Six Flags announced today that they will close their Louisville, Kentucky park known as Kentucky Kingdom due to a disagreement over the lease for the land that the park is located on. Here’s part of the official statement:
Six Flags announced today that as it nears the scheduled end of its restructuring process, it has decided to reject its lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board relating to the Kentucky Kingdom park. In recent weeks, Six Flags had proposed a new lease arrangement to the fair board that would have enhanced the viability and future of the park. Unfortunately, those proposals were not accepted and the park will cease operations and the company will move expeditiously to re-locate employees and several of the more than 40 rides and attractions to one of its 13 other markets. –Six Flags
Some could say that the writing was on the wall when the park moved Chang to Six Flags Great America, but I don’t think anyone thought that the park wouldn’t open for the 2010 season. There’s a nice FAQ at the bottom of the announcement page. 2010 season passes that were pre-purchased will be refunded, they’re going to try to relocate employees that want to work with another park in the chain, and they’re planning on moving some of the rides and attractions. I’ll be sure to update everyone as news of the relocated and demolished roller coasters comes out.
What’s Your Take?
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