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If you don't know, I work for a very large LGBT print newspaper. I saw this story this morning and chose NOT to report it yet. I smell shenanigans with this one right now. As an on-line journalist, social media specialist, and LGBT community member, I see too many loose ends in this story that need explaining.

 

I'm not buying anything on the speedo story just yet!

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I will say one thing; they really do need to get a better handle on the PR thing...don't be surprised if you read some kerfuffle about breast feeding. Didn't pay too much attention but I saw the following statement on my FB news feed:

 

"Some Facebook followers have misconstrued our earlier statement regarding breastfeeding. So, for clarity, please refer to the policy:

At Kentucky Kingdom mothers can and have always been welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the park, providing they use discretion.

However, for those who desire privacy, Kentucky Kingdom has several locations at their disposal including 3 health service buildings, and 2 bath houses with private stalls located in Hurricane Bay.

This is our official statement and we caution everyone from posting comments that are either uninformed or posing as impostors."

 

wth?

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I disagree with the park's decision to kick the guy out for wearing a Speedo, but I must say I also disagree with that guy's decision to wear a Speedo...I don't think they're really "in" right now.

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I disagree with the park's decision to kick the guy out for wearing a Speedo.

 

Until more details emerge i'm not sure what can be believed but you may need to read the article again, It seems the problem was with a police officer not so much the park and he removed himself from the park.

 

Jesse Colter wore his red swimtrunks to the Kentucky Kingdom earlier this week, and was told his swim attire was suitable by one of the park's public safety officers. Unfortunatley, the park's officers weren't on the same page as Louisville Metro Police.

 

“He informed me that several Public Safety Officers from the park had warned [me], which is 100% false," Jesse added. He decided to take himself and his apparently controversial Speedo out of the park to avoid being arrested.
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Back at Kentucky Kingdom. The concrete pad next to Lightning Run's queue now has switchbacks! I'll have photos of it later today. Also, I finally have a recommended path for those visiting the park. Essentially, you arrive when the park opens at 11am and hit the water park right away (Deep Water Dive better be your first slide!), then return to the dry side at around 2pm or 3pm for relatively shorter lines (Edit: Since most people will be in the water park). They close the water park 1 hour before the park closes every day, so expect lines to get extra long by then.

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Big thumbs up from me, sure does keep the line from spilling out.

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Along with those, these signs were implemented around various queues, including Thunder Run's. Park security has been doing a pretty good job on having presence all around the park, and I've seen a noticeable decrease in line jumping the more I visit the park.

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I really need to get back the the park soon. I'm really happy to see those signs though; never actually encountered the line jumpers on LR, but TR was a mad house my last visit.

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Kudos to Kentucky Kingdom and the report that attendance is through the roof!!!

 

Three cheers!!!

 

I wouldn't mind visiting the park again, but it probably won't happen in a few years in which, hopefully at that time, they would have all their rides running and I'll be slim enough to ride Lighting Run. As for the possible Top Spin flat ride placement I can see two possible locations: one would be between Mile High Fall and Roller Skater, and the second one would be in the back of the park somewhere between the amphitheater and River Rapids Ride. But one more flat ride they could use to put into the once-closed-and-soon-to-be-reopened section should be the Scrambler.

 

ROLLER SKATER - TAKE A RIDE AROUND OUR RINK!!!

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I disagree with the park's decision to kick the guy out for wearing a Speedo, but I must say I also disagree with that guy's decision to wear a Speedo...I don't think they're really "in" right now.

 

If the guy pictured in the article is the guy they are talking about - I'd say that it was pretty damned "in."

 

Whew - it's getting hot up in here

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Just wanted to make a quick post. I was able to visit Kentucky Kingdom for the first time on Sunday. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit my fat ass on Lightning Run but I still had a great time in the park (and I was very appreciative for the test seats). The park looks nice, you can tell a lot of work was put into it and I think it will continue to do well. I was surprised with how good Thunder Run was. It was definitely a lot better than I was expecting with nice speed, a smooth ride after the re-tracking, and great airtime! Awesome and not brutal forces in the big sweeping turn after the first drop and some nice twisty bits. The weather that day was, over all, brutal though. It was 94+ degrees and my friends and I didn't feel like going on any water slides. After 4 hours we were quite done. The waterpark was absolutely packed which made the wait times for most rides very short as the sane people were avoiding the heat. I look forward to the rehabbing of T2 and the twins. They will really get things going once they can open up the whole park (and hopefully they'll lengthen the operating hours).

 

By the way, if you're staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel, you can take their shuttle to the park and they'll pick you up when you're ready to leave in about 15 minutes after you call.

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^No, there was a big firestorm when some dimwitted Kentucky People started throwing homophobic slurs out to a random guy in a Speedo at the park.

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All KK is doing is trying to keep the water park family friendly by having a dress code just like HW. If the guy had gone to HW they would have done the same thing. Its just another case of someone trying to create bad publicity for a good thing like the other cases over the past couple of weeks.

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I can understand how any park might want to enforce certain dress codes, but throwing in slurs and calling them names (although not proven, and I too am fishy about this as well) is far from necessary; whether you're an officer or not.

 

Any advice for visiting Kentucky Kingdom? I'll be visiting next Friday (7/25/14.)

I'm pretty certain dine-in restaurants (like the swamp restaurant) are cheaper than many of outdoor ones like the stands in the water park. Do you plan on hitting the water park?

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^ I completely agree with you about slurs & such, I think the report of what happened was slightly over exaggerated as none of the local news stations never even mentioned anything about this especially if it did indeed involve LMPD.

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Any advice for visiting Kentucky Kingdom? I'll be visiting next Friday (7/25/14.)

I'm pretty certain dine-in restaurants (like the swamp restaurant) are cheaper than many of outdoor ones like the stands in the water park. Do you plan on hitting the water park?

 

If I ride everything, then I plan on hitting the waterpark. I've read nice things about the water park, so I'm 90% likely to hit it unless I really, really like the rides.

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From Holiday World's Facebook

 

You should also add to your list of family benefits,that nursing moms will never be harrassed for publicly or privately feeding their babies in your park,because your nursing policy is nicely in line with Indiana state law...unlike some parks who have managed to find themselves making unfortunate headlines.

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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari: Thanks, Aven. We're all about "free, unlimited" drinks here ... and that includes the little ones

 

 

This park sure is getting a lot of bad publicity.

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