Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby EDUMaster » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:48 am

DBru wrote:When’s the last time Deluge actually operated?


Deluge was open all last season and into the September weekends as well. I've been told because of the minimum/maximum weight it requires regrouping of groups at times, which is not allowed while social distancing is still a thing. I personally think it should be open for individual groups wishing to ride as the weight minimum is 300 and maximum is 700 so I have a feeling its closure has more to do with not waiting to put wear and tear on the ride than being worried about regrouping.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby Midgetman82 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:18 am

I'm just now realizing this year's big Keys to the Kingdom event is on the very last day of the KY State Fair! The pros is you get more rides than you bargained for with the midway right on KK's front doorstep! Easy walking distance! The con is that attendees might need to prepare for much different parking and potentially walking some further distance to reach park gates. Depending where you park, a tractor might be available to bus you around the Exposition Center too.

On top of that, I'm ALSO just now learning that KY State Fair switched ride vendors this year from North American Midway Entertainment to Kissel Entertainment! This feels similar to Bluegrass Fair in Lexington who switched from Belle City Amusements to Kissel Entertainment last year, and the ride lineup was SO MUCH better for it! I'm hoping the same can be said for this year's State Fair ride lineup. NAME's midway felt like it had been... lacking, the few times I've been back to the fair.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:01 pm

Is Storm Chaser back up and running?
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby dankeykang » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:20 pm

I believe it is, based on this post I saw on Reddit from Friday. Also no mention of Storm Chaser on the park's ride closure page: https://www.kentuckykingdom.com/today

I'll be at the park later this week, so hoping everything is open as well.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:25 pm

Cool, thanks looking forward to the report! I am tempted to do a trip this weekend as well.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby Brad » Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:24 pm

We visited KK this past Saturday (evening) and Sunday (morning).

After visiting a couple of Cedar Fair and SF parks after their reopening, I have to say that between KK and Holiday World, we were very uncomfortable with the 99% of guests not wearing masks.

It's a bit easier to get over a couple of groups crowding you in a queue, but add this on top of them not wearing masks, and it makes for a rather unpleasant experience.

I feel especially bad for the ride ops - having to lean over and check restraints right in the faces of guests not wearing masks.

Sunday AM was much better in terms of crowds, and there are social distance markers throughout the park with plenty of hand sanitizer - but they completely miss the mark by not requiring masks (and it's obvious that "recommending" masks does nothing).

From an operational standpoint, we only hit the "dry" rides - every coaster was running well - Storm Chaser and Lightning Run both at two-train ops. T3 seemed to take the longest (running one-train).

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby Midgetman82 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:48 pm

Governor is signing an order requiring mandatory mask wearing in Kentucky starting tomorrow afternoon. This could affect the park, so just a heads up to anyone thinking of swinging by soon. For now, it'll only be for the next 30 days.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby dankeykang » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:08 pm

PKI Jizzman wrote:Is Storm Chaser back up and running?


Was at the park today, all coasters were running. Most wait times were less than 15 minutes, even with every other row being used. Would be interesting to see how a mask requirement changes things, as I saw maybe 5% of guests wearing them today.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby i305isdaddy » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:38 pm

Good call from the Governor... I might actually make an effort to visit KK this year if they force the locals to actually care about the safety of those around them and wear masks.

I've already had to cancel my Mt. O and IB trips because it's clear that the locals don't understand science and are extremely selfish.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby teacherkim » Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:02 pm

Well check the news before you go if it's a concern because the AG of Kentucky has filed a challenge to the Governor and a judge has temporarily blocked the order on some state law red tape/loophole.

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