In case you aren't aware, KK has been closed ever since Six Flags gave up the lease about 5 years ago. KK is now open again under a the same core group that took over the park in 1989 and made it a success.
Now, after 2 years of refurbishment, KK is back. I have no hesitation in saying it is one of the best regional amusement parks in the country. Headlining is the brand new Chance Hyper GTX Lightning Run, a compact steel roller coaster that is a blast! Thunder Run received over $1M in attention to the track, resulting in vast improvement in ride quality. Among many other new items is a huge expansion to the water park, with a huge body slide and action river.
While all the new additions are a blast, and show the company's commitment to making the park successful, what really impresses me is the attention to detail. Things are newly painted, kept clean, and there is actually landscaping! Check out my pics... KK spent some $$$ on making the park really attractive. I even rode the Tin Lizzies just to check out the landscaping!!!
The water park is a blast, with the new family-friendly wave pool next to the new action river.
Lest you think this is an advertisement, the waits for the new slides was too long... so we couldn't stand the wait in 94 degree heat. It was back to the wave pool and it's awesome Big Kahuna waves.
Even the 5D theater show was fun- it's based on the Rio characters.
However, one of the hidden gems (in addition to the impressive landscaping) is the seal show. Only 20 minutes, but a professionally presented show with rescued sea lions is an absolute pleasure. While the setup is temporary, just drop this show in a custom theater and you easily have the match (or better) of any national marine park attraction. Don't miss it!
TIPS: Get there at least 10 min before park opening. Hit Lightning run first. If they only are running one train, waits can shoot up quickly. Then if you want to hit the water park slides, do so. Thunder Run is pretty steady throughout the day, so you don't have to make a beeline for it.
If you're visiting more than once, get a Season Pass. The discount on drinks and merchandise make it a great deal for repeat visits. The season parking pass from KFEC doesn't make sense unless you are going at least 7 times (it's not valid during Ky State Fair... KFEC wants their pint of blood).
Don't miss the seal show... currently it's at 1P, 3P, and 5P.
They have announced Sept hours, and I'm hoping they announce some Halloween activities. This would make the Season Pass an awesome deal.
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