40N4 Tours: SFKK

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 5:13 AM
40 coasters, 4 days, 3 states, 925 miles.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, KY. Tuesday, June 25th, beautiful skies, hot & muggy.

I'll keep this short, since it was the worst amusement park experience in 34 years.

The Park: Placed in the parking lot of Freedom Hall near the Louisville International Airport off I-65. The only sign on the highway was on I-65 and no other attempts were made to tell you exactly where this little "treasure" was located. Signage outside the park was more than inside. We had a map and still had no idea how to navigate. I knew from previous reports and friends that a bridge connected the two sections of this park over a road, but I guess it's mental telepathy to find it. The park was not up to standards in cleanliness and found only one worker cleaning the areas about the rides. After 15 minutes, I turned to Glen, "We will NOT spend one dime besides parking in this place." So, I threw a penny in a fountain. Thank goodness for SF Season Passes!!

Flat rides: There were some, can't remember where since most of the time we were searching for them. SFKK had one that I haven't witnessed before, it was like a Top Spin ride that swung on opposite arms by the wave pool, which was cool, but their selection, overall, was lacking.

Coasters: Road Runner Express: The worst wild mouse I have ridden. Braked horribly. Chang: One train operation with a 25 minute wait. Gum stuck in every cranny of the que. And the thing is, the que is beautiful with Japanese plants covering the walkway and the ride was outstanding. I liked the extra corkscrew over the walkway, too. But, 25 minutes when no one was in the park? T2: Another clangy SLC running only one train with bored operators (and this was still not the worst). Good ride, but 15 minute wait? Twisted Twins: Many have said on the Buzz that this is the worst CCI. Sorry, CCI doesn't make a "bad" ride. This was above average in my opinion, good pops of air and solid helix's. If a UPS plane strays off course, you can say your goodbyes to this coaster, though. The runway was about 5 feet from the ride. Thunder Run: Biggest surprise of the day. And here's the BUT! TR only has one train operation, fine, no problem, but the operators spent 4 minutes arguing over next weeks work schedule while we sat in the train to have our restraints checked, then they didn't check them all and sent us on our way. We took one more lap since the airtime and laterals were outstanding, but headed for the gate immediately around 1pm.

Overall: Spent 2 hours and left.

Needs: A nuclear missle.

Surprises: Thunder Run and Twisted Sisters. No wait for either and both delivered a great wooden ride.

***Disclaimer*** 1) Every park is not the same. 2) 40 coasters in 4 days is worth every penny. 3) Thanks, Todd. I try very hard on my trip reports.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 5:31 AM

Woody said:
40 coasters, 4 days, 3 states, 925 miles.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, KY. Tuesday, June 25th, beautiful skies, hot & muggy.

I'll keep this short, since it was the worst amusement park experience in 34 years.

Got one of those bad visits huh? I had basically swore off this park but went back this year to process the cheap season pass.

The Park: Placed in the parking lot of Freedom Hall near the Louisville International Airport off I-65. The only sign on the highway was on I-65 and no other attempts were made to tell you exactly where this little "treasure" was located. Signage outside the park was more than inside. We had a map and still had no idea how to navigate. I knew from previous reports and friends that a bridge connected the two sections of this park over a road, but I guess it's mental telepathy to find it. The park was not up to standards in cleanliness and found only one worker cleaning the areas about the rides. After 15 minutes, I turned to Glen, "We will NOT spend one dime besides parking in this place." So, I threw a penny in a fountain. Thank goodness for SF Season Passes!!

The three dollar parking gose to the KY dept of tourism and not to SF :)

Flat rides: There were some, can't remember where since most of the time we were searching for them. SFKK had one that I haven't witnessed before, it was like a Top Spin ride that swung on opposite arms by the wave pool, which was cool, but their selection, overall, was lacking.

That ride is called Earthquake and if it was running count yourself lucky as I only ridden twice out of 6 visits.

