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Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens

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Posted:
10/21/08 at
11:39:23 PM

I know the title is going to mislead people to think that I am "comparing" the two parks from personal experience but I'm not. I am here to tell a story and then go on to ask a question.

ok I am a roller coaster fanatic, I put 1200 miles on my car (that i LOVE, and is the one and only love of my life) to go to Hershey Park, Knoebels, and Dorney all in a 2 day span. Normal people don't really do this, anyway back to the point, I love coasters. After this little trip I started adding up my coaster count and started adding up the coasters I had been on. I noticed that my coaster count was near the 100 mark, I am sitting on about 89 - 95 coasters in my count right now (depending on if you count re-named coasters as different, and there are a couple im quite fuzzy on). Either way after noticing how close I was to my goal I decided that before the summer ended I wanted to hit 100 coasters, and put my coaster count into the triple digit mark. Well as the summer went on I didn't really get a lot of chances to go to amusement parks that I wanted to, I worked a lot (at a summer camp) and when I was off I was tired. So the summer came and went and I was still stuck at the 89 - 94 mark (I count 94, but some purists might be like OMG you've only been on 89).

So now its October and It's coming awfully close to the end of the season, well I was taking a trip down to Maryland to buy some wheels for my car. So i figured I would take a detour up to my moms friends house and go to an amusement park for fright fest. So finally after the rims thing fell through (a completely different story) they asked me what park I wanted to go to. Now this was hard for me because I had already been to Busch Gardens and never been to Kings Dominion. After looking at RCDB plenty of times, and thinking about it and mulling it over my decision was to go back to Busch Gardens even though I wouldn't hit my 100 coaster mark. The thing is I just cannot convince myself to go to Kings Dominion for some reason; this is the second time I've had a choice between both the parks (only able to do 1) and I still chose Busch gardens over Kings Dominion.

The reason I chose this course was however not because I think Busch Gardens is "cleaner, or nicer" or anything like that. The reason I chose Busch Gardens was simply because I could not find one coaster at Kings Dominion that I could JUSTIFY picking it over Busch. It's weird because I really wanted to hit 100 but everytime I look at Kings Dominion I just get this feeling that I won't like any coaster "a lot". I mean I've been on Dominator and there was just no draw for me to go there ya know? I normally try to go to a place that has something I'm pretty sure I'm going to like, and I just can't do that at Kings Dominion. Like I'm sure I'd enjoy Volcano, but the other rides just looked ......... not "top tier". Like Busch gardens I can say "they have the best suspended roller coaster, a brand new dive machine, and a hyper-coaster that sits in my top 5" meanwhile I couldn't really counter-argue Kings dominion and that kind of upsets me for some reason. I guess this could just be a long winded post of me saying that Kings Dominion needs A "star" attraction along the lines of Diamondback, Apollo's Chariot, Behometh (a hyper/new coaster pretty much) to become competitive with Busch.

I guess another reason I posted this was to get some kind of validation, or a counter-argument from someone that will tell me why I made the wrong choice. In the end the choice kind of looks like "I chose Griffon + re-rides of some old favorites over a chance to try new coasters" and I feel like as an enthusiast I made the wrong decision, but I made the right decision for the people that were with me (my sister and my mom).

I dunno just something I'm venting about =/

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Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 10/22/08 1:19:36 AM

> ok I am a roller coaster fanatic, I put 1200 miles on my
> car (that i LOVE, and is the one and only love of my life)
> to go to Hershey Park, Knoebels, and Dorney all in a 2 day
> span. Normal people don't really do this, anyway back to
> the point, I love coasters. After this little trip I
> started adding up my coaster count and started adding up
> the coasters I had been on. I noticed that my coaster count
> was near the 100 mark, I am sitting on about 89 - 95
> coasters in my count right now (depending on if you count
> re-named coasters as different, and there are a couple im
> quite fuzzy on). Either way after noticing how close I was
> to my goal I decided that before the summer ended I wanted
> to hit 100 coasters, and put my coaster count into the
> triple digit mark. Well as the summer went on I didn't
> really get a lot of chances to go to amusement parks that I
> wanted to, I worked a lot (at a summer camp) and when I was
> off I was tired. So the summer came and went and I was
> still stuck at the 89 - 94 mark (I count 94, but some
> purists might be like OMG you've only been on 89).

Personally I don't count coasters after a re-naming. It's still the same set of rail that my body has already traveled. However unlike most coaster enthusiasts, I do count opposite sides of track as a singular credit (ie two sides on Gemini equals two credits, same for Lightning Racer and Racer at KI).

> So now its October and It's coming awfully close to the end
> of the season, well I was taking a trip down to Maryland to
> buy some wheels for my car. So i figured I would take a
> detour up to my moms friends house and go to an amusement
> park for fright fest. So finally after the rims thing fell
> through (a completely different story) they asked me what
> park I wanted to go to. Now this was hard for me because I
> had already been to Busch Gardens and never been to Kings
> Dominion. After looking at RCDB plenty of times, and
> thinking about it and mulling it over my decision was to go
> back to Busch Gardens even though I wouldn't hit my 100
> coaster mark. The thing is I just cannot convince myself to
> go to Kings Dominion for some reason; this is the second
> time I've had a choice between both the parks (only able to
> do 1) and I still chose Busch gardens over Kings Dominion.

> The reason I chose this course was however not because I
> think Busch Gardens is "cleaner, or nicer" or
> anything like that. The reason I chose Busch Gardens was
> simply because I could not find one coaster at Kings
> Dominion that I could JUSTIFY picking it over Busch.

