Expedition '02 : Kentucky Kingdom

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Sunday, August 25, 2002 11:56 AM
I guess the bottom line is, if KK wants to attract a lot of attention and attendance next year they should take out T2, Chaos and The Great Race and put in a Hyper to rival Magnum. I prefer woodies myself, but I admit the Hyper would bring in that whole steeler crowd. The unique height restriction caused by the airport next door might interfere somewhat with a Hyper's height, but maybe they could compensate with more horizontal helices and sheer speed, or maybe dig down in the ground to gain room for additional drops. They could also make the ride longer, like Chang, which would appeal to a lot of riders.
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 5:05 AM
I read in several newspapers and magazines that Six Flags is removing major coasters from a few of its parks to make room for new coasters, and moving those old ones to new Six Flags parks. Wonder if they might move one of them to Kentucky Kingdom ? It would give KK a new attraction without a major financial investment.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 10:30 AM
I think saying that Twisted Sisters doesn't get enough credit because it's at SFKK is a little off-base.

First off, SFKK is hardly an unusual park to visit. Few people base a trip on visiting that park, but it has the benefit of being very close to one of the most beloved small parks in the country in HW, because of that they get a lot of enthusiasts coming through.

Secondly, if Twisted Sisters was really all that good (which IMHO it isn't, it's the worst CCI(s) I've been on...) I think people would be going out of their way to say that it's good, since it doesn't have much competition at SFKK other than the fantastic Thunder Run and the partially loved Chang. The fact that people complain about it says to me that it's another very mediocre ride at a very mediocre park.

As I said, I place it last on my list of CCIs which is (not in my preference order):
Twister Sisters
Hoosier Hurricane
Cornball Express
Lost Coaster
Boulder Dash
The Boss
Tonnere de Zeus

I love Thunder Run but I sure won't be going back to SFKK until they install another full size coaster...

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 10:37 AM

C Bomb - You may have a point, there. However, I think a lot of people go into the park with a bad attitude, and are ready to dog everything associated with it.

I was extremely impressed by Stella on opening weekend, finding it to be much better than "mediocre." But it's pointless to debate opinions. :)

Aside - The Twisted Sisters "turds on the track" photos (and all of our SRM weekend photos for that matter) have been lost for all time, so I won't be able to share them with anyone. :(

"The perfect machine, you seemed to be, when I built you up in my mind..." - Reverend Jon Autry

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 11:27 AM
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Homey G. said:

For the record, I loved Chang. That doggone Bill underhyped the peeturkey out of it.

...and now you're gonna say that people go by what I have to say........laughable....just 'cause Chang and Bang wasn't MY personal fav doesn't mean it can't be yours...or jeremy's...

...I'm just not a fan of the Beemer stand-ups once they passed toddler-hood....they're better YOUNG....like Ga Scorcher and RRV...for now at least....

edit: but the park has improved SO much this year over last that I don't fault them for Chang...shoot, the wood is better by a LONG shot, and there's plenty there to do....DER SHOES!

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 8/28/2002. ***

Friday, August 30, 2002 9:13 AM
I've been reading more about Six Flags moving those coasters from other parks. One of the ones it's moving is Whizzer out of Great America. It's the bobsled type ride that takes you up seven stories and then drops you down through a series of 70 degree banked turns. True, it's an older ride, and it's not a hypercoaster, but it's always been a great experience, and for the people around Louisville it would be new and different. Maybe they should move it to Kentucky Kingdom.
Friday, August 30, 2002 9:28 AM
whizzer isnt leaving SFGAm.

Part of a Flight Attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us."

Saturday, August 31, 2002 9:57 AM

I have the same article right here with a photo of Whizzer. The article is about two weeks old. Has there been a new development ?

Assuming it really is being moved, I was going to say that would be fine with me but I'm not sure it would satisfy the steeler fans demanding a new hyper for Kentucky Kingdom.
Tuesday, September 3, 2002 6:38 AM

ACE had a farewell party for it at the park and as of this weekend it's officially closed, so it does look like it's gone.

TF : You might be right, but the problem is, KK doesn't have the money for a big new hyper, and they might have the money for a used ride. And it is a classic.

Tuesday, September 3, 2002 6:53 AM
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KM, SFGAm has stated that "due to overwhelming public response, Whizzer will be staying"....I think the ACE farewell may have been set up and kept even after the apparent reversal on Whizzer's fate.....if it goes anywhere, closer to home as good by me...If SF lets this perfect Anton rot in some ride graveyard, then I will be "officially and permanently" PO'd....

Back to SFKK, keep up the improving customer service, get TS/TT fixed so they run well (well, for a G-train ride with laterals, I understand there ARE limitations, lol...Hi Chuck!)....and add that BRIDGE I've been asking for...

Tuesday, September 3, 2002 6:06 PM
Well, I guess that puts that idea to rest. Poor Six Flags, they can't even move a 25 year old ride to make room for a new hyper. No new ride, the public complains. Try to make room for one, the public complains. A big conglomerate just can't win these days.

Maybe the money they were going to use to buy the hyper for Chicago can be used to buy one for Louisville.


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