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.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:22 PM

The term Bluegrass state actually refers to the blue grass in the pastures of Kentucky.

The term Bluegrass music was coined by The Blue Grass boys in 1939, lead by Bill Monroe (who was from Kentucky). While often classified in the Country music genre, it's roots are heavily influenced by jazz and the blues.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:02 PM
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Jason Hammond said:
There are still people calling Geauga Lake, Six Flags. And, it's not even a park anymore.

Exactly, but it's not like they're referring to it in the negative sense, as with the "hate" here. Six Flags is also a name people have come to associate with a day at the amusement park.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:17 PM
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Well, I use the term "hate" very loosely. lol I don't really hate anything, except for some country music. :) My mother always taught me that hate is a bad word.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:44 PM
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Raven-Phile said:
Six Flags is also a name people have come to associate with a day at the amusement park.

Yes. Exactly. Six Flags is certainly used generically to mean amusement park.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:14 PM
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Raven-Phile said:
Exactly, but it's not like they're referring to it in the negative sense,


Actually they usually do. The negitave impact Six Flags had was a lot of the reason Cedar Fair was never able to get the park to fully turn around. People never disassociated Six Flags from the park after Cedar Fair left and didn't give the park another chance because of it.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:23 PM
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I can tell you that being from Northeast Ohio, the Six Flags name doesn't get that much respect after what they did to Geauga Lake. The park was a dump when Six Flags owned it.

I'm actually liking the new name and logo for Kentucky Kingdom. Kentucky Kingdom seems so powerful and Bluegrass Boardwalk just seems relaxed and more Holiday World like. I'm looking forward to the ride and name changes to come.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:33 PM
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Can't wait for the Anton shuttle loop to open again :) I'm really looking forward to this project, as much as I love and respect Holiday World and the people who run it. This could be something really good.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:36 PM
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Ditto. I'm also excited to see how the new mag brakes work out on Hersheypark's Super Dooper Looper.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:52 PM

Wasn't Sooper supposed to be getting new trains, too? Or did I misread something along the way?


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:00 PM
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^Yes. And they are supposed to be exactly like the old ones (thankfully).

^^Now we need them on Mind Bender to cushion the ending!


Billy
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:28 PM
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Well with a company name like Bluegrass Boardwalk, they won't have to worry about being sued for copying an exisiting company name. Lets just hope they don't put that name on the park!

As for Kentucky Kingdom and Six Flags. You would be surprised by how many people will still think it is a Six Flags park when it re-opens. A lot of people still don't know that Michigan's Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair, in fact a majority of people who go there don't.

As for Geauga Lake and Six Flags, the park was 10 times worse before they took over. The place was a total dump, the coasters seemed like they had never been repaired, and the whole park smelled like sewage. I have been at the park under all 3 owners, and didn't see that much of a difference in operation, other than the fact that Cedar Fair pretty much ruined the experience by doing nothing with the old Sea World side of the park. If you ask me it was better under 6 Flags. But, there is no question that Sea World should have stayed. I magine what bothe parks would be like today if Sea World never left.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:46 PM
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We would be extremely spoiled if Geauga Lake and SeaWorld were both still there.


Cedar Point will always be The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, regardless of the number of coasters they have.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7:05 PM
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Yea, Six Flags did a great job with keeping the rides open, the trash off the midways, and the employees happy and friendly, or not.

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure gave me the worst experience of my life of any business. I paid admission and found that nothing was open. Because everything was closed, I went to the only line at the park, which was the customer service window, to ask for my money back or a ticket to return another day. I overhear that everyone else has the same complaint I have. When I tell the lady at the window what is wrong and what I want, she tells me, "Okay, Bye bye now". I say, "No, I want you to fix this right now!", and she just repeats herself.

That's one of many reasons why I hate Six Flags.

Cedar Fair kept the rides open, the park clean, shrunk the park down to a reasonable size for the business that they were getting, and offered a nice experience, as far as I am concerned. I think that part of GL's problem was that it lost a lot of charm after SF tried to make it a super-mega-park.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7:44 PM
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Timber-Rider said:
A lot of people still don't know that Michigan's Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair, in fact a majority of people who go there don't.

I'd be willing to bet most people don't know Cedar Fair owns most of the parks it owns, as Cedar Fair doesn't affix its moniker to the front of the park names. It was kind of obvious when Six Flags purchased an existing park, because either "Six Flags" was appended to the existing name, or the park was given a new name altogether (also prefixed by "Six Flags").

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:22 PM
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Also if you see a coaster with Batman, you know it's Six Flags. That's one of the things I love about Cedar Fair. They don't theme EVERYTHING after comic book characters.


Cedar Point will always be The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, regardless of the number of coasters they have.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:37 PM
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A purple, red and blue Mantis :)


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:40 PM
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And yellow.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:06 PM
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LostKause said:
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure gave me the worst experience of my life of any business.

Me too. That place was an absolute mess.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:03 AM

I dunno. I quite enjoyed the first year under the Six Flags moniker (the "SFO" season), and the next year that began the SFWoA branding. It definitely began falling apart after that, though.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:38 AM
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Maverick00 said:
Also if you see a coaster with Batman, you know it's Six Flags. That's one of the things I love about Cedar Fair. They don't theme EVERYTHING after comic book characters.

I'd rather have 50 rides named "Batman" than one named "Flight Deck."


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