State gives up trying to open Kentucky Kingdom this year

Posted Friday, May 7, 2010 11:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

State officials have given up trying to reopen Kentucky Kingdom this year, but say that six potential operators have expressed interest in the park and that they expect to have at least a tentative deal with one of them by mid-summer.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Friday, May 7, 2010 6:49 PM

I do hope they do get someone to reopen it and find a better way to work with the Fair board. Say what you will about Kentucky Kingdom, but I think it's a very nice little park.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010 12:47 AM

I agree with you John. I would like to see this park reopened. I grew up going to this park and made many memories there.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010 2:47 AM

This is really going to be interesting to watch, As it is now. SF has security on site making sure the fair board does nothing AND The Fair Board is making sure SF Does nothing.

Theres a court battle on over who owns what and thats going to be KEY in whatever happens. Until then nothing moves, opens or operates.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010 6:56 PM

I think the fair will end up on the short end here. A good portion of the rides were not only bought and installed by SF, they reside on SF owned property. I think at best, the fair will get to keep the preexisting rides and maybe the ones SF built on the fair's property.

I think those attractions will continue to be used for the annual fair. But, even if another operator comes on board, I think the park will at best end up like Geauga Lake, just a water park.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Sunday, May 9, 2010 6:58 PM
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Monday, May 10, 2010 5:15 PM

Jason Hammond said:
I think the fair will end up on the short end here. A good portion of the rides were not only bought and installed by SF, they reside on SF owned property. I think at best, the fair will get to keep the preexisting rides and maybe the ones SF built on the fair's property.

I think those attractions will continue to be used for the annual fair. But, even if another operator comes on board, I think the park will at best end up like Geauga Lake, just a water park.

The thing is, is that Six Flags hasn't added any rides. The park hasn't seen any new rides since the park been under the Six Flags name in 1998. I do believe their was 2 rides however, Thriller Bees, and a Huss Chaos. Six Flags removed the Huss beebee ride at the end of 2001 and moved it to Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure (Geauga Lake). Choas was removed at the end of 2005. That ride was removed because it had major problems.

Six Flags only added Blizzard River, Greezed Ligintin, Tornado, Deluge and Mega Wedgie.

Road Runner Express replaced the Vampire in the year 2000.

Many rides in the park that Six Flags has took out have never been replace. Our park used to have twice the number of rides in 1997 or 1998 compare to the 2009 season at Six Flags Kentucky kingdom.

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Monday, May 10, 2010 5:45 PM

Six flags owned property isn't under any of the rides. Its the area behind T2 where the batman show and wrestling were held. SF took Vampire and chang and added RR Express and Greezed Lightnin, Really not much else except in the water park. Twisted twins was already purchased prior to SF takeover of the lease.

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Monday, May 10, 2010 6:26 PM

Six Flags did not take over Kentucky Kingdom in 1998. Premier Parks bought the park in 1997, and installed the Twisted Whatevers coaster and built that whole dead-end midway down past Mile High Falls. Later, Premier Parks bought Six Flags and applied the name almost immediately to Kentucky Kingdom and Darien Lake.

I thought the park-owned land included the parcels behind, and possibly under, Chang.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, May 10, 2010 6:38 PM

That midway in the northwest terriotry was just rides relocated in the park, every ride back their, tea cups, huss bebe, jester juice bug ride was removed in 2001 and not replaced.

To me road runner was just a replacement since they took out the vampire, its like they had to add a coaster in it place. Greezed Lighting is just a 30 year old coaster from another park.

I would have repect for Six Flags if they added a major coaster to this park like Nitro, Tastu, Batman the ride or what ever! but they didn't!

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