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P. 401: Herschend Enterprises named majority partner and park operator

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Just a update...

 

I was on my way home from work on Taylor Blvd and passed three trucks with cranes on them. The truck in the middle had a huge brand new sign that said "Kentucky Kingdom - Hurricane Bay Waterpark"

 

Others mentioned people hammering away on Thunder Run.

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It's neither cheap, easy, or practical to dig a 100 foot deep tunnel. Apparently Roller Coaster Tycoon is catching on again.

Herschend was and is a different brand than Six Flags.   There is one certainty. Kentucky Kingdom will not be receiving a launched wooden roller coaster any time soon.

Yeah, I think the only 'concern' is because people see this park going more the way of Celebration City or Wild Adventures than becoming the next SDC or Dollywood.  I think it will stay pretty much th

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Good for them. I never thought they would do it. I wonder if the lenders gave them the 25 million or they had to invest more of there own money. Either way it is good news.

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www.kentuckykingdom.com/kentucky-kingdom-launches-biggest-expansion-in-the-25-year-history-of-the-park/

 

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Ed Hart, President of Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP, along with his partners Ed Glasscock, Bruce Lunsford, and the Al J. Schneider Company, today announced the biggest expansion in Kentucky Kingdom’s 25-year history. The announcement was made just an hour after representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Metro Louisville, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Kentucky State Fair Board, and The Bank of Kentucky signed the agreements required for the official reopening of Kentucky Kingdom.

 

Standing just inside the front entrance to the theme park, Mr. Hart remarked, “The highlights of the new Kentucky Kingdom will be the addition of the first new rollercoaster in 17 years and a large expansion of the Hurricane Bay water park. We are doubling the size of the water park, adding three new waterslide complexes, a 12-000-square-foot wave lagoon, and an adventure river, which is six times faster than the existing lazy river. All in all, we will have one of the largest water parks in the region.”

 

“We will also reopen such signature rides as the Thunder Run wooden coaster, the Mile High Falls giant spill ride, the 150-foot-tall Giant Wheel, the rapid river raft ride, and the Thrill Park Theatre, as well as all of the park’s remaining rides and attractions.”

 

Added Hart, “We’re not stopping there. In 2015, we will unveil a complete makeover of our suspended looping coaster, T2, and we are well on our way to converting the two intertwined wooden coasters known as Twisted Twins into a much superior ride, which will debut in 2016. We will continue to introduce new attractions each season. In fact, per our lease with the state, we have an obligation to invest as much as $2.5 million each year for as many as 70 years. That would equal an investment of more than $200 million, including our initial outlay of $43.5 million.”

 

Hart thanked the Governor, the Mayor, the Metro Council, Jim King, other state and local officials, and particularly Dr. Mark Lynn, Chairman of the Fair Board, for recognizing the importance of Kentucky Kingdom to the state and the local community.”

 

Mr. Lynn commented, “Ed Hart and his partners, all respected local businesspersons, are the right people at the right time to restore Kentucky Kingdom to its previous success. A full-scale renovation of the park’s more than 100 buildings and 40 rides is already underway.”

 

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the new Kentucky Kingdom are attached. As for answers to any questions that might not be covered on that list, Hart said, “We’d like to tell you about everything we’re going to do over the next ten months, so we encourage you to follow our progress at http://www.kentuckykingdom.com, where frequent updates will be posted.”

 

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"I've been waiting a long time to say this: 'It's a go!'"

- Ed Hart, President of Kentucky Kingdom.

http://www.kentuckykingdom.com/faq/

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FIND ANSWERS HERE FIRST

1. WHEN WILL THE PARK REOPEN?

 

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay will reopen on Saturday, May 24, 2014

 

2. ARE YOU HIRING?

 

Have we got a job for you! Kentucky Kingdom will be the largest seasonal employer in the region and we will begin recruiting for seasonal positions as early as December, 2013. Please check our website (http://www.kentuckykingdom.com) for further information.

