If you haven’t yet heard about the new Planet Snoopy then you will be amazed to see that over the off-season Kings Dominion worked diligently to demolish KidZville in preparation for the new Planet Snoopy, an expansion which doubles the size of the former Planet Snoopy area. The new Planet Snoopy is the country’s largest children area consisting of eight brand new family orientated rides along with six rethemed rides left over from the old KidZville area. Kings Dominion has done a great job taking a section of the park that was becoming rundown and vacant and turning it into something that’s bright and full of life.
Though the new rides are the area’s major selling point for guests, from an enthusiast’s perspective, perhaps the most important story here is the level of detailed theming Kings Dominion put into the new area. Fortunately Kings Dominion didn’t just focus on the rides throughout the newly expanded Planet Snoopy area, in fact, they put quite a large amount of work into multiple theming elements to enhance the overall look and feel of the area.
The area contains a few main focal points that really help to break up the area and give it a nice, pleasant feel. Both the fountain and topiary in particular look great! Awesome job Kings Dominion!
Cool shot from International Street
Yup, I believe we are in Planet Snoopy!
Nothing new here, but if you haven’t seen, now you have
Then a close-up of Snoopy Standing big and tall!
You can meet up with the Peanut gang all around Planet Snoopy!
Another awesome sign!
I have to say I love the signs through-out Planet Snoopy
[h2]Family Care Center[/h2]
The newly renovated building that lets children and parents escape the heat a bit and take a nap if needed. This building used to be the lost parents building and hopefully still serves as the same purpose this year.
The bumper carts are painted like taxi cabs
The area overall looks spectacular! Get it, Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular? Anyways, moving on.
Getting ready for the pitch
I have to say I love the signs through-out Planet Snoopy
The new pumpkin cut out that the train goes through.
She turned her back on me :'(
We all know there is a fan of wheel assemblies out there! No need to hide
Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbies and Charlie Browns Windup
Close up of the exit.
Train sitting at the station
Five cup mini tea cups
[h2]Charlie Brown’s Wind Up[/h2]
The old kiddie swings, Swing a Round, stayed flat on the ground and spun at a slow pace. The new swings now swing faster and raise vertically in the air, similar to the Wave Swinger located in the Grove. Charlie Browns Wind Up can be found near Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbie’s.
Really makes the area look nice
Ready to launch in 3…2…1…
Nothing has changed about these swings except that the character faces are now on each of the rides wings. Flying Ace stayed in the same spot next to the Snoopy’s Showplace.
Close-up of Snoopy, He wasn’t prepared and closed his eyes
All Wheel Sports will be located in the Peanuts Showplace
[h2]Flying Ace Balloon Race[/h2]
Flying Ace Balloon Race can be compared to a tea cups ride, except being elevated in the air. The carriage rises and begins to spin slowly as passengers spin their balloons independently. Flying Ace Balloon Race can be found near Linus Launcher and the Peanuts Showplace.
Kings Dominion did a great job with this ride. If you look in the front of the boat you can see that they placed sand around to make it look like you are on the beach.
But this year it’s Snoopy vs. Red Baron
[h2]The Great Pumpkin Coaster[/h2]
Formerly known as Taxi Jam, The Great Pumpkin Coaster received a new theme with some freshly painted purple track. This ride is still located in the same location next to Woodstock Express.
Getting ready for the pitch
Ready to race?
Hello Snoopy! and two others!
[h2]Joe Cool’s Driving School[/h2]
Joe Cool’s Driving School did not receive any changes from the previous year from what I can tell. Kids hop into a car and drive around the Snoopy town. Joe Cool’s Drive School is near Snoopy’s Rocket Express.
Closeup of Charlie Brown
Great ride! The kids can’t run faster than it anymore!
Front of the Gazebo- Again looks very nice!
The track and props are the same from the previous year.
Mugs, Hates, shirts, ect.
This ride stayed the same as last year, riders sit in the car as the car slowly navigates the layout.
Linus Launcher is another swing ride but with an extra twist. Riders lay down on their seat instead of sitting down. The ride then raises and spins similar to Charlie Brown’s Windup. Linus Launcher can be found near Flying Ace Balloon Race and the Peanuts Theater.
Last year, this ride was only Red Baron
The new top piece
[h2]Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbies[/h2]
Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbies received a major overhaul over the off season, receiving a new facade and taxi painted bumper cars. Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbies is still located in the same location as the years before, next to Charlie Brown’s Windup.
Stage Overview with characters
Riders ride the waves as the boat rocks back and forth while spinning. Lucy’s Tugboat can be found near the back turn of Woodstock Express.
Yup here is the blue monster again.
The waterbed has been cleaned up also
[h2]Peanuts Road Rally[/h2]
Similar to Junior Turnpike, Peanuts Road Rally’s course goes over top of a small pond. Peanuts Road Rally can be found near Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.
