Louisville theme park won't offer roller coasters, may delay reopening to 2014 Written by Sheldon S. Shafer The Courier-Journal
There will be no major roller coasters running at Bluegrass Boardwalk when the theme park opens at the Kentucky state fairgrounds, according to a preliminary state application that emphasizes restored and expanded water features.
And the Bluegrass Boardwalk partners are acknowledging, for the first time, that delays in signing a lease and getting finances nailed down are casting doubts on whether the park will open next May as planned. They say the opening now might be pushed back to 2014.
The park’s new operators — members of the Koch family who also own Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind. — said in their application to the Tourism Cabinet for tax credits that several rides, including its larger roller coasters, “will not be refurbished due to the age, reliability and costly repairs.”
That includes the looping steel coaster called T-2 and twin wooden coasters called Twisted Twins that were popular when the park operated as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.
When Bluegrass Boardwalk opens, it will do so with “all the existing water park attractions and some of the amusement park rides,” according to a copy of the application obtained by The Courier-Journal. That would include the carousel, the Blizzard River whitewater raft ride, the Flying Dutchman, the Himalaya, Breakdance, six kiddie rides, bumper cars and an antique car ride.
“Pending a successful 2013,” the application says, additional rides will be refurbished, including the large Ferris wheel; The Roller Skater, a junior steel coaster; Thrill Park Theatre, an indoor movie venue; and Thunder Run, a wooden coaster.
But while it suggests that the coasters that won’t be repaired and “will be replaced over time with new, safe, reliable, fun, high guest-capacity attractions,” it doesn’t specify any new roller coasters.
The Kochs have a tentative 50-year lease for the theme park with the Kentucky State Fair Board.
Paula Werne, the Kochs’ spokeswoman, said the application for the state aid “contains preliminary information, based on cursory examination of the rides” before Feb. 29, when the draft application was filed with the Tourism Cabinet.
As usual, my analysis is free of charge! Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature
^Yes, I enjoyed my fair share of having my senses beaten out of me. (I'm a local. 30 minutes from the park.) Honestly, I enjoyed the ride. Probably because I was able to tolerate a little more of the roughness it provided... and because I always sat at the back of the train and braced as hard as I could.
It's quite sad to hear this news really. Almost everyone I know (most teenagers, some adults too) have started to appreciate KY Kingdom a little more due to it being closed. Before, they would always make comments saying about how it was the worst amusement park ever and other general park-goer mumbo-jumbo. Now, they don't have an amusement park at all (within Louisville), so now they talk more about the good times they've had at the park.
I went to Lexington for a college visit today (Thursday), and I spoke with the tour guide about the park and she told me that she missed the park as well. KY Kingdom may have not one of the best parks to visit within the 2 hour vicinity of Louisville, but it's better than not having one at all.
As for losing rides such as T2, then the park would be losing one of it's most intense... no... the park most intense roller coaster. Of course, it would not be missed very much. Those who have experienced it and remember it well, would probably skip it if they ever came back to the park. Greezed Lightnin' will be missed (at least by me). Sure it was often always a walk-on, but it's a rare coaster. It's the park's only launched coaster, only ride that inverts with lap-bar restraints, and the only coaster that goes backwards.
Edit: lol, replace noodles with restra.ints
Last edited by Midgetman82 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:39 pm.
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