Day 3: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Welcome to day three of the trip! Today I was very excited as I would encounter what would be my very first Six Flags park outside of California. As Magic Mountain is one of the more frowned-upon parks in the chain and Discovery Kingdom is considered one of the new “flagship parks”, I was interested to see some “middle ground” on Six Flags. This being said, I’m going to be perfectly honest—I hadn’t heard that great of reviews about Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. I was told that I’d have to wait for Great America before getting a nice Six Flags treatment.
Luckily, I was proven wrong.
Saturday, August 4, 2007 was coincidentally the day of a nationwide “Hot Rod Convention” in Louisville. It was pretty neat driving to the park in our huge Anderson Coach and pass a bunch of shiny hot rods, even if I’m not into that kind of thing.
Finally the park began to emerge in the distance!
So we pulled up to SFKK and entered the park via a back entrance over by Chang for an ERT session on Chang, Twisted Twins, and Thunder Run. Regrettably, Thunder Run was down for an ill-timed maintenance issue, however the park made up for this by opening T2 and Greezed Lightin’ for ERT as well! Great deal! We were also promised a bit of ERT on Deluge, the new water slide in the water park…more on that later! We were greeted by park management, security, and an army of Six Flags PhotoPass Photographers.
We quickly escaped them and headed for the nearest attraction—Chang!
Chang, test running before we were in the park. The sight made me miss my “safety rides” on the Riddler’s Revenge back in the good old days.
MMmmmmmm….stand up goodness!
I really enjoyed Chang! Not quite as good as the Riddler’s Revenge, but definitely better than Mantis, IMO. That being said, the ride felt somewhat “out of place” at Kentucky Kingdom. Don’t ask why, it just did!
Up next was probably the scariest ride of the park—
I had heard the stories. Of how T2 was so bad, that each year they have to remove another row of seats from the train (see photo above). Of how T2 was one of the worst SLC coasters in the world. Of how it would hurt. Of how I would be pained. Of how T2 would marinade me, roast me on a spit, and eat me for dinner. I was kind of scared, especially as in all my years “coaster enthusiasm”, this would be my first SLC coaster!
To be honest, with a set-up like that, it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be! I mean, it was bad! Trust me on that! Just not as bad as I had been told. Although, it had a weird kind of shuffling. Like, I’ve been on coasters that shuffle up and down. I’ve been on coasters that bang you back and forth. This coaster, being suspended, managed to rock you back and forth as if on a rocking chair, rapidly, but not comfortably.
Wes demonstrates the “eagle” while Patrick demonstrates how we all felt after T2.
We continued to make our way around the park hoping to come across our next ride for ERT, the Twisted Twins.
I will NOT ride a “Penguin” themed ride. And if ‘Man’ dares ask me why, I’ll slap him.
It doesn’t even make sense but it makes me giggle!
One of the cooler “ride entrances” to the park.
Despite that cool entrance, Twisted Twins weren’t necessarily the most photographical of the park’s coasters. And unfortunately, only the blue side was running (I forget the names). The pink side would be down—until 20 minutes before our bus was set to depart. That all being said, it was a decent ride, IMO.
Though our Deluge ERT was rapidly approaching, we thought it most fit to first ride Greezed Lightnin’, the parks counter-weight drop Schwarzkopf shuttle coaster as it was a single-train ride and we wouldn’t want to have to queue long for it.
The bridge splitting the park into two haves was an interesting feature. Very RCT-esque!
Great milk, comes from happy cows. Happy cows, come from Kentucky Kingdom’s antique car ride!
LOL! I love this photo! I told Ryan to do the “Greased Lightnin’” dance under the sign…but apparently Wes had something else in mind!
The ride was fun. Naturally, a solid compact coaster.
As our ERT session was expiring and we still had Deluge to ride, we hurried on over to the water park to get a few rides in.
MmmmmMMm. Deluge. *drools*
I specifically remember showing up to Deluge and having a crazed-excited Elissa jump out of the exit of the ride shouting “OMGLOL YOU GUYS HAVE TO DO THIS!!!!”
