Ever wonder why Kentucky Kingdom was the black sheep of the Six Flags chain? I have. A new video posted by the new developer of the park charts the immense attendance growth that the park saw in its initial 9 years as notable and World-record setting (yes, WORLD) were added. And then its shows the sad decline after Premier Parks and then Six Flags managed the park. Basically, when Kentucky Kingdom became Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, the park chain removed several popular rides that had likely become local favorites and added very few new attractions.
The video is long, but pretty telling:
This video was produced by the former, and new, park operator. So it’s obviously just from his view, but it’s kind of hard to argue the attendance numbers when put next to the ride additions and removals. And this video doesn’t speak to the park’s operation before and after Six Flags ownership. When I visited the park in 2006, I was surprised by how much potential the park had. It wasn’t a bad looking park at its core, but the operation was definitely lacking.
Re-opening Efforts & a New B&M for 2012!
Ed Hart, the former, and new, park operator is leading efforts to get Kentucky Kingdom re-opened in 2012 with $20 milllion dollars in rehab and $30 million dollars in new rides. His plans were recently discussed during an interview with ParkThoughts. The $30 million dollars includes a new B&M coaster. The rehab will go into projects like smoothing out the ultra-rough, but potentially cool duelling woodie Twisted Twins. Hart outlines his plans in YouTube video clips on the new Kentucky Kingdom website and on his YouTube channel.
I’m very excited for this park’s re-birth. There might as well be a new theme park opening in 2012, if Ed Hart can pull off all of the ride improvements and add a marquee new ride to replace Chang. I’m already thinking of doing a Holiday World/Kentucky Kingdom trip like I did in 2006 again.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of this video and Kentucky Kingdom’s chances of a comeback? Leave a comment below.