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That response was literally the worst thing they could have done in this situation. "Oh no big deal, our children's roller coaster just LITERALLY FELL APART with people on it. We'll just slap some welds on it and get it back open in a couple weeks."

 

I'm straight up avoiding this place from now on. It's a shame, because I was thinking about stopping through to get some rides on the Rumbler next year, but I won't darken the door of any establishment that puts kid's lives at risk so nonchalantly. What a stain on the industry.

 

I operated the Dragon coaster that morning, but not at the time of the accident. I have rode every single ride that I can at Beech Bend, and I trust all of the rides. (I can not ride air race or Vortex due to the restraints not green lighting) If I do not feel comfortable in riding it I will not put a guest on that ride. I have rode the Dragon coaster countless times, along with the rumbler and the mouse. I know all of the maintenence employees personally and I see them every day, and they check EVERY ride EVERY day.

 

Beech Bend takes good care of the rides, there may be paint or light issues but they are structurally and mechanically sound. The rides are so much better than what I have seen at Holiday world, I can tell you all kinds of horror stories from when I worked there...

Thank you for the update, Floyd!

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I operated the Dragon coaster that morning, but not at the time of the accident. I have rode every single ride that I can at Beech Bend, and I trust all of the rides. (I can not ride air race or Vortex due to the restraints not green lighting) If I do not feel comfortable in riding it I will not put a guest on that ride. I have rode the Dragon coaster countless times, along with the rumbler and the mouse. I know all of the maintenence employees personally and I see them every day, and they check EVERY ride EVERY day.

 

Beech Bend takes good care of the rides, there may be paint or light issues but they are structurally and mechanically sound. The rides are so much better than what I have seen at Holiday world, I can tell you all kinds of horror stories from when I worked there...

 

 

Promote this guy immediately. He just made a statement 1000x better than the actual manager(?) of the park. The amusement industry could use more employees like this.

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> It looks like SFOGdude25's pic made the local news.

 

> There's one other pic out there but it's from the other side, so less illustrative. It's credited as "photo by Wes Shipley via Twitter" in the article linked below.

 

> The "damage control" comments below from the park manager are egregiously flippant and sour-tasting. Neither of the recent incidents are routine or excusable. No injuries is besides the point. Withholding detailed comment "during the investigation" and hoping the story fades from public view would have even been a more respectable route.

 

 

 

http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/beech-bend-ride-malfunctions/article_876e2e09-75f3-5f7a-b119-be7d7206139c.html

 

Beech Bend ride malfunctions

By SIMONE C. PAYNE Updated Aug 16, 2015

 

As children and parents made their way around the tracks of the Dragon Coaster at Beech Bend Amusement Park on Saturday afternoon, they were jarred when the ride came to a sudden stop.

 

“It just came to more of an abrupt stop than normal, but everything’s cool,” said park manager Charlotte Gonzalez. “There was some people on it, no injuries, it wasn’t a big deal.”

 

The ride is being examined and undergoing routine maintenance, and Gonzalez said she is confident it will be back up and running soon.

 

“Actually, they’ve got to do a little welding and we don’t do that until when the park’s closed for that,” Gonzalez said. “Anytime we have any kind of a situation where welding’s required on anything we do, the state does a normal routine inspection.

 

“We should be back up and running in the morning,” she said.

 

On July 25, the Jitterbug Swing ride at Beech Bend toppled and 12 people were treated for injuries. The amusement park faces a lawsuit related to that incident.

 

Got to it before I did! Here's another local news story that used my pic. They also interviewed me, too, through Skype. First time I've ever been on the news haha.

I was honestly surprised that they said it was inspected and passed, which tells me this incident really shouldn't have happened. Thank the lord there were no injuries as it could've been way worse.

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What I really dislike about this whole recent turn of events is that a ton of people now are lambasting the park to a ridiculous degree. Honestly, I puzzle why they dislike it so much. What is joking on here about it looking like a permanent carnival is apparently a legitimate complaint to rate it as a bad place, even with the friendly employees, lack of lines. People have literally said in the past they wished it was more like Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. (Not the reopened one today, they mean the management under Premier back in the early 2000s) So they WANT horridly rude employees, bad food, and a rougher crowd? What?

