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WAVE 3 News Editorial - May 20, 2014: New Era for Kentucky Kingdom

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 News Vice President and General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Saturday has been a long time coming for amusement park enthusiasts in the region.

It is poetic justice that the weather will be spectacular when Kentucky Kingdom amusement park and the Hurricane Bay water park open its doors to the public.

Those doors have been closed for five years with more than one false start on a potential reopening.

This is a big deal for the region, as this park was once the Commonwealth's number one tourist destination, attracting well over a million people a year.

Kudos to Kentucky Kingdom CEO Ed Hart and his ownership group, who invested more than $40 million to restore the park. Many of the rides from the past, when Hart previously owned the park from 1989 to 1997, have been renovated. Twenty new attractions have been added, including a new steel coaster that travels at a top speed of 55 miles an hour. Hurricane Bay will now boast the tallest body slide in the country.   

Season tickets sold topped 80,000, paving the way for what should be a solvent start. Future enhancements and new roller coasters are already planned. 

This is the second time Hart has reopened the park after a bankruptcy filing from a different ownership group. We hope the best days for this park are ahead.    

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