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Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville

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Kentucky Kingdom, formerly known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, is an amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky. The 67-acre (27 ha) park includes a collection of amusement rides and a water park named Hurricane Bay. Kentucky Kingdom is located at the intersection of Interstate 65 and Interstate 264, sharing a parking lot with the Kentucky Exposition Center.

In 1977, the Kentucky State Fair Board announced plans to build a theme park on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The park's construction, overseen by Kentucky Entertainment Limited, began in 1986 and cost $12 million in total. Kentucky Kingdom opened to the public on May 23, 1987. The park went bankrupt after one season, and was reopened in 1990 by businessman Ed Hart. Due to the park's success, Kentucky Kingdom was sold to Six Flags in 1998 who operated the park until 2009. Five years after Kentucky Kingdom closed, Ed Hart reopened the park on May 24, 2014. Seven years after Kentucky Kingdom reopened, the park's operating rights were sold to Herschend Family Entertainment. Kentucky Kingdom is owned by the Kentucky State Fair Board, and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment.

Kentucky Kingdom has six roller coasters: Kentucky Flyer, Lightning Run, Roller Skater, Storm Chaser, T3, and Thunder Run. The park has opened many first-of-its-kind roller coasters. T3 was the first Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster in North America. Lightning Run is the only Chance Rides Hyper GT-X Coaster in the world. Storm Chaser was the first roller coaster in the United States to feature a barrel roll drop.

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  • Came today 9/11/21 for Hometown Heroes and my son was removed from a ride because he has a prosthetic leg. We were told that it was a “manufacturer issue” when we asked why he couldn’t ride. The...  more »
  • Husband and I took our two boys today. We are from out of state, and have been looking forward to visiting for a while. Not only were half the attractions not running (that is not an exaggeration...  more »
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  • I grew up with Kentucky Kingdom when it was six flags. After reopening, it has come pretty far. Rebuilt many rides and added others. Single tickets usually run expensive, but the season passes are a good value. I have not ridden all the rides yet, but many of the classics are still there as well as some cool new ones. This park is good for all ages. They have something for everyone. There is a kids area with nothing but rides for little one's. Then you have some pretty intense roller coasters. When you add the water park, you have a fun filled day for the family. The food is decent, but expect to pay too much for it. Sunscreen is free and they have soft drink stations that are cheap. I've been to Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane bay many times and it is still a great place to visit.
  • Good place to go with Friends and family. The rides are good. Overall the park is pretty clean. And depending on when you go, the lines are really not that bad. The staff are friendly and polite. I would definitely recommend it visiting if you have the time. I would definitely get a season pass if you live in the area.
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