 

While the press thing was definitely handled badly, I still don't think this park is neglecting it's rides to the degree that people exaggerate it to. If it was, I hardly believe they would have the money to spend on the addition of Air Race and Bluegrass Breeze. And the Kentucky Rumbler would have to be as rough as the Georgia Cyclone by now if they didn't have the money to maintain it properly. Sometimes freak accidents happen even with frequent maintenance checks. If that really isn't the case though... kinda questioning who the inspector is then.

 

It is kinda ironic though this was the only ride I felt a bit unsafe on. Something about the Dragon coaster never has ever settled right with me, and it is moreso from the layout. That lift hill and downward spiral never felt right at all.

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I'm not a fan of how the park manager addressed the situation.

 

“It just came to more of an abrupt stop than normal, but everything’s cool,” said park manager Charlotte Gonzalez. “There was some people on it, no injuries, it wasn’t a big deal.

 

The ride is being examined and undergoing routine maintenance, and Gonzalez said she is confident it will be back up and running soon.

 

Are you kidding me? Everything's cool????? How unprofessional. I understand no one was killed but I would think a park manager would have a little more tact about ANY accident on your property.

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What I really dislike about this whole recent turn of events is that a ton of people now are lambasting the park to a ridiculous degree. Honestly, I puzzle why they dislike it so much. What is joking on here about it looking like a permanent carnival is apparently a legitimate complaint to rate it as a bad place, even with the friendly employees, lack of lines. People have literally said in the past they wished it was more like Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. (Not the reopened one today, they mean the management under Premier back in the early 2000s) So they WANT horridly rude employees, bad food, and a rougher crowd? What?

 

While the press thing was definitely handled badly, I still don't think this park is neglecting it's rides to the degree that people exaggerate it to. If it was, I hardly believe they would have the money to spend on the addition of Air Race and Bluegrass Breeze. And the Kentucky Rumbler would have to be as rough as the Georgia Cyclone by now if they didn't have the money to maintain it properly. Sometimes freak accidents happen even with frequent maintenance checks. If that really isn't the case though... kinda questioning who the inspector is then.

 

It is kinda ironic though this was the only ride I felt a bit unsafe on. Something about the Dragon coaster never has ever settled right with me, and it is moreso from the layout. That lift hill and downward spiral never felt right at all.

 

Thank you for seeing why I love Beech Bend. I love that all of the employees are friendly, and since the lines are shorter we have more time to interact with the guests and i have several season passholders that have been coming there for years who seek me out just to tell me how well their day is going. It feels like the employees are one big family since it is a smaller park we all know each other and see each other every day. I have worked there for three years now and I absolutely love it, it is so much better than when I worked at holiday world, where reported safety issues would just go overlooked for days on end and you would be instructed to put guests in unsafe seats, and you would hardly ever see members of upper management. Unlike at Holiday World, maintence and management take what an employee says to heart and actually fix it instead of just trying to keep the ride running.

 

Charlotte is in the park every day, she is the most caring individual that I have ever met. I have seen her buy food for employees when they have no money for lunch, make guests and employees feel better when they are sad, and all employees know that if they have a problem with anything she will take care of it, and nobody cares more about the safety of the guests than she does. Nothing can compare to that, from a personal standpoint it is so much better seeing the owners EVERY day and being able to talk to them face to face compared to seeing them once in a blue moon.

 

As for the Accident it was not serious at all. Nobody was injured, everyone walked away. The coaster was slowly going backwards as it hit that spot. Everyone on the train was in good spirits, nobody was crying, the kids on the ride were even joking with me. It was nowhere near as bad as some of you are making it out to be. So please don't blast a good person when what they are telling you is the truth. I just hate people looking down on my park as I and all of the other employees really want it to be the best family amusement park that it can be.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I was interviewed again today by my local news station in a follow-up news story on the Dragon Coaster accident, this time on camera. Beech Bend has apparently decided to wisely remove the kiddie coaster and the Jitterbug swing ride for good this year.

 

http://www.wsmv.com/story/29947241/damaged-amusement-rides-had-problems-in-the-past

 

I should point out that despite these accidents that have happened this year, the park overall still seemed to be in pretty good shape from what I saw on my visit. I was actually surprised at how rideable Kentucky Rumbler was and rode it several times that day. It's not like the park doesn't care at all, in fact when I first rode Rumbler that day, the last three cars were closed off because they were having restraint issues, so they do care about safety enough to take necessary measures when issues arise. Hopefully Beech Bend will learn from these accidents that they need to be aware of any and all potential ride issues in the future.

