Kentucky Kingdom to Reopen in 2014After multiple attempts it seems like finally it's going to happen.
From Bradley KeithThis has been an interesting week for theme parks with the accidents on Texas Giant and Shoot the Rapids, and this. Officially the park will reopen in May 2014 and lots of work has to be done. Obviously it won't be "Six Flags" anymore.
Posted July 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM
The park closed in 2009 and has been practically abandoned since, and it's not well known what has happened in there, but the more major rides are still there.
It will reopen with a 7 million dollar coaster. T2, the horrible Vekoma SLC, has a renovation planned, I don't even know WHAT they could do to make it very enjoyable. Greezed Lightnin', a Schwarzkopf shuttle looper, is already being demolished. It's in really bad shape and another Schwarzkopf coaster will come down for good. I've seen pictures of them cutting the track into pieces, so it obviously isn't going anywhere else. As for Thunder Run and Twisted Twins, the woodies, nothing has been announced but there's going to have to be some work there.
What do you think? How do you think the park will do this time? Is it even worth the trouble?
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Tyler HarrisIt's not worth the trouble-Six Flags has loads of parks to get money from.
Posted July 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM
Plus, they might change their minds and tear it down for a neighborhood for all those homeless people in Kentucky :)
Seriously, I don't see how Kentucky Kingdom will make any more money before the dropout.
From Bradley KeithI don't know if you saw Six Flags isn't owning it anymore if that's what you meant but you're right, I think it won't make MUCH money but I think it will make some. I see some problems with it though. 1: They're spending 7 million on a steel coaster and 12 million on water park stuff... The park is sort of small anyway and that's a lot for water park stuff, thus making the dry park smaller from the expanded water park. If they don't want to be the next "Freestyle Music Park" they should put some of that 12 million toward other rides and attractions. 3: The T2 renovation won't be complete until 2015 and the Twisted Twins renovation won't be done until 2016... That's a long time for a park that will have 2 operating coasters for sure on opening day (the new one and the kiddie coaster) and maybe Thunder Run, the woodie, which would make 3.
Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM
I visited it frequently and it never was great WITH Chang and everything else, and without them for the first year it all depends on what they add. If they were able to bring in Ozark Wildcat and Led Zeppelin the Ride that'd be unbelievable. I need to keep dreaming...
It all depends on what they bring in in terms of rides, because even without all the renovations they're going to have to do, if it opened today they just don't have it...
As much as I hope this park succeeds it seems like it won't, it's closed twice already so it'll be hard to keep it from closing a third time.
From Zack McDonaldYes it's worth the trouble. Ed Hart saved this park before and Magic Springs. Great to see the wood coasters saved.
Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider: Orlando 2014
Get all of Theme Park Insider's reader ratings, tips, and advice for planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld, in our new 2014 Orlando guidebook! It's more than 200 pages of well-tested, insider information that will help you get the most from your vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Connect with Theme Park Insider
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive