Island, Old Virginia and International Street.
Rides that opened this year include:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Rebel Yell
  • Monster
  • Flying Scooters (Flying Eagles)
  • Wave Swinger
  • Himalaya (Vertigo)
  • Sky Ride
  • Giant Slide (Flying Carpet Slides)
  • Galaxie
  • Carousel
  • Old Dominion Line
  • Jamestown Landing (Flying Dutchman)
  • Blue Ridge Tollway
  • Shenandoah Lumber Company (Log Flume)
  • Dodgem
  • Wacky Wheels Turnpike

1976 – Apple Turnover, Flying Bobs (Matterhorn), Mt. Kilimanjaro & Calypso Scrambler added.  Kings Dominion was used for the set of the movie Rollercoaster (released in 1977)
1977 – Kings Dominion’s first launched coaster – King Kobra & Witch Doctor (Scrambler) added – (Calypso Scrambler Removed)
1978 – Kings Dominion Campground added
1979 – Lost World Mountain added (Voyage to Atlantis, Time Shaft, Journey to the Land of Dooz)

1980 – Haunted River added (replaces Voyage to Atlantis)
1981 – Cinema 180 added – (Jamestown Landing/Flying Dutchman removed)
1982 – Grizzly added
1983 – White Water Canyon added – (Flying Bobs/Matterhorn, Himalaya/Vertigo & Land of Dooz Removed)
1984 – Smurf Mountain and Berserker added – (Galaxie and Flying Carpet Slides Removed)
1985 – Diamond Falls & Scooby Doo Play Park added
1986 – Shockwave added – (Wacky Wheels & King Kobra Removed)
1987 – Racing Rivers added
1988 – Avalanche added – (Bad Apple/Monster Removed)
1989 – Sky Pilot added

1990 – Hanna Barbera Land Rides added (Mt. Kilimanjaro Removed)
1991 – Anaconda added
1992 – Hurricane Reef added – (Apple Turnover & Cinema 180 Removed)
1993 – Days of Thunder added – (Lion Country Safari & Smurf Mountain Removed)
1994 – Hurler (Wayne’s World) added
1995 – Nickelodeon Splat City added – (Old Dominion Line, Haunted River, Time Shaft & Sky Ride Removed)
1996 – Outer Limits Flight of Fear & Extreme Sky Flyer added – (Racing Rivers Removed)
1997 – Hanna Barberaland renamed Kidzville – Taxi Jam added
1998 – Volcano: The Blast Coaster added (Sky Pilot Removed)
1999 – Water Park Expansion (Big Wave Bay – Splash House – Lil’ Barefoot Beach) Hurricane Reef renamed Water Works

2000 – Pipeline Peak, Rugrats Toonpike & Nickelodeon Space Surfer (Nickelodeon Central) added
*First year of Fearfest!
2001 – Hypersonic XLC added
2002 – Ricochet and Triple Spin added – (Diamond Falls Removed)
2003 – Drop Zone Stunt Tower added
2004 – Scooby Doo & Haunted Mansion (dark ride) added
2005 – Tomb Raider: Firefall added
2006 – Italian Job Turbo Coaster added – Paramount sells park to Cedar Fair
2007 – Tornado, Zoom Flume & Tidal Wave Bay added – (Hypersonic XLC Removed)
*Fearfest renamed Halloween Haunt
2008 – Dominator added
2009 – El Dorado & Americana added

2010 – Intimidator 305 added & Nickelodeon re-themed to Planet Snoopy
2011 – Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular added
2012 – Windseeker & Dinosaurs Alive added – (El Dorado Removed & last year of KidZville)
2013 – Planet Snoopy expanded into KidZville
2014 – 40th Anniversary Celebration – (The Grove changed back to Candy Apple Grove; Congo changed back to Safari Village)

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