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

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What exactly are those "school days"? Are they open to specific groups of people only?

Some schools take field trips to the park, to my understanding. I did that once towards the end of 8th grade as part of a week-long near graduating "good luck in high school" thing (bowling one day, mall shopping another day, etc.). Of course, it was Six Flags then!

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I'm thinking of making a stop to Kentucky Kingdom on a quick road trip, but the only day that would work would be Monday, May 23rd. They appear to be "open" for School Days but not open to the public. Is there a way to get in that day, or am I completely out of luck?

 

They are just for School groups and their Chaperones for their study of Negative G's and forces found on the rides. Unless your with a group, they won't let you in, sorry.

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What exactly are those "school days"? Are they open to specific groups of people only?

 

They are for classes that study the G forces and other factors of the rides. They are only open to the Students and their Chaperones, sorry.

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I have one quick question that I don't see has been addressed.

 

How are the restraints for heavier folks? I fit on Wicked Cyclone last year, but didn't fit on Twisted Colossus.

 

Are their restraints just kind of hit or miss, or are they pretty consistent?

 

Has anyone seen someone have to do the walk of shame on this coaster?

 

The restraint sensors on the RMC's do vary wildly from seat to seat when it comes to being locked/green lighted for dispatch. I did the walk of shame twice on the Red train on Medusa (2nd car, back car) but then tried the Orange train and was able to ride. This made me realize it's no fun and risky being at the extreme limit of what can fit.

 

That being said I lost 15 lbs before Twisted Colossus and Wicked Cyclone and was then able to ride both over and over again with no issues. In some seats they didn't even have to push down at all, it was fine when I pulled it down myself. But then some seats required the operator to come and push down. RMC is good gym motivation! I don't think I will go to Storm Chaser or Lightning Rod until I lose 15 lbs again because it is no fun to be turned away

 

So what is your waist size, i'm currently 44 waist...Just wondering for data points!

 

Yeah, I'm a 44" on my shorts right now. It's a toss up if I will fit or not on some of the tight coasters. Things were a lot better when I was 40-42". Man all this talk I am definitely going to the gym today so I can enjoy these new RMCs this summer!

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If anyone who went to the park this last weekend bought season passes early when they included free drinks, could you tell me how that worked. Was there a limit? What was the size? Etc...

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I only saw one standard size of cups throughout the park (nothing like the 2014 size, which was HUGE). It's a regular-sized (22oz?) lid-less coca-cola brand cup. I had about 4 drinks Sunday with no problem.

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You could also try what I have been doing. Ive lost 15 pounds in a little more than a month. I still eat the same foods I always have (minus soda which is rare now) but I literally cut my meals in half. If they bring me a burger and fries i cut the burger in half and save it for later same with the fries. I have been running for about two months as well though and I am running 1-2 miles every other day. I don't crave anything because I am still eating the same foods. Here in a few weeks I am going to switch to a healthier diet now that I have portion under control and will indulge in whatever unhealthy foods once or twice a week.

 

Good job on the running. Exercise is just as important to brain health as it is your cardiovascular system. However, I would just switch to healthier food rather than cut portions. I've been consistently at 12-15% body fat throughout the entire winter and I have always eaten about twice as much as people far heavier than I am. I also still pig out for one or two meals a week where I get astonishing looks from people wondering where the hell I put it.

 

Don't diet. Change your lifestyle. I've been eating 'mostly' paleo for several years and I no longer have digestive issues, acid reflux, random headaches, fatigue, and a slew of other daily annoyances I used to think were just a regular part of life. Stay away from normal USDA guidelines. Do you really want to follow something that is the culprit for making 2/3rd's of Americans overweight, with half of those individuals being considered morbidly obese? Let alone all of the new unexplained chronic illnesses.