 

3. WHO’S ON FIRST?

 

The Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company (KKRC) consists of a team of experienced theme park professionals who have successfully revitalized two previously failed theme parks: Magic Springs & Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas and, before that, Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

4. WHAT RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS DO YOU HAVE?

 

Where do you want to start? Wet or dry? We have something for everyone and every age! The entire 60-acre Kentucky Kingdom property is undergoing a complete facelift and the 2014 season will see the largest expansion in Kentucky Kingdom’s 25-year history.

 

Not only will we reopen Mt. Slide Hai and all of the park’s other water slides, the “Deluge” water coaster, the lazy river, the children’s activity pools, and our famous 750,000-gallon Big Kahuna wave pool, but we will more than double the size of the water park, adding a wave lagoon (an attraction the whole family will love!), three wet and wild water slide complexes, and an adventure river that speeds you along at six times the rate of the water park’s existing lazy river. And this is only what’s happening in the water park!

 

We will reopen all of the park’s remaining rides, including of course the classic marquee attractions like Thunder Run, Mile High Falls, the Giant Wheel, and the Thrill Park Theatre, and on top of that … drumroll !… we are introducing the first new rollercoaster to be added to Kentucky Kingdom in 17 years.

 

We will continue to add new attractions each season. In 2015, we will unveil a complete makeover of our suspended looping coaster, T2, and we are well on our way to converting the two intertwined wooden coasters formerly known as Twisted Twins into a much superior ride, which will debut in 2016.

 

This is just a brief glimpse into all of the improvements that will be taking place at Kentucky Kingdom, so we invite you to follow our progress on our website, http://www.kentuckykingdom.com, where frequent updates will be posted.

 

5. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET INTO THE PARK?

 

We intend to make Kentucky Kingdom the region’s top destination for affordable family fun. The park will be priced more reasonably than the other theme parks in the region, especially when it comes to season passes.

 

6. WILL YOU OFFER SEASON PASSES?

 

We’re printing them as we speak! Season passes to Kentucky Kingdom have always been a great value, but now, with all the new attractions we’re adding, the value only gets better. Season passes make great gifts for the holidays and they will be available in plenty of time for Santa.

 

7. WHAT ABOUT GROUP OUTINGS?

 

We have special discount pricing for groups of varying sizes (the bigger the group, the bigger the discount). In addition, we offer a wide variety of catered picnics, one of which is sure to fit your group’s budget.

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It sounds like the park really won't be worth traveling to visit until 2016.

 

I wonder if maybe we could see Twisted Twins get the Iron Horse treatment?

 

I have no clue what the will be doing to T2.

 

Anyways, congrats to them. This park should be awesome by 2016.

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Glad to see it finally come forth, now to see where it goes. I most likely will buy a Season Pass to visit the Waterpark several times a summer, I only live 10 miles away.

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I was a bit disappointed in that no mention was made of Tidal Wave/Greezed Lightnin' myself. A mediocre wooden coaster being renovated & a Vekoma Hang and Bang got more attention. This alone makes me wonder what's going on with the Launchingracer there.

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"We will also reopen such signature rides as the Thunder Run wooden coaster, the Mile High Falls giant spill ride, the 150-foot-tall Giant Wheel, the rapid river raft ride, and the Thrill Park Theatre, as well as all of the park’s remaining rides and attractions.”

 

Based on this it sounds like Greezed Lightning might reopen as it doesn't exactly say that any rides will be removed (though there could be a possibility of being SBNO until they decide what to do with it). I'm hoping it will get refurbished and run again.

 

This would be a great opportunity to find a better way to bridge the two sides together but I don't think they will do anything about it.

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Even though 2016 sounds interesting (if it actually happens), I see myself getting there as soon as this place opens in 2014! In fact, with KI getting a new coaster and who knows what Holiday World will do, it could be a pretty nice, easy 3-park trip.

