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Mind as well post this here, but at the event on Saturday they said there will be a 2018 and 2019 announcement some time in April.

 

Also, Ed said something in the Q&A about how he wishes he could know how much adding another large coaster would affect attendance. So he's obviously thinking about something large but is afraid it might not bring in enough ROI. We'll see pretty soon if they decided to move forward on another big coaster!

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If Ed's mentioning another large coaster, he already has a pretty damn good idea as to how it's going to effect attendance. He's a smart guy who's gotten this park to where it is today in short order. Believe me, if he's openly musing about it, his mind's made up and he knows his answers.

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The only bad thing about trying to put in a big coaster is since KK is right in the middle of two approaches to runways it can be difficult putting something too big unless you go underground to get around the height restriction, but I'm excited to hear what they are doing for 2018 & 2019.

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^You were there, large can mean long. There was talk (that I barely heard because I was ditzing around in the back) that before Storm Chaser they were entertaining the idea of putting in the longest wooden coaster to beat out Beast's record.

 

Also, when we were on top of the water slide taking pictures, he pointed out this quite substantial area of land they had over behind the water slides (I believe) available to them for development. They already have built two amazing shorter coasters and they could do it again.

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SeaWorld San Diego's Manta and most of the coasters at Alton Towers show that you can still build great rides with height restrictions, and those parks have tougher height restrictions than Kentucky Kingdom.

 

What I think the park needs is a coaster that focuses on inversions. I'd love to see a B&M looper, but not sure if that's in the budget. Otherwise something from Premier Rides like Sky Rocket or a Gerstlauer infinity coaster would be nice fits.

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SeaWorld San Diego's Manta and most of the coasters at Alton Towers show that you can still build great rides with height restrictions, and those parks have tougher height restrictions than Kentucky Kingdom.

 

What I think the park needs is a coaster that focuses on inversions. I'd love to see a B&M looper, but not sure if that's in the budget. Otherwise something from Premier Rides like Sky Rocket or a Gerstlauer infinity coaster would be nice fits.

 

Even though Sky Rocket 2s are starting to become the new boomerang, I actually think one would be a perfect addition to Kentucky Kingdom. It would cover the launch category, the shuttle category, and the inversion category, and would have a small footprint and be fairly cheap. Makes perfect sense to me. And, it is mostly different from anything at Holiday World or Kings Island, if that matters.

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If it becomes as common as boomerangs, I won't mind. Though I was honestly thinking of a custom one like Kennywood's Sky Rocket, not the Sky Rocket II clone. Kennywood's Sky Rocket is shorter and would probably be easier to work with considering the height restriction. Sky Rocket II's are 150 ft tall. I know the drop tower and Ferris wheel are somewhere in the 120-140 ft range, but not sure how much higher they could go up there.

 

I was still amazed how close planes were flying overhead during my rides on Storm Chaser.

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I think a Sky Rocket 2 would be a great addition to the park and I hope we get one, but I think Hart's thinking bigger. He's mentioned in the past wanting another B&M Coaster to replace Chang, even going so far as to get into a bidding war for the Time Machine coaster from the defunct park in South Carolina. He's also mentioned, in a recorded interview back when Storm Chaser first opened, that he's already having talks with RMC about a new coaster. Personally, I think if you do the math he may be talking a T-Rex tracked coaster coming down the pike. I say T-Rex and not Raptor because the Raptor design is (for obvious reasons) very similar to Lightning Run and thus having two very similar coasters wouldn't make sense...not would the Raptor be "big" enough if he's genuinely interested in something more akin to a B&M.

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Even though Sky Rocket 2s are starting to become the new boomerang,

Dude, there are 3 in the whole country. Slow your roll.

I see what you did there

 

^And I agree that a Sky Rocket doesn't strike me as quite the "big" that he was talking about, but the good thing is that we won't have to wait long to find out! And not only will we know 2018, but 2019 plans as well! So no speculating next year either

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I almost forgot, I asked Saturday about a Halloween event possibility and what they said was that they wouldn't necessarily do a "scary" Halloween event that they've been talking about doing a Fall Festival Holiday type of event, so that will be something to look forward to along with the Beer Garden

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Even though Sky Rocket 2s are starting to become the new boomerang,

Dude, there are 3 in the whole country. Slow your roll.

This combined with the fact that despite the fact that I'm not impressed with the Sky Rocket 2 model, it's still ten times more fun, less painful, and not nauseating like boomerangs.

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I almost forgot, I asked Saturday about a Halloween event possibility and what they said was that they wouldn't necessarily do a "scary" Halloween event that they've been talking about doing a Fall Festival Holiday type of event, so that will be something to look forward to along with the Beer Garden

I'd be all for the fall festival more so than the scares, personally! Although they would definitely be missing out on scare crowds that roam Louisville for haunts.

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Halloween event would be cool. I personally think that Louisville has enough haunts already though. Unless something really unique is created I don't see a point in building standard amusement park "mazes"

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If you haven't done so yet, I would like Koaster Kid's FB page. June 21st they are doing a Koaster Kids Day at Kentucky Kingdom:

 

Hi, everyone. We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with Kentucky Kingdom to do an awesome day of thrills and fun at Koaster Kids Day! Kentucky Kingdom is offering Koaster Kids fans discounted tickets at only $20 each, which includes admission to the amusement park, and the water park, and free drinks all day! Regular gate price is $49.95, which doesn't include drinks! We are also going to be getting some ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) on either Storm Chaser or Lightning Run for only our group before the park opens! We will also be selling half-price Koaster Kids t-shirts for that day. So, who's coming? We'd love to get a huge turnout to thank Kentucky Kingdom and show other parks the power of Koaster Kids!! A way to order tickets is coming soon.

 

Here's the link to their FB page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/koasterkids/?fref=ts

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Curious how busy the park would be on Saturday, May 6. We're kicking around the idea of taking our first visit and weighing it against Great America and Kings Island. Since we are limited to weekend visits this summer and this park does not sell fast passes, I was thinking the crowds would be more manageable in early May.

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I'll bet anything that it won't be as bad relative to late summer. If anyone's out and about on Derby day then it's likely specifically for Derby. Apart from dealing with huge traffic messes, the park might not be that packed. If it's possible, though, you're almost always better off visiting on a Sunday anytime of the year.

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