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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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^ They look similar to the restraints found on RMC trains, which isn't that surprising since Alan Schilke designed both trains.
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Actually this is very different. RMC train's lap bar is U shaped but LR's train is more like a T+U shape.

 

LR train lap bar photo from Google. Source: http://www.google.com.hk/imgres?imgurl=http://img.over-blog-kiwi.com/0/67/03/46/201311/ob_920540_irvine-ondrey-engineering.jpg&imgrefurl=http://wonderworldweb.over-blog.com/2013/11/kentucky-kingdom-usa.html&h=960&w=720&tbnid=EQy1ITWKrw4_qM:&zoom=1&docid=V47qjdVq-P6RlM&hl=zh-TW&ei=LFB9U7aoAZH68QWkq4C4Dw&tbm=isch

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I hopefully be there in a week to take it for a whirl myself. I'm trusting that these reviews of how potentially amazing it is are right. The layout looks wonderful from what I've seen.

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Looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty great year for new rides. First Banshee, now Lightning Run. Goliath should be open soon, and I'm guessing it's going to be similarly crazy. Now I just have to figure out how I can manage to take 2 weeks off work to do a proper road trip to hit them all..

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^ They look similar to the restraints found on RMC trains, which isn't that surprising since Alan Schilke designed both trains.

Actually this is very different. RMC train's lap bar is U shaped but LR's train is more like a T+U shape.

I'm pretty sure that the trains WERE designed by the same team though. They're obviously going to be slightly different because Outlaw Run and Goliath run on a flat steel top while Lightning Run runs (heh) on a tubular rail. Different train hardware.

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^ They look similar to the restraints found on RMC trains, which isn't that surprising since Alan Schilke designed both trains.

Actually this is very different. RMC train's lap bar is U shaped but LR's train is more like a T+U shape.

I'm pretty sure that the trains WERE designed by the same team though. They're obviously going to be slightly different because Outlaw Run and Goliath run on a flat steel top while Lightning Run runs (heh) on a tubular rail. Different train hardware.

Yes, I know they are designed by the same team. Just want to know why LR trains have U bars of that weird shape instead of simply a traditional T bar.

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I just got my season pass processed today! The park looks amazing and the staff is super friendly (a huge improvement from the Six Flags era). The park employees were there in full force training and Lightning Run was testing with both trains .

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Less than 12 hours until it opens. Season pass - check Parking pass - check Now I just have to get up early enough to get there when it opens. Working a late 2nd shift is working against me.

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Wow! Lightning Run is phenomenal! Waited 45min however that was because we waited for the front. Dispatch times are not bad thanks to the ops alerting people to not pull down the lapbars. Saw no walks of shame. About to ride the back; if the front was that good, the back has to be ridiculous! The positive gs really caught me off guard.

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It's good to hear some many glowing reviews of this ride. Maybe Chance is on to something here.

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I only got one ride in the back row on the right and it was phenomenal. You are definitely glad that the restraints are as tight as they are because there is some great ejector air. The u shape restraints are not good restraints for the man region though with that kind of air. But other than that it was a great ride and cant wait to spend all summer trying out every seat.

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Today we made just a quick stop since I figured it'd be ridiculous chaos. It was all about LR. Got to ride the back, only waited a little over 30 min at 5-6pm, no where near what we expected given the preview last weekend. The ride itself really rides different between the front and back seat. In the front seat the positive Gs are VERY noticeable, and the back seat.......the DROP, and the airtime is insane. Smaller parks will eat this up (at least I hope). Tomorrow we will actually visit the rest of the park and spend more time and grab pics.. Let's hope KK has a bright and long future; LR is the perfect start.

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Going to be there next sunday after holliwood nights(probably not going to be the only one doing that) and can't wait to check out lr. Really hope these things starting catching on over here.

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Well, it sounds like chance has now forever changed the face of flat rides, with the zipper, and now, over 45 years later, they've forever changed the face of coasters. Hopefully like the zipper, LR style rides will catch on & parks everywhere will buy one.

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Kentucky Kingdom had a pretty good opening day, and a very good turnout (especially in the afternoon). Arrived 10 minutes before gates opened to find a huuuge line just for those with tickets/passes to get into the park... and they breezed through everyone like it was nothing!

 

-Back row Lightning Run was very fun! Spent nearly half the time against the restraints, including on the drop when it gradually sucks you upwards! Also, there's no exaggeration on how incredibly smooth it was!

-Being my first time on a standard drop tower outside of Intamin and S&S, FearFall basically reinforced my undying love of drop towers. Everyone in the vicinity always got a kick out of watching riders freak out during and after the drop!

-Thunder Run was running pretty well, at least much smoother than when I last rode it in 2009.

-Deep Water Dive was pretty interesting as well. Very fast, quite smooth, and builds up a lot of anxiety before dropping (and before entering the capsule!). I'm just concerned about how they were dispatching riders every 1.5 minutes, which caused my wait to be two hours from only two flights of stairs from the top.

 

Everything was running smooth as butter in the morning, though got a little more complicated and crowded by afternoon when there were some minor incidents involving patrons (huge amounts of line jumping), but overall the park seemed to have handled itself very well on its first public operating day of the season! I didn't take a lot of pictures as I wanted to get in as much as I could, but I have some I could post later that I think could be of interest.

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All of this hype is making me jealous! I am so glad to hear LR is a hit at Kentucky Kingdom, as they deserve to succeed in their park after they spent so much time cleaning the place out getting it back open.

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Getting ready to head to the Park. I will be wearing a Holiday World shirt if anyone else is going to be there and would like to get together for a ride.

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