Sure enough, the ride was GREAT! A totally
unique water ride experience, that rode like a coaster but soaked like a water slide. I LOVED it. No offense to the park’s ok coaster collection, but it was definitely my favorite ride in the park! And after all of that, I can’t help but think—
—How come Magic Mountain doesn’t get one of these? You know, it would fit perfectly
in Flashback’s footprint (I’ve Google-Earth measured it, in my persistence
), could be operated by ride operators and not only lifeguards, could be operated under Hurricane Harbor during the summer and Magic Mountain during the winter, and best of all, is a genuine FAMILY attraction!
Anyway, after 3 or 4 rides on Deluge, we realized that the park had now opened. We did a few of the water park’s other water slides, such as the Tornado and some of the older slides, but quickly realized that the crowds had began to pick up and thought it best to try and round up our other credits.
Yup. Park is DEFINITELY open now.
At the Roadrunner Express, a few things were going through my mind:
1) Ugh, this is a long line.
2) It’s hot.
3) At least this ride is better themed than Mulholland Madness.
4) It’s still really freakin’ hot.
5) We probably should have gone to such a low-capacity ride earlier in the day.
6) I *heart* Deluge.
7) God damn it’s HOT!
Eventually the heat began to get to us, Chris needed to protect his head from the sun and I needed entertainment, so I taught him how to be a terrorist and well…
*Random Islamic Yodeling*
It’s ok guys. I can say that. I’m Persian. Like the cat.
Roadrunner Express took so long that by the time we were done with it, our park catered lunch was about to begin, so we hurried on over to that.
Now when Elissa told me in January of last year that we were going to have the “Italian Feast” meal at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, I was sort of scared. I mean, how great can Italian food be at a Six Flags park?
Like, the “Italian Feast” at Kentucky Kingdom was probably my *favorite* park-catered meal of the trip! Like, seriously! The food was great and—the breadsticks! Oh dear God. I think we all took a bread stick for the hell of it, but they were these awesome breadsticks with cheese in the middle! I loved it!
Lunch also provided what would be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, character interaction experience, ever! Basically, Bugs and Daffy came out to greet us. But Bugs got mischievous and stole Tex’s sandals and bag. The chase that ensued was probably one of the most fun character scenes ever!
Like, literally 5 minutes after it began, Tex finally captured Bugs! The negotiations for his sandals would begin!
After lunch, we realized we had very little time to round up our last credit, the roller skater, so we headed over there. Our train was so full that the front coach overshot the station! LOL. Finally, we headed back to the Twisted Twins to see if they ever got the Pink side running.
They were working on it, but it wasn’t open. Despite this fact, there stood Tomi in line for the front row, determined to get his credit. If I properly recall, we thought it was ridiculous that he wait because we were sure that it wouldn’t open. After riding the blue side again, we began to head back for the bus with 20 minutes left. We were probably 100 yards from the coaster when we heard it—
—Pink side dispatched. And sure enough, there was Tomi and Ben right in the front row!
Robb told us “if you want the credit, you need to go NOW. We will NOT wait for you if you’re late to the bus.” We looked at one another, nodded our heads, and we were off! You should have seen us, jumping over queue rails and whatnot to get to the station! We were mad!
We said they were ridiculous, but sure enough they got the credit!
We were able to quickly get on and get off, at which point we had 12 minutes to get to the bus, which was across the park. We ran.
As being a TPR bitch, I remember shouting at TPR members as we were in pursuit, warning them of time. I recall telling Tomi that he should probably stop taking photos of Deluge and come with us to the bus. He didn’t seem too concerned. That would change, as we would all find out on the bus, when we learned that he had an unfortunate “camera malfunction”.
Anyway, I made it to the bus with seconds to spare and felt like I had my ass kicked. I promised myself that I would never push the bus-departure time so closely.
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was certainly one of the surprises of the trip. I’m not going to lie when I say that I didn’t hear good things about the park. And to be given first-class treatment by their staff and see a genuinely enjoyable park was both unexpected and great!
That should do it for this update! Check in soon for Beech Bend!