 

Don't just take 'gym bro' advice or listen to misinformation passed down from multiple people. Here are a few reads that I highly recommend:

Practical Paleo (easy read and will point you in the right direction)

Wheat Belly (easy read and will educate you on the dangers of our modern diets)

Grain Brain (a more difficult read, but the most informative)

 

Over 98% of all diets fail. Changing your lifestyle is what is important. Eat whole foods. Meat, vegetables, a small amount of fruit. Stay away from BREAD, dairy, and refined sugars. The better you eat Monday-Friday the less you have to give a crap when you go out to grab some food and beer on Saturday nights. Also research intermittent fasting (16/8) for a more natural way to eat that will melt fat off of you.

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From yesterday afternoon:

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I got 5 rides on Storm Chaser. Like other people have said, the airtime is noticeably better in the front, and IMO, the first drop is better in the front, too, because of the awesome hangtime. The airtime on this ride is intense, but it's nothing compared to Lightning Run's finale. I'd still rank Lightning Run as the best coaster in the park.

 

Cyclos really surprised me. I thought the counterweight would take away from the intensity, but by the time it was making full revolutions, it felt like it was pulling at least 5 g's through the bottom, and gave me a bit of tunnel vision. I wish I'd gotten a chance to re-ride it before the thunderstorm closed everything down.

 

T3 was actually even worse than I remembered. It's the same old T2, shuffling around like crazy, just replace the headbanging with a lap restraint that stabs painfully into your thighs. There's no reason to ride this more than once.

 

Thunder Run had some nice airtime and really powerful lateral g's through the turns. It's pretty rough, but not in a torturous way like T3.

 

and the Larson drop tower, amazing, as always

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You could also try what I have been doing. Ive lost 15 pounds in a little more than a month. I still eat the same foods I always have (minus soda which is rare now) but I literally cut my meals in half. If they bring me a burger and fries i cut the burger in half and save it for later same with the fries. I have been running for about two months as well though and I am running 1-2 miles every other day. I don't crave anything because I am still eating the same foods. Here in a few weeks I am going to switch to a healthier diet now that I have portion under control and will indulge in whatever unhealthy foods once or twice a week.

 

Good job on the running. Exercise is just as important to brain health as it is your cardiovascular system. However, I would just switch to healthier food rather than cut portions. I've been consistently at 12-15% body fat throughout the entire winter and I have always eaten about twice as much as people far heavier than I am. I also still pig out for one or two meals a week where I get astonishing looks from people wondering where the hell I put it.

 

Don't diet. Change your lifestyle. I've been eating 'mostly' paleo for several years and I no longer have digestive issues, acid reflux, random headaches, fatigue, and a slew of other daily annoyances I used to think were just a regular part of life. Stay away from normal USDA guidelines. Do you really want to follow something that is the culprit for making 2/3rd's of Americans overweight, with half of those individuals being considered morbidly obese? Let alone all of the new unexplained chronic illnesses.

 

Don't just take 'gym bro' advice or listen to misinformation passed down from multiple people. Here are a few reads that I highly recommend:

Practical Paleo (easy read and will point you in the right direction)

Wheat Belly (easy read and will educate you on the dangers of our modern diets)

Grain Brain (a more difficult read, but the most informative)

 

Over 98% of all diets fail. Changing your lifestyle is what is important. Eat whole foods. Meat, vegetables, a small amount of fruit. Stay away from BREAD, dairy, and refined sugars. The better you eat Monday-Friday the less you have to give a crap when you go out to grab some food and beer on Saturday nights. Also research intermittent fasting (16/8) for a more natural way to eat that will melt fat off of you.

 

Quoted for good, honest advice. Don't pay too much attention to any crap you see on tv. Look within yourself and you will know what you are doing wrong. There is no safe, quick fix to obesity as TV may suggest.

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There is no safe, quick fix to obesity as TV may suggest.

This is absolutely correct. At the same time, not every piece of advice will work for everyone. It's up to you to find your own sweet spot that works. In my case, that's walking for an hour per day, cutting out sugary drinks and daily alcohol intake, and portion control. For some people, it's the paleo diet. For others, it's going to the gym. Do research, try different things, and when you find the one that's tailored for you, stick with it.

 

Good luck!

