Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby Diamondbacker27 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:05 am

Midgetman82 wrote:D'aww, it's cute.

Also, the photos reinforce my boardwalk coaster perspective.

I know, I can see that! The coaster will look awesome running along the wave pool. :)
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby ratdogg68 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:59 pm

They are moving right along with Kentucky Flyer construction. Thanks to Mark Brunner, for the pics.
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The view as you'll enter Kentucky Flyer
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Looking up the lift hill
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Transfer table
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Station is coming together
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Train storage shed
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Leaving station to go up the lift hill
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Turn around ready to be started
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First drop
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Kentucky Flyer
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View as you enter the Hurricane Beach Club
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Station
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Track stating to go down
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Tight turn into the station
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:15 pm

Great shots, there. :smile: Thanks for finding and posting them.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby ratdogg68 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:33 pm

^ I used to work with Mark Brunner, a friend of mine who stills works there and he says I can share them. Waiting to go on a winter walk through, this Saturday and I'll get some more. This is my home park and I'm excited cause it looks like it's going to be a fun coaster.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby mikeykaise » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:15 am

When I'm wrong I admit I'm wrong. I first thought the placement was rather odd when they first announced Flyer but now that I see it I really like the whole boardwalk/waterslides/coaster affect they were going for.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:51 pm

Damn. This thing is taking shape in no time. Coaster construction moves along swiftly when all you need are aluminum ladders and a good set of power tools.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby ratdogg68 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:33 pm

A few more pics, from Mark Brunner at Kentucky Kingdom. Going on a winter walk-through tomorrow, will post a full report tomorrow afternoon.
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Heading into the turn around.
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Starting to work on the turn around
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Getting ready to build the cross over
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Cross over is done.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby mark549 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:07 pm

The station framing looks like supports for an RMC inversion.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby Diamondbacker27 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:37 pm

I'm going to be honest, when this thing was first announced I was upset it wasn't something bigger. Looking back, I realize how stupid that thought was. This little coaster looks super fun and I'm sure it will fly through the layout. I'm super excited for it and I'm looking forward to the pictures tomorrow!
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK, KK) Discussion Thread

Postby drummermattk » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:47 am

King Louie's Winter Walk-through 2019 Report!
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Hi guys! On February 16th, 2019 I was able to attend Kentucky Kingdom's off season event, King Louie's Winter Walk-through. For those who don't know the park started this tour in 2017 under the event name "Keys to the Kingdom" and i was fortunate to attend the first event. I was not able to attend the event last year as it was held the same day as Winter Chill Out at Cedar Point. However this year I made sure to attend no matter what.

Since the park reopened under Ed Harts management in 2014, the park has installed 2 brand new roller coasters, refurbished two existing coasters at the park and is adding their 6th coaster in 2019, The Kentucky Flyer. Kentucky Flyer is being constructed by Gravity Group and will be located on the waterpark side of the park, with the entrance being located near the parks craft beer garden and Skycatcher. It is also amazing to say that the park is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019

Here are some interesting notes about the presentation we received at the start of the event and during our walk-through:

  • As noted the park is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019
  • Along with the 30th anniversary, merchandise of former rides will be available. The items shown during our presentation included t-shirts of Chang and Vampire
  • Rock N' Roller is being relocated to King Louie's Playground this season and will take the place of the parks former Somba Baloon Ride
  • Kingdom Fries will be returning this season
  • Thunder Run's 180 degree turn near Storm Chaser and Eye of the Storm is receiving a complete re-track.
  • Everything mechanical on the parks Raging River Rapids Ride came from Opryland.
  • Frightfully Funny Fire Engine will not be returning this season.
Enough babbling on here is pictures from the event as well as coverage over on Youtube

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Happy Family and Journey To Atlantis will return this year.
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The former ride location for Rock N' Roller. The old location will return to being a location with tables and umbrella's
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The new location for Rock N' Roller, replacing the parks Somba Balloon Ride
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Frightfully Funny Fire Engine will not be returning this season.
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Thunder Run's 180 degree turn near Storm Chaser and Eye of the Storm is receiving a complete re-track.
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The Waterpark skyline is changing this year and you dont see me complaining!
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The station area is in the process of being constructed
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A look at the start of the rides Quad down. The first of 4 airtime moments starts on the right as you travel downwards.
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A look at the lift area of the ride as well as the final airtime hill into the brake run. The shaping on the last hill reminded a lot of us of Magnum's final bunnyhills.
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The transfer switch is in place as well as one of the lift chain gears.
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This pathway will be the rides entrance/exit
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The ride's transfer barn. One train will be stored here at night while the other train is in the station.
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Steel rails for the track are awaiting their placement.
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I would like to send a special thank you to everyone at Kentucky Kingdom for allowing myself and others to attend the tour that was put together and for everything they did during the tour. If you haven't been to Kentucky Kingdom before or thought of going back, please consider it. Kentucky Flyer is looking amazing and it is looking to be a great year for the park!
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