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

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People tend to forget, Deluge was the first ever hydromagentic water coaster, it was a prototype. I love it but the constant downtime and issues it has causes headaches for everyone involved. Operators at the park have told me, techs hate it because anytime it goes down, they have to visit the pump room, mechanical room, unload section and then have to hike up to the top to restart the ride. All newer models have the unload and load areas at the same elevation if not in the same station to curb this issue. Prosilde themselves have tried to fix the issues the ride has but can't seem to understand its constant different issues. A new operating system would cost a lot on this ride and with it being 13 years old this year, it might be better just to start over from scratch.

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Although I would say it is probably in the top 5 most popular rides in the park IMO. It’s thrilling but still relatively family friendly. I think it would be worth the investment and still build a new one too if possible!

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Went to King Louie's Winter Walk through, at Kentucky Kingdom yesterday. We learned in the presentation that Halloscream will be back and expanded. The Giant Wheel is being given a refurbishment and Thunder Run received more track replacement. They took us in the print shop, technical service shop and in many back stage areas. It was a nice event, I only took a few photos.

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Group Photo

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Kentucky Flyer

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Lightning Runs first drop

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Underneath Lightning Runs airtime hill

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One of the many curves on Lightning Run

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Twisty

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Sign from Halloscream

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Breakdance, Himalaya, and Thunder Run are also turning 30 this year!

 

I can't wait to see what they'll do with HalloScream especially. Last year they started making plans in July, but now they have a whole year to prep for whatever they'll pull off. This is especially good considering their calendar states they'll be open Halloween Day Saturday!

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Breakdance, Himalaya, and Thunder Run are also turning 30 this year!

 

I can't wait to see what they'll do with HalloScream especially. Last year they started making plans in July, but now they have a whole year to prep for whatever they'll pull off. This is especially good considering their calendar states they'll be open Halloween Day Saturday!

 

Yeah, I;m excited to see what they do for Halloscream. Wonder if they'll use Oak Island again?

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I also really appreciated Ed coming out to talk to the group as well about selecting certain manufacturers for the park that fits within their budget and pleases more than just the enthusiast crowd. Kentucky Flyer is a really good example of that push, imo.

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Don't mean to double post (Edit: nvm, guess I was making this while sfkk was posting too!), but I did have some stuff from the tour around the park for any interested.

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When we first arrived behind T3 and walked to the management building.

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They're doing their special again this year: 2 days at the park + free drinks for $29.95 when you visit kentuckykingdom.com/ilovecoasters

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HUGE time jump, because I shot most of the tour on my camera (see YouTube video above). This was in the print shop, which is the lil shed building underneath Lightning Run.

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Speaking of Lightning Run, walking out the garage door out back greets you to the sweet floor level S-bend curves on the coaster.

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100ft first drop. Unassuming, but VERY steep and powerful, especially in the backseat!

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Lots of photo ops for folks walking as far as underneath the first drop, and over to the footers of what was Greezed Lightnin'.

 

Awesome of the park to give us such a closeup tour of Lightning Run, which was my personal highlight of the event! Big thanks to them!

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Not surprised, what with all the mayhem currently going on. I've been keeping an eye on other parks who have had earlier opening dates and have stayed relatively quiet about it with no changes so far.

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Don't mean to double post (Edit: nvm, guess I was making this while sfkk was posting too!), but I did have some stuff from the tour around the park for any interested.

 

Great video!!! - If I could provide just one tip of feedback... It's that, IMO, the video would have been about 1,900 times better if you would have muted the audio from the actual video with all of the background noise, and just went with the music! (Just my 2 cents worth though.)

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I've been keeping an eye on other parks who have had earlier opening dates and have stayed relatively quiet about it with no changes so far.

I'd look for most of them to announce the opening date extensions within a week or so. KI just pushed back to May 1st. Parks are still waiting to see and I would think that extending opening dates publicly is risking losing more interest.

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It's possible, but our governor is being smart and only re-opening things in small steps, so it really depends on what he reopens and when.

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I'm sure this is gonna be asked at a later point, but for those of you signed up for Keys to the Kingdom, the original page days ago had changed to mention that a new date was being sought after since it seems very likely the park won't be open in time for the May 31st date.

 

The purchase page for the event is currently taken down along with links to purchase park tickets (for obvious reasons).

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