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Kings Dominion has revealed that its planned WindSeeker and Dinosaurs Alive! attractions are both on track to open to the public on April 6, 2012.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that construction work has progressed well on the two new additions, despite the impact of recent snow flurries. WindSeeker and Dinosaurs Alive! are both therefore expected to be ready in time to open alongside the rest of the park for the start of its 2012 season.

Standing at 301-feet-tall, WindSeeker will see guests swinging in circles around a central tower in a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction. Riders will reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour as the arms extend outwards at a 45-degree angle, but will still be able to take in panoramic views of the park and beyond. Kings Dominion is spending $6.5 million on installing the ride.

Dinosaurs Alive!, meanwhile, will be home to 36 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibit will be very similar to the version at Kings Island (which is reviewed here), albeit on a slightly smaller scale. Guests will have to pay an additional $5 upcharge in order to explore the dinosaur attraction.

To make way for the new additions, Kings Dominion removed the El Dorado flat ride at the end of the 2011 season.

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