In 1998 Kentucky Kingdom added Twisted Sisters (now Twisted Twins) but the coaster (when KK was owned by the Hart Corportation) was originally supposed to be called "Double Trouble."
Premier made the decision to change the name of the coaster prior to construction being completed. Twisted Sisters had a delayed opening and took it's first public riders in the midst of the 1998 season. If I recall, there was controversy over the building of Twisted Sisters because many lower income homes along Crittenden Drive were demolished to make way for it. Several families were evicted.
I believe KK became branded as Six Flags in 1999 when Premier bought out the Six Flags chain. Originally the General Manager of the park assumed that most of the SF/DC branding would be carried over to the park and orchestrated a repaint of the rides. The re-branding never happened, but new color schemes on the coasters did. That is why Chang changed from Yellow to Green and Purple, and T2 went from Red to Black.... well, for the most part ;-)
Basically, Premier saw KK as a lucurative opportunity since Hart had been able to add MAJOR rides consecutively to the park.... Thunder Run, Hellivator, Chang, the Giant Wheel, the Waterpark etc. etc. etc. all were added within seasons of each other. This read to Premier as a park that was obviously a cash cow. Fact is, Mr. Hart had added the rides to the park on "time" and left Premier holding the bills once the purchase deal was made.
Shaggy *** Edited 6/23/2004 2:06:22 PM UTC by Shaggy***
The only parks re-branded(flagged) in 99 were Adventure world(SFA),Elitch gardens(SFEG),Darien lake(SFDL) & Riverside(SFNE).
I remember it well because during the october 98 press release about the SF branding of Adventure world there wastalk of SF already operating the Kentucky park under that name,also that was the same day that vampire(now SFNE's flashback) vallied in the cobra roll & I also have that news report on tape as well as the SF press release regarding SFA.
Like Shaggy and the Rollback says, Kentucky Kingdom was rebranded in 1998, on June 22nd to be exact. :)
Adventure World as Six Flags America
Darien Lake as Six Flags Darien Lake
Elitch Gardens as Six Flags Elitch Gardens
Marine World as Six Flags Marine World
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was advertised as being part of the "new" Six Flags parks for 1999, even though the name change occured in 1998.
You're right about SFNE being flagged in 00 as opposed to 99 but of course I was thinking of the 4 parks that premiere originally owned instead.
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