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12/01/17 at 02:56pm in 2018 Operating Calendar
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While KD hasn’t posted their operating calendar yet, they have announced Opening Day as March 24th, 2018.

I’ll update this post once the calendar drops.
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12/05/17 at 06:36pm in 2018 Operating Calendar (Latest Edit: 12/05/17 at 06:36pm by Joe.)
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The park has released the 2018 calendar to their website. It includes Haunt, but Winterfest dates have yet to be announced.

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01/23/18 at 08:34pm in 2018 Operating Calendar
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Wow, that's the biggest change since I started paying much attention. 3 10 PM closings to start Spring Break. 9 PM closings on many Fridays. 11 PM closings. The last week of August and Haunt are similar to last year though.
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01/24/18 at 05:29am in 2018 Operating Calendar
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Closed two weekends in a row for private events in September? Hmmmmm.

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01/24/18 at 09:05am in 2018 Operating Calendar
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(01/24/18 05:29am)MAZ Wrote:  Closed two weekends in a row for private events in September? Hmmmmm.

Things like that could cause one to start up a BGW Membership (true story).
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01/25/18 at 12:26am in 2018 Operating Calendar (Latest Edit: 01/25/18 at 12:30am by RollyCoaster.)
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But Twisted Timbers, an included water park, Twisted Timbers, a world class Howloween event, Twisted Timbers, an included winter event, and Twisted Timbers are things that could also cause one to stick with a KD pass at an even lower cost than BGW XP  

And that one ride BGW doesn't have any more

Twisted frikin Timbers I tell you!

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01/25/18 at 01:07am in 2018 Operating Calendar
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(01/24/18 09:05am)bill s Wrote:  
(01/24/18 05:29am)MAZ Wrote:  Closed two weekends in a row for private events in September? Hmmmmm.

Things like that could cause one to start up a BGW Membership (true story).

This is nothing new.

The park usually closes down this time of year for private corporate events. They've been doing this for years.
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01/25/18 at 08:46am in 2018 Operating Calendar
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Yes I know this. I've attended a private event on occasion. My point is, I've never seen it close two full weekends. The most I've seen is one weekend, and one day the next weekend for three days total.

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01/25/18 at 09:29am in 2018 Operating Calendar
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Maybe they're in such a big demand that they had to expand. The park might also want the extra time for setup given two holiday events now.
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01/28/18 at 03:43pm in 2018 Operating Calendar (Latest Edit: 01/28/18 at 03:46pm by bill s.)
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I thought they had closed 2 weekends before, finally found proof: 2011 brochure

I sailed through last year without it affecting me at all. I don't expect they lose much even if another park gains, because anyone that 2 weeks affects is hardcore anyway (me).
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02/17/18 at 05:48pm in 2018 Operating Calendar (Latest Edit: 02/17/18 at 08:49pm by RollyCoaster.)
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Winterfest will be open select dates from 5-10PM. In total, the event will take place across 100 operating hours starting November 23rd; however, I don't yet have an official date the event will end. Winterfest will boast 11 new shows.

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02/17/18 at 10:10pm in 2018 Operating Calendar (Latest Edit: 02/17/18 at 10:11pm by Zachary.)
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100 hours total ÷ 5 hours a night = 20 nights? Seven day shorter run than Carowinds' event? Odd if true.

Rest of the info seems plausible though. Thanks for sharing!

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02/18/18 at 03:41pm in 2018 Operating Calendar
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It matches what I am hearing, as well.

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02/20/18 at 04:44pm in 2018 Operating Calendar
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(02/17/18 10:10pm)Zachary Wrote:  100 hours total ÷ 5 hours a night = 20 nights? Seven day shorter run than Carowinds' event? Odd if true.

Rest of the info seems plausible though. Thanks for sharing!

Carowinds is further south, and their closest competitor, Dollywood, is open many more days for their holiday event. Scarowinds is both seperately ticketed and includes non-weekdays as well -- and KD Haunt is less than 20 days total anyway. 7 days less at KD would be 5 weekdays and starting a weekend later. Or no Friday some weekends, starting a week later, and a couple of weekdays closed around Christmas when Carowinds is open every day. Makes sense to me.
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03/08/18 at 09:28pm in 2018 Operating Calendar
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GRTC bus services from Richmond are beginning early for this operating season due to 'high demand' according to this article. There are also routes, departures, cost, and other valuable information in this article. The bus lines are not a new thing, but starting them up before Memorial Day is. I guess KD is expecting larger crowds this spring.

GRTC to provide express service to Kings Dominion
http://www.nbc12.com/story/37679157/grtc...s-dominion

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