40th Anniversary Celebration & Park Revitalization

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Zimmy

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Just going to point out that the American made coasters and one Japanese coaster that does not count opened, while the German coasters were too cold.
 
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*Matthew points out that the two arrows in the state were both open, and a German one down the road
 

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I don't think this has been posted yet?  The park has information about this coming Sunday's Birthday Event on their website.

Kings Dominion said:
40th Birthday Celebration
05/03/15


Be there as we celebrate our 40th Birthday with live entertainment, exclusive merchandise and much more.

Entertainment – The day will be filled with exciting entertainment celebrating the theme areas of Kings Dominion! From African Drummers in Safari Village to a Fife and Drum band strolling Old Virginia. To celebrate the decade in which we opened a 70’s Cover Band will be on hand to play the greatest hits of this very special decade. To end the day, the Kings of Swing, one of the original bands from Kings Dominion early years, will be back on the Grande Bandstand playing a selection of hit from the last four decades. You won’t want to miss all the unique one day only entertainment options.

Rollercoaster – The Movie: This classic 1977 suspense film – which was filmed onsite at Kings Dominion and several other parks – will be shown twice at the Kings Dominion Theater (free of charge). The film stars George Segal as he races to save park goers from a threatening mad man hoping to wreak havoc at amusement parks across the USA.

Merchandise – Remember this special day with exclusive commemorative merchandise! At Plaza Gifts, located at the front gate, you can purchase your limited edition 40th Celebration package including a KD40 May 3rd trading pin, a limited edition poster, and a commemorative coin created just for May 3rd. For pin collectors our 2015 series of collectable lapel pins will also feature a May 3D exclusive pin. This will be available as part of the 40th Celebration package or for individual sale. The coin and poster will only be sold as part of the limited number of 40th Celebration packages. And be sure to pick up other 40th Celebration logo items as well including the all new “40th Celebration” book. Guests can also get their hands on a special May 3rd Birthday button worn by associates. Simply strike up a conversation with an associate and they will trade their button with you! Please be aware that all items are limited quantity and subject to availability.

Food – Check back soon for more details!

Special Dedication Ceremony- Join us at 2pm at the Grande Bandstand as we honor Kings Dominion's 40th with a special rededication ceremony.

Keep your eyes on the skies! – A special birthday message takes flight above the park on the afternoon of May 3rd!
 
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I mean a ride announcement for next year. I know it isn't likely but that would be a cool announcement for the anniversary.
 
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Earlier we mentioned that some special desserts would be making an appearance at tomorrow's birthday celebration. We spoke to Chef Paul today and learned a bit more about what we should expect.


Cinnamon Peach Funnel Cake
Coming to World's Greatest Funnel Cake




Birthday Cake Milkshake
Coming to Fountain & Floats




Birthday Cupcakes
Containing a very special surprise ;)




In addition to all the special birthday items listed above, new non-seasonal food items will be making an appearance tomorrow as well. These dishes include Cobb, Spinach Berry, Chicken Chef and Asian Chicken salads alongside Fruit Yogurt Parfaits, OREO Dessert Cups, and Peanut Butter Mousse Trifle Cups.

KDFans plans to be at the park tomorrow to try out all the special birthday items and we'll be sure to report back with our thoughts!
 
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So are these delicious looking foods only available for the KD40 Celebration or will they be available for the rest of the season + seasons to come? They look soooo good.
 

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I believe the funnel cake will be a seasonal addition. Don't know how long the milkshake will last, but I'm pretty sure the birthday cupcakes will be exclusively for tomorrow. We weren't specifically told one way or another on any of the items though so this is all speculation at the end of the day.
 

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What a fun day yesterday!

These banners were hung all over the park.
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You could ask an employee for this awesome May 3 button.
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The KDFans gang got some birthday cupcakes- they came with Ride Exit Passes too!
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The Fife and Drum corps of Old Virginia. There were also drummers in Safari Village but we didn't get to see them.
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At 2 o'clock there was a rededication ceremony with several of the park's high-ups including Pat Jones. They spoke many kind words about their experiences with the park over the years.
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The Clown Band, Peanuts characters, and some of the park's original characters were there, too.

The ceremony culminated in the unveiling of this plaque, which will go outside the park gates.
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One of my favorite things is that there were various street actors (yes, street actors!) roaming International Street. Here are two of them:
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There were also multiple live bands yesterday, two showings of the movie Rollercoaster, and an airplane that flow by trailing the message "Happy Birthday Kings Dominion!" The park definitely went all-out yesterday, and made their 40th birthday very special.
 

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We also tried a bunch of new menu items and the dishes that were just for the birthday. As Joe said, we got the cupcakes, which were much better than last's year's specialty cupcakes. I especially enjoyed the red velvet. The birthday cake milkshake was fantastic, as well.
 
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