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^Still better than head-to-restraint banging. I'd much rather take that (or Vekoma's vests) than bring back the old trains. Besides, T3 never really gave headbanging as much as it did kinda jerk your whole body around anyways.

 

Wow, look at all of those trees they've added to the park map. The landscaping crew sure is planning ahead on keeping the park from looking like a concrete jungle in the upcoming years. I noticed last weekend that they've even started work under LR!

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And I agree on the placement of rides. Skycatcher is reeeally singled-out among the other dry rides. Like, it's basically in the water park now, haha. But they gotta to make-do with whatever available plots of land they have. Plus, I'm sure the view at the top from where it'll be would be pretty nice.

Lighting Run looks almost inverted from this angle!

It practically is!

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For someone my size and cannot ride Lighting Run, as long I can fit inside the seat and have the restraints lock me safely into place, then who cares what train they use?

 

As for the new additions Kentucky Kingdom will add for next season, I'll have to call that a healthy and much needed addition to the park.

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...or T3 will receive what is most likely going to be the new trains:

 

What about getting rid of those vests and having lap bars only?..... (I suppose that couldn't happen due to clearance issues)

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Could new trains help it track better as well or is that more a function of the rails?

 

The new Vekoma trains have a new boogie which take a "tighter" grip of the rails, to improve the tracking.

 

I'm not sure how much it will improve though, because it depends on what condition the current track have, how "tight" they can make the new boogies. But the new SLCs have much traceability compared to the older ones.

 

I suppose that couldn't happen due to clearance issues)

 

I don't think I understand what you mean, what would be wrong with the clearance?

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^ I think another issue is that riders could have thier body flown forward due to the forces in some parts of the ride and have their backs lunched over the lap bar which could end up getting people injured.

 

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^Good point. I bet that's why I305 and Maverick have OTSRs, just to keep people in the proper position.

 

Hopefully KK will go with those Kumbak trains. They are funny looking, but nonetheless they look comfortable with those over the shoulder belts.

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^^^The thing is SLCs were designed to have OTSR and I'm not sure how "tight" some of the gaps are but, for instance, gatekeeper, which has those key holes (or any other ride with OTSR and near misses for that matter) couldn't just be switched to lap bars as riders then would be able to reach out further.

 

^ I think another issue is that riders could have thier body flown forward due to the forces in some parts of the ride and have their backs lunched over the lap bar which could end up getting people injured.

True. That's why, usually, rides with lap bars have more reclined seats (to make sure you don't go forward) while on some with OTSR you sit practically straight.

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Random idea concerning the amphitheater:

 

If Cardinal Stadium gets demolished, Kentucky Kingdom should have another gate between the amphitheater and the rest of the Exposition Center property, and then one between the amphitheater and the rest of the park. The State Fair could use it for the concerts currently held at Cardinal Stadium, and the park could use it the rest of the season. This might even make it possible for Kentucky Kingdom to bring in events outside the operating season for the park. The only downside is that the amphitheater would probably have to be expanded past 5,000 seats, as some of the free concerts can draw over 10,000 people themselves. Height shouldn't be an issue given that Plummet Summit is one of the neighbors.

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I'm not exactly sure where Dominator would have went at KK, I've actually heard a number of things like the parking lot that was out in front of Chang's first turn would be given over to the park from the Fair Board for use. I'm not sure it was going to be Dominator's exact layout, but it was going to be a floorless.

 

Well, from what I've just heard Dominator was indeed made for Kentucky Kingdom. Dominator was supposed to be built in the vampire old spot as well as the squids dry slides spot. Steel Venom could as well been originally planed for the park as well. Looking at Dominator Design/map below, their is space for a impulse coaster right behind Dominator. Steel Venom would occupy the spot Greezed Lighting occupy today. It seems things changed as soon as Six Flags purchased Geauga Lake. So as soon as that happen, Six Flags quickly purchased Road Runner Express, and In 2001, Six Flags added Sky Coaster to fill the blank space in the park.

 

I wish, Dominator, Steel Venom, Skycoaster, Chang, Thunder Run, Twisted Twins, and T2 would have made the park awesome!

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^With where Dominator is positioned in that photo, you wouldn't have a SkyCoaster!

^^Sounds nice on paper, until you realize the amphitheater is on the complete opposite side of where the Exposition center is. So there's no possible way to directly connect the exposition center with it.

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I wish, Dominator, Steel Venom, Skycoaster, Chang, Thunder Run, Twisted Twins, and T2 would have made the park awesome!

 

I think Lightning Run and the refurbed Thunder Run are good steps in that direction. It'll be interesting to watch this reborn park as it continues to develop.

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I wish, Dominator, Steel Venom, Skycoaster, Chang, Thunder Run, Twisted Twins, and T2 would have made the park awesome!

 

I think Lightning Run and the refurbed Thunder Run are good steps in that direction. It'll be interesting to watch this reborn park as it continues to develop.

Yes, agreed we can only hope for an RMC conversion for Twisted Twins

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A RMC refurb of Twisted Twins would be interesting. That would be the smallest coaster they have worked on to date so it would be interesting to see what kind of transformation they could provide for a ride that size. Twisted Twins only had like a 70 foot drop and honestly wasn't a very exciting ride when it was new, i'm sure RMC could breathe some life into it but I'm not sure there is enough there to turn it into a major thrill ride.

 

Then again, a really fun smooth dueling family coaster with some air time and over-banks might be a great option for that park.

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