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  1. I have no real grievances with Kentucky Kingdom this year (so far). Even now that business has picked up for the summer, the place stays clean, the riff-raff are kept in line, and the waits are decent. The staff on some rides and in some restaurants could use customer service training, but that's Louisville for you. One thing I'd love to see them do is more strategic landscaping along the park boundaries. Inside, everything is pretty. Look beyond the fence, and in most spots it looks like a junkyard or barren wasteland. It's certainly not the park's fault, but it would be nice if they
  2. The park was pretty packed today! I've never parked so far back at KK. Thanks to the hot weather, most folks were in the waterpark. Short lines for the rides!
  3. Last year, it was hit and miss on weekends. Lines were never ridiculous on the days I visited, though. I don't know what impact Storm Chaser will have, but the pre-season weekend crowds have been pretty manageable.
  4. Haven't posted here in a long, long time, so hello again! I've seen a lot on here about the KK location. Specifically, people are concerned about safety, and maybe park demographics. I hope I can shed some light as a longtime resident and park regular. Regarding the relative safety of the area around the park: it's pretty safe, but it isn't cute. It's an older park of town that hasn't seen much love in recent decades. It's also right by the airport and very close to University of Louisville, so you have a diverse mix of neighbors. It is definitely not a white picket fence kind of area.
  5. I don't know why SeaWorld is being targeted. It seems entirely wrongheaded on the part of the protesters. Unlike your typical zoo, SeaWorld has A LOT of money. They won't be taken down easily. And unlike your typical zoo, SeaWorld's animal enclosures are state of the art and well maintained. Animal rights protestors would be more effective targeting small- and medium-sized zoos. Not only are they easier to handle, they often don't have the funds to upgrade older exhibits and only do so when they must meet new minimum standards for accreditation. Not saying these zoos are "bad," they jus
  6. Should KK some time in the future expand its boundaries, which it very well could unless the fair board finds some other means of generating income, then it will definitely become a competitive force that will put pressure on KI. Not a bad thing, and I hope it happens. As it stands, I can see KK maybe taking a bite out of other family venues--The Louisville Zoo comes to mind--and Holiday World. Is there anything going on with Beech Bend? That park will have to make a pretty dramatic move to pull Louisville attention away from KK, KI and HW. I think even Dollywood generates more buzz than
  7. I was worried that King's Island would start looking like a parking lot full of roller coasters, but I'm glad they've been tasteful and considerate with their additions so far. I love Cedar Point. It's a very straightforward coaster park. Minimal theming, functional infrastructure. I would never call the place pretty, though. King's Island has always had great rides, but it's also a place you can take a satisfying walk through. I'd hate for that to be lost for the sake of more coasters.
  8. I think The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will have staying power even if the Harry Potter brand loses some steam simply because the world is so well realized and the rides are awesome. I do think they should stop after Diagon Alley, though. Too much is too much. As for Marvel Superhero Island, I would hate to see the Spider-man ride go, but this area of the park needs some reinvigorating. If they lose (or give up) Marvel, what might they replace it with? Are there any Universal properties that could warrant a new island? Regarding Avatar Land (sorry, I know I'm replying to all kinds o
  9. Personally, I think KK and KI can coexist. Heck, they did for years, even with Six Flags doing their best to fail. I can say that, as a Louisvillian, I liked KK (pre-Six Flags) because it was local, it had decent rides for its size, and I was there in 10 minutes. I can maybe make it to KI two or three times in a season if I plan it well. KI is an event for me. On the other hand, I can hit KK any given day, ride a few rides, hop back in the car and be at the zoo before the gates close. I consider that a good thing! From what I've read, nobody involved with KK has any delusions of beating
  10. Has anyone heard any rumors or news about the Twisted Twins revamp? If memory serves, they had budgeted a pretty significant amount for this project. I'm sad to say I only got a chance to ride these once, which was their opening year. They had the most uncomfortable seats I'd ever encountered to that point (but I must say, Tomb Raider stole that title! Ouch!). After that, it seemed like they were always closed. That was one of the things I hated about the Six Flags years. You plan to spend a significant part of your day at the park, only to find there's one coaster open and the line an h
  11. Personally, I think KK and KI can coexist. Heck, they did for years, even with Six Flags doing their best to fail. I can say that, as a Louisvillian, I liked KK (pre-Six Flags) because it was local, it had decent rides for its size, and I was there in 10 minutes. I can maybe make it to KI two or three times in a season if I plan it well. KI is an event for me. On the other hand, I can hit KK any given day, ride a few rides, hop back in the car and be at the zoo before the gates close. I consider that a good thing! From what I've read, nobody involved with KK has any delusions of beating
  12. Fair but just showing free buzz can be generated from media sitesSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Which focus on major parks, and to some number, focus on KI rather than KK. Fair point, but shouldn't KK send news releases to news stations in Louisville and Lexington, maybe Frankfurt? No reporting done from any of these sites. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I've seen reporting via local news pretty regularly. The Thunder Run event got quite a bit of attention, at least by Louisville standards. I'm still scratching my head over the lack of Lightning Run coverage. The news stations p
  13. I forgot to mention, I news searched also. Sorry. First page results for "lightning run kentucky kingdom" brought up 5 results. "Banshee king's island" brought up 8, but also 21,200 total. So roughly twice that of the KK search. But Bing and Google never agree on anything.
  14. Personally, I think KK and KI can coexist. Heck, they did for years, even with Six Flags doing their best to fail. I can say that, as a Louisvillian, I liked KK (pre-Six Flags) because it was local, it had decent rides for its size, and I was there in 10 minutes. I can maybe make it to KI two or three times in a season if I plan it well. KI is an event for me. On the other hand, I can hit KK any given day, ride a few rides, hop back in the car and be at the zoo before the gates close. I consider that a good thing! From what I've read, nobody involved with KK has any delusions of beating
  15. This is weird. I Binged "lightning run kentucky kingdom" and got 10, 600 results. I'm sure there's some junk in there, but it's definitely more than 11.
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