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02/07/14 at 09:55pm in Candy Apple Grove
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04/05/14 at 02:46pm in Candy Apple Grove
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I would love it if, instead of modern pop music, the park played jazz music from the 1920's in Candy Apple Grove. Since the area is/was supposedly themed to the early 1900's, this music would be appropriate. Not only is it upbeat, but it would be a tremendous improvement in tying the theme and charm of the area together.

I'm thinking something like this:

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05/26/14 at 05:08pm in Candy Apple Grove
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Here's a 1976 commercial about Candy Apple Grove. Not only do I love how the park advertised individually themed areas, but I also really, really love the campaign the park opened with: "Only Kings Dominion has five big worlds of fantasy!"

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02/02/15 at 06:09pm in Candy Apple Grove
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The mystery is solved! After ages of wondering what kind of music was originally played in Candy Apple Grove during the original owners' reign, I finally stumbled across this treasure-trove of footage from the Kings Dominion of yore.

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Skip to the 9:10 mark in the video, and you'll clearly hear some jazzy ragtime music being played into the streets of Candy Apple Grove.

So there you have it, the original music played in the area. If today's Kings Dominion truly wants to bring Candy Apple Grove back to being a well-themed area, this music really needs to replace the current pop/rock music. The whimsical ragtime ditties could completely change the atmosphere of the area, which would in my opinion be for the better.

By the way, even if you don't care about the music, I highly recommend you take a look at that video. It's remarkable to see how different the park was back in the 90's. (Note the error in the video's title; it is titled "Paramount's Kings Dominion 1990" although at the time it was filmed Paramount did not own the park yet.)

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02/02/15 at 06:34pm in Candy Apple Grove
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The early 90's may have been the worst time for the park. It was dirty and run down.

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02/02/15 at 06:59pm in Candy Apple Grove (Latest Edit: 02/02/15 at 07:03pm by Matthew.)
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My Aunt worked at Kings Dominion in the late 80's and early 90's she said the park was truly a dump back then. I think her last year was the year before Paramount bought the park.

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02/02/15 at 09:03pm in Candy Apple Grove
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I wish people would stop calling the Kings Dominion a "dump" without explaining exactly what "dump" means. I visited Kings Dominion every year since the early 1980s and there was never a time that I could have dismissed the entire park as a dump, even during the Paramount days when many of my favorite attractions and park features were being removed. I don't know how people can watch the video that Joe posted above and conclude that the park was a "dump". It's an unfair generalization, especially when it's based on hearsay.
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02/02/15 at 09:19pm in Candy Apple Grove (Latest Edit: 02/02/15 at 09:24pm by Matthew.)
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I'm just quoting another person, I would never call KD a dump, especially when I've never visited the park during the time it was commonly referred to as one.
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02/03/15 at 01:43am in Candy Apple Grove (Latest Edit: 02/03/15 at 09:05am by Nicole.)
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I certainly never called it a dump. However in that time it was not as pleasant to be in then it is now. That may be partly due to the times, the Richmond area was not at its height then either.

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02/10/15 at 01:26pm in Candy Apple Grove (Latest Edit: 02/10/15 at 01:26pm by Lord Robert.)
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I agree Joe. Ragtime and Jazz music from the 1890's-1930's is perfect for Candy Apple Grove, just like International Street's symphony music and Old Virginia' country music, music that fits the theme can give you a sense of atmosphere and it can make you feel like you've entered a different world.

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02/10/15 at 05:42pm in Candy Apple Grove
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I very much support these musical changes. My advise is, email the park with these suggestions. They have been more responsive in the last 2 years than ever before.

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02/10/15 at 10:28pm in Candy Apple Grove
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Serious question: is sending the park emails with suggestions like this a legitimate thing we should do? I know the park reps are extremely friendly, but I would hate to spam their work with a suggestion that may not go anywhere.

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02/10/15 at 10:33pm in Candy Apple Grove
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I wouldn't recommend it. SWP&E appreciates all of our thoughts but they don't use other peoples ideas as they consider it stealing, plus their mail is full of blackfish garbage so that might be why. Tongue As for CF, during the off season the parks are very busy so right now might not be the best time. Wait t'ill when the parks slow down and they have a chance to actual look it over and think.

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02/10/15 at 10:46pm in Candy Apple Grove
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(02/10/15 10:33pm)Connor Wrote:  I wouldn't recommend it. SWP&E appreciates all of our thoughts but they don't use other peoples ideas as they consider it stealing, plus their mail is full of blackfish garbage so that might be why.

Ummmm.... Wut?
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02/10/15 at 11:01pm in Candy Apple Grove
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(02/10/15 10:46pm)Matthew Wrote:  .... Wut?
Yeah, I got an email back from them after I submitted an idea for BGW. Back to Candy Apple Grove! Am I the only one that feels like the area around Rebel Yell's exit looks really bad? In my opinion it makes me feel like I'm in a parking lot with all of the cracked aggregate and zero shade. If the rest of CAG got renovations why can't this corner have a planter or two added?

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