Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:31 am
Great trip report, their Fright Fest theming is some of the best I've ever seen at a Six Flags. I was able to visit SFGAm a few years ago when I was in Chicago for work and I've been dying to get back ever since.
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:28 pm
Great report! That's odd they reserve seats specifically for single rider lines. The intent is to fill all available seats and not necessarily to get people on faster (although it usually has that benefit).
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:34 pm
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! That's odd they reserve seats specifically for single rider lines. The intent is to fill all available seats and not necessarily to get people on faster (although it usually has that benefit).
It wasn’t that they reserved the seats, but that the adjacent seats were not in commission that day. I’m not sure why that was. Given that they were relatively evenly spaced throughout the train (every three or 4 rows on the orange train) I almost wondered if it could have been a weight issue.
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:17 pm
Yay Chicago! They really do a great job with their theming there.
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:51 pm
The skunks have been at KI for a few years. Usually around the Oktoberfest pond. I spotted one at Kings Dominion this year as well at their old Action Theater building.
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:57 pm
At last year's King Louie's Winter Walkthrough event, I remember Ed Hart saying they had considered staying open in the season longer and running a Halloween event but didn't think they would do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to them, so I was psyched when I heard that Kentucky Kingdom was putting on a Halloween event. I made plans to attend on the opening night, and my coaster buddy, Adam, joined me.
Adam had attended the Halloscream media day the night before and had done the haunts, but besides Kentucky Flyer (which he had ridden at that media day), he had never been on any of the coasters. Storm Chaser was going to be his #50th coaster, so we went there first.
Even though Storm Chaser was only running one train, there were no lines and the ride ops let us stay on as long as we wanted until someone came to our row, in which case we could just switch it up. We rode 5 times before deciding to hit up the other coasters. Next up was Thunder Run.
The park had done some retracking since the last time I rode this, so the coaster was running much more smoothly. We even hit some surprising ejector air on some of the hills!
After Thunder Run, Adam wanted to credit whore a little so you know where we went...
I knew what would be coming next, so I grabbed one of my free drinks and we headed to face the inevitable.
I didn't think it was possible... but T3 was even worse than I imagined it would be. After the lift hill, it was all downhill from there. Seriously, T3 puts all SLCs to shame with how bad it is. The restraints make it impossible to brace, you end up sliding forward and wedging your legs in a horrible Sky Rush, and the level of shakiness and roughness is unbearable. Not even joking, I hurt the rest of the day and into the next day from one ride on this thing. NEVER AGAIN.
After riding that death trap, I needed a little break, so we looked at some of the Halloscream decorations.
Even before dark, the park had scareactors wandering about and scaring people. They were actually quite good and got us a few times as we posed for pictures.
When we were ready to try rides again, we hit up Kentucky Flyer, the newest coaster at Kentucky Kingdom.
It's a smaller, family wooden coaster but packs a punch! There were some surprising mini-ejector airtime hills that even hurt my thighs a little, or was that just leftover pain from T3? Anyway, this coaster gets two thumbs up and I think it's a very nice addition to the park!
Next, we hit up the ferris wheel to enjoy the view before heading over to the other side of the park.
If you've never ridden Lightning Run, then what are you waiting for? This coaster proves that you don't need record-breaking heights to make a fast, fun, and airtime-filled coaster!
After Lightning Run, I dragged Adam onto my favorite flat and then rode it twice more while he rode Cyclos. I still had a headache from T3 and didn't want to push my luck with another ride that would likely make it feel worse.
Next, we hit up "Drop Zone" (per the KI fanboy) which I think is the scariest drop tower I've ridden in recent years. Seriously, compared to Drop Zone and other drop towers I've been on, there is NO warning as to when this thing is going to drop, so the fall takes you especially off guard. We rode it twice, then headed for Friday the 13th, the "5D" Iwerks experience.
***SPOILERS????*** I haven't seen the newest Friday the 13th, but I'm pretty sure this movie just took all the death scenes from that and added 3D, wind, and motion effects. I definitely prefer first-person 3D rides, but it was still a lot of fun. The best part about it was the guy dressed up as Jason who wandered around the theater scaring people.
With our last half hour of rides operation, we went to Storm Chaser for some night rides.
There were more people than in the first hour, but even with one-train op, we still got four rides in.
I have to say, this was probably one of my craziest experiences on an RMC to date. I hope I'm not going to get anyone in trouble saying this, but the ride ops were letting us keep the lap bars up pretty high. Maybe I'm just used to Six Flags (and even CF parks) stapling us every chance they get, but it's been a while since I've ridden a coaster where the ride ops were all for giving you extra space in the lap bars for extra airtime. That, and given that Storm Chaser doesn't staple you so much during the ride (meaning the lap bars stayed relatively put during the ride cycle) we got some INSANE airtime moments. Seriously, even though the airtime isn't as intense as Steel Vengeance or some of the others, the extra lap bar space made a big difference.
With the rides now closed (10:00), we then headed over to do the haunt stuff (open until 12).
First up, Die Laughing : A Clown Funeral
I'm always down for a good clown maze, and this one was definitely not short on the scares! You start by walking through a vagina (the maze attendants thought it was hilarious when I called it that) and ducking under some heads and body parts. It had some fresh ideas including one maze portion where some of the carnival flaps are exits and some are walls and you have to find your way out. There were chainsaws, scary animatronics, creepy clowns, and all sorts of macabre and creepy terrors! It made it even better that we didn't have to be part of a "conga-line" and basically walked through the entire maze on our own. That meant that all the scares were targeted for us, and we walked out feeling very thrilled with the experience.
Last but not least, Zombie Wasteland!
While another oft-repeated haunt maze theme is zombies, this maze had some fresh ideas as well! There were more heads and body parts to duck through, lots of scary animatronics (if you've never read a haunt TR from me, I'm TERRIFIED of animatronics), and at one part Adam and I got separated and the zombie followed behind me for a while. As with the clown maze, it was nice being the only ones going through and having all the scares to ourselves.
Overall, even though there are only two mazes, don't let that deter you from visiting, because both mazes were very well done, IMO. I'd rather have two well done mazes that you can go through alone than 5-10 mediocre mazes, waiting 30min - 1 hour each, going through them in a "conga-line", and coming out feeling "meh" about the experience. Fair warning, though, if you have a season pass you'll have to pay $10 per maze. If you buy a Halloscream ticket, you'll get into each maze once. But don't let that stop you! Come out and support the park so they can continue doing this event year-after-year.
I definitely recommend people visit KK this October, if anything for the night rides on Storm Chaser and Lightning Run.
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:42 pm
Nice report! Hopefully this event is successful enough they continue it in future years.
I think Storm Chaser depends on the op. Someone rode behind me back in May and asked if he could get a ton of room. The op pushed his down real tight after that.
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:44 pm
Looks like a fun event! Agreed on Cyclos and the Flyers. Love all the Mardi Gras stuff...very cool.
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:43 pm
Great report, I was there Friday night, you got me and my girlfriends in the sunset shot on the Giant Wheel, " pic " that is me and my girlfriends. It was good for their return to a Halloween event, I hope it returns next year, even though I'll most likely visit another time or two. The crowd was minimal, like you said, no real wait for anything. I hope it picks up and turns out to be a hit.
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Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:20 pm
This is my first time in this thread. Great TR's. Their simplicity is painless and I like how you have a ton of photos. Looks like KI takes the cake again for The Haunt. We've been three times throughout the past four years and we love it. It usually involves a BAD hangover the next day. This year is a no-go for us. We can't go to anymore parks this year. Sucks.