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

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Thanks for sharing! I heard the park was dead today thanks to the constant rain.

 

It was pretty empty. Waited about 30-40 for Storm Chaser since it had just opened back up after the storms, and they were only running one train. Other than that, almost everything seemed to be less than a 10 minute wait.

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I rode Storm Chaser at the media preview on Thursday. My thoughts: the coaster is a perfect addition to the park, especially considering the money saved reusing some of Twisted Twins' support structure. Yes, the ride fizzles a bit in the finale, but I'd rather have that than a 50-0 mph end with 500 less feet of track. More here: http://www.coaster101.com/2016/04/30/review-storm-chaser-touches-kentucky-kingdom/

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It seems they made the ride plaza nice and pleasant too. I don't remember it being that open, but I guess that could be because the other half of Twins is gone?

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I know they have a little bit of more room now with the elimination of the second track. If you look at this old overhead, you can see the original layout of both sides.

 

Not sure if you can fit much in the space flat-ride-wise, but you could intertwine another coaster pretty easily.

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I rode Storm Chaser at the media preview on Thursday. My thoughts: the coaster is a perfect addition to the park, especially considering the money saved reusing some of Twisted Twins' support structure. Yes, the ride fizzles a bit in the finale, but I'd rather have that than a 50-0 mph end with 500 less feet of track. More here: http://www.coaster101.com/2016/04/30/review-storm-chaser-touches-kentucky-kingdom/

 

Thanks for posting those pictures from the event. I put some in the Park Index

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Just got back from my first visit to KK of the year. I have to say that the park looks great! Even from last year, it looks a lot cleaner, it looks like they are really trying to make this a nice park. All the staff were friendly. Even though it was a very slow day Storm Chaser and T3 were running 2 trains. Lightning Run had very slow operations with one train, but the staff over there always takes a long time to get through everything. Storm Chaser, T3, and Thunder Run were walk-ons or 1 train wait.

 

Got on Lightning Run twice. I forgot how balls to the walls that ride is. Love it.

 

T3, rode it once which is one too many...awful, awful ride. :vekoma: Worst SLC I've been on. Thankfully the new restraints prevent head banging, but this ride is just not good at all. Rattles all over the place. In pictures I hated the all red but in person it looks very nice. That's all I'll ever do with that ride anymore, just look!

 

Storm Chaser....WOW! I have officially lost my RMC virginity. Smooth, fast, airtime, twisty, loved it. I rode it 7 times in a row but this is a ride I could be on all day. The restraints are very comfortable. I enjoyed the front more than the back. Thought the front gave a lot better airtime, I loved the feeling of just hanging on that first drop. The back was great too, favorite part being the first drop in the back. The ride does let up at then end but who cares, fantastic ride. Kentucky Kingdom has a real winner here. Also, going up the lift and have a 747 passing by for landing is seriously awesome!

 

I'll post just a few pics since there have been a lot better pictures posted previously.

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My first RMC! Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

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This was the line the whole time I was there. I'll take that any time, any park, any ride.

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This part of the park will be really nice if they clean up all the extra footers.

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Lots of red.

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Great air here. Butt doesn't touch the seat until the bottom of the drop.

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B&M would call this an inversion wouldn't they?

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Airtime!

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More Airtime!

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This is a great way to start a coaster.

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Loop-de-loop!

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Weee!

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Nice to look at....

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...awful to ride.

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This part of the park looks really great!

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A little upskirt for ya.

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Just hanging around...

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Fearfall. Small but a lot of fun!

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Love that drop!

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Twisty!

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On an interview with coaster force Ed Hart said that they are looking to do another coaster with RMC.

 

My thoughts are that it could be the Raptor track. With a 150 ft height limit and minimal room for expansion that seems like the right fit.

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Is there a reason the park was so empty this weekend? I assume next week will also be pretty quiet with the Derby? I want to see them do well with such nice investments!

The weather forecast was bleak, but I'm not sure if it was as bad as predicted. It may have kept some people away (I was considering making the trip back until I saw the likelihood of a washout). I know there were also Derby-related festivities this weekend. I'm sure it will pick up once the water park opens (May 28) and schools let out for the summer.

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Went to the Park today, for a few hours. Rode all the Coasters, Storm Chaser is a Freakin Blast. Loved the first drop and the Corkscrew the best. Can't wait to ride it more this Summer.

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On an interview with coaster force Ed Hart said that they are looking to do another coaster with RMC.

 

My thoughts are that it could be the Raptor track. With a 150 ft height limit and minimal room for expansion that seems like the right fit.

I don't know, the raptor layout looks too similar to lightning run and storm chaser. Plus the raptor track coaster has 1 seat per row and that would make for some terrible capacity. I don't think KK would invest in a third compact, low to the ground, airtime centered coaster.

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