Rod Whitenack

Published: May 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I bought a Kentucky Kingdom Season Pass, so I'll take a few pictures of the new look of the park and some of the new rides. Last weekend, during opening, the big controversy was all about a viral video that shows Lightning Run's support columns "wobbling" after the car passes over them. This went viral on the local news and park officials were forced to respond by saying this was normal and the structure was built to move to handle the stress. In other words, it would be bad if it didn't wobble. Here's a link to the video. What do the coaster experts and engineers here think?


Published: May 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Watched the first video and saw where they painted the old Amity restrooms brown. I was wondering what they were going to do with them in order to fit the London theme that is right next to them. They don't look too bad. I still wouldn't use them though.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I just saw detailed blueprints for the new Kong attraction at IOA. I initially thought it was going to go where the old Triceratops Encounter was, but it is going next to the lift building for JP River Adventure.

Hats off to Universal for pushing the limits of theme park expansion. Diagon Alley will elevate this resort to an entirely new level and the new rides keep on coming.

Word is, a wooden coaster and flat ride are coming to JP as well. There was supposed to be a wooden coaster when they opened, and they scrapped it. I have the concept drawings...

These videos are great, Jeff.... thanks so much.

James Trexen

Published: May 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

And it continues: Six Flags Great America- ""Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures this winter and unseasonably cool and rainy spring, the final touches on Goliath have been delayed," the Gurnee theme park said in a statement this morning.

A new opening date will be announced later this week, according to the statement."-Chicago Tribune

Admittedly, it was a rough winter, as anyone in the tri-state area will argue. However, the occurences of these delays is all too incredulous for a smooth 2014 theme park summer.

Anon Mouse

Published: May 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Question 5: Many parks complain because they lack resolve to solve the problem. Six Flags is no regional operator, but they behave like a company in decline. Even in bad times, parks must be kept up or customers will not return. Let's hope the new park management will fix the problem. He must be in this for the long haul.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Schlitterbahn Kansas City has delayed opening of their new mega water slide. It has a large drop, then a 'bump.' Rumor has it that test sandbags on a raft went airborne due to high speed at the bump and this caused Schlitterbahn to dismantle and re-engineer the ride to prevent disaster.
Gabriel Schroll

Published: May 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Question - what used to be where the King Kong attraction is currently being built? If it was just storage or back of park operations, then I'm really impressed to see that Universal is maximizing their available space. I'd love to see Disney do the same thing.

And yes, the Winter was pretty unbearable here in the Midwest.

I'd love to see plans and location of the Fort Lauderdale Schlitterbahn park. Great area for a quality park, depending on where it is.


Published: May 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Gabriel, that area has been a staging / storage area since the park opened. If you open Google Earth and roll it back to the early 2000s, you can see all sorts of different things in there. There are boats, trailers and storage pods mostly.