Kentucky Kingdom announces new attractions for 2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Kingdom has announced its new attractions and additions for 2017.
According to a news release, "Eye of the Storm" is at the top of the list. It's described as a 24-passenger, high-speed thrill ride with a roller coaster train that circles a seven-story loop, featuring continuous rotations, inversions, and both forward and backward motions.
With the addition of "Eye of the Storm," Kentucky Kingdom now has more than 80 rides and attractions, including five roller coasters, 20 water attractions, and one of the largest selections of children's rides in the region, with two additional children's rides to be introduced in 2017.
The park is also upgrading its classic wooden coaster, Thunder Run, which will receive a new train and track modifications at a cost of more than half a million dollars. Bill Hargrave, the park's Vice President of Construction, remarked, "This new train replaces the original Thunder Run train first put into service in 1990. With its advanced technology, the new train, together with the track improvements, will give coaster enthusiasts a smoother and faster ride."
Other improvements include the installation of more shade structures in the water park and at ride queue lines; additional lockers; a greater number of tables, chairs, and benches throughout the park; more lounge chairs for the water park; beefed-up air conditioning in restrooms and dining areas; upgraded technology to expedite season pass processing and in-park purchases; three additional ticket windows to speed entry into the park; and, for convenience, an additional entrance to the Hurricane Bay water park.
In 2017, Kentucky Kingdom's general admission price will be $49.95. Season passes, which include free parking, a 20% discount on in-park purchases, and $1 soft drinks, are now on sale for only $59.95 at the park's website (www.kentuckykingdom.com) and at all area Kroger stores.