Kentucky Kingdom has always been a childhood favorite of mine. I would always ride the great Thunder Run and Starchaser. When Six Flags was added to the name, I thought the park looked cleaner and had a much better atmosphere.
I find the park easy to navigate [two loops joined by a bridge] and there's plenty of shade except in the newer area where Chang is.
As for their coaster selection I've ridden every stand-up in the US except Georgia Scorcher and Chang remains my favorite of the genre. Their mouse was relatively unbraked on the few occasions I rode it. Thunder Run is a horribly under-rated woodie with some awesome moments of airtime and one frightening airtime/lateral moment. While I was a little disappointed that the Sisters didn't include more dueling/racing moments and that it ran Gerstlauers I did enjoy riding them. I think Greased Lightning will be a great addition to the park.
Frankly I don't understand why people complain about the park so much.
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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 3/11/2003 7:46:33 PM ***
I don't understand why anybody complains about any park. You get what you pay for. Notice how it costs more to go to bigger parks, you don't have to be Einstein to figure it out. Plus, people who go to a park like SFKK thinking its going to suck because it is small are very close minded and will not leave happy. If you come thinking its going to suck, it is going to suck. ------------------ "Here's my ten cence, my two cence is free"-Eminem
I didn't go thinking it was going to suck. Not even on my second trip. But I sure left that way both times.
If you can separate the park from the coasters, you'll enjoy yourself. Thunder Run, as mentioned, is outstanding. Chang, Twisted Twins and RRE are all enjoyable enough.
Both times I visited, what I found was: unruly, disrespectful and profane teenagers; apathetic employees; disgusting, profane, careless adult guests; scores of closed shops; broken-down rides; malfunctioning video games; careless food service; plain, boring food choices; bad layout; bad location; even the interstate on the way there is incredibly bumpy.
The good is the coasters I mentioned above; parking and admission are cheap, and the entrance, with Hellevator and the cool fountain, is the best Six Flags entrance I've seen. Yes, I like it better than SFGAm's carousel.
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TR is the best S-D coaster I've been on other than Ga Cyclone...it's *that* good. I've seen the park improve *considerably* in the past 2-3 years in terms of cleanliness and attitude, and the rides are taking a *big* upgrade this year. I've also heard great things about the raft ride, but the line last year was quite long, so we decided to forego....then we noticed the improvements to TT...dueling, greased, and *no* line whatsoever...
But when I'm looking at a park's management, I look at the *trend*...from what I've experienced, the park is getting better, and that's a LOT better than the alternative...;) ------------------ Dr. Thrill IS my family practitioner Would you just LOOK at what you've done to CoasterBuzz - you're going to have to clean it up ;)
I agree with you 1000% Den! I went, had a terrible time, and gave it 2 more chances. If they had more than 2 atm's, and the employees had some knowledge about where anything was, it would be better. Unfortunately, I adored riding Chang, but it's just not worth the price of admission to ride it.
I really enjoyed the coasters there. Chang is in my top 10, Thunder Run offered great airtime, the RRe wasn't braked to badly and was a fun little ride. The atmosphere was horrible though. The park was dirty, the employees weren't very good, and I saw a lot more mullets that day than I had ever wanted to see in my lifetime.
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We went *right* before SRM this year....the park was relatively empty, clean, and a good time. The previous year, we went on ACE day, and while we certainly appreciated the ERT on TR, *that* was when I found the park to be in the condition the rest of you describe...did we just hit the park at a very lucky time...
Honestly, after that visit, I didn't think we'd return at all....but then SRM came 'round again, and Louisville was the place to fly into...
I found SFKK to be a rather enjoyable park. We hit it before 2002 SRM and hit no lines both days. We got to hit some of the closed flats from the previous day and the previous year. Thunder Run is in my Top 5 wooden coasters, Chang is my favorite stand up and I reallyed enjoyed the rapids ride, very good themeing and ride all around.
The park maybe laid out funky, but it does seperate the crowds some. They have a nice Ferris Wheel and the mouse was nicer in 2002 rather than 2001, when the final brakes nearly broke my ribs. All in all, it's enjoyable and I would return anytime I had the chance, even moreso now with the new Schwarzkopf.
I can't agree more with these posts. I really wanted to enjoy SFKK when we arrived. But......
The one pet peeve of mine at all parks. On slow days, why is the coaster capacity more horrible than on average or busy days? All coasters at SFKK were running one train, except RRE, which had just 5 cars. The ride ops were arguing about next week's schedule instead of checking lap bars, trash in the walkways and many closed food shops. This park has all the tools for success, but I left feeling empty. Great coasters, lousy park.....and it's one of the most beautiful parks I travelled to last summer.
And yes, Greezed Lightenin' will make a fine addition.
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While I will admit that yes there have been good days and there have been bad days at SFKK some of the complaints above are a bit odd. (note I said odd, not unfounded!) One person complained of the interstate being "bumpy" before you get to SFKK. Is this stretch of highway managed by the park or the state of Kentucky? Another patron of the park complained stating that the ride ops were too busy arguing about next weeks schedule instead of checking lap bars. Now personally I find this a bit stretched but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and reoiterate with another question back: Did you talk to anyone about this? i.e. park management?
Folks, don't get me wrong, I have had some rough days at "the Kingdom" too but there have also been allot of days that far outweighed those bad ones too. There is no park that is perfect and has absolutely ZERO trash on the walkways, or guests that have rough language, and whatnot. It's a public place and when you go there, you must be ready to deal with all aspects of the public both good AND bad.
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I had a bittersweet day at the park this past summer. The temperature was about 100 degrees (no lie) and it was packed. Luckily we were able to get all the rides done before noonish, and we headed up to PKI for the evening. The most memorable thing though was Thunder Run, A great ride that I got to experience twice in a row. As we pulled into the station, an op in training pushed a wrong button. After a few vulgar quotes, we started rolling again. Turns out he had to send us through again, making us really happy but the people in line ticked. Seeing as there was only 1 train operation, I can see why. About Twisted Twins: I personally thought they were a letdown, not CCIish enough for me. Lacking speed, airtime, dueling, etc. SFKK was an experience, but probably not one I'd like to go through again. :)
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Go With Gravity and I knocked out all the coasters in two hours. I have to agree that Thunder Run is awesome, and that's surprising considering it's a mirror image of the two Hurlers found at PKD and PCW. ------------------ If you have a problem with clones, the solution is real simple—Stop traveling.
While i really enjoyed Thunder Run, this is the worst park i have ever been too!!!!!!
It makes no sense to open the park and for the first hours only the small front section is open!! The park was dirtier than any other park i have been two, the ride ops were disinterested(the best thing i can say about them due to slothlike work pace), the food was awful and other than a couple of coasters it is a waste of space. Im just glad i didnt pay extra to get in because im a passholder but wouldnt go there again for along time unless i hear of some major improvements. The park was more like a carnival than a amusement park!!!
It is a awful park and only worth a visit if you happen to be in the area but not worth a special visit!!!
Come on now, sure, in the light of Holiday World and King's Island, it might not look like gold, but the park has a decent collection of coasters. Chang and Thunder Run alone command at least one visit.
Sure, the atmosphere could use a little tinkering, but I know I'll be coming back this year just to ride the "new" shuttle looper. :) ------------------ Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.