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Kentucky Kingdom Fresh investment for 2015


T3 – set to return in 2015


and Hurricane Bay will increase from 94 days in 2014 to 110 days in 2015 and the park will operate for longer hours on weekdays. But the really big news is the announcement of five new marquee attractions worth more than $30 million. This comes on the heels of the initial $40 million investment made by Hart and his backers to get the park open again in 2014. New next year will be T3, a Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster; Raging Rapids River Ride by


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According to Ed Hart, the park’s new president and CEO, “Now it’s time for us to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to everyone who’s made Kentucky Kingdom their family’s new place to play. Guests also asked us if we had plans to add more rides to the theme park. Let me sum up our response by saying next season is all about “more rides, more water, more hours and more fun!” The operating calendar for Kentucky Kingdom


Flying high over Nickelodeon Universe


Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, has opened Barnacle Blast Zip Line, the newest attraction at its Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park. From Ropes Courses Inc, the new attraction is the longest indoor zip line in North America. Guests leap from a platform more than 70ft (21m) above Nickelodeon Universe and attractions including its


carousel and Ferris wheel, flying 405ft (123m) suspended by a single wire. Once riders land on the platform on the far side of the park, they get to jump again and zip all the way back. The launch platform is attached to the Dutchman’s Deck in the northwest corner of the park, which also features the Ghostly Gangplank high ropes course and Anchor Drop slides.


Kentucky Cyclos – new for 2015


s Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, Kentucky, wrapped up a successful comeback season, park management was already


Kentucky SkyChaser – new for 2015


Intamin; SkyCatcher, a 130ft (39m) tall tower swing ride from ARM/Larson; Cyclos, a 60ft (18m) tall Frisbee-style pendulum ride from Zamperla; and a Huss Enterprise. SkyCatcher and Cyclose are both new. Enterprise, T3, and Raging Rapids operated previously in the park by the former owner, stored, and now refurbished. Kentucky Kingdom was attracting nearly 1.4 million visitors a year when Ed Hart sold the park, which is based on the State Fair grounds in Kentucky, to Premier Parks in 1997. When Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay later were re-branded under the Six Flags brand after Premier Parks purchased that chain, attendance started falling off until it was down to 500,000 or fewer paying customers by the time it closed in 2009.


World’s best mirror maze?


It’s a bold claim, but Adrian Fisher reckons he’s opened “the world’s best mirror maze” in South Carolina. The ambitious new Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors in Myrtle Beach contains a wide range of thematic chambers, special effects and surprises. “The mirror maze is one of the three ‘anchors’ of our new destination”,


notes Tej Sundher, CEO of operator Hollywood Wax Museums. “This is the best mirror maze I have ever experienced”. This year Fisher’s company Adrian Fisher design also created mirror mazes in Arizona, France, Denmark, India and Vietnam, taking its global portfolio of creations to 47. The British-based company is also working with a Swiss ride manufacturer on plans for a new ”dark ride maze” concept, which it believes is unique in the industry. Offering multiple possible paths, it should offer strong repeat appeal.


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OCTOBER 2014


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