Koch's show TV reporter the inside of Bluegrass Boardwalk

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:16 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Transforming the old Kentucky Kingdom into Bluegrass Boardwalk will begin in the next few weeks. The Koch family, which owns holiday world will get the clean-up underway. Buildings and walkways that the Koch's say remind them of a seaside resort have become rundown and weedy in the three years since the park was closed.

Read more and see video from WHAS/Louisville.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:24 PM

Given the recent 'alcohol at parks' discussions, I found this interesting:

The Koch’s say that both parks will be G-rated.

The number one rule will be no offensive language. They say if they hear people cussing in line they will immediately approach them with security.

No vulgar clothing will be allowed either. The Koch’s say that there is going to be zero tolerance policy for any of that kind of behavior.

There will also be zero tolerance for alcohol which was for sale at Kentucky Kingdom but the Koch’s say that's an easy fix.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:58 PM

I'm going to watch this one with considerable interest.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:42 PM

Guess if I ever make it there, I'll have to talk (very quietly) on line..or not at all.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:24 PM

I certainly respect the Koch's, but I'll never understand where this connection comes from that alcohol served at an amusement park is detrimental to anything. I'm sticking by the Ouimet line: "Alcohol is offered but never emphasized."

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:48 PM

I was just reading Six Flags' policies in preparation for my uncoming trip. Concerning inappropriate shirts: "Shirts cannot be turned inside out as a solution."

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 11:10 PM

Jeff said:
I certainly respect the Koch's, but I'll never understand where this connection comes from that alcohol served at an amusement park is detrimental to anything. I'm sticking by the Ouimet line: "Alcohol is offered but never emphasized."

I agree that alcohol sales are not detrimental to anything, however I also believe that NOT having alcohol is also not detrimental. The fact that I can't get a beer is not going to effect my trip to a park in any significant way.

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Friday, May 18, 2012 8:20 AM

They probably just don't understand that you don't have to give the beer away for free.

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Friday, May 18, 2012 3:43 PM

On the alcohol issue. Is it detrimental to the family atmosphere? No. Can it be? Yes. That being said, I could see insurance issues and other things that definitely would lead in this direction. Because the park doesn't sell alcohol, I could possibly see a reduction in insurance rates, and possibly some of the rowdy behavior which is not inline with lags and Cedar Fair have sold beer for a while. However, many of the other parks (Kennywood, Idlewild, Holiday World, Silver Dollar City, Euclid Beach (OK, that's an old one), Waldameer, Conneaut Lake, etc.), either haven't sold alcohol or have just recently added it.

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Friday, May 18, 2012 4:45 PM

Conneaut has always had that bar right on the lake, haven't they? I realize it's not owned by the park, but it's closer to the rides than the parking lot.

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Friday, May 18, 2012 5:17 PM

Magic Kingdom does not serve Alcohol, correct?

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Friday, May 18, 2012 9:19 PM

Correct. It's the only one of the WDW parks that does not.

Insurance is a non-issue. If a park wasn't more than making up for it in profit, they wouldn't do it.

As I've said before, I'm pretty sensitive to the issue, particularly with a great deal of substance abuse history in my family, but it still strikes me as odd that alcohol is immediately written off an anti-family.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:32 AM

I find it interesting that there's not allowed to be any cussing, is it like that at Holiday World?

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Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:44 AM

I think most parks have rules about vulgar language/offensive t-shirts, but it's hardly enforced to the extent of which the rules describe. You might get kicked out for swearing at an employee, but not for gleefully cussing before/during/after a ride

Last edited by jonnytips, Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:45 AM
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Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:35 AM

Alcohol is served during special events at the Magic Kingdom, so saying it isn't served isn't really correct. Disney has the option to do so right now, but chooses not to during normal operating hours.

I can respect the Koch's opinion that alcohol doesn't equate to a family environment. Everyone has their own definition of what is a family environment.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 5:07 PM

I suppose this means we won't be seeing the return of Hellevator any time soon...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:07 PM

It's been renamed Heckevater :)

Last edited by Captain Hawkeye, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:07 PM
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:47 PM

A ride where you heckle Vater? We already give him enough crap about that bran muffin; he doesn't need more abuse.

Last edited by birdhombre, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:48 PM
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:57 PM

birdhombre said:

We already give him enough crap about that bran muffin

So to speak.

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