Kentucky Kingdom

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So of course when you are on a whirlwind road trip such as this, you have to make sacrifices to make all your stops. Kentucky Kingdom was my original farthest destination until I realized Holiday World wasn't that far away.  So the plan was get to Holiday World early, so I could leave around 2 and get to Kentucky Kingdom by 4. Although it was getting busy at Holiday World I should have stayed.

Kentucky Kingdom is a part of the city's convention complex. Oddly, the entrance and a small section of the park is on one side of a highway, then you cross a bridge to the rest of the park. It is currently owned by Six Flags, which is having financial difficulty, and after visiting their parks, it's easy to understand why they are losing money.

I arrived at four, the park closed at ten.

Giant Flag on Memorial Day weekend
There were no after four discounts, no military discounts, no open ticket booths, every one had to stand in a long line for one guest relations window to buy a ticket. Those ticket vending machines may look impersonal, but this is one of those situations where they prove their worth. They didn't have one of those either.

The drop ride that was at the entrance has been removed, since this was the one that tragically chopped off a girl's feet the year before. Their shuttle loop coaster broke down right when I got in line and didn't reopen the rest of the day. And to top that off, the back section of the park was completely closed off, which had a drag racing ride, their waterfall ride, and two big wooden rollercoasters, the Twisted Twins... all of them were closed. The one wooden rollercoaster they had was the same as the Hurler in Paramount Parks, had only one train, one ride operator, and rode incredibly rough.

carousel
Not only that, their fast ticket program makes you wait in line while you watch people just come up the exit all the time. So that was my afternoon in a nutshell. Most of the park is a waterpark in the middle, which closes early. They have a watercoaster, but those have no capacity at all. My time would have been spent much better at Holiday World with beautiful rollercoasters, free unlimited soft drinks, and looking for the guy that stole my phone. One thing I did enjoy there was their monster Ferris Wheel, nearly 500 feet high, where you can see all of Louisville. Sadly I discovered that Six Flags parks significantly lack in quality compared to the Cedar Fair parks, which maintain their individuality while thesed parks just morph into being called 6flags, like you say Walmart, and I tend to pass them up.

http://www.sixflags.com/kentuckyKingdom/index.aspx

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Louisville skyline
Louisville skyline
Giant Flag on Memorial Day weekend
Giant Flag on Memorial Day weekend
carousel
carousel
Looney Tunes movie store
Looney Tunes movie store
Greezewd Lightning chuttle loope f…
Greezewd Lightning chuttle loope …
bridge to other half of park
bridge to other half of park
T2 and waterpark
T2 and waterpark
watercoaster
watercoaster
Bayou cafe
Bayou cafe
inside Bayou Cafe
inside Bayou Cafe
Giant wheel
Giant wheel
on the wheel
on the wheel
The closed off section
The closed off section
stadium
stadium
sub sandwiches sold here
sub sandwiches sold here
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