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WDRB just posted KK's announcement for 2018:

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Kingdom plans two new rides and two new attractions next season.

 

In a release, the park announced a new thrill ride called Scream Xtreme and a new family ride called Rock 'n Roller.

 

Two new films are being added to the 5D Cinema. The first look at the "Happy Family, The Ride" film is of an animated family complete with a Frankenstein. The second film is "Journey 2: Mysterious Island," which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

 

Kentucky Kingdom also plans to do extensive track work on the park's classic wooden coaster, "Thunder Run." Other upgrades for the park include new cabanas near the giant wave pool, more shade structures and new seating throughout the park.

 

President and CEO Ed Hart said in a release that the park had a record 2017 season drawing more than 9,000 visitors a day during the summer peak. More than 30 percent of those guests came from surrounding states.

 

Hart said when he and his partners, Ed Glasscock, Bruce Lunsford, and the Al J. Schneider Company, reopened the park in 2014 it had a total of 27 theme and water park rides. After an investment of $70 million, the park now has 70 rides and attractions.

 

Season passes for 2018 go on sale on the Kentucky Kingdom website on Friday, Nov. 3 for $69.95. Season passes include unlimited admission, free parking, $1 soft drinks and discounted food and merchandise. Free tubes for the water park and free sunscreen are offered to all Kentucky Kingdom guests. Additional discounts are included in the early bird season passes. Details can be found on the park website.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wdrb.com/story/36750528/kentucky-kingdom-adds-4-new-attractions-for-2018-season

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Scream Extreme, is a new generation Enterprise, to replace the old one. Curious to see what the other ride is. They said the older watersildes in Hurricane Bay were going away, but they didn't say anything about them. Maybe a New Watercoaster, huh?

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Scream Extreme, is a new generation Enterprise, to replace the old one. Curious to see what the other ride is. They said the older watersildes in Hurricane Bay were going away, but they didn't say anything about them. Maybe a New Watercoaster, huh?

 

I'm wondering if they are going to take out that whole ride complex and put the cabanas there.

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Scream Extreme, is a new generation Enterprise, to replace the old one. Curious to see what the other ride is. They said the older watersildes in Hurricane Bay were going away, but they didn't say anything about them. Maybe a New Watercoaster, huh?

 

I'm wondering if they are going to take out that whole ride complex and put the cabanas there.

 

 

I could see that, Cabana's around the lazy River.

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Scream Extreme, is a new generation Enterprise, to replace the old one. Curious to see what the other ride is. They said the older watersildes in Hurricane Bay were going away, but they didn't say anything about them. Maybe a New Watercoaster, huh?

 

I'm wondering if they are going to take out that whole ride complex and put the cabanas there.

 

I could see that, Cabana's around the lazy River.

It was written that they'd be near the wave pool:

Other upgrades for the park include new cabanas near the giant wave pool, more shade structures and new seating throughout the park.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/36750528/kentucky-kingdom-adds-4-new-attractions-for-2018-season

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Great to see the park trying to keep their wooden coaster in tip top shape.

 

I was personally a little let down by the endeavor when I rode it at SFOT this past summer (found the forces uncomfortable due to the seats), but it seemed to be popular so it should be a good addition.

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I sort of feel like they're just doing routine maintenance on Thunder Run and trying to make that marketable but as long as they're taking good care of the coaster and it keeps running well then more power to them. I can't fault them for it.

 

See I would absolutely LOVE it if more parks actually did this. I'm so tired of parks letting good wooden coasters go to crap because there's no ROI in keeping them maintained, and then everyone begs them to tear them down. Such a waste. I get excited when they get refurbished though - it's almost like a new coaster sometimes. This will literally bump KK up a notch in my priority list. I might just be able to squeeze out a roadtrip over there next summer if all goes well.

 

These are fantastic flat additions too. I really enjoy the Zamperla Endeavors. Some of them need a longer ride cycle, but they really do capture the essence of the old enterprises.

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OMG! They did c*ck in a box! I seriously love this park so much for doing this.

 

On a side note, we have two cats, and I have shared with my kids that melody, but they know it as "it's a cat in a box." They are in for a shock when they grow up and find out were I got that melody.

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