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Gotta head out toward Lexington/Frankfort (aka horse country) for the great distillery tours!

 

Anyway, awesome trip report. It's great seeing how far this park has come in a few years. Even when Storm Chaser opened last year the park was riddled with uneven footpaths, unfinished landscaping, and lots of dead ends. It appears most of that has been addressed since then! Can't wait to see what they announce for 2018.

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Great report and photos! It was entertaining and your description of T3 couldn't be any more accurate. I still think Lightning Run would be way more fun with better seats. I'm surprised I haven't read that anywhere from anyone besides myself.

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Prozach, it's interesting you mention Storm Chaser as being "too awesome". That's pretty much how I feel about it as well. I made a quick stop in today after being at Holiwood Nights all weekend. While I still think it's a great coaster, I agree that it is a little too intense for my taste. I'm not a fan of the last set of airtime hills at all as I find them too aggressive and too painful, and the strong airtime gave me a huge headache after a few rides. Every time I would hit one of those hills, I would feel a really hard head rush. The fact that I was tired, hungry, hot, and maybe a little dehydrated certainly didn't help.

Long story short, I guess I'm more a floater guy and not so much an ejector guy.

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The high-jerk* airtime sounds like my experience on Wicked Cyclone, which I liked a lot. How are the lateral Gs on Storm Chaser, though? There were two or three strong lateral moments on Cyclone that I did not enjoy: the two outward-banked turns (particularly the second, the first might have been okay) and the double-banking hill before the on-ride photo.

 

*Jerk is the change in G-force. Sure, a hill might hit -1 Gs, but it's different to go from 4G to -1G in 1 second than to do it in 0.5 seconds.

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^^I was basically destroyed after Holiwood Nights. Did nothing but lounge at home all day! I don't know how anyone could wake up the day after and hit another park right after all of that! Props to you for trying, though!

 

The intensity for Storm Chaser went up significantly this year, especially on the bunny hops. There was a point in time Lightning Run had a more intense bunny hop finale, but Storm Chaser is starting to creep its way above it. Very wild coaster!

 

And yes, there's a noticeable strong lateral moment right before the brake run too, but it's more like a small burst before the ride immediately stops. Nothing negative, imo.

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^Lol yeah, probably wasn't the best idea, but this was the best chance to visit the park for me this year so I went ahead and went. I slept until about 10 central time at the hotel so I thought I would be fine, but on my second Storm Chaser ride those hills started killing my head. You live and you learn.

Btw I love your photos! I'm pretty sure I walked by you a lot on the tours. You have a great eye!

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Awesome trip report. I (literally) laughed out loud a few times.

 

I feel like I had a similar takeaway. I knew about the road running through the park, I knew about the stupid layout in the back section and the fact that they loaded a bunch of flats on an old wild mouse pad in the front in a weird way up front, I saw the pictures of the Storm Chaser plaza, I knew the park was abandoned for years and I expected the park to seem really run down and dumpy. The parking area and every other building in that complex reinforced that but once we stepped through the gates we were really impressed with how nice everything looked and how little the layout and roadway bothered us. This park dramatically exceeded our expectations.

 

I lost it when I got to the part of the report about the gate, same with the "flume".

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What people outside of the state of Kentucky don't understand, is that even though it's the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center...the state has this odd resentment towards the city of Louisville, and will literally cut their noses off in spite of their faces and do little to invest in even it's own fairgrounds just because it's in Louisville.

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I can say I agree with the beautiful park feeling, if only in the Belgian Village section (though the rest of the park definitely is making a comeback.). Back in the Six Flags days I remember that area being the best place to cool down without getting soaked with how many trees it had. It was the only section on the south side of the park (Or north, if you prefer going by the map) with a large complement of family friendly rides. Flying Dutchman, Roller Skater, Thunder Run, the Carousel, and the Frightfully Funny Fire Engine just seemed to go all well together. Only wish that Six Flags had not put the Tornado in the Quake's place, it really was jarring to see it there, and still is, but c'est la vie, what's done is done. It's still the lovely quiet corner of the park like it has been all these years.

 

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Sent Kentucky Kingdom a message on Facebook asking when the 2018/2019 announcement would be made and got this as a reply, "As far as I know we won't be announcing anything until later in the season/off-season." So I guess it's not coming as soon as we previously thought.

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I'm so tired of this "announcement" crap. This is one of those things that's completely hearsay and speculation because a bunch of 13 year olds are pretending to have inside information about an announcement that's "totally happening next week" and it's now been repeated so much that people are treating it as fact that there's a major announcement happening any day now. This has been going on for months now and it's all based on absolutely nothing.

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Wait... wtf? This is not a log flume...

 

But wait... What the hell is this??? This can't be regulation! What a danger! What madness causes this gap to exist! This certainly can not meet Federal Fence Guidelines! You guys were right... Someone should speak to management, immediately. (kill me)

 

We really had a fun time and we are most definitely planning a return trip. I'm thankful this park is only four hours away.

Absolutely. This park is way better than it has any rights to be. I went last year, and was trying to get back this year, even though they only added the Larson Super Loop coaster. We ended up having to scratch it from our itinerary, but I absolutely am coming back when I can. Glad you had fun, and happy birthday to Emily!

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After that, we tried to kill ourselves and rode T3 in the front row. Mother of God... I had never ridden a SLC before and I never want to ride another. After this thing tried to remove my insides from my body it tried to cut off my legs on the break run.

When I rode it last year, I prepared myself for a beating — which it delivered (those seats feel like they're square). However, I did not anticipate the leg crushing that it delivered on the brake run. The train I was on sat on the brakes for a good two minutes or so. It was like having an extra-tight blood pressure cuff strapped to both legs. Skyrim's restraint issue is cakewalk compared to this thing.

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I didn't have any issue with the restraints, but the park was only running one train so I wasn't sitting on the brake run. The worst brake run is still Wild Eagle with how tight those vest restraints are on my collar. Thankfully Dollywood has fast dispatches so I don't have to feel it for that long.

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Thanks for all of the compliments on the TR. We had a fun time and we really want to go back to this park. One thing I didn't realize was just how damn close the airport is to the park. When the larger jets land they seem like they're going to hit Storm Chaser, and that's no exaggeration. They're RIGHT THERE! I thought Carowinds was close to the airport, until visiting Kentucky Kingdom. I've always liked looking at airplanes, so to me it just adds another cool element.

 

Glad you had fun, and happy birthday to Emily!

Will do. Thanks Andrew!

 

However, I did not anticipate the leg crushing that it delivered on the brake run.

It was sinister. Everyone on the train was moaning and making comments of being in pain on the brake run. I could only imagine what would happen if the ride were to break down leaving you stranded on the brake run. It's a shame since it really is a neat looking ride. It had to be even worse for Emily, because I didn't even give her a heads up... Shame on me, right?

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Sooo..............wait, no announcement?

One page ago, literally right after your previous post:

Sent Kentucky Kingdom a message on Facebook asking when the 2018/2019 announcement would be made and got this as a reply, "As far as I know we won't be announcing anything until later in the season/off-season." So I guess it's not coming as soon as we previously thought.
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