8 Best Kings Dominion Tips That You Can't Miss
In this guide, we will cover our best Kings Dominion tips to ensure that you arrive to the park extremely prepared, and know all of the 'hacks' to maximize your time and money.
Table of Contents
- Know the Best Time to Go
- Save Money on Tickets
- Know About the Crowd Calendar
- Know the Best Rides
- Use the Child Swap System
- Know About Planet Snoopy
- Rent a Locker
1. Know the Best Time to Go
The best days to visit Kings Dominion are Tuesday and Wednesday. Weekdays in general are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend.
Out of state visitors usually arrive on Thursdays, stay for the weekend, and then leave on a Monday.
By going to the parks on Monday-Wednesday, you'll be able to avoid most of the crowds that can fill up the park quickly.
We've written a page Best Time to Go to Kings Dominion page that explains when the best season to go is, what time you should go, and underrated times to visit the park.
2. Save Money on Tickets
When you purchase with us, you can Save $30+ per ticket, and you'll also be able to skip the line by going straight to the gate.
You can learn more about our process and how we're able to do this through our Authorized Theme Park Ticket Reseller page.
3. Know About the Crowd Calendar
The Crowd Calendar is a great tool to use when vacationing, to figure out when the busier days of the year will be.
How this works is they post a calendar for the current month, and rate their "expected crowd" for the day from Green (quiet day) to Red (busy day).
The science behind this is they use historical data, special events, holidays etc. and make a prediction for the month based on relevant factors. The best part? This is available to you for free.
4. Know the Best Rides
Twisted Timber is my personal favorite coaster in the park. This ride begins with an initial barrel drop that sets the tone of the ride immediately.
Unlike other rides, this ride has a very smooth feel to it as it glides up and down the hills while seamlessly twisting and transitioning through tight turns.
Twisted Timbers also features 3 inversions and reaches speeds of 54 miles per hour.
We've created a guide of the best Kings Dominion rides here that explains what each ride is like, and even shows a 'Point of view' video of each ride.
5. Use the Child Swap System
Are you bringing a child that isn’t tall enough to ride the rides, that you would like to ride?
Kings Dominion has a system called ‘Child Swap’. This works by having two people in your party voluntarily wait behind (feel free to enjoy other rides in the meantime), while the rest of the party enters standby.
Once the first group is finished riding, the remaining individuals that were waiting with the kids can go through the disabled entrance, pass the kids to the rest of your party, and then hop right on the ride.
This is very beneficial to ensure that you are able to bring young children to the park and still enjoy it for yourself.
6. Know About Planet Snoopy
Planet Snoopy is a Peanuts-themed area, designed specifically for kids to be able to enjoy themselves.
This area features rides, play areas and even a family care center where families are able to rest and eat with their children while cooling off.
Our Favorite ride however is the Great Pumpkin Coaster.
It is an actual coaster tailor made for a parent to ride with their kiddo, or even for siblings to ride together!
Your kids wont be able to hide from the parent-loving-pictures here!
7. Rent a Locker
Normal Lockers can be found near the front gate. They are available to be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is extremely handy to be able to safely store your valuable belongings, while you can focus on having fun.
There are also two types of ride lockers available:
- Single Locker for 1 Location Only
- Multi Use Ride Locker That Can Move to Other Locations
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy tickets for Kings Dominion?
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Kings Dominion Parking - Are there discounts?
You are in luck! Instead of paying the regular $20, save $5 on parking. 1 day parking, valid for one car during the regularly scheduled operating hours.
Are there any hotels near Kings Dominion?
Of course! Click here. You will be able to choose your standard check in/out dates, how many rooms, any children, single day stay, multi day stay and more.
- TIP: By clicking on the "Locations" tab (on the left of the blue "Select Dates" button), it will provide you with a map and more importantly the distance in miles from the hotel to Kings dominion as well as any other nearby attractions.
Are there kings dominion tickets with discounts for the military?
Absolutely. Military Discounts can be found here. Kings Dominion celebrates America’s Military members both active and retired. They’ve also been known to hold “Military Appreciation Days” as recently as this July, as they’ve given out two free park admissions (July 1-7). In order to receive these tokens of military appreciation, all you would need to bring is a single valid government-issued military ID.
Is there a water park in Kings Dominion? Are they included in general admission tickets?
Yes! There is a 20 acre water playground named “Soak City”. Soak City is perfect for your family to relax or experience tsunami-sized thrills.
Typically they are included with admission. Always make sure to click “ticket info” and read the description to ensure you know what you’re getting in your admission ticket. Better safe than sorry!
Are Outside Drinks allowed?
Yes you may bring in bottled water. Unfortunately any outside meal is not permitted.
Looking for other attractions in Virginia?
Are you in Virginia and are looking to visit other theme parks in the area? We have several recommendations you may be interested in, please do yourself a favor and check it out!