Six Flags announces Kentucky Kingdom closure
First they closed off a section of the park. Then they suddenly started taking down one of their most popular coasters to transfer elsewhere. Today Six Flags confirmed the final fate for Kentucky Kingdom. It's over.
Here's the statement from Six Flags:
Statement from Six Flags
It wasn't a great park, but it was fun. I'm sorry to see it go.
Six Flags is trying to blame the State Fair Board for not agreeing to changes in the lease for the park, but let's be clear: competition from Holiday World ultimately did in Kentucky Kingdom. And a new B&M coaster at Kings Island didn't help KK, either.
I agree this park should be SHUT the accident years ago where Lasitter had her feet cut by a cable from the drop tower means the park has had POOR maintenece and INSPECTIONS of rides. THis park should have been shut YEARS AGO after this incident. THis girl is still not the same and she never will. I am shure her family probably sued them. Could this accident have had somthing to do with it?
Was it really a competition between KK, KI and Holiday World? Who's the homely best friend in that trio???
It is sad to see any theme park close imho, however SFKK was definitely a minor player surrounded by a killer lineup of amusement offerings as Robert mentioned above. And honestly, the park kind of blew anyway, so it really is not much of a loss to destination travelers like me. However, I am sure the locals are bummed, and they have my sympathy.
That makes sense. Walk in the Parks magically disappeared from there on the website. I also was told by the person selling season passes that they are not selling them for every park.
James, you may want to check your keyboard. It appears that you typed "Thunder Run is the best coaster there" and it seems to have come out as "Twisted Twins would be okay too." You may want to get that checked.
Steve, the last thing I want to see at a park near me is another Dinn corporation back crusher. Yikes! If I want to strain vertebrae, I can just ride the Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun.
I spent a lot of time in Louisville last summer. I visited the park a couple of times, and it was a ghost town. They removed the big ticket coaster (Chang) and shipped it off to Chicago this off season, Twisted Twins has been SBNO for a couple of years, and of course the accident with the Intamin Drop Tower was hanging over their heads as well. I'm not a bit surprised, in fact it's what I figured would happen, given the fact that it doesn't seem they've put any kind of real money in this park for a long time.
I moved to within an hour and a half or so of SFKK a year and a half ago, and never attempted to go, despite being a coaster junkie. I heard the worst things about the park from everyone I know who's been there. That combined with all the terrible experiences I've had over the years with Six Flags Great Adventure, and I had no desire to go. I'm sure the closing surprises no one. There were selling 5 day passes for $30 last year; trying to get what little money they could out of the park.
Six Flags greatescapes closes at 7pm in the summer and they do ok. so it is DEFINATLY not because of the hours.
Let me just add a small dose of sentimetality to the reality. I've lived in Louisville most of my life. It's one of the biggest small towns in the country, but as a major city it has struggled with identity. Before the recession, Louisville was making MAJOR strides with art & culture making a splash and plans for things like the world class Museum Plaza building, but the recession which hurt all of us basically killed Louisville and ended 15 years worth of uphill climbing.
Six Flags Great Escape doesn't have anyone to compete with. Kentucky Kingdom has heavy competition from two of the top rated and most attended parks in the country. Closing at 7pm in the summertime is not an option for a struggling amusement park in the middle of heavy competition.
Derek, don't forget the Voyage billboard that was perfectly placed so you could see it on the lift hill of Twisted Twins.
Actually I think it's still there, and city buses with Holiday World ads on the side routinely make the stops on Crittenden Drive in front of the fairgrounds.
Years ago in the early 1990's went a roller coast run from Knobals, Hershey, Cedar Point. Geiga Lake, Kennywood, and Kings Island. I found out about Kentucky Kindom as I was about to fly back Louisiana. Never even knew it exsisted but would have gone to visit.
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