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Postby CHILLERLC1 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:36 pm

In June I came at about 5:30 for a 8 pm closing. I paid nothing to park. I said "Okay" at the booth after I got the response I did and off I went.

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It's offical, Chang is leaving Kentucky Kingdom

Postby sfkk339 » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:47 pm

http://www.wlky.com/news/21043204/detail.html#

Sad, But I'm done worrying about it. I want to know what we will get in the future. I hope the best for Chang and where ever it heads.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The largest ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom is coming down.

The park began dismantling Chang on Monday as part of the largest water park expansion in Kentucky Kingdom's history.

Kentucky Kingdom spokeswoman Caroline McClean said it is expected to take several weeks to completely remove the roller coaster.

Chang is over 4,000 feet long, 154 feet high and has broken five world records. The stand-up coaster was introduced at the park in 1997.

Six Flags is giving Chang to another amusement park.

McClean said Chang is the only ride being removed at this time.

Details about the new water park have not been released.

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Postby themeparkman25 » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:52 pm

How often does SF move a coaster the size of change? It seems most of the ride trade rides are smaller, relatively simple coasters that don't have a massive footprint. La vipora and flashback for example. I guess Shockwave at SFGAm is a pretty decent sized coaster.

Crazy though that this is happening. It will be interesting to see where it ends up.

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Postby FeelTheFORCE » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:55 pm

^ I know it isn't Six Flags, but Dominator was fairly large. I would assume it's going to be a very similar move.

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:59 pm

I have mixed feelings about this...

While I'm sad to see the ride go I have to say "Could this be a GOOD move for Six Flags?"

In the Premiere days, they would just plop down multiple coasters at parks without a real sense of an idea of what the park "needs."

Could it be that the new management is actually doing a bit more research and have found that SFKK "needs" more water park and less big coasters?

However if the ride really does go to SFGAm that could really shut the door on that theory (unless of course Iron Wolf is being replaced.)

During my last two visits to SFKK the water park was *packed* while the rides were mostly walk-ons with one train operations.

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Postby Papas » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:19 pm

http://www.wlky.com/news/21043204/detail.html#
largest water park expansion in Kentucky Kingdom's history.

McClean said Chang is the only ride being removed at this time.


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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:26 pm

If Kentucky Kingdom closes, I say Great America takes Greezed Lightning back.

While the future doesn't look bright for Kentucky Kingdom as a ride park doesn't look bright, it could do really well as a water park. There is just so much competition from Holiday World and Kings Island that Kentucky Kingdom seems to be forgotten. I have family down there, and they've never been to Kentucky Kingdom, but they go to Kings Island instead. Plus, even with all the changes, and especially with the horrible Superman accident, the park doesn't have the best reputation.

I like Kentucky Kingdom, and while I'd be sad to see it close, I think a conversion into a water park would be great. Plus, they could probably keep some of the rides on the larger side of the park, and they could probably keep everything on the smaller side of the park if they wanted to too.

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Postby deathbydinn » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:32 pm

^^ LOL :lmao: Like Robb said this could be a good move if they can replace it with something good. If they just plop down another pool and lazy river or something lame people probably won't be that happy. The park needs to pull this off right. Six Flags doesn't make many dark rides but when they do they seem great (Monster Mansion) They could do good with a themed water slide like Schilliterbahn (or how ever it's spelled) has. If they want to keep it a theme and water park they need to kick it up. I think it will probably end up as a water park with maybe a few rides incase of bad weather.

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Postby MagicMountainMan » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:33 pm

As much as I liked Chang and how it was the park's staple attraction, I think that Kentucky Kingdom is heading in a better direction. Like Robb said, last few times I was there, there was a ton of people in the water park and not that many in the actual 'theme' park, also. And they do get a ton of competition from King's Island and to a lesser extent, Holiday World, so maybe making it into a big water park and a smaller theme park would be a better direction/attract more people.

Heck last time I was there I spent most of my time in the water park.

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Postby jarmor » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:37 pm

wow...the thing that really made me know what the heck kentucky kingdom was is leaving the park...
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