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

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They are going to have to get new trains for twisted twins next year. Here is a shot of the trains sitting under batman the ride at six flags mid America a few years ago.

 

As long as they aren't getting Gerstlauer to replace the trains, I'm happy. Those take quite a toll on your knees.

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Just got back from the park. it was a very busy day. Didn't ride anything, as the lines were long, so I just walked around and took a few pics on my phone. The new rides that are open now are: The Enterprise, Up, Up and Away plus the Wizard of Oz is now playing in the 5D theater ride. Sky Catcher opens next weekend, with the remainder of the new rides opening May 23rd. I took a few pics that I'll post here. Glad to have the park back open, sometimes it's nice to just go for a couple of hours and walk around.

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They have the main frame down for Cyclos.

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Up, Up and Away is located in The Rainbows old spot.

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The Enterprise has returned.

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A 12 minute version of The Wizard of Oz, is playing in the 5D Theater.

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Sky Catcher, will set between the Picnic Pavilion's and Hurricane Bay

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^I feel like The Wizard of Oz: The abbreviated version will be hilarious. I don't understand how it is possible to have a quality film be a 12 minute version of The Wizard of Oz without it making a lick of sense.

If Kentucky Kingdom did dive-in movies in Hurricane Bay, this would be an excellent opportunity to show the full movie as a tie in.

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^That would be nice, but I think that would involve a complete retrofit where the wave machine's pumps are located to install a projector and screen?

 

^^^^Thanks for the report. I couldn't make it due to being buried in schoolwork, and probably won't get to go until finals are completed two weekends from now. Glad to hear they had a crowd though, and long live the Enterprise!

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That video was from 2010 when Ed Hart was presenting his original plans to reopen the park, so those plans have more than likely been changed.

 

I personally don't plan on seeing an RMC conversion happening with this coaster. For one, the coaster really can't have any major height changes because of the airport's airspace. I believe someone even mentioned that the coaster is actually above the restricted height limit. What I do think will happen is that they'll have Gravity Group come in (since majority of the people at Gravity Group are actually former CCI employees) and they'll completely redesign the layout and bring in 2 brand new Timberliner trains. I think this was even previously mentioned as the highly probably plan back before this RMC fanfare started.

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^That would be nice, but I think that would involve a complete retrofit where the wave machine's pumps are located to install a projector and screen?

 

^^^^Thanks for the report. I couldn't make it due to being buried in schoolwork, and probably won't get to go until finals are completed two weekends from now. Glad to hear they had a crowd though, and long live the Enterprise!

 

 

I'm sure a temporary/rental solution could easily be rigged up.

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It's good news to me, the world needs to keep these CCI's. They're pretty fun and do really represent the era.

 

Except they're not really fun. I'm all for keeping good rides around, but this one was kind of a miss. Not very speedy, very little airtime, and uncomfortable lateral Gs. This ride desperately needs some tweaking for sure. A Gravity Group remake would be great, but 3million dollars won't get more than new trains and new track. It seems like KK is doing more each year than we expected initially, so who knows!

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