To coincide with the opening of Twisted Timbers, the entire Candy Apple Grove area of Kings Dominion will be seeing a huge renovation. I applaud Cedar Fair here, because not only are they installing a world class roller coaster, but continuing their program of updating and renovating lands around new additions.
Paint, landscaping, and new signage are some of the largest focuses of this project. Ricochet (Mack Wild Mouse) will be renamed "Apple Zapple" and will receive a new color scheme (as seen above). Rebel Yell will also be renamed to "Racer '75" to pay homage to its sister coaster at Kings Island. The original Racer is often credited as the roller coaster to spark the renaissance of roller coasters in the 70s and 80s. Racer '75 will also receive track work to help smooth out rougher sections.
Many shops and food service stands are also seeing new themes, including Rock Shop turning into "Twist & Shop", and Dinner Bell transforming into "The Mac Bowl", a gourmet Mac and Cheese stand.
Old asphalt and pavement is being ripped up and replaced, to become wider and more open air. Decorative pavers and lighting are being installed to fit the new feel of the area. Many of the area's structures and restrooms will also be painted and renovated to have a fresh look. A new festival plaza will also be added to hold performances from some of the park's special events.
We have heard for a couple of years now that Candy Apple Grove would be receiving this attention, but this is a massive project considering the investment of Twisted Timbers. Personally, I feel that the new business structure of Cedar Fair is focusing a ton more on light theming and atmosphere, which is always a plus.
All of these additions should be ready by March 23rd for Passholder Preview Night. 2018 is continuing to roll out surprises for parks around the world, as there seems to be a lot to be excited for around the country wherever you look!