Kentucky Kingdom's Thunder Run operates, with people

Posted Monday, October 14, 2013 9:36 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

For five years, Thunder Run, one of the iconic roller coasters at the currently closed Kentucky Kingdom amusement park, was left to rot and rust. Specially invited passengers started to board the ride Thursday for its first public run as repairs and renovations continued across the park in anticipation of its spring reopening.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Monday, October 14, 2013 10:59 AM

Why is it that immediately after reading the headline I think of Soylent Green?

Hello, Hello! (hola!) I rode a ride named Vertigo!-with apologies to U2

Monday, October 14, 2013 11:07 AM

I liked Thunder Run a bit. Probably my second favorite at the park on my sole visit, after Chang. A bit rough, but vastly better in the front.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Monday, October 14, 2013 12:16 PM

Did you notice that the back half of the train didn't have seats?

Monday, October 14, 2013 1:01 PM
James Whitmore's avatar

I noticed that too. Maybe a rush to get a few laps in before the snow flies.

Monday, October 14, 2013 5:53 PM

Then I'd have to agree with Mike. Definitely a front seat ride.

Monday, October 14, 2013 6:45 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar

Well, especially right now...

R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:49 PM

A rider report at Negative G says "the train was still waiting on some seating to be redone".

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6:26 PM
rollergator's avatar

No mention of the company that did the work on Thunder Run - it was RMC.

Everything I have ridden that they've touched, I love...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:01 PM

I am so happy to see this and cannot wait to ride this next year. It's amazing to see the determination Ed Hart has to rebuild this park.

Collin Aynes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:22 PM
James Whitmore's avatar

With KK and the new coaster at Dollywood, I think a trip to hit both parks in 2014 is in order.


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