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

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Derby Day at Ky. Kingdom, is a winner. Derby Day at Ky Kingdom is dead, most locals are home watching the Derby, the tourist having started coming yet. It's a perfect day, the park is dead and the Water Park isn't opened yet.

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With Churchill Downs being a 5 minute walk away from the Fair and Expo Center and with them using their parking lot to park visitors for the Derby, the drive to the park might suck. However, I've gone Derby Day the last 2 years and never waited in a line longer than 5 minutes for a ride, even with them only running one train on each coaster. I would say its one of the best weekends to go. Operations are sometimes a bit slow because of all the new team member working sometimes their first shift but other than that its a good weekend to be there.

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With Churchill Downs being a 5 minute walk away from the Fair and Expo Center and with them using their parking lot to park visitors for the Derby, the drive to the park might suck. However, I've gone Derby Day the last 2 years and never waited in a line longer than 5 minutes for a ride, even with them only running one train on each coaster. I would say its one of the best weekends to go. Operations are sometimes a bit slow because of all the new team member working sometimes their first shift but other than that its a good weekend to be there.

I totally appreciate the advice. I was going to take it to heart and book our first trip to KK, but with the derby crowds came difficulty getting a hotel. We stay free at Hyatt and they were unavailable. Fate of this park and others around us sealed in a trip to our favorite park, King's Island. We're going to try to hit up Kentucky Kingdom during a Sunday this summer.

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Looks like Thunder Run and Storm Chaser got a new Red & Blue light package. They were testing it tonight. Looks good, majority of the lights are on Thunder Run. Only the path cross-over area of Storm Chaser had lights. Hopefully this means they are considering keeping the park open later? (Fingers-Crossed). Can't wait for the season to start!

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New Light Package on Thunder Run and Storm Chaser

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That is one of the things they mentioned on the Keys to the Kingdom tour, a local corporation rents out the park on Thunder so that is more than likely what was happening. Ed says one reason why they don't stay open later is so that they can keep the prices down and that is why season passes go for 59.99 because several of us asked about it and his response is would you rather have lower prices or would you rather the park be open later was his basic response.

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What y'all think? Could it be?

 

I don't care where it's going. There's an RMC Raptor coming out soon and that's the greatest news ever..

 

 

Watch your words carefully. For all we know it could be going to China.

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I have a feeling this is for Kentucky Kingdom, and I was really hopeful we'd be getting a T-Rex instead...but hey, I'll be happy with this.

The raptor track is intended to be a stock ride, cloned like the S&S free spins for example. Doubt this is for KK since the layout would be too similar to LR.

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Since we are speculating on what the new ride will be, i personally think we will see a big coaster that will pull in the crowds. Essentially it will be like Chang was to the old KK a big project to cap off a few succusful years of growth. I think Ed will finally get his B&M and it will be something that isn't in the region or already in the park, such as a hyper or an invert (even though T3 is awful, the GP loves the thing for the most part). There is already a wing coaster an hours drive north so that knows it out, sit downs, flying and floorless are few and far between here recently so I doubt KK would get one. I think we could be looking at a dive coaster. They are relatively compact rides and are GP pleasers. They could get the top of the coaster right in that sweet spot behind the picnic area and we could be looking at a 200+ foot coaster. As for this being the last year for Mt.Slide Hai in the water park, I could also see them getting a water coaster similar to mammoth in that area to catch up with HW and their 2 water coasters.

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I have a feeling this is for Kentucky Kingdom, and I was really hopeful we'd be getting a T-Rex instead...but hey, I'll be happy with this.

The raptor track is intended to be a stock ride, cloned like the S&S free spins for example. Doubt this is for KK since the layout would be too similar to LR.

 

Oh I agree that it would be too similar to Lightning Run. Ed has mentioned in the past his desire to have a new B&M, yet he also mentioned shortly after Storm Chaser opened having already talked to RMC about a new coaster. Putting two and two together, I figured we'd see a T-Rex tracked coaster. However, if this is truly something they're wanting to have by 2018, then I would think they'd have to start at least on the track by now....hence why the Raptor tracks in the picture might be for Kingdom after all.

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They could get the top of the coaster right in that sweet spot behind the picnic area and we could be looking at a 200+ foot coaster. As for this being the last year for Mt.Slide Hai in the water park, I could also see them getting a water coaster similar to mammoth in that area to catch up with HW and their 2 water coasters.

 

As much as we'd all like a 200+ roller coaster I don't think it will ever happen because the FAA would have something to say about that since KK sits right in the middle of 2 runway approaches. Ed said that the most restrictive height limits are at the East and West edges of the park with the middle having the least amount of restrictions. They have to watch what they do build because he said that when they bring in cranes it'll show up on radars and cause the FAA to have panic attacks and start asking all kinds of questions. I know when they were building the new body slide the airport traffic was stopped while the cranes where onsite so I think a Giga coaster would end up causing all kinds of problems for KK. It'd be nice though.

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^ I personally think that something similar in height to Chang (154 ft) would be fine for Kentucky Kingdom again. I don't necessarily think they really "need" a 200 foot + coaster. At least, not in the immediate future

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Kentucky kingdoms, next Coaster won't come til 2019. Ed already said 2018 is going to Hurricane Bay, most likely a replacement for the old MT. Slide Hai complex, since they announced it's the last year for those slides. They can build up to 200 feet, on the East side of the park, along the line of Sky Catcher, Giant Wheel and the Entrance.

 

Ed has been happy with RMC, they worked on Thunder Run and built Storm Chaser and been very happy with the results. The next coaster, will run along the backside of the Waterpark and be a T-Rex.

 

I don't know, but 2019 will be their next New Coaster and Ed does like RMC.

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Totally dream speculating, but couldn't the highest point be close to 200ft (maybe 180ft like Sky Coaster) and the rest of the coaster stay well below that, like 150ft and lower. It could call for some serious speed airtime hills.

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