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

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Even though I had a terribly bad headache I decided I needed to get to the park to finally ride SC. I got a front seat ride with a friend who isn't an enthusiast but enjoys roller coasters. After watching the videos and hearing the reviews, I was expecting it to be a great ride that putters out at the end, but that was really not the case at all; this ride doesn't let up! Here's a little ride review from someone who was dealing with a splitting headache.

 

It could've been the headache messing with my perception but I swear after the bit of hang time at the beginning of the barrel roll drop there was a strong pop of air right before the finish. That first airtime hill is absolutely insane, and WTF, did we just get air entering that overbank turn? The bandana on my head certainly thought so. From there, none of my original perceptions panned out for this ride. The pops of air at the tops of the twisty hills were almost as intense as the first hill and I literally had to hold on to my head scarf to keep it from being ejected from the ride. The smaller overbank was nice and there was a nicer, less intense bit of air on the second normal hill. My friend loved the corked roll and I thought it was a nice change of pace from the previous elements, but what really stuck out for me was the ending. From the POV videos I was prepared for a tamer, slower ending with some mediocre to decent air time....I quickly learned hitting the first hill of the double up. My bandana detached itself from my cranium, and I had just enough time to grab it (my hands were already at the bandana's vertical destination). The top of the second hill provided a very nice pop of air, but the second hill of the double down almost forced the soul from my body. There was a very small dead spot right before entering the last overbank but it seemed like the train noticed the error and corrected itself to finish the overbank with quite a bit of steam and it flew up that last incline to deliver, gasp, airtime flying into the brakes!

 

Storm Chaser exceeded my expectations, and I cannot wait to get back there and spend a full day at the park. From the visit it seemed Kentucky Kingdom was very healthy in the attendance department. Storm Chaser, like Twisted Twins, really is in a dead spot. I think it'd be a good idea to focus on that area with a couple new additions to really pull people to that area.

 

Sorry for the wall of text.

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I suspect that's what they're going to do, is invest in that area of the park more in the next couple of years. Like you said, it's pretty dead over there at the moment but there's plenty of space for some new rides. I can't help but think they have something in mind already for where the old dragsters use to be, otherwise why leave it so empty for so long?

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I stopped by yesterday on my way through probably around 3:00. I haven't been since the SFKK days so was going to get my rides on LR and SC but the parking lot was full and I didn't have a lot of time so didn't bother as I had a long way to go. From other reports of short waits for SC, maybe I should have. But I know SC had 3 trains running. How long were lines on LR or Thunder Run?

 

I also noticed even at that time, the season's pass line was probably 100+ people long.

 

Rant: Wow the crotchety older woman at the parking booth was extremely rude. Unfortunately they work for the KFEC, not KK. I've always hated the whole set up (KFEC,shared parking,giant loop around the EC,park cut in two by said loop,height restrictions,waterpark in the middle of amusement park), but sure, it's better than a SBNO park.

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^^^ You're brave for going to a theme park with a bad headache! For me and the way my headaches get, there is no way I'd be able to do that.

 

Same. We had to leave SDC early Sunday because of my headache.

 

Props to the OP for managing to seal with a headache and still be a trooper through coasters!!

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Thanks guys, yeah I actually deal with some pretty severe ones, this was low-grade on my scale. It's a funny thing though, riding SC actually had it go away for about half an hour (I'm chalking it up to the adrenaline and the fact it'd been two years since I last rode a coaster). Hoping to go back this weekend and really experience the park. I was very happy to see grass under Lightning Run though...

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I stopped by yesterday on my way through probably around 3:00. I haven't been since the SFKK days so was going to get my rides on LR and SC but the parking lot was full and I didn't have a lot of time so didn't bother as I had a long way to go. From other reports of short waits for SC, maybe I should have. But I know SC had 3 trains running. How long were lines on LR or Thunder Run?

 

I also noticed even at that time, the season's pass line was probably 100+ people long.

I was at the park Monday as well. Spent 2.5 hours there that morning then left to go celebrate Memorial Day with family. The season pass processing line was HUGE! Lots of folks getting in the $60 price before it goes up in less than a week. The park itself was also pretty busy, especially the water park. Lines weren't too horrid, though. LR ran 2 trains and had a roughly 25-30 minute wait with the line stretching near to the entrance of the queue. Thunder Run 's line didn't come out of the station, making for a 15 minute wait for front row.

 

Last note, the difference between the speed of SC on first week versus now is incredible! Each time I went back to the park, the coaster gained a little more speed. It now FLIES through the course! If you shot a new POV of it now and compared to media day POV's, you would easily see the difference, especially in the finale!

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I'm curious as to how SC compares to other RMCs, has anyone that has ridden storm chaser also ridden any other ends?

 

I've ridden SC, NTaG, and IRat

 

Iron Rattler(1) is the best in my opinion with Storm Chaser(11) edging out New Texas Giant(13).

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Not sure, but I came to the coaster Friday afternoon (pre-Holiwood Nights) to see that the purple train had to do an e-vac. The coaster wasn't open the rest of the time I was at the park. I'm not seeing it listed as being down on the website now.

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Final tally from today on Storm Chaser: 20 rides, from virtually every seat on the train, both colors! I loved it! My first RMC, and my new #5 coaster! It's a very interesting coaster... It is more intense in the front than the back (marginally), and row 1-2 (particularly on the faster blue train) is THE new ejector seat, putting Magnum's 1-3 in its place! There is major hang time on the drop, and through the inversions, in the front, and you whip through those elements with speed in the back. The coaster it actually reminds me of the most, is Maverick. Wild, and twisty, from start, to finish! Kentucky Kingdom had a real winner on their hands here, and RMC is everything I've heard them to be!

 

I got seven spins on Lightning Run (also my first times), and while it was a good little coaster, I actually found it a little uncomfortable, more so than Storm Chaser. Seven rides were about all my thighs could handle (especially after 20 spins on the similarly thigh crushing SC!)

 

As for Thunder Run, and especially T3... *shudder* Still, on the whole, KK is a nice little park, with a good looking water park, and a lot of flats, and kid attractions! I will definitely return in the future!

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I actually found T3 to be a lot less rough than Mind Eraser at SFNE.

 

Then Mind Eraser must be hell incarnate, because T3 made Thunderhawk look like a stroll in the park! (Except, without any actual head banging - just constant shaking!)

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So, I plan on taking my first visit to the park on Jun.18. And possibly that day before on Jun.17 since I'll be taking advantage of the "Out-of-State" special that's going on. *Next day free. Plus, you get free drinks! Who would pass that up?!* I'm already aware this park doesn't offer any type of fast pass service, so I'm willing to wait in line since I'm spending ALL DAY. Do anyone know how crowds usually be on Saturdays in June, or the day before Father's Day? I would think less crowds if they're going to offer "free admission" to fathers on the Jun.19. But then again, it could be the opposite.

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