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I make sure to leave plenty of slack, but the G force just pushes the restraint hard into my thighs.

 

I think this is your issue right here.

 

I have never ridden T3, but I have ridden rides that are notorious for thigh-crushing (Skyrush being the biggest one). I even hear people complain about Mack Rides restraints and Gerstlauer Infinity lap bars crushing them. If you push the lap bar as tight as you can when you load in the train, it won't tighten during the ride.

 

I think what causes tightening is people leaving tons of room, then the G-forces slamming the restraint way farther down than you could push yourself. If you tighten it yourself at the beginning, you won't have issues.

 

Again, I have not ridden T3, so maybe that coaster has completely different restraints and I don't know what I'm talking about, but on rides like Skyrush, Copperhead Strike, HangTime, I305/Maverick/Fahrenheit/Storm Runner, etc. that are famous for "thigh crushing," leaving tons of room in the beginning is exactly how you get your thighs crushed. I close the restraint as tight as I can myself in the beginning and have never had a single issue with "thigh crushing" on any of those types of rides.

 

Just my two cents. Everybody's experience is different, and everybody has different body shapes, so there is no "universal" rule. I just laugh when people complain about thigh crushing but leave tons of room on their restraint in the beginning. That's what causes it in the first place! Sure, not everybody wants a super tight restraint, but tightening it yourself will never be as uncomfortable as the ride doing it for you!

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I visited the park last Tuesday (July 30, 2019) so I could get revenge on Lightning Run, plus ride T3, Storm Chaser, and Kentucky Flyer. Scream Extreme was awesome: it could take the place of any old Enterprise ride anytime! The park wasn't crowded and every attraction was a walk up and ride. They only ran four cars on Tin Lizzies, but with the line as light as it was, adding more cars might be overkill. Cyclos wasn't running ( lucky for me I rode a similar ride at Camden park two days earlier). And I won't have any shame to admit that I rode Rawdy Racers - twice. In all, I rode 35 rides before calling it quits.

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Again, I have not ridden T3, so maybe that coaster has completely different restraints and I don't know what I'm talking about, but on rides like Skyrush, Copperhead Strike, HangTime, I305/Maverick/Fahrenheit/Storm Runner, etc. that are famous for "thigh crushing," leaving tons of room in the beginning is exactly how you get your thighs crushed. I close the restraint as tight as I can myself in the beginning and have never had a single issue with "thigh crushing" on any of those types of rides.

IDK about you, but I had the opposite experience on Copperhead Strike, where I felt I couldn't get it sufficiently tight and wasn't able to staple myself with the lap bar if I wanted. It seemed to be designed with a limit where the lap bar couldn't be pushed down too hard.

 

I would try to push it down mid-ride, and it would just ... rise back up to where it initially was set (they're hydraulic restraints, fyi).

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T3's restraints are fine, it just tracks like a shopping cart rolling down a flight of stairs.

 

The thighs of my son, and myself, would beg to differ! Those restraints CRUSHED them by the end of the coaster in a way that would make Skyrush proud! They literally (and I'm a wordsmith - I don't use that word lightly or inappropriately) were going numb as I sat on the break run. Now, if that's not a restraint issue, do enlighten me. But it sure doesn't seem likely to have anything to do with the track! As for the track though, you're 100% accurate in your description of how that is!

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Sorry for the double post, but seeing as how this is an entirely different topic, and my last post was 5 days ago, hopefully this will be forgiven!

 

What have the crowds been like on the weekends at this park lately? I'm thinking of heading down there this weekend, either Saturday or Sunday (or both!), but if it's been a mob scene, I may not bother.

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^ I visited on a Sunday earlier this year (early June) and the Sunday of Labor Day weekend last year.

 

The only lines I saw was a half hour for Lightning Run and T3 due to one train operations. Storm Chaser was a complete walk-on all day.

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We were at the park yesterday and it was also very light crowds. Every coaster just running one train. However the only thing that was down that I really wanted to do was the water coaster, too bad.

 

This was our first time at KK, any other time we were nearby we just didn't have the time to stop for an extra day. Overall we enjoyed the park and I totally respect the owner's efforts to bring it back to life and I think they are succeeding. Too bad that they really don't have the ability to expand coupled with the height restrictions. But everything looked clean and well maintained. Landscaping was lovely, I always notice.

 

The employees were mostly friendly although we thought it was kind of weird that one of the ride ops at Storm Chaser was publicly stating how she never had ridden the very coaster she worked on and she hated roller coasters because she had only ridden T3 and assumed all coasters were just like that......weird. It was no big deal to us just thought it was kind of strange.

 

One other kind of funny thing that happened. We went into grab a quick bite to eat around 2:30 at the pizza place near the entrance. It was a low crowd day and an odd time so not surprised that there was only one other group in there. After I ordered and was attempting to pay they could not get the cash register to work. So they told me just don't worry about it, free food congratulations. Ok. Then while we were halfway through our food they came over and told me they had it working and I could pay now. Ok. Of course I didn't argue we did owe them for the food but the guy was kind of cheeky about come pay right now, like I was gonna escape without paying. I mean it was their idea in the first place to let us have the food. I think it was a case of inexperienced teens trying to handle a problem, I didn't see anyone over maybe 20 working in there at all.