I love people who make judgements on coasters they've yet to ride.

I'd take Volcano over any of the Busch Gardens Europe coaster any day. And I am a self proclaimed B&M fanboy.

King's Dominion has a good collection of coasters. I think Rebel Yell and Grizzly are two (three :) ) outstanding wooden coasters something Busch does not have.

I'm taking a wild guess that you've never been on a bobsled coaster so that in itself would be a unique experience.

I'm just happy King's Dominion finally installed a coaster (Dominator) that has made the lines shorter for Volcano. Between Paramount and Cedar Fair, it only took them ten years or so to do it. :)

It's
> weird because I really wanted to hit 100 but everytime I
> look at Kings Dominion I just get this feeling that I won't
> like any coaster "a lot". I mean I've been on
> Dominator and there was just no draw for me to go there ya
> know? I normally try to go to a place that has something
> I'm pretty sure I'm going to like, and I just can't do that
> at Kings Dominion. Like I'm sure I'd enjoy Volcano, but the
> other rides just looked ......... not "top tier".
> Like Busch gardens I can say "they have the best
> suspended roller coaster, a brand new dive machine, and a
> hyper-coaster that sits in my top 5" meanwhile I
> couldn't really counter-argue Kings dominion and that kind
> of upsets me for some reason. I guess this could just be a
> long winded post of me saying that Kings Dominion needs A
> "star" attraction along the lines of Diamondback,
> Apollo's Chariot, Behometh (a hyper/new coaster pretty
> much) to become competitive with Busch.

I disagree but whatever floats your boat.

Joe
Great_Ump

(who has only been to BGE twice in his life)

Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 10/22/08 12:47:40 PM

> Look at it this way. You can't be a gangbanger and a playa
> without going to the ghetto.

LOX5X!!!!__I was raised in tha hood, so I guess that makes me a gangbanga, and a playa.__:)

Seriously, I've (and many on URC) been to both BGE, and KD; I throughly enjoyed both of them, including my trip to HRP, and Family Kingdom (enjoyed them too) which was before I hit VA on the same road trip.

BGE has a rep for bein' "untouchable" which I disagree with; It's a GREAT, SCENIC and VERY thrilling park, but it has some shortcomings like ev'ry park; Lack of thrilling flats is among one of them; Of course the coasters are great, even though I thought that AC was just OK.

KD is like a mix of the parks Carowinds, and KI; Volcano, Dominator(I'm not too wild about it), and FOF are the MUST DO coasters at KD; Grizzly was just mediocre IMO; The flat selection at KD is better than BGE's IMO. These are just my OPINIONS.

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Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 10/22/08 4:52:37 PM

> It was somewhat a reference to how I keep hearing Kings
> Dominion is not being maintained properly. Someone even
> referred to it as ghetto.

Let's not go there again by calling certain parks "ghetto". I still have my battle scars from the last time someone referred to a park on this board as ghetto.

Don't be ignant. ;)

Joe
Great_Ump

Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by LoneStar LoneStar Profile at 10/22/08 5:18:26 PM

To echo Joe, you can't judge a coaster until you have ridden it. How do you know it is not top-tier?

I can list tons of rides I didn't impress me from the ground, but totally blew my mind. Let's see...Gemini, Top Gun (KI), Viper (SFGAm), Texas Cyclone, Iron Wolf...and the list goes on.

I encourage you to try a new ride, give it a fair shot. If it isn't a terrific ride, who cares? It is still a good coaster that you can enjoy.

- Pat-O

Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 10/22/08 5:46:49 PM

> Why do they think it is untouchable? (BGE)

Just listen to the way peeps talk about BGE like it's flawless; WDW, and ANYTHING Disney is also put into this "untouchable realm"; I know better though. I hope that I cleared things up a lil'.

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Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by duxstar duxstar Profile at 10/22/08 7:09:59 PM

I know its wrong to judge a ride that you haven't rode, but I rarely see a post with Volcano in someone's top 10, or even regarded as the best inverted there is. I will probably go to KD next year anyway I'm just saying they didn't have an "it" ride to attract me there over Busch Gardens (Griffon was it, and a chance to re-ride what is my #4 coaster Apollo's Chariot again to see if its slipped since last time I rode). I just think the park need's an "it" ride one that attracts the eye's of the world like a B+M or Intamin hype, because as soon as adds a ride of that calibur it becomes a "point of focus" to try to get to the following year. Like now I am trying to plan a trip to PKI again, and to Canada's Wonderland for the first time.

Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by numbers_girl numbers_girl Profile at 10/23/08 11:08:53 AM

i have been to both kings dominion (though it was a long time ago) and busch gardens. i have to say, when my family and i do choose to go to a park down in VA, it is always Busch Gardens. That park is a timeless classic. i don't think there is anything wrong with re-riding your fav coasters in a good park. but man.. almost a hundred coasters? i am nowhere near that mark. guess i will have to get on it and ride more.

Re: Kings Dominion vs Busch Gardens by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 10/20/09 5:58:30 PM

They are both great parks,but please don't under-estimate Kings Dominion! This Cedar Fair park probably ranks as my highest Cedar Fair park as far as thrilling coasters.Every coaster at the park is above average in my eyes.They might not have the best coaster in the world but they don't have any stinkers like most parks do.This park would probably have to rank high on the list as far as having one of the most solid coaster lineups in the country.

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