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Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 16, 2014 8:57 am

Louisville’s Kentucky Kingdom Set to Reopen May 24

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.

With 20 new rides and attractions among a total of more than 50, Kentucky Kingdom and its award-winning Hurricane Bay waterpark will be open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 13. Kentucky Kingdom remains open during the Kentucky State Fair (Aug.14-24) and then celebrates Labor Day weekend and continues operating weekends through the end of September. For updates on operating hours visit www.kentuckykingdom.com or call 502-813-8200.

Among new rides at the 63-acre theme park adjacent to the Kentucky Exposition Center is Lightning Run, a steel roller coaster that was recently featured on CNN. Lightning Run, one of three coasters at the park, is recognized for its signature 100-foot drop at a nearly perpendicular angle. “It’s fast, it’s exhilarating,” said John Mulcahy, the park’s communications and marketing director.

Hurricane Bay has doubled in size, adding 10 new water attractions including a family lagoon wave pool, a triple slide tower complex, a family raft ride, an interactive play area for toddlers, as well as the region’s first adventure river and a triple-bump slide. The new Deep Water Dive is North America’s tallest body slide at more than 12 stories tall.

Management of this Kentucky attraction, which closed in 2009, projects attendance will return to more than 1 million visitors within three years as the park adds even more rides, including three more coasters. 2015 plans include the reopening of a renovated 5,000 seat amphitheater for special events and concerts.

More than 60 food stands and restaurants will serve barbecue, pizza and other dishes, with catering available for groups ranging from 50 to 7,500 diners per serving, Mulcahy said.

General admission at the gate costs $44.95, with a $34.95 discounted rate for children, seniors and military. Season passes are available online for $99.95 or at Kroger stores for $69.95.

For more information, call 502-813-8200 or visit www.kentuckykingdom.com.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Carla G » Fri May 16, 2014 10:58 am

I wondering who is handling the food concessions?
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 16, 2014 2:11 pm

Carla G wrote:I wondering who is handling the food concessions?

Good question! I expect it will be a bland least-common-denominator concessionaire like Centerplate, but who knows?
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 16, 2014 2:22 pm

This is not a complete answer, but this snippet from the Kentucky Kingdom Website lists the various eateries on the park grounds. They will have beer and other adult beverages, by the way.

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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Carla G » Fri May 23, 2014 1:23 pm

Wow! You literally did mean snippet! (Did you know the left side of the post was missing?)
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 23, 2014 4:28 pm

Carla G wrote:Wow! You literally did mean snippet! (Did you know the left side of the post was missing?)

Not on my screen, Carla. Odd.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Carla G » Fri May 23, 2014 6:04 pm

Seriously, it doesn't pick up an image until
"S and Food Stands"
Maybe it's because I am using an I pad.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Steve Shade » Fri May 23, 2014 8:29 pm

I got the same thing as Carla using both internet explorer and google chrome using a desktop.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 23, 2014 8:42 pm

Beats hell out of me. It's fine in Chrome on my iPhone 5, which I'm using now, and was fine in my iPad Air and my iMac in both Chrome and Safari.

Anyway, go to the Ky Kingdom site and look on the nap. It's there.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 23, 2014 8:45 pm

Further oddity: It looked like crap (cut off) in Safari on the iMac when I wasn't logged in to the forum. But once I logged in, it was fine. That's just weird!
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Carla G » Fri May 23, 2014 9:05 pm

Logged in or not, still corrupted.
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Robin Garr » Fri May 23, 2014 9:14 pm

Try this: Just click the image link and see if your computer will open up the whole thing in a new window:

http://wineloverspage.com/graphics1/KyKingdommap.jpg
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Re: Kentucky Kingdom reopens May 24

by Carla G » Fri May 23, 2014 9:22 pm

That worked great, thank you! (Which is good because I never did see that page anywhere on the Ky Kingdom web site or their FaceBook page either one.)
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