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

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Look for something new, to take the place of The Enterprise, next year. Was told to get our last rides in yesterday, because it's replacement is already on it's way. 2019 will be the next big attraction, around 220 feet.

Ed said this? It sucks if it's true because I have yet to ride enterprise and I was looking forward to it next season. It seems odd that they'd remove it, as it seems like one of their most popular flats. As for 2019, I'm hoping for a coaster that tall. If not a coaster, a tall drop tower would be nice although they already have Fear Fall so it wouldn't make much sense.

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Look for something new, to take the place of The Enterprise, next year. Was told to get our last rides in yesterday, because it's replacement is already on it's way. 2019 will be the next big attraction, around 220 feet.

Ed said this? It sucks if it's true because I have yet to ride enterprise and I was looking forward to it next season. It seems odd that they'd remove it, as it seems like one of their most popular flats. As for 2019, I'm hoping for a coaster that tall. If not a coaster, a tall drop tower would be nice although they already have Fear Fall so it wouldn't make much sense.

 

Grona Lund has an Intamin Skyjump, Intamin 2nd gen drop tower and an S&S Tower. A second drop tower doesn’t sounds too impossible but in all seriousness I could see KK getting a Zamperla Endeavor to provide a new take on a classic ride. As far as the 220 ft attraction, did Ed say this himself? Definitely didn’t see a hyper coaster coming but that’d definitely draw in crowds.

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Do you think a hyper will really attract customers? I think its plausible because the GP is attracted to anything big. Then again, KI has a hyper not that far away and they already have Lightning Run which is basically the same thing as a hyper with a shorter lift and more compact layout. I think something like a dive coaster or a floorless coaster would draw in the public. No parks nearby have either of those. Cedar Point is about 5-6 hours from KK.

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Ed said 220 feet is the max height in the park, so that could basically hint at any type of coaster that could reach that point. Doesn't strictly have to be a hyper like Diamondback. Heck, a 200ft Mack with numerous inversions could still be pretty marketable in the region.

 

And while a little bittersweet with Enterprise going, I do think it was about time for it to go. I could certainly feel its age when I rode it.

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I don't think it's necessarily going to be a coaster, the corner where Enterprise is awfully tight. You have the 5D Cinema on one side of Enterprise, you have the road right behind it with the surface street crossing now, a ride to the left, and the amphitheater right in front of it. Enterprise being removed comes as no surprise to me because at the Keys to the Kingdom tour they said they wanted to remove it last year but instead decided to give it one more year to see if the maintenance issues got better or worse.

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I don't think it's necessarily going to be a coaster, the corner where Enterprise is awfully tight. You have the 5D Cinema on one side of Enterprise, you have the road right behind it with the surface street crossing now, a ride to the left, and the amphitheater right in front of it. Enterprise being removed comes as no surprise to me because at the Keys to the Kingdom tour they said they wanted to remove it last year but instead decided to give it one more year to see if the maintenance issues got better or worse.

I don't think a coaster will be going where Enterprise currently sits. I think another flat will just go there. A coaster will likely go where Dragsters used to be and behind Eye of The Storm or beside the waterpark and T3. Time will tell. I think an RMC raptor would compliment the park nicely. Regardless, I don't think we'll see anything major until 2019-2020.

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Hearing that the old enterprise spot is going to be used for a new Zamperla Endeavor, I've also heard that the markers seen in the waterpark awhile back are for a new family coaster coming this season. My source is saying either a family GCI or Gravity Group that would be primarily behind Plummet Summit and Deep Water Dive's tower with the station between T3 and Taco Tequila.

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^It's getting a nice refurb from Amuse Rides.

https://www.facebook.com/amuserides/posts/1636093433102194

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Sheesh thunder run gets worked on every year

 

I just rode it last weekend and was expecting it to be a lot rougher than it was. The only part that I think needs a lot of work is the last turn before the station. T3 was down all day so I guess that roughness makes up for missing the hang’n’bang.

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Well what a coincidence, Ed Hart did wonder why some people do not like Thunder Run at the last rides event lunch and some people did say it was a little rough. Guess the park is trying to make it the #1 wooden coaster that it was when it opened.

Personally, I don't think making it any smoother will make it a better ride. The layout is kind of boring, and even from the back seat there isn't much airtime. It's a decent introductory coaster, though.

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Well what a coincidence, Ed Hart did wonder why some people do not like Thunder Run at the last rides event lunch and some people did say it was a little rough. Guess the park is trying to make it the #1 wooden coaster that it was when it opened.

Personally, I don't think making it any smoother will make it a better ride. The layout is kind of boring, and even from the back seat there isn't much airtime. It's a decent introductory coaster, though.

 

RMC can fix that

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I think Thunder Run is just fine in comparison to what Kentucky Kingdom offers. I'm a big critic of rough coasters and it seemed very smooth, especially in comparison to what nearby Holiday World has to offer. I put Thunder Run in the category of one ride per visit. If the park had a few more larger and thrilling options I probably wouldn't pay any attention to it, but they don't.

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I think Thunder Run is just fine in comparison to what Kentucky Kingdom offers. I'm a big critic of rough coasters and it seemed very smooth, especially in comparison to what nearby Holiday World has to offer.

 

I was just in the middle of writing the exact same thing. I enjoyed Thunder Run quite a bit. We made our first visit to Kentucky Kingdom and our first visit to Holiday World on the same day earlier this year and (while it won't make any top 10 lists) I thought Thunder Run was infinitely smoother and more enjoyable than Raven or Legend.

 

I didn't really find the ride rough at all, but a little track work is always welcome. Good for Kentucky Kingdom.

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Well what a coincidence, Ed Hart did wonder why some people do not like Thunder Run at the last rides event lunch and some people did say it was a little rough. Guess the park is trying to make it the #1 wooden coaster that it was when it opened.

Personally, I don't think making it any smoother will make it a better ride. The layout is kind of boring, and even from the back seat there isn't much airtime. It's a decent introductory coaster, though.

 

RMC can fix that

The irony is faaar too strong in this one, lol

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I went to both Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World for the first time over this summer (along with Kings Island but nobody has mentioned that place). I absolutely LOVED all of the woodies I rode. Raven was pretty rough. Well, it was on and off throughout the day. I rode it ten times and I thought it was glossy smooth five times, I thought it was moderately rough twice, and I thought it was unbearably rough three times. I never even rode in the backseat. I thought the Legend was VERY smooth and I LOVED it. And Thunder Run. There is just something about it that I really loved. I loved all the low to the ground turns and I loved those ejector airtime hills. Plus I thought it was very smooth in the front seat. I rode it in the back and it was moderately rough. Although I am younger so I can take a little more jostling around.

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Well what a coincidence, Ed Hart did wonder why some people do not like Thunder Run at the last rides event lunch and some people did say it was a little rough. Guess the park is trying to make it the #1 wooden coaster that it was when it opened.

Personally, I don't think making it any smoother will make it a better ride. The layout is kind of boring, and even from the back seat there isn't much airtime. It's a decent introductory coaster, though.

 

RMC can fix that

The irony is faaar too strong in this one, lol

 

lol

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