Kentucky Kingdom suitors get tour of the abandoned amusement park

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:20 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The Kentucky State Fair Board is holding a walk-through for prospective bidders. The park has been abandoned since 2009 after operator Six Flags filed for bankruptcy. Potential owners and operators are getting the chance to see inside and checking out the condition of the old amusement park.

Read more and see video from WLKY/Louisville.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:44 PM

...And after seeing the state of the park they all run away in horror, except for Ed Hart, who thinks they are all crazy. ;)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:48 PM

It's a new reality show, "Flip this Theme Park"

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:21 PM

Nah, you're confusing it with "Tanked."

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:58 PM

No, no. The 'Tanked' episode was shot at Six Flags New Orleans.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:00 PM

So was an episode of Wipeout.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:40 AM

Only two bidders showed up. I'm surprised there were that many.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:25 AM

I think everyone is staying away because of the owners. The Fair Board ask for too much in the deal. Everyone saw the Fair Board run SF out of town. Everyone who is able to operate the park knows to run far, far away.

Last edited by LostKause, Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:26 AM
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:52 AM

^^Just like a Flock Of Seagulls.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:00 PM

I don't know that the Board "ran SF out of town" - I think SF wanted out of town, and the Board presented them with an opportunity that couldn't refuse. This isn't exactly the same as the Bell's situation.

That being said, for what is there in terms of rides, yeah, they're in bad shape...sitting idle for an extended period will do that. Another question is the condition of the park infrastructure - plumbing, wiring, etc. Most of that requires some upkeep and maintenance that may or may not have been looked after post-SF....but I can't say I'm optimistic, given the grounds weren't *demanding attention*.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:54 PM

Ed Hart was one of the two that showed up. This guy really wants to do something with the park, and the fair board really wants someone to do something with the park. I'm not paying extremely close attention to this issue, so I don't get why they can't work something out between them.

Last edited by bjames, Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:54 PM
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:49 PM

I wonder if Dan Koch was the other.

Obviously, there is enough there to have Ed wanting it, I think he's just attached to it and regrets selling it in the first place. The Koch's obviously saw potential, too when they went for it.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:56 PM

It wouldn't make sense for the Kochs to submit an RFP after pulling out of the deal earlier this year. Wasn't that decision based partly on the poor condition of the rides? They haven't gotten any better...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 6:02 PM

^ Depends on if the operations agreements have changed. The fair board seems to be under more pressure now, especially with the Governor stepping in to comment, or so it looks.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:28 PM

I doubt very much that the Koch's have any desire to get involved.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:47 PM

Turns out it wasn't, it was another party who Ed knows.

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