mikeykaise wrote:I'm pretty much at this point have the mindset, Kentucky Kingdom? bah, no, my home park is Holiday World and would much rather go there honestly.
It’s going to cost more than planned to get Kentucky Kingdom in shape
I do hope that it opens, but it's pretty much a back and forth joke now.
This is the way I also feel... While I do hope this park opens back up, I don't care too much and I've moved on with my life! I think everyone in this area has also moved on by now. 2009 was a LONG time ago. I now consider Kings Island my home park!
Life is such a effin rollercoaster then it drops, But why should I scream for, this is my theme park!
I have lost some hope too, but I still really want kk to open. The people of Kentucky love it. It is also very sad to se a closed amusement park just sit there. I do have great faith in Hart. I wrote to him and he even wrote me a personal letter back. You can tell he really cares, mainly because he doesn't want to see something he created go down the drain.
When I went to kentucky kingdom and they had the mile high falls and twisted twins section walled off I asked the employee why. She said that it was to add food stands and gift shops and that it would reopen in 2009. She must have taken Six Flags' national restructuring process to literally mean adding structures and buildings. It just goes to show how little six flags' educated their employees. Also that part of the park did not open in 2009.
^ Dude I can be the first one to tell you that regular park employees at any park like Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks have no knowledge of future park plans or expansions. In fact employees usually find out major announcements after the GP find out. It has been reasoned that the Twisted Twins area of the park was closed off due to Six Flags finical difficulties, and the solution was to not operate and staff 2 major rides. The employee who you talked to was most likely saying the generic statement that the higher ups told the workers, "it's closed for future additions."
Changes made to budget to get Kentucky Kingdom open on time Posted: Apr 11, 2013 2:42 PM EDT Updated: Apr 11, 2013 5:22 PM EDT By Jaimie Weiss
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The money is in place to get Kentucky Kingdom reopen, according to the Louisville businessman who wants to be the new operator.
Wednesday, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved $10 million in tax incentives for Ed Hart and Kentucky Kingdom LLP. Thursday, Hart said despite reports that it will cost more money to open the park, that is not the case.
Hart said he and his business partners have finalized a budget and have a new plan to restart Kentucky Kingdom with the original $40 million investment. He said they'll be paying more out of pocket.
"My partners and I are going to have to put in more money than we anticipated because we're going to be borrowing less money from the bank," said Hart, who also said that change will expedite the process.
"Spring is in the air," Hart said. "Aren't you ready to go to an amusement park?"
Hart couldn't appear more excited to be in the process of reopening Kentucky Kingdom, but for at least another year, you'll have to attend a park outside of Louisville.
Hart said after being approved for the tax incentives by the state, everything is on track to make him the new operator.
"The tourism tax credits were a very, very important part of our financial plan, so we're happy to see that piece is completed," said Hart.
The incentives will be paid out over ten years and are based on performance. Hart is adamant that when the park is running again it will go over as well as when he operated it in the early 1990s.
"We ran a very successful facility," Hart said. "We built over 1.3 million in attendance, bringing hundreds of thousands of people, visitors, in for overnight stays."
Hart said they're already hiring contractors to get inside and get to work. The deadline to finalize the lease is April 27.
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