Holiday World Owners Talking to Kentucky Kingdom

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Holiday World Involved in Talks with Kentucky Kingdom
Raven Roller Coaster - Holiday WorldHoliday World owners are in talks with Kentucky Kingdom officials. They’re apparently in the “fact-finding” stage of looking into whether they see an opportunity to run the park at some point. A article has more:

In a statement to WAVE 3, Paula Werne, director of communications for Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, said the Koch family has explored a lot of ways to grow their business over the years, including recently Kentucky Kingdom.

The statement goes on to say that things are still in what the company calls a fact-finding stage and the Koch family hasn’t made any decisions about whether to move forward in pursuing an opportunity to run the theme park. – TV.

I visited both Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World in the same day back in 2006. Their proximity might make sense for the Koch’s. This could be great news for the neglected park. Even when it was operating, it kind of felt like a second class park as illustrated by this video from Ed Hart. It details the park’s success pre-Six Flags and then its decline as Six Flags removed several rides.

Urban Theme Park Challenges: Theme Parks as Babysitters
A few not so nice comments below the article point to an issue that might have also helped to drive down attendance. Apparently, some parents dropped their kids off at the park and they roamed the park unsupervised likely causing all kinds of issues and making the park less appealing. A commenter theorized that Holiday World has dealt with different challenges as its in a rural area where Kentucky Kingdom is in an urban area. Another commenter suggested a solution where kids under 16 could be accompanied by adults.

Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with this issue with my home parks. I can see how it would deter people from visiting. As a parent with young pre-school aged kids, I wouldn’t want to take my family to a park that had older kids (pre-teens) running around unsupervised.

Many others doubt the likelihood of the Koch’s saving the park due to “Kentucky politics.” I’d like to hear what other locals think. Vote in this poll whether you think the owners of Holiday World should work with or operate Kentucky Kingdom.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

What’s Your Take?
What do you think of this news? Leave a comment and vote in the poll. Thanks to Calvin for posting a link to this story on my Facebook page.

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  1. i think this would be great for holiday world because if they purchase kentucky kingdom they could expand their types of roller coasters as well as their venue, earning them more money

  2. I hope they add great wooden coasters to Kentucky Kingdom, like The Voyage!

  3. they should. KK was big competition for them, now they won't be. Plus, HW needs to expand its reach. I've heard what a great park it is and that would spread to KK.

  4. I think they should, but I don't think they WILL. After all the trouble companies have been going through to get this park up and running, I don't see how Holiday World will do any better. But it IS Holiday World, after all, so you never know.


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