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

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It's neither cheap, easy, or practical to dig a 100 foot deep tunnel. Apparently Roller Coaster Tycoon is catching on again.

Herschend was and is a different brand than Six Flags.   There is one certainty. Kentucky Kingdom will not be receiving a launched wooden roller coaster any time soon.

Yeah, I think the only 'concern' is because people see this park going more the way of Celebration City or Wild Adventures than becoming the next SDC or Dollywood.  I think it will stay pretty much th

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In the presentation at King Louie's Walk through they mentioned that Dole Whip might be making an appearance for the 2019 season. I've never had it, but a lot of Disney fans are obsessed with it. I'm excited.

 

I've had it at Holiday World and it's outstanding. Very refreshing on a hot day.

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Didn't get to go to the Winter walk-through, woke up sick Saturday morning, was bummed that I had to miss it. Got some pics from this morning, that Mark Brunner shared.They are moving along pretty quick, considering the weather we been having. I'm really liking the look and placement of this coaster.

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Overview of what has been worked on.

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The turn around is all of the main structure that is left to be placed.

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Overview from atop Deep Water Dive

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The Station is being worked on

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Lift hill ready for track to be laid

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That's a lot of floater airtime! I'm excited to see how many people call this their new favorite coaster at the park (if many people at all do - I know Storm Chaser will probably always be #1 to me)

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Have some more pics of Kentucky Flyer construction, thanks to Mark Brunner. I'm excited about this coaster, at my home park, adds on to their punch! These pics where from Friday, the turnaround most likely got finished today.

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Transfer track, that you will walk under to board the coaster.

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Track going down all over the course

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Not much left, of the main structure on the back turn

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The turn around

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Overview of the back half

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All that's left of the main structure to be erected

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The turn around is about done

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The station is coming together

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Love this look now, as you enter Hurricane Beach Club

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If it's anything like other Kingdom coasters, they'll always have two trains operating on the weekends. Sometimes they'll have two trains running on week days if it's busy enough.If they only have one train on the track and the crew notices that the queue is getting pretty full they can call for a second train to be transferred over.

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Is it confirmed that Kentucky Flyer will have two trains? I know some similar Gravity Group family models only have one. Although KK is a larger park compared to parks like Quassy and Story Land, so I suppose two is probably likely.

Yes, it will have two. One train will be blue, the other grey.

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The main structure is done, thanks to my buddy Mark Brunner for the Pictures

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Turn around is finished

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Kentucky Flyer, is getting ready to land.

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Looking good to me. May not be 200+ feet, but to me looks just as fun.

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They are having a sneak peak night, Fri. April 26th for Season Pass holders to be the first to ride Kentucky Flyer. Reserved my spot, can't wait.

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They are having a sneak peak night, Fri. April 26th for Season Pass holders to be the first to ride Kentucky Flyer. Reserved my spot, can't wait.

I might have to work at the park that night, but I reserved myself a spot just in case I'm not. I'm going to try to request off that night. I'm excited!

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They're so comfortable that they allow you to ride Hades 360 without dying of jackhammering shuffle pain so I think that says it all. Great trains.

 

Question for those that know... do all parks with Timberliners require their employees to pull on the restraint with their bodyweight? At Mt. Olympus the loading is really slow because they literally lean back w/ their full weight on each bar and tug. I wonder if they've had issues of them not being fully locked before.

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Question for those that know... do all parks with Timberliners require their employees to pull on the restraint with their bodyweight? At Mt. Olympus the loading is really slow because they literally lean back w/ their full weight on each bar and tug. I wonder if they've had issues of them not being fully locked before.

IIRC, Mine Blower's ops give a normal tug on them after pushing in a lil, not so much a full body weight yank.

 

They are indeed pretty cozy. Maybe not B&M hyper bucket seat type of cozy, but a very good fitting for wood coasters. Even when inverting.

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Kentucky Kingdom has been active on Twitter over the last few weeks, sharing new photos of the construction progress on the new Kentucky Flyer wooden coaster opening at the park later this year!

 

 

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Progress on the #KentuckyFlyer station is really taking off! #FlyerFriday

 

 

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The Kentucky Flyer was looking good this morning for the @courierjournal

 

 

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Therapy:

- Expensive

- Boring

- Not Kentucky Kingdom

 

This picture of The Kentucky Flyer:

- FREE

- Satisfying

- Colorful

 

 

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Calling all in Louisville, Nashville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Memphis, St. Louis...ANYWHERE! Be first to experience the ONLY new wooden roller coaster in the country!
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