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Post February 8th, 2019, 9:54 pm
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February 8, 2019

The 2019 operating season is on the horizon! Before we make a quick announcement, let’s take a look at what we accomplished in 2018. The addition of Twisted Timbers, the area’s first hybrid roller coaster, brought more fun, thrills and memories. And we lit up the park for a new season of fun for the first time ever with WinterFest in November and December, ending the year with a bang thanks to New Year’s Eve fireworks. We’ve heard not only how much you love only Twisted Timbers and all the changes in our Candy Apple Grove section of the park, but also the immersive magical family environment we created with WinterFest. Major thanks goes to our talented and dedicated team for pulling out all the stops to create experiences you won’t soon forget.

Part of getting ready for a new operating season includes an expert evaluation of our rides and operations. As a part of that evaluation, every aspect of our rides and attractions are analyzed, from guest satisfaction, throughput and rider capacity to reliability, uptime and maintenance. After thorough evaluation, the decision has been made to remove Volcano: The Blast Coaster. This wasn’t an easy decision for us, because we know that people love this one-of-a-kind coaster; however, over time it became nearly impossible to keep the ride up to our high standards of reliability and guest satisfaction, and for these reasons we had to make the tough call. We apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by the removal, but hope they will understand that it was done to enhance the overall guest experience here at Kings Dominion.

2019 is going to be a great year at Kings Dominion, and we have some exciting announcements up our sleeves that are sure to thrill our guests and associates alike. Stay tuned for more information, and thank you for your support.

Sad to hear the news, I was at KD last July and it was down my entire visit. I’m moving closer to the park soon (North Carolina) and was looking forward to riding it this year but oh well. :(
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Post February 9th, 2019, 1:33 am

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I think this removal is very shocking. I loved the ride, and viewed it as an iconic coaster.
I don' think the opinion will differ between enthusiasts and the public as currently Volcano is trending on Twitter in the US.
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Post February 9th, 2019, 4:40 am
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Oh man that was one of my bucket list coasters - sad that I won't be able to ride it!

Post February 10th, 2019, 12:39 pm
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Sad to see this ride go. I'm glad I've had my ride on it, even though it was extremely short. xD
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Post February 10th, 2019, 10:53 pm

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The social media reaction has been rather interesting at least
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Post February 10th, 2019, 10:58 pm

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Yeah, I'm bummed, what a unique coaster, I wanted to ride it. But, in the end, I want KD to make a good business choice so they can stay open and install more coasters!
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Post February 11th, 2019, 2:12 am

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I was fortunate to ride the ride on opening weekend last year i think 3 times. It was fun, it was a headbanger and it was unique. Im sad to see it go but also excited for the future of the spot where the ride stood.

I also think the mountain will go with the ride since the ride's supports are intertwined with it. Please enjoy an off-ride video I made on Saturday of the ride:
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Post February 11th, 2019, 7:06 am

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Press F to pay respects. I got the credit while I could— it was a unique ride, albeit a bit too hyped up before my trip and ended up disappointing me a lot. Still sucks to see that Another One Bites the Dust.
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