Coasters: Road Runner Express: The worst wild mouse I have ridden. Braked horribly. Chang: One train operation with a 25 minute wait. Gum stuck in every cranny of the que. And the thing is, the que is beautiful with Japanese plants covering the walkway and the ride was outstanding. I liked the extra corkscrew over the walkway, too. But, 25 minutes when no one was in the park? T2: Another clangy SLC running only one train with bored operators (and this was still not the worst). Good ride, but 15 minute wait? Twisted Twins: Many have said on the Buzz that this is the worst CCI. Sorry, CCI doesn't make a "bad" ride. This was above average in my opinion, good pops of air and solid helix's. If a UPS plane strays off course, you can say your goodbyes to this coaster, though. The runway was about 5 feet from the ride. Thunder Run: Biggest surprise of the day. And here's the BUT! TR only has one train operation, fine, no problem, but the operators spent 4 minutes arguing over next weeks work schedule while we sat in the train to have our restraints checked, then they didn't check them all and sent us on our way. We took one more lap since the airtime and laterals were outstanding, but headed for the gate immediately around 1pm.

We got some great rides on Twisted Twins SRM day (They greased it) Thunder Run was originally designed to go into your former TR'ed park Lesourdsville lake. (At least it got built)

Overall: Spent 2 hours and left.

Needs: A nuclear missle.

Surprises: Thunder Run and Twisted Sisters. No wait for either and both delivered a great wooden ride.

Please tell me you got to Holiday World beings you were only a hour and fifteen minutes from it?

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193


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Saturday, June 29, 2002 6:27 AM
I think KK is worth a visit once a year for Twisted Sisters, Thunder Run, the Ferris Wheel, that funny little Honeybee Ride next to Twisted Sisters, and that loop of flat rides (Bayern Kurve, etc.) coming back up to the entrance. But the ideal time to visit is in mid August when the State Fair is open. Kentucky has one of the great state fairs in the country, along with Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska and Texas. At that time, KK becomes basically the midway for the State Fair. In that capacity it works pretty well.
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Saturday, June 29, 2002 6:37 AM
I rode Twisted Twins in 2000 and I thought it was pretty good. Then when I rode it a month ago it was a horrible ride besides the 2 times you get airtime. Chang and Thunder Run are the only good things in the park.

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 6:42 AM

You see, Trekker Park, I'm VERY upset now. I didn't even know they had a Bayern Kurve!!!! My favorite flat ride. I guess, I was so completely snowed by all of the other exterior problems, that I couldn't even find it. Twisted Twins is a good coaster, but not worth another 5 hour drive to ride them in one below average park (and I'm being kind).

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 8:09 AM

Another great ..uh well written TR. I noticed you missed Chang - which is probably a good thing. On our visit last year, they were consistantly stacking two trains with dispatch times over 8 minutes - with a full queue. This year had actually better dispatch times with one train, and the queue was almost empty.

And I'll agree. It's the worst park I've ever been to.

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Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 9:40 AM

Hey Chaindog! Good to hear from you. Yes, we did hit Chang, it's right under the Coasters portion. Actually, I enjoyed the ride, but the lack of hustle on the platform allowed my wallet to stay intact. It was like RCT, I was ticked and didn't spend a dime.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 10:03 AM

Trekker Park said:
I think KK is worth a visit once a year for Twisted Sisters, Thunder Run, the Ferris Wheel, that funny little Honeybee Ride next to Twisted Sisters, and that loop of flat rides (Bayern Kurve, etc.) coming back up to the entrance. But the ideal time to visit is in mid August when the State Fair is open. Kentucky has one of the great state fairs in the country, along with Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska and Texas. At that time, KK becomes basically the midway for the State Fair. In that capacity it works pretty well.


That Honey Bee ride is no longer at SFKK, It is now at SFWOA.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 10:35 AM

I actually read the TR - I'm not sure how I missed Chang! I was thinking you were talking about a one train operation on Road Runner - man, that would be low capacity.

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Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 9:00 AM
Nice TR? Sorry you didn't like SFkk.

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-Sean Newman
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 1:54 PM
I have a question....Is the state fair located inside Kentucky Kingdom and if so do they have a carnival come in or do they use the coasters for rides?
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Monday, July 1, 2002 5:24 AM
CP1, the fair is located in the adjacent to the park, not in the park.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:38 AM

Woody said:

You see, Trekker Park, I'm VERY upset now. I didn't even know they had a Bayern Kurve!!!! My favorite flat ride. I guess, I was so completely snowed by all of the other exterior problems, that I couldn't even find it. Twisted Twins is a good coaster, but not worth another 5 hour drive to ride them in one below average park (and I'm being kind).

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There's nothing like a woodie...



I think Trekker Park was talking about the Himilaya near the simulator theater, SFKK doesn't have a real Bayern. I'm sorry you had to experience SFKK. Not pretty.

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