Kentucky Kingdom Closed Permanently

Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:02 PM

Just submitted to news... http://www.sixflags.com/national/footernav/kentuckykingdom.aspx

Six Flags announced today that as it nears the scheduled end of its restructuring process, it has decided to reject its lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board relating to the Kentucky Kingdom park. In recent weeks, Six Flags had proposed a new lease arrangement to the fair board that would have enhanced the viability and future of the park. Unfortunately, those proposals were not accepted and the park will cease operations and the company will move expeditiously to re-locate employees and several of the more than 40 rides and attractions to one of its 13 other markets.

"We are deeply disappointed to be leaving such a great fan base in the greater metropolitan area of Louisville and we are grateful to the thousands of employees at Kentucky Kingdom and the millions of guests for their dedication, support and loyalty over the years," said Mark Shapiro, Six Flags President and CEO.

"This action relates solely to Kentucky Kingdom," Shapiro continued. "The substantial lease
payment has been a significant hurdle for this park in recent years. Our other parks, which reside
largely on company-owned land, will be completely unaffected and will open as scheduled for the full 2010 season."

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:07 PM

Yep, saw this on Facebook about fifteen minutes ago. Sad.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:11 PM

...in other news, Holiday World see's huge attendance increase in 2010...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:28 PM

Not only Holiday World, but also Kings Island.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:32 PM

Okay, so how do we make sure that Six Flags relocates Thunder Run instead of bulldozing it? You know that unless they are paid a handsome sum to do so, Six Flags is not going to leave anything behind.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:34 PM

Maybe someone can bid on it like they did Big Dipper?

;)

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:36 PM

So, for the 3rd time my Six Flags home park will be changing. First it was Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, then Darien Lake, then Kentucky Kingdom. And Now, I guess the closest park is Great America.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:49 PM

From the sixflags.com link above...

All of our other parks are profitable...

Is that true? (I'm not being a wiseguy. I'm asking seriously.)

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 8:17 PM

My question is, How many of the rides are owned by SFKK? Greezed Lightning and Road Runner Express are the only two I know they put in. Of course they removed Vampire to SFNE

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:08 PM

Who didn't see this coming? They took Chang, their signature coaster, out a while ago. There was a lot of speculation that they were going to only reopen as a water park this year. I'm in no way surprised.

I moved about 3 hours from the park about 4 years ago, and had no desire to visit them. Is it wrong of me to not feel any regret for not going when I had the chance?

It's sad to see any park close. Just like Geauga Lake and Astroworld, we can add KK to the list of major parks in that part of the country to close in recent years.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:19 PM

So we can keep it all in one place...

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/56979.aspx

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