Who owns the Kentucky Kingdom rides: Six Flags... or Kentucky?
Now this is interesting.
Apparently, the Kentucky State Fair Board has gone to court to prevent Six Flags from moving the rides at the now-closed Kentucky Kingdom theme park to other Six Flags properties.
Kentucky is claiming that the rides are "fixtures" to the land they sit on, which is owned by the State Fair Board. Therefore, they are Kentucky property, and not Six Flags'.
The state says that it can find someone else to run the park with Six Flags now out of the picture, and apparently, wants to keep the rides to make that a sweeter deal for whatever management team it hopes to lure in.
Six Flags, as one would expect, isn't buying it and has filed a countersuit against the state. (The suits are being heard in bankruptcy court in Delaware, and not in Kentucky, due to Six Flags being in Chapter 11.)
I would think that it depends on the contract and who owns the land. The land that Kentucky Kingdom sits on is not a single parcel owned by one entity. Six Flags owns a substantial amount of the property that the park sits on, and therefore should own without question the rides and attractions sitting on their property. The map I looked at showed most of the major attractions standing on Six Flags property. Much of the waterpark sits on the fairground property, and some attractions such as the SBNO Twisted Twins cross over between both owners.
I live 10-15 minutes drive from Kentucky Kingdom, so this story does matter to me and the people of my city who have already been hit hard with this Recession. There's nothing good that can come out of another major business closing its doors in our city. Hopefully, someone can get a good deal out of this and improve the park overall when they reopen it. However, the Fair Board has proved again and again to be extremely hard to work with and has put the screws to every company that has ever tried to operate a park within their borders. Personally, from my years of experience living in Louisville and my knowledge of the Fair Board and its practices, I wouldn't advise any company to quickly jump into bed with them.
Checking out the park, the only rides of interest to me are Greezed Lightnin', the Maurer Söhne wild mouse coaster, and maybe T2. Maybe. The wooden coasters would make good kindling, and the rest of that county fair junk can be sold to the local mall. Perhaps they can retro fit some of the rides for use in their food court area?
James: Greezed lightnin' is nothing to care one whit about, and neither is the wild mouse. I found T-2 to be extremely painful. The two wooden coasters really aren't all that bad! Thunder Run was the best coaster there (yet it's 1/10th the coaster Prowler or the Legend is). Chang was decent (but that's already gone?).
That would be cool. it all depends on how big the rides are. Also how big is the mall ceilings. obviously a ride like the round up or a big rollercoaster can not fit in the mall. in my other thoughts this is like New orleans all over again same exact probelm and it is NOT FARE six flags put $ into the rides and bought the rides so it is SIXFLAGS PROPERTY!!!
Well Greezed Lightnin used to be at SFGA so that makes me think that SF owns the rides, however, if they have debt to pay to KY, perhaps that will be payment!
I only like Greezed Lightnin' for nostalgic value. When I grew up "way back when", I used to go to Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara, CA. My first "Big Boy" coaster was called Tidal Wave, and it was the same as Greezed Lightnin'.
Well, Great America (in IL) will probably like to try to grab it! I hope the roller coasters do not get destroyed!
The state has a completely bogus argument. If Six Flags built and paid for these rides, they belong to Six Flags. "Fixtures"? Oh, please; roller coasters are not trees growing out of government land. This is just a government ripoff, and if I was the judge, I would laugh them out of court.
I thought that Thunder Run was an ok wooden coaster. It's certainly not kindling material.
The two week closure at the end of August each year was FORCED to happen by the Fair Board. They didn't want Kentucky Kingdom competing for attention and dollars with the Kentucky State Fair. The first few years, the Fair Board basically TOOK OVER Kentucky Kingodom and used it as a supplement to its own Midway, letting people in for free but charging seperate ticket fees for each ride. Even if you bought a Season Pass, you had to pay for rides seperately during the Fair. Before Six Flags took over the park, it was a small. locally owned theme park, but the Fair Board doomed that effort as well.
My point exactly....Who would want to operate a park and deal with that kind of stuff?
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