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

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I'm glad they stuck with a darker color. The majority of KK's rides are extremely bright colors. They didn't need another one. Plus, from the looks of it the "gondola" (is that the word?) is going to be orange, which should really pop against the grey tower.

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There is nothing new flats (unless it's something that will catapult you into the Ohio River with no safety harness) and a refurbed SLC can do to steal that Thunder...Unless you're referring to Thunder Over Louisville...which in that case the previous sentence would still apply.

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There is nothing new flats (unless it's something that will catapult you into the Ohio River with no safety harness) and a refurbed SLC can do to steal that Thunder...Unless you're referring to Thunder Over Louisville...which in that case the previous sentence would still apply.

"The Ohio River Catapult" ride sounds pretty fun.

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There is nothing new flats (unless it's something that will catapult you into the Ohio River with no safety harness) and a refurbed SLC can do to steal that Thunder...Unless you're referring to Thunder Over Louisville...which in that case the previous sentence would still apply.

"The Ohio River Catapult" ride sounds pretty fun.

I guess they'll just have to wait until next year to steal HWs thunder.

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Woah! Check the FB page. Free parking to all season pass holders!! That's a game changer there.

I'm sure more people will be buying them now. Many were complaining about that problem.

 

Even at its best, KK never offered free parking. I would say the Fair Board a lot easier to work with lately, since they've lost pretty much every other major attraction at the fairgrounds. This is way better news for locals than any of the kingdomseven things

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I just saw it on Facebook, and my jaw absolutely dropped! You know you pay off your season pass in just two visits to the park, right?!

 

Two visits with at-gate pricing: $99.90

Two visits with online pricing: $79.90

Two (or more) visits with current price of Season Pass: $69.95

I didn't include the $8 parking cost in those, so this is a SPLENDID deal!

(I feel like I'm marketing for them now... but it's a big deal for locals!)

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I just saw it on Facebook, and my jaw absolutely dropped! You know you pay off your season pass in just two visits to the park, right?!

 

Two visits with at-gate pricing: $99.90

Two visits with online pricing: $79.90

Two (or more) visits with current price of Season Pass: $69.95

I didn't include the $8 parking cost in those, so this is a SPLENDID deal!

(I feel like I'm marketing for them now... but it's a big deal for locals!)

 

I feel the same way. Its hands down the best season pass deal anywhere around. I've told so many people this morning as well and I know six of my friends bought theirs today after the news. Several were people who don't live in Lousiville were on the fence about purchasing them, but went ahead after this. I can't believe they left the price so cheap and added free parking. They easily got 100$ from me in parking last season, so I would expect changes in the season pass prices later/next season, but this is a very nice perk this year!

 

Hopefully this will encourage parents to stay with their kids instead of dropping them off! I always thought the parking prices had a little bit to do with the amount of unaccompanied kids in the park

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Hopefully this will encourage parents to stay with their kids instead of dropping them off! I always thought the parking prices had a little bit to do with the amount of unaccompanied kids in the park
This would be a nice change. More families enjoying the park together and not treating it like a daycare, and less unaccompanied kids/teens causing any ruckus at the parks.

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A quick blurb from WDRB

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky State Fair Board is granting free parking rights to season pass holders to Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay.

 

The board approved the decision on Thursday.

 

The theme park will pay the fair board an additional $400,000 annually for the parking privileges.

 

"You would think that adding eight rides, providing $1 soft drinks, unlimited admissions would be enough to satisfy our ever-growing base of season pass holders, but I will tell you that free parking is something that they will definitely respond to," said John Mulcahy, a spokesperson for Kentucky Kingdom.

Free parking for season holders will go into effect on the park's opening weekend, which is April 25.

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Hopefully this will encourage parents to stay with their kids instead of dropping them off! I always thought the parking prices had a little bit to do with the amount of unaccompanied kids in the park
This would be a nice change. More families enjoying the park together and not treating it like a daycare, and less unaccompanied kids/teens causing any ruckus at the parks.

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Sorry to break it to you guys, at my place of work we have dealt with this problem since season passes have been introduced, and free parking and even free general admission doesn't seem to make a difference one bit. Even on the days we restrict free general admission for unaccompanied minors, they still arrive with parents and the parents seem to turn them loose on the place. Management addresses the issue the best they can by threatening and following through with revoking passes either temporarily or for the entire season for those who misbehave (our wristband bar-code system tells us which season pass each wristband belongs to). I haven't been to KK to see how well they handle it, but I have found that you need to set the standard early and follow through with it to keep the "daycare" kids from thinking they run the place. Local parks that are reasonably priced and easily accessible from major residential areas are never going to fully eliminate the daycare problem, but they are forced to have make the best of the situation.

 

Without giving names, I do know of one park that severely put a dent into this problem by outright jacking up the prices for season passes. Pass volume was reduced obviously, but many of the problems that they believed ruined the value of the park for others were reduced to a minimum.

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Hopefully this will encourage parents to stay with their kids instead of dropping them off! I always thought the parking prices had a little bit to do with the amount of unaccompanied kids in the park
This would be a nice change. More families enjoying the park together and not treating it like a daycare, and less unaccompanied kids/teens causing any ruckus at the parks.

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Sorry to break it to you guys, at my place of work we have dealt with this problem since season passes have been introduced, and free parking and even free general admission doesn't seem to make a difference one bit. Even on the days we restrict free general admission for unaccompanied minors, they still arrive with parents and the parents seem to turn them loose on the place. Management addresses the issue the best they can by threatening and following through with revoking passes either temporarily or for the entire season for those who misbehave (our wristband bar-code system tells us which season pass each wristband belongs to). I haven't been to KK to see how well they handle it, but I have found that you need to set the standard early and follow through with it to keep the "daycare" kids from thinking they run the place. Local parks that are reasonably priced and easily accessible from major residential areas are never going to fully eliminate the daycare problem, but they are forced to have make the best of the situation.

 

Without giving names, I do know of one park that severely put a dent into this problem by outright jacking up the prices for season passes. Pass volume was reduced obviously, but many of the problems that they believed ruined the value of the park for others were reduced to a minimum.

 

I went many times last year and it wasn't really too much of a problem. I know KK got a bad reputation in the past for having lots of uncapponaied kids, but this year it didn't seem any worse than Kings Island or other major parks. It is worse than Holiday World, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the park in any way. I did see one instance of line cutting and security took the kid out. I also saw one kid being taken out of the park (or appears to be) and this was in 10 or so full day visits. I'm not sure I would even have noticed otherwise. So whatever the park is doing, it must be working to some extent.

 

I think we will see lots of small noticeable improvements this year, especially in the food offerings. I talked to someone in management there and they said it was very hard to even know how much food, cups, plates, etc to order. Which caused them to run out of stuff occasionally. We talked about some of the food and they said they cooked a lot more things in house than most parks, which I really appreciated. They had fresh pita chips, tap beers, good salsa, and lots of things I didnt find at other parks which have chains taking care of the bulk of the food. Plus the prices were good if you have a season pass.

 

I'm still just impressed that they took that overgrown, pillaged, shell of a park that six flags left behind and made it into KK in a year.

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