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At the park today and Storm Chaser just closed to replace a screen*??? That's all they told me, no idea when it will open back up? Has this happened to anyone else? Any idea if the ride will open back up before the park closes?

 

Update: Matinence says it's probably gonna be closed for a while "not for the the rest of the season, but it won't be back up today"

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At the park today and Storm Chaser just closed to replace a screen*??? That's all they told me, no idea when it will open back up? Has this happened to anyone else? Any idea if the ride will open back up before the park closes?

 

Update: Matinence says it's probably gonna be closed for a while "not for the the rest of the season, but it won't be back up today"

 

Pretty sure I met you at Lightning Run (I was in the El Toro shirt) and thanks again for warning me it was down for the day before I made the hike all the way back there. At least Lightning Run is a great way to end the day!

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When’s the last time Deluge actually operated?

 

Deluge was open all last season and into the September weekends as well. I've been told because of the minimum/maximum weight it requires regrouping of groups at times, which is not allowed while social distancing is still a thing. I personally think it should be open for individual groups wishing to ride as the weight minimum is 300 and maximum is 700 so I have a feeling its closure has more to do with not waiting to put wear and tear on the ride than being worried about regrouping.

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I'm just now realizing this year's big Keys to the Kingdom event is on the very last day of the KY State Fair! The pros is you get more rides than you bargained for with the midway right on KK's front doorstep! Easy walking distance! The con is that attendees might need to prepare for much different parking and potentially walking some further distance to reach park gates. Depending where you park, a tractor might be available to bus you around the Exposition Center too.

 

On top of that, I'm ALSO just now learning that KY State Fair switched ride vendors this year from North American Midway Entertainment to Kissel Entertainment! This feels similar to Bluegrass Fair in Lexington who switched from Belle City Amusements to Kissel Entertainment last year, and the ride lineup was SO MUCH better for it! I'm hoping the same can be said for this year's State Fair ride lineup. NAME's midway felt like it had been... lacking, the few times I've been back to the fair.

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We visited KK this past Saturday (evening) and Sunday (morning).

 

After visiting a couple of Cedar Fair and SF parks after their reopening, I have to say that between KK and Holiday World, we were very uncomfortable with the 99% of guests not wearing masks.

 

It's a bit easier to get over a couple of groups crowding you in a queue, but add this on top of them not wearing masks, and it makes for a rather unpleasant experience.

 

I feel especially bad for the ride ops - having to lean over and check restraints right in the faces of guests not wearing masks.

 

Sunday AM was much better in terms of crowds, and there are social distance markers throughout the park with plenty of hand sanitizer - but they completely miss the mark by not requiring masks (and it's obvious that "recommending" masks does nothing).

 

From an operational standpoint, we only hit the "dry" rides - every coaster was running well - Storm Chaser and Lightning Run both at two-train ops. T3 seemed to take the longest (running one-train).

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Governor is signing an order requiring mandatory mask wearing in Kentucky starting tomorrow afternoon. This could affect the park, so just a heads up to anyone thinking of swinging by soon. For now, it'll only be for the next 30 days.

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Is Storm Chaser back up and running?

 

Was at the park today, all coasters were running. Most wait times were less than 15 minutes, even with every other row being used. Would be interesting to see how a mask requirement changes things, as I saw maybe 5% of guests wearing them today.

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Good call from the Governor... I might actually make an effort to visit KK this year if they force the locals to actually care about the safety of those around them and wear masks.

 

I've already had to cancel my Mt. O and IB trips because it's clear that the locals don't understand science and are extremely selfish.

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Well check the news before you go if it's a concern because the AG of Kentucky has filed a challenge to the Governor and a judge has temporarily blocked the order on some state law red tape/loophole.

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Went to the park today, had a good time. Not many people wearing masks, not many people being socially distant. But, since there were light crowds, everyone was kind of naturally socially distanced. I'm not too worried about coronavirus, so personally I was not bothered by any of this, but I can see how some people would be. It was depressing to see empty shops and restaurants and rides and games with a lone employee just sitting there with no guests to tend to. But I was glad to go and support the park and buy some swag. Also I think the water park had more people in it than the actual amusement park.

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Does anyone have a good gameplan if you get to the park at opening? I'm looking to ride every coaster except the kiddie one once before moving on to Holiday World for the rest of the day.

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imo: Lightning Run first, then Storm Chaser, Thunder Run, T3, and KY Flyer. LR has slowest ops, and it's at the front so it's usually the first sought-after coaster. Best to get it done quicker then head to the back via the crosswalk next to Scream Extreme.

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Does anyone have a good gameplan if you get to the park at opening? I'm looking to ride every coaster except the kiddie one once before moving on to Holiday World for the rest of the day.

 

Definitely hit Lightning Run first since it's by the entrance and the line will only go up. If you can get on and off before the line forms it's worth reriding. You should then hit T3 if you plan to ride it since that ride has a putrid capacity.

 

From there, it depends how many Storm Chaser rides you want. If you want several, I'd go there next. If you don't want many laps, I'd get a quick ride on Kentucky Flyer and Thunder Run before going back to Storm Chaser.

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If you're only there to get one cred on each but skip T3 and Roller Skater, you'll be in and out way quicker than you'll expect. Don't hesitate to get a re-ride on a favorite. Just my 2 cents tho.

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I appreciate the input, Canobie Coaster.

 

^ Yeah, I'm definitely not looking at this park as a "credit run," as the rides appear to be exemplary. I'm hoping that it will be a place that I will want to spend more time at in the future. I'm really looking forward to Holiday World, but I likely will re-ride something at KK if the lines are short.

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I appreciate the input, Canobie Coaster.

 

^ Yeah, I'm definitely not looking at this park as a "credit run," as the rides appear to be exemplary. I'm hoping that it will be a place that I will want to spend more time at in the future. I'm really looking forward to Holiday World, but I likely will re-ride something at KK if the lines are short.

 

Everyone is different and I am the vast minority but I did HW and KK in the same weekend and had a way better time at Kentucky Kingdom. Lightning Run and Storm Chaser are incredible

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I'm excited to see the new Intamin models coming and I know it's been posted here before about permits being filed by Intamin for work so I'm thinking based on what posted here that KK is getting the dueling Infinity model which looks bad ass.

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^What permits have you seen that link Kentucky Kingdom and Intamin? The only permit I’ve seen was for a “Raptor,” which is specifically the name for RMC’s single rail model.

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