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^^ & ^^^ They mentioned way back that Greezed Lightnin' was damaged beyond repair, and that he really didn't want to touch it. Not sure if he's still sticking with that, but I'd expect it.

 

All I can say now is that they can expect me to purchase a season pass as soon as it's available. Heck, I might make a run to see if that new sign is still there. It's so nice to finally see something physically new in the park for once; even if it's just words.

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I am excited that this park will finally reopen. Since I never had the chance to visit this park, it adds another destination to the area, and of course, some new credits and experiences.

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Kind of surprised they expect to get Thunder Run up and running right away. I thought I heard that ride was in pretty bad shape?

 

I guess if the new coaster is interesting enough I might try and make the trip next year. Come on Aquatrax!

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I'm happy this park is re-opening. And I think Twisted Twins is getting some RMC treament, maybe with a zero-G roll?

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Nice to see one of my local parks getting back up and going! I really wonder what the new coaster will be. While I hope it's a Aquatrax (to compliment Holiday World's mega-lite I hope they get ), it may be something more like a Mauer Sohne. I recall seeing a picture on their website of one, though that obviously doesn't confirm it.

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^I bet the new coaster will be a kiddie/family coaster. I can't imagine them spending so much money after the waterpark investment. The focus on refurbishing rides still leads me to believe the park is headed towards becoming a waterpark with a limited selection of the dry rides remaining open.

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This is really some great news. Kentucky Kingdom could end up being a really amazing park. Fact is it just takes time to get everything up and running! Lets just hope this new roller coaster is awesome! Intamin Please! Either way open park is always better than a closed park!

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^I bet the new coaster will be a kiddie/family coaster. I can't imagine them spending so much money after the waterpark investment. The focus on refurbishing rides still leads me to believe the park is headed towards becoming a waterpark with a limited selection of the dry rides remaining open.

The problem I see with that is Holiday World is HUGE competition with them in the water park area. Kentucky Kingdom would have to really step up their game to be on par with HW.

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Wow, it sounds like it might be ok to start holding my breath here. I can see T2 getting the new trains like at Morey's. I could see GCI or GG coming in to repair the Twins and putting Millennium Flyers or Timberliners on them. Whatever happens, it sounds like good news for the park.

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I'm so happy to have my city's park opening next year. My only concern is if they start making a profit and becomes very popular will Ed screw up again and sell it to another big park corporation that will run it into the ground. I sure hope not, and I know its a really slim chance of happening but I wouldn't mind seeing the in-door coaster brought back once more.

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I have no clue what the will be doing to T2.

 

My nearest SLC recently got new trains made by KumbaK. I also hear the SLC at Morey's Piers got new trains - not sure who made them if anybody could help me out with that...

Anyway, the new trains have a lap-bar with the OTSR design being more like a seat-belt over each shoulder. Apparently the ride is far more comfortable and reduces the headbanging.

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I have no clue what the will be doing to T2.

 

My nearest SLC recently got new trains made by KumbaK. I also hear the SLC at Morey's Piers got new trains - not sure who made them if anybody could help me out with that...

Anyway, the new trains have a lap-bar with the OTSR design being more like a seat-belt over each shoulder. Apparently the ride is far more comfortable and reduces the headbanging.

 

I've been on the new trains at Morey's multiple times. Exactly like you said, its basically a lap bar with a soft padded lightweight seatbelt over your chest. They help A LOT. Makes a much better ride experience. You don't even get much headbanging through the inline twists. Its a great investment.

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I was a bit disappointed in that no mention was made of Tidal Wave/Greezed Lightnin' myself. A mediocre wooden coaster being renovated & a Vekoma Hang and Bang got more attention. This alone makes me wonder what's going on with the Launchingracer there.

 

Yeah, I feel sorry for Greezed Lightnin' but at least if Twisted Twins gets an RMC treatment, it will make up for the loss of a great Schwarzy...

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