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You could also try what I have been doing. Ive lost 15 pounds in a little more than a month. I still eat the same foods I always have (minus soda which is rare now) but I literally cut my meals in half. If they bring me a burger and fries i cut the burger in half and save it for later same with the fries. I have been running for about two months as well though and I am running 1-2 miles every other day. I don't crave anything because I am still eating the same foods. Here in a few weeks I am going to switch to a healthier diet now that I have portion under control and will indulge in whatever unhealthy foods once or twice a week.

 

Good job on the running. Exercise is just as important to brain health as it is your cardiovascular system. However, I would just switch to healthier food rather than cut portions. I've been consistently at 12-15% body fat throughout the entire winter and I have always eaten about twice as much as people far heavier than I am. I also still pig out for one or two meals a week where I get astonishing looks from people wondering where the hell I put it.

 

Don't diet. Change your lifestyle. I've been eating 'mostly' paleo for several years and I no longer have digestive issues, acid reflux, random headaches, fatigue, and a slew of other daily annoyances I used to think were just a regular part of life. Stay away from normal USDA guidelines. Do you really want to follow something that is the culprit for making 2/3rd's of Americans overweight, with half of those individuals being considered morbidly obese? Let alone all of the new unexplained chronic illnesses.

 

Don't just take 'gym bro' advice or listen to misinformation passed down from multiple people. Here are a few reads that I highly recommend:

Practical Paleo (easy read and will point you in the right direction)

Wheat Belly (easy read and will educate you on the dangers of our modern diets)

Grain Brain (a more difficult read, but the most informative)

 

Over 98% of all diets fail. Changing your lifestyle is what is important. Eat whole foods. Meat, vegetables, a small amount of fruit. Stay away from BREAD, dairy, and refined sugars. The better you eat Monday-Friday the less you have to give a crap when you go out to grab some food and beer on Saturday nights. Also research intermittent fasting (16/8) for a more natural way to eat that will melt fat off of you.

 

Quoted for good, honest advice. Don't pay too much attention to any crap you see on tv. Look within yourself and you will know what you are doing wrong. There is no safe, quick fix to obesity as TV may suggest.

 

Yeah I am not really following any kind of diet I just felt like i was eating way too much, which seems to be correct because I haven't really felt hungry after eating half portions of my meals.

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Okay, after some thought, I think I've come to a full conclusion to my thoughts on Storm Chaser and the park from Sunday.

 

My very first ride was in the second to last row of the train (can't remember which color), and I wasn't blow-away from it at first. I'm thinking it was because I'm so used to Lightning Run's intense airtime moments (especially riding backseat through the finale), so feeling something less than that had underwhelmed me a little initially.

 

However, the more times I rode it, the more I fell in love with what it DOES do and where it is! From my perspective, it's the smoothest and most comfortable roller coaster (aside from maybe Thunder Run) in the park! The airtime isn't "rip your torso in half" intense, but there's plenty of times where you're up against the restraints. That coupled with the hang-time from the first inversion drop, and the true-to-it's-definition zero-g second inversion makes it a pretty well-rounded roller coaster. I had loads of fun re-riding it, and had even more fun in the front rows of the coaster than I did the back. It's a very solid roller coaster that's sure to please a larger variety of folks. I'd even put it in a sort of Cheetah Hunt "family thrill" category thanks to its 48" height requirement!

 

The park really went out of their way to decorate and landscape the plaza area of Storm Chaser, as well as make some minor additions throughout the park. one of which included one of those basketball 3-pointer challenge games right under T3, which is neat to stop and see people make/miss shots as well as see the coaster make its rounds!

 

And as a side-note, the new Angry Birds attraction in the 5D theater is easily the best they've ever had in there! Better than Rio in 2014 and Wizard of Oz last year. It's incredibly wacky, borderline thrilling at moments, and has lots of visuals that take advantage of the fact it's played in 3D and makes great use of the fans already installed. I REALLY recommend people to go see it whenever they're at the park!

 

While the changes aren't huge (apart from the new coaster!), the park is again better this year and continues to get better and cleaner. The only big negative I saw for this year was not seeing fried chicken on the menu at Swampwater Jacks. That was really good chicken...

