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

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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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Wow. This is getting me excited. I have never been to Kentucky Kingdom but I have always been cheering for it. I always hate to see a park die and I am so happy to get to see the re-birth of this park. I really believe that KK is going to be a success story. I really wish I could take some time off this summer and drop by. Lightning Run looks amazing. I think any park in the country would gladly have a coaster like this one. Kentucky Kingdom is lucky.

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Looks like you'll get a great view of it from the Tin Lizzies! I guess they will have to put up some kind of fence there.

 

I'm glad this ride and several other new ones are on the old side of the park. I always felt like there was a mismatch of shops and rides in that portion. With the other two roller coasters closed, the other half of the dry park will probably get a lot less traffic this year. Hopefully they get everything finished in time to plant some grass and get some shrubs and trees in and around the ride. I cant wait to go and see how much it has changed in person.

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Does anyone else think there will be some laterals after that last airtime hill? If you look at the first picture you can see the track turning slightly without being banked. Interesting...

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Does anyone else think there will be some laterals after that last airtime hill? If you look at the first picture you can see the track turning slightly without being banked. Interesting...

 

It looks a lot like American Thunder's final hop into the brake run which turns to the right without much banking. If it's anything like American Thunder, there will be a nice toss to the side as you enter the brakes. I have to admit it can be quite strong if you aren't expecting it.

 

 

These are the best pictures I could find, those who have ridden can attest.

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^True story. I love when rides give a pop of airtime (or fun lats) right into the final brakes, even though I do think it's understandable when final hills are forceless. It adds a little bonus to the already awesome American Thunder!

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I'm certain it won't be anything major, though if anything, it'll be a funky way to end it. And i love it when rides are wild from start to right before it hits the brake run! Rides that simmer before ending tend to get lower ratings from me somehow...

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^True story. I love when rides give a pop of airtime (or fun lats) right into the final brakes

I like when there are both so that you get thrown all over the place!

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Nice! I thought that the track on the lift would be "simple" but apparently they have gone for the steel beam+track combination, probably to reduce the number of supports. Not much to go now

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Did anyone go to the clean-up event the park had? How did everything look? I really hope the waterpark is coming along well. It seemed like a very ambitious undertaking to get it all done. I also hope they have plenty of umbrellas and shade, as that area of the park will probably be lacking in landscaping and shade trees for several years.

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Those are really cool pics with the approaching storm! I'm glad to see KK reopen! SF really screwed this Park over.

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I think the tower would look much taller if that light pole wasn't there to throw off the perspective. What's the capacity on that model? 12?

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