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Kings Dominion will celebrate 40 years

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

DOSWELL—Kings Dominion will celebrate 40 years of family fun, thrills and memories in 2014.

The celebration will begin next season to commemorate the opening of Kings Dominion and Lion Country Safari. This once-in-a-lifetime event will include many surprises, the return of classic park icons and a chance to create new traditions and memories with your family.

The central piece of the 40th Celebration will be the introduction of “Ruby,” a custom painted 40th year celebration horse. “Ruby” will be added to the park’s historic Carousel, which dates back to 1917. The Carousel has operated at Kings Dominion since the park opened in 1975.

Those who grew up with Kings Dominion will also notice the return of many original park icons next season, including:

  • The homecoming of the park’s classic blue ice cream, which was a hit with families for decades.
  • A complete restoration of the iconic International Street fountain, which will include a new LED lighting package and additional refurbishments.
  • Reintroduction of one of the park’s original classic midways, Candy Apple Grove. This re-themed area will include new ride lighting packages, return of the classic over-sized candy apples along the midway and other surprises.
  • The return of Safari Village (formerly the Congo area of the park) and will include exciting improvements to Volcano: The Blast Coaster and one of the park’s older roller coasters, Anaconda.

“As a native Richmond resident, I grew up not only visiting Kings Dominion, but also started my career here as a seasonal associate,” said Pat Jones, Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager. “I have 40 years of fond memories and I am thrilled to share some of these exciting moments with our guests during our special 40th Celebration.”

In the coming months, Kings Dominion will also make many more exciting announcements as part of this thrilling celebration. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at to be the first to hear about the latest news from Kings Dominion. Share your memories of Kings Dominion and be a part of the celebration by posting your pictures and stories on Twitter using the hashtag #KD40.

Kings Dominion will open for its 40th season on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Guests can begin to reminisce and re-create 40 years of magic at Kings Dominion during the off-season by visiting The park’s 40th Celebration website will include historical facts, photos and videos, along with interviews with former General Managers and other park associates and the latest announcements regarding this once in a lifetime celebration.

Kings Dominion Season Passes for 2014 are now available for the lowest price of the year online at for as low as 9 easy payments of just $9. Guests purchasing a 2014 Gold or Platinum Season Pass will receive one free visit this fall.

On Oct. 1, 1972, ground broke on a 400-acre amusement park north of Richmond. It was developed through a joint venture between Taft Broadcasting Company and the Kroger Company. The Lion Country Safari animal exhibit opened in 1974 along with a preview center for Kings Dominion. On May 3, 1975, Kings Dominion officially opened its gates and has entertained tens of millions of guests since its initial debut.