 

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Entrance to the plaza

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Storm Chaser plaza with fresh plants!

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A quirky, but wild show!

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Storm Chasing through the big overbank in the distance.

 

T3 was actually even worse than I remembered. It's the same old T2, shuffling around like crazy, just replace the headbanging with a lap restraint that stabs painfully into your thighs. There's no reason to ride this more than once.

I'm not sure if I just don't remember how it rode last year, and I hate to admit it, but T3 did feel a little rougher than it did last year... I'm not sure how, but the jerking on it was more noticeable, even in the back seats (the safe seats).

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wondering if some one would do a more in depth comparison between LR and SC. I still maintain that if Lightning run was scaled up to the size of a 200 foot coaster and a tad bit longer, it would probably be my favorite.

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wondering if some one would do a more in depth comparison between LR and SC. I still maintain that if Lightning run was scaled up to the size of a 200 foot coaster and a tad bit longer, it would probably be my favorite.

I'm not one to go super in depth honestly, but here's how I look at the two.

 

Lightning Run is fast, well-paced, and frantic. The airtime gradually increases in intensity by the final few hills, and the laterals are more noticeable. Also, the low-to-the-ground slalom turns are a fun part of the ride as well. LR pretty much feels and rides just like an RMC, except for the weird seat backs. Lightning Run has the con of feeling less complete compared to Storm Chaser by having a more abrupt ending.

 

Storm Chaser is intense, twisted, and has better/more intense ejector airtime. The first 3/4ths of the ride are where it shines. The barrel roll drop is one-of-a-kind in the U.S. The first major airtime hill is the best RMC airtime moment I've experienced (having ridden this, Wicked Cyclone, Outlaw Run, and Goliath), with sustained ejector air. The other airtime hills are typical abrupt bursts similar to WC. The laterals on the off-axis airtime hills are fantastic, as its throwing you out of your seat. However, like I said, the ride does lose quite a bit of speed after the corked roll. So the ending is more coasting through rather than slamming the brakes like LR.

 

I'd say overall, I'd give the slight edge to Storm Chaser since it feels more complete, but it really can go back and forth. Both rides are excellent in their own way.

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When you guys talk about a "corked roll", are you referring to a corkscrew?

No, Storm Chaser has an element called a Corked Roll. It's like a mix of a corkscrew and a Zero G roll.

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wondering if some one would do a more in depth comparison between LR and SC. I still maintain that if Lightning run was scaled up to the size of a 200 foot coaster and a tad bit longer, it would probably be my favorite.

I'm not one to go super in depth honestly, but here's how I look at the two.

 

Lightning Run is fast, well-paced, and frantic. The airtime gradually increases in intensity by the final few hills, and the laterals are more noticeable. Also, the low-to-the-ground slalom turns are a fun part of the ride as well. LR pretty much feels and rides just like an RMC, except for the weird seat backs. Lightning Run has the con of feeling less complete compared to Storm Chaser by having a more abrupt ending.

 

Storm Chaser is intense, twisted, and has better/more intense ejector airtime. The first 3/4ths of the ride are where it shines. The barrel roll drop is one-of-a-kind in the U.S. The first major airtime hill is the best RMC airtime moment I've experienced (having ridden this, Wicked Cyclone, Outlaw Run, and Goliath), with sustained ejector air. The other airtime hills are typical abrupt bursts similar to WC. The laterals on the off-axis airtime hills are fantastic, as its throwing you out of your seat. However, like I said, the ride does lose quite a bit of speed after the corked roll. So the ending is more coasting through rather than slamming the brakes like LR.

 

I'd say overall, I'd give the slight edge to Storm Chaser since it feels more complete, but it really can go back and forth. Both rides are excellent in their own way.

 

I'll have to find a way to get back to the park. Thanks for the insight!

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Can't wait to finally get to Kentucky Kingdom tomorrow to ride Storm Chaser!

Question for anyone that made it to the park last weekend, did anyone notice a difference in speeds on the purple/blue train?

No

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