Kentucky Kingdom name could change if Koch deal for Bluegrass Boardwalk is reached

Posted Monday, February 20, 2012 9:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Koch family, operators of Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., may change the name of Kentucky Kingdom if they secure the rights to take over the closed Louisville amusement park. The family members earlier this month announced formation of a company called Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc. to negotiate a lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board to operate the theme park on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 12:22 PM

I'm not sure how I feel about the change, it would be nice to see a whole new branding of the park.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 12:35 PM

I think you have to change the name. There is a lot of negativity associated with the old name, including several failures and a gruesome accident.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 3:05 PM

<RCT reference>
Gotta rename it and change the paint color, then the peeps will flock to it again... :)
</RCT reference>

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 3:06 PM

^Does that really work in RCT?

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Monday, February 20, 2012 5:15 PM

I cannot remember correctly, I haven't played RCT in decade now. but I think it did a little.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 5:24 PM

It was one way to reduce the number of peeps who were thinking, "I'm not going on $RIDENAME, it's not safe!" after you had an accident. It did seem to make a difference.

I'm not sure whether it was intentional, an "undocumented feature", or if the peeps were just that stupid. Given that the peeps could become totally "lost" and start wandering in circles if they encountered an area where the midway was more than one square wide, I'm inclined to think they were just that stupid. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Monday, February 20, 2012 5:27 PM
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Monday, February 20, 2012 5:38 PM

Yes, there is some negativity with "Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom" or "Six Flags" by itself. Kentucky Kingdom is a very powerful name by itself, I kinda hope they stick with it.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 5:40 PM

Just save the track design. Delete the coaster and immediately replace it with your saved clone. Brand new coaster. :)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 6:02 PM

Jeff said:
I think you have to change the name. There is a lot of negativity associated with the old name, including several failures and a gruesome accident.

HW had a "Gruesome Accident" as well, but they recovered from the Tragedy. (I was there when this happened, RUINING Stark Raven Mad 2003). :(

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Monday, February 20, 2012 7:29 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Brand new coaster. :)

And, more importantly, a new credit!

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Monday, February 20, 2012 9:24 PM

I thought the trick to reopen a coaster in RCT after an accident was to delete the last segment of track, then put it back in.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 11:35 PM

Sounds like this game was very realistic and educational! I can just see it now...former RCT park operator takes over Kings Island. Removes and replaces board from Son of Beast. NEW FOR 2013!

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Monday, February 20, 2012 11:38 PM

0g said:
I thought the trick to reopen a coaster in RCT after an accident was to delete the last segment of track, then put it back in.

Yeah for after an accident, that's the quick fix.

For an aging coaster losing interest, the save/clone is the preferred trickery.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:07 AM

Update

http://www.wdrb.com/story/16975959/koch-family-reaches-tentative-deal-to-run-kentucky-kingdom?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:09 AM
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7:16 AM

john peck said:
Yes, there is some negativity with "Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom" or "Six Flags" by itself. Kentucky Kingdom is a very powerful name by itself, I kinda hope they stick with it.

I think you're wrong here. No one refers to Six Flags parks by their full name. Much like the areas near the "Great" parks refer to them as "Great America" and "Great Adventure", etc. I think you're trying to pull a negative association with Six Flags that only exists among a small number of coaster/park fans.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:49 AM

A lot of people still refer to Elitch's as Six Flags. Five years after it has been sold.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:58 AM

I hate Six Flags, but I agree with Raven-Phile on this. I don't call it Six Flags, I call it Kentucky Kingdom.

Am I the only one who hates the name Bluegrass Boardwalk? Can't anyone keep the country music out of the theme park business for gosh sakes.

Changing the parks name can be good for getting away from the negative, leg amputating, trashy, ride closing, overpriced, understaffed, poorly run image, however, a total re-branding is not easy, because you can never know for sure that people are going to latch on to the new name. That goes with re-branding anything.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:59 AM

There are still people calling Geauga Lake, Six Flags. And, it's not even a park anymore.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:10 AM

LostKause said:

Am I the only one who hates the name Bluegrass Boardwalk? Can't anyone keep the country music out of the theme park business for gosh sakes.

You do realize that Kentucky is the Bluegrass State, and that the style of music was named after the State, not the other way around.

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