Kentucky Kingdom

Amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky

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Kentucky Kingdom
Kentucky Kingdom Logo.svg
Kentucky Kingdom - Entrance Fountain.jpg
SloganAll That Matters Is The Thrill
LocationLouisville, Kentucky, United States
Coordinates38°11′44″N 85°44′50″W / 38.195427°N 85.747245°W / 38.195427; -85.747245Coordinates: 38°11′44″N 85°44′50″W / 38.195427°N 85.747245°W / 38.195427; -85.747245
OwnerKentucky State Fair Board
Operated byKentucky Kingdom, LLLP
OpenedMay 23, 1987; 33 years ago (1987-05-23)
Previous namesSix Flags Kentucky Kingdom (1998–2010)
Operating seasonApril–October
Area65 acres (26 ha)
Roller coasters6
Water rides2

Kentucky Kingdom (formerly called Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom) is an amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky. The 65-acre (26 ha) park[1] 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.[2] 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. Kentucky Kingdom is owned by the Kentucky State Fair Board, and operated by Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP.

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.

  1. ^ "Partnership Opportunities". Kentucky Kingdom. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Tompor, Susan (January 3, 1986). "Kentucky Kingdom stands good chance of beating the odds". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved May 5, 2020.

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