Odd that only the running rails are painted.
Looks like they covered up the weld marks if it is new rail
[h2]Snoopy vs. Red Baron[/h2]
The most noticeable change is the new Snoopy top piece. All of the planes were painted and new railings were also installed. Snoopy vs. Red Baron still sits in the same place as last year, near Woodstock Express’ back turn.
Newly painted rails
The train passing over the newly painted area
This sign isn’t as cool as the others
Snoopy’s Junction is a train ride that takes riders in a figure eight before coming back into the station. At this time there is nothing in the middle of the tracks except for a grass field. Hopefully they can figure out something to put in the middle to make the ride a little more interesting. Snoopy’s Junction can be found near Snoopy’s Rocket Express and Woodstock Whirlybirds.
New Show building
A smaller ride with a nice sign
The new kiddie bumper cars
The old KidZville Crane is still here, but with new paint.
[h2]Snoopy’s Moon Bounce[/h2]
Nothing has been changed here. The moon bounce is located near the Planet Snoopy entrance.
[h2]Snoopy’s Rocket Express[/h2]
Snoopy’s Rocket Express provides an aerial view of the new Planet Snoopy area. There is some that have ridden this ride and think that Snoopy’s Rocket Express is too short and should navigate through the entire Planet Snoopy area. Snoopy’s Rocket Express can be found next to Joe Cool’s Driving School.
Planet Snoopy sign with a dinosaur
And here comes the pitch!
Lucy, Charlie and Linus dressed up for the baseball game
Shirts and Glasses
Street Lamp for you street lamp fans! We know you’re out there!
Just another giant pumpkin picture
Overview of the track layout
[h2]Snoopy’s Space Buggies[/h2]
Snoopy’s Space Buggies may be small, but it has a nice effect. Riders spin in a circle as each buggy randomly hops upwards into the air providing a moon walk type experience. Snoopy’s Space Buggies can be found near Linus Launcher and Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbies.
Really though, this looks great!
Woodstock Express, formerly known as Ghoster Coaster or Scooby Doo, is a wooden roller coaster for the kids. To help enhance the look of the new Planet Snoopy, Kings Dominion put on another coat of blue paint to help make the ride look nice and fresh. Woodstock Express can be found near The Great Pumpkin Coaster and Lucy’s Tugboat.
But it’s nice and blue! I would have preferred brown though. Or some type of yellow for Woodstock.
Did I mention blue?
Looks like they threw gallons of paint and hoped it landed in the right place.
How do you get something this blue?
They don’t want you to miss it.
Woodstock Whirlybirds is your average tea cups ride. The cups spin in a circle as riders try and spin their nest around. Woodstock Whirlybirds can be found near Snoopy’s Rocket Express and Charlie Brown’s Windup.
This ride travels in a circle while there is random bounce effects.
[h2] Snoopy’s Showplace[/h2]
Nothing much has gone in here, but All Wheel Sports will be performing all summer long in the Snoopy’s Showplace. The old “Got Country” set looks to be in the showplace still at this time.
Overview of the fountain
A little bit closer
The Peanuts Showplace is home to Charlie Brown’s All Stars and Schroeders Sing Along. Times for these shows are located on the Peanuts Showplace sign in the front of the show building. The Peanuts Showplace can be found by The Great Pumpkin Coaster and Flying Ace Balloon Race.
Another good looking sign
Close-up of the Rocket
Eateries & Shops
sweetFrog is a new frozen yogurt chain in the Richmond area that began in 2009. sweetFrog lets you be creative with your yogurt in choosing what you want in it and how much you want in your cup. Being that sweetFrog is at an amusement park, prices are higher than other sweetFrogs in other public locations. sweetFrog can found near Lucy’s Tugboat and Woodstock Express.
Looking through the window
Registers and Drink Area
Cooling looking Lights
Snoopy’s Boutique has many souvenirs such as shirts, mugs, hats, and much more. Snoopy’s Boutique can be found near Snoopy’s Moon Bounce and Snoopy’s Rocket Express.
Woodstock here we come!
A new facade was put up over the off-season
It’s not much a ride, but the kids love it and that’s what matters
I still don’t know if I will drive with any of them…
Snoopy faces are all around the facade also.
Overall I think that the area looks great! All of the new rides are designed so not only the kids can have, but the parent will be able to have fun with their children. There is some little things that could be better but overall the area looks awesome and more importantly the kids love it!
If you would like to join in on our discussion, visit the Planet Snoopy thread on the forums!
Disclaimer: I want to give a BIG thanks to Zachary and Shane for heading to the park yesterday for me since I was not able to make it. So all of my opinions in this post and judging by the many pictures that Zachary took.