Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby B.A.B » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:31 pm

I hope Kentucky Kingdom reopens, but my concern is that if every attraction will be upcharge. I am saying this because the new name maybe "Bluegrass Boardwalk".

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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby Ed Farmer » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:10 pm

An excessive, yet ingenious plan to gain control of the Anton shuttle in order to move it to HW.

Really though, I hope the park lives on as more than just a water park.
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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby chadster » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:18 pm

^I know of one for sale they could buy for HW, then they'd have two!

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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:29 pm

Ed Farmer wrote:An excessive, yet ingenious plan to gain control of the Anton shuttle in order to move it to HW.

Really though, I hope the park lives on as more than just a water park.


I think its safe to say from the carousel horse in the logo that they plan to operate the rides there aswell but it will be interesting to see what they keep... I can see the SLC leaving.

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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby Ed Farmer » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:58 pm

Purely speculating, but if Hard Rock Park ends up like everyone thinks it will, the barely used B&M looper would be a decent consolation prize for losing Chang (even though Chang's lift hill provides more exhilarating forces). The typical guest won't know the difference.
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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby QueerRudie » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:13 pm

Ed Farmer wrote:An excessive, yet ingenious plan to gain control of the Anton shuttle in order to move it to HW.

Really though, I hope the park lives on as more than just a water park.


Sadly, though Greezed Lightnin' is in bad shape all over. Even when KK was running it, it had the lowest dispatch rate of the remaining shuttle loops, and even with the spare 'organs' from her twin sister, it is in desperate need for a massive overhaul from end to end.

I'm never one to say we should lose a Schwarzkopf anything, but these weight drop models do require a ton of attention to keep going mechanically. And, since a flywheel conversion isn't available on this model, you're looking at a pretty hefty price tag to fully overhaul this one from the ground up.

Even with HW giving the park (And the rides...) some love, there are some things that realistically we should be ready for. Losing this treasure of a ride is one of them, as I think it's days as an operating ride are sadly over. Without another 'organ donor' available for parts, it's going to be tough to get this one up and running again.

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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:58 pm

So the people at HW operate what is easily the best park in the region (and arguably one of the best parks in the country), but they want to try to revive what was easily the worst park in the region (and arguably one of the worst parks in the country)? To me, this investment would be like buying a boat. It would be a colossal money pit with absolutely no return on their investment. I really, really hope they see the logical side of this and change their minds.
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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:28 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:So the people at HW operate what is easily the best park in the region (and arguably one of the best parks in the country), but they want to try to revive what was easily the worst park in the region (and arguably one of the worst parks in the country)? To me, this investment would be like buying a boat. It would be a colossal money pit with absolutely no return on their investment. I really, really hope they see the logical side of this and change their minds.



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- Santa's Village 2002 (See Conneaut Lake Park with A pathetic waterpark)
- Mount Olympus 2005 (Operations Make DeJaVu operate like Raging Bull)
- Dutch Wonderland 2007 (WORST Guest Relations I've ever encountered)
- Six Flags Great Adventure 2011 (Pathetic Guest Relations. They prevented me from getting on Nitro)
- Conneaut Lake Park 2011 (Tacky, Cheap, Bad)
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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby DBru » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:51 pm

Steve, do you honestly think this deal would go through if the Koch's didn't believe it was "logical?"

The family has been running one of the most successful parks in the world for over half a century. Surely they know what they're doing/getting themselves into.

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Re: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:12 pm

^I'm saying it'll take a miracle to get that park anywhere near being viable. The Kochs are awesome, but we all bite off more than we can chew sometimes, and I think this would be a classic example of that.
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