 

One other thing I noticed that I thought was pretty funny. During the last hour before close they switched the classic rock and hip country songs over to American standards with lots of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin etc. Trying to mellow everyone out and get them to quietly make their way home I guess. lol.

 

Not sure this is a yearly visit for us, we always try to get to HW once a year and of course KK is just a little further down the road. But I will go back when the opportunity presents itself and we have time.

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They run deluge so slow that I never really want to climb the stairs to ride it, it's a shame they don't redo it to where you load at the ground and they have a moving conveyor belt like Wildabeast.

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^ I visited on a Sunday earlier this year (early June) and the Sunday of Labor Day weekend last year.

 

The only lines I saw was a half hour for Lightning Run and T3 due to one train operations. Storm Chaser was a complete walk-on all day.

 

Thanks for that info, it's helpful!

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^ I visited on a Sunday earlier this year (early June) and the Sunday of Labor Day weekend last year.

 

The only lines I saw was a half hour for Lightning Run and T3 due to one train operations. Storm Chaser was a complete walk-on all day.

 

The Storm Chaser area is an area that they really need to work on, that whole corner area from between Thunder Run and Mile High Falls back to Storm Chaser is pretty empty and is a long walk to get back in that area for two rides and then Eye of the Storm is just kinda out there on it's own not even tied to either one of those areas. They really need to redo that whole back area and make it one cohesive area and make it to feel like its actually part of the park.

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Rumor's going around is Deluge and the Waterslides, in the middle of the Lazy River are going out after this year and a New Water Coaster is going in their old spots. Also hearing a couple of Flat rides are going into the area leading to Storm Chaser.

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^Outside the entrance of Storm Chaser is a big, ole circle that i can imagine of seeing the Scrambler filling in and giving the name "Twister". To me, any park that doesn't have a Scrambler got to be out of their minds! Either that or a Troika. Or be a star and get both.

 

Other things I would like to point out - Please either repair, restore, or replace the motor for The Flying Dutchman. That ride spins so slowly. Another thing to either repair, restore, or replace: the organ for their carousel. I feel that some of the pipes is way out of tune and I think it's turning off some of the riders instead of turning them on. Perhaps the best way of riding would be putting headphones or earplugs on.

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I received an email today from Kentucky Kingdom asking me to share the Halloscream promotional poster on all my social media, so of course this was the best place to start.

 

I'm very excited for this event but I know it'll only continue next year if people show up and support it this year, so anyone who can please come. I loved this as a kid and I hope it's better than I remembered it.

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I've only ever been in the park after dark once, which was during ERT at an ACE event, but having the majority of the park finally open to the public from 6pm until midnight to ride rides??? Excited would be an understatement!

 

On top of that, this has been something folks have been asking to the park about ever since the park opened in 2014, so seeing them finally get the chance to get their Halloween event back and extend operations into the Fall is fantastic! Already renewed for the specialty HalloScream season pass, and I absolutely cannot wait for this!

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I too am looking forward to the return of Halloscream and how they will do with it's return. Can't wait to ride the Coasters in the dark. I will most likely go a couple of times to check out both Haunted Houses.

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I just saw this and I'm super pumped! I agree that everyone needs to come out and support this event so that they continue to expand it and continue it. It's worth it if at least for the night rides. I'll have to plan an evening for this but I am down!

 

I noticed there was mention of a "laBARatory" and the description sounds like they'll be serving Haunt-themed beer in the least. I don't remember there being alcohol at the park in the past. Is this a new thing for them?

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There's three bars in Kentucky Kingdom, all within pretty close proximity of each other between Kentucky Flyer and T3.

 

There's Taco Tequila which serves tacos and has a bar within. There's Hurricane Bay Beach Club's bar, easy to spot and seats outdoors in the middle of the water park. And there's Craft Beer Garden serving an assortment of local craft beers (plus what's arguably the best food in the park). They've been there for the past couple years at least.

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And there's Craft Beer Garden serving an assortment of local craft beers (plus what's arguably the best food in the park). They've been there for the past couple years at least.

 

Was there the Sunday before Labor Day and that food was outstanding (as was the beer). There's a bit of a wait for it if they get a lot of orders but well worth it!

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https://www.kentuckykingdom.com/halloscream

Julie Johnson, Vice President of Sales and Admissions for Kentucky Kingdom, stated, “We are pleased to offer all 2019 season pass holders free admission to HalloScream. However, they will need to pay a $10 admission charge to each haunted house. For the best value, I suggest purchasing a 2020 Kentucky Kingdom season pass. They’re on sale now for the early bird price of $59.95 and they provide free admission to HalloScream 2019, one free entry to each haunted house, and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy all of Kentucky Kingdom’s rides and attractions all summer long next year.”

 

If you pay for a $29.95 day ticket or you upgrade to 2020 season pass, you get in each house once for free. After that, it's $10.

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