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

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I can't bring myself to buy a roller coaster tee shirt, but that T3 shirt is pretty funny. I know there are a ton of "I survived XXX ride merchandise," but this one almost holds true. I'm sure KK knows what a terrible experience T3 delivers. It might help to actually change the marketing toward that ride as some kind of endurance accomplishment. They could really hammer the survival aspect.

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Oh god, the old trains... Memories of bear-hugging the bulky restraints and pressing my face against one side of padding for bracing. Regardless of what anyone says of the ride now, I think it's improved for sure (and I, too, can re-ride it).

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Oh god, the old trains... Memories of bear-hugging the bulky restraints and pressing my face against one side of padding for bracing. Regardless of what anyone says of the ride now, I think it's improved for sure (and I, too, can re-ride it).

 

The best trick for any otsr is to keep your head way forward so your head never makes contact with them.

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Oh god, the old trains... Memories of bear-hugging the bulky restraints and pressing my face against one side of padding for bracing. Regardless of what anyone says of the ride now, I think it's improved for sure (and I, too, can re-ride it).

 

The best trick for any otsr is to keep your head way forward so your head never makes contact with them.

I don't know about you, but when it comes to a ride as snappy as an SLC, I'd take a blow to the head over snapping your neck any day, thank you very much.

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  • 2 weeks later...

 

A quick drop into the park today. A certain special something had made an appearance this past week. Scream Extreme! The park was working with electrical components in it as I passed.

 

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I was at Kentucky Kingdom today and I must say these were the slowest operations I have seen. Took between 2-4 minutes to dispatch train be at storm chaser and lightning run. Rode T3 once and they had an issue in the station and waited in the those restraints for close to 5 minutes. Park was not that busy. Rode storm chaser 10 times and lightning run 5 times. Did the drop tower and the other coasters once. I left after 5.5 hours. Pretty hot and a little humid in Louisville today. Really enjoyed the top 2 coasters just wish the operations were better. May go back on Sunday for 2-3 hours before I fly home

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I was at Kentucky Kingdom today and I must say these were the slowest operations I have seen. Took between 2-4 minutes to dispatch train be at storm chaser and lightning run. Rode T3 once and they had an issue in the station and waited in the those restraints for close to 5 minutes. Park was not that busy. Rode storm chaser 10 times and lightning run 5 times. Did the drop tower and the other coasters once. I left after 5.5 hours. Pretty hot and a little humid in Louisville today. Really enjoyed the top 2 coasters just wish the operations were better. May go back on Sunday for 2-3 hours before I fly home

 

I've noticed that when the park is less crowded, the operations are typically slower since the ride ops have to secure more restraints instead of just checking them after people have already pulled them down and buckled them. I've seen them constantly stay under a minute and a half at Storm Chaser and Lightning Run before when they have a full train. You also have to remember that many of the ride ops are still relatively new, they will get there eventually. Ironically, T3 usually has the best and most consistent dispatch speeds of all their coasters, it's unfortunate that was the one you get held up in the brakes on. I was speaking with a ride op over there yesterday and they were saying that their techs completely rebuilt the trains over the winter and they've been having some issues with restraints not unlocking when the train parks in the station. It was probably that issue that held you out in the brakes. Believe me, the ops at T3 know how unpleasant it is sitting in that brake station so they try to get the trains moving as fast as possible.

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Lightning Run was awesome. Storm Chaser...unholy. idk yet where it ranks, if it outdid Wicked Cyclone, seemed to have a tad less air, but for now all I can say is wow. I managed to leave a little restraint room for one ride and wow, such sustained ejector especially on the Hill in the middle. Thunder run was surprisingly OK. I hear T3 has new trains..im gunna break my rule of never Vekoma SLC. Hope I don't regret it

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