Virginia’s Kings Dominion theme park won’t reopen this year

August 5, 2020 GMT

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — A Virginia theme park that is one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions and economic boosters will not open this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Tuesday that Kings Dominion in Hanover County will remain closed for the rest of 2020.

It’s the first time since the park’s 1975 opening that visitors won’t ride the Dominator or reach the top a 323-foot reproduction of the Eiffel Tower.


Tony Johnson, the park’s vice president and general manager, cited Virginia’s Phase Three reopening restriction of limiting the park to only 1,000 guests.

Kings Dominion said in late June that the 1,000-people limit was not economically sustainable.

The park employs up to 4,000 seasonal employees each year and is one of the state’s top employers.