The new operators of Kentucky Kingdom have revealed that the park will feature much more than renovated versions of its old rides and attractions when it reopens in 2014.
Former owner Ed Hart agreed a deal to revive the park, shuttered since 2009, back in June. His group's plans for the park have now been made public - and they are very ambitious indeed. As well as reopening many of its existing rides, Hart's company plans to install a new roller coaster and several other new attractions, as well as doubling the size of its Hurricane Bay water park.
The most expensive new attraction will be the Lightning Run roller coaster, which will replace the former Greezed Lightnin' coaster. Standing at some 100 feet tall, it will feature a near-vertical, 80-degree first drop as seen in the teaser video below:
Also on the way to the theme park are a "5D theater" and a children's attraction dubbed Imagination Playhouse. The new, child-frendly King Louie's Playground area will feature three new rides: Whirl-A-Round, Rock-A-Bye Swings and Jump Around.
Other new attractions will include Fearfall (a 129-feet-tall drop tower), Professor John's Flying Machine (a Flying Scooter flat ride) a Bumper Cars attraction.
The water park will be boosted by a host of additional attractions. This includes:
- Adventure River - a lazy river-style attraction, but with water that rushes past at six times the speed of the park's existing lazy river.
- Family Wave Lagoon - a 12,000 square foot wave pool.
- Kids Cove - a 10,000 square foot interactive playspace for kids.
- Plummet Summit - a 52-feet-tall raft slide aimed at families.
- Speed Slid Complex - consisting of Wave Runner, a 66-feet-tall "bump slide", and Deep Water Dive, which it is claimed will be America's tallest speed slide at some 121-feet-tall.
Kentucky Kingdom has been closed since the end of the 2009 season, following a failure by former operator Six Flags to agree changes to the park's lease. The Fair Board claimed at the time that the company proposed that it pay no rent for the remaining nine years on the lease - instead offering a cut of any potential future profits.