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7 Best Kings Dominion Tips That You Can't Miss | Explained

In this guide, we will cover our best Kings Dominion tips to ensure that you arrive at the park extremely prepared, and know all of the 'hacks' to maximize your time and money.

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.

piggy bank to save money

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.

This website uses historical data from previous years, to predict what the expected crowd levels will be.

It's very easy to use as it is color-coded, and a must-use for visitors when planning their visit to Kings Dominion.

4. Know What the Best Rides Are

Twisted Timber is my 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 feature 3 inversions and reach speeds of 54 miles per hour.

twisted timbers kings dominion

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 can bring young children to the park and still enjoy it for yourself.

kings dominion outdoor ride

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 can 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 won't be able to hide from the parent-loving pictures here!

great pumpkin coaster

We've written an article explaining what Planet Snoopy offers

7. Rent a Locker

Ensuring that your valuables are safely stored in a locker, will bring you peace of mind during your visit.

Lockers are an additional cost, available to be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 

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