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  • 2 months later...

New Family Coaster Coming to Beech Bend Park in 2016!

 

Beech Bend Park is excited to announce Spinning Out, a brand new family roller coaster! Spinning Out is themed like a race car, spinning out of control in a spectacular back to back seating configuration. Each car holds four people, a perfect size for the entire family, and the cars will spin freely throughout the ride, delivering different ride experiences each time the weight distributions change! Spinning Out will surely become a favorite for kids and parents alike!

 

Beech Bend Park OPENS MAY 2016!

 

Spinning Out is manufactured by SBF VISA

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One of the cars of Spinning Out

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This is the perfect replacement and will make me stop by Beech Bend again next year even though I was just there.

 

I actually really enjoyed the Dragon coaster. It was terrifying and honestly I am not that surprised by the incident. I rode it a few weeks prior and in the back car, at the bottom of the helix, the entire thing was just going all over the place, which I am used to with quirky kiddie coasters, but the feeling was much stranger than what I was used to.

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Nice to hear some good news from the park! I'm glad these little spinners are a hit; I'm all for gimmicky (in a good way, in this case) kiddie coasters as a step up from our usual credits, and a little extra excitement for kids and families.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The track and train for Spinning Out arrived today! The bright green track looks awesome with the race car themed vehicles! Spinning out is our brand new family coaster for 2016, which takes riders on a whacky, twisty, exciting ride! More Construction Pics will be Posted to Beech Bend's Facebook Page!

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2 of the Cars of Spinning Out. Rockin Raceway is in the Background.

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Some of the new track of Spinning out.

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^Thanks for sharing those photos. It's nice seeing fresh-new rides come to the park with this and the Air Race.

 

Speaking of which, Beech Bend announced today that they will be adding a brand new ProSlide water slide complex to Splash Lagoon, complete with four inner-tube slides each with special elements to them.

New for 2016 at Beech Bend Park: 4 all new waterslides! Introducing Cyclone Saucers, the first ever saucer ride in North America! Other rides include Tidal Wave, Riptide, and Polynesian Plunge!

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For those of you not familiar with the FlyingSAUCER concept, it was first introduced on Singha water slide at Siam Park in Spain.

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It might be just me, but I'm still not understanding the flying saucer concept even after watching the video. How is it different than any other curve on a water slide?

 

Don't feel bad. I still don't understand the flying saucer concept... Even after I watched the video.

 

Aside from the more "open" feel it has to it... To me it just looks like a tight turn on a water slide, with a lot of wasted fiberglass.

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Judging by the plans, it appears they are taking advantage of the terrain surrounded by Gold Rush Golf, the pool, and the Magnolia Shelter. So it seems they are building over the former Jitterbug site , along with where the Super Slide 2000 is now and a large of the Magnolia Shelter, which pretty much guarantees that structure is going to/has come down for this addition. Not sure if they are keeping the Super Slide still, since it's still listed on the website under the kiddie rides section. I presume the Monster Trucks are going to be relocated somewhere in the park.

 

Either way, this is very exciting news for Beech Bend. Not only a unique slide complex, but being able to boast about opening the first of a new type of waterslide in North America is sure to attract even more people from both Nashville and Louisville. Combining that with the excellent wave pool, two water play structures, the existing 3-slide complex, and the historic leisure pool (I'm pretty sure it is one of the very few water parks that has both a normal pool AND a wave pool, that seems to appeal to people who aren't fond of getting out of the water when the wave machine starts.), and Splash Lagoon is probably going to be one of the best smallest water parks in the country.

 

Funny... now both of Kentucky's amusement parks have something in common in their layouts: a water park that merges with and is surrounded by an amusement park.

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It is a great addition to the park. I was just sad that I could not attend the press conference. I have been wanting to ride Spinning Out but I will have to wait till summer! The Magnolia Shelter has been Torn Down, and Monster Trucks has been moved but I am not sure where to. I could not ask for any more, as it is a great addition! I've got to spend one of my days off in the water park next year!!!

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