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Bluegrass Boardwalk

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Bluegrass Boardwalk

Bluegrass Boardwalk was going to reopen on the site of the former Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

Bluegrass Boardwalk

Special Note:

Formerly known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, it closed before the 2010 season. The family that operates Holiday World signed a lease to operate it and planned to reopen it under the new name, Bluegrass Boardwalk, in May 2013. However, negotiations broke down, and Bluegrass Boardwalk announced on June 15, 2012, that it was withdrawing from the project. A different team of developers now plans to reopen the park in May 2014 as Kentucky Kingdom.

The following information is about the now-abandoned plans for Bluegrass Boardwalk. It is being provided for information only.

Overview

At the time this is being written, not much is known about the plans for the overhauled park. Six Flags removed some of the coasters and other attractions when it shuttered the park, but a number of major rides remain and will, presumably, be part of the mix when Bluegrass Boardwalk opens.

Among the coasters that are standing are the woodies that were known as Thunder Run and Twisted Twins (a dual track coaster), and the steel coasters Greezed Lightnin', Roller Skater (a junior coaster), and T2 (a suspended looping coaster). None of the coasters were particularly well regarded, and it's likely that the new operators, who lovingly maintain three of the best coasters on the planet at Holiday World, will build a new world-class thrill machine (or two -- we can dream) and/or perform major makeovers to the existing rides.

Kentucky Kingdom also had a water park that was known as Splashwater Kingdom. It featured a water coaster and a funnel ride. Bluegrass Boardwalk should include most of the existing water park rides and may also feature some new ones.

What is known about the new park is that, like Holiday World, it will offer free soft drinks, free sunscreen, and free inner tubes. It is also highly likely that it will feature the same kind of friendly customer service, clean grounds, and careful attention to detail that are hallmarks of its sister park in Indiana. The new operators plan on investing up to $20 million before reopening the park.

Location:

Louisville, Kentucky. On the grounds of the Kentucky State Fair. (Note that when the fair is open, the park becomes its midway.)

Directions:

Located directly across from Louisville International Airport, at the intersection of I-65 and I-264.

From Cincinnati: I-71S to Louisville. Exit at I-65S. Approx. 5 miles from downtown Louisville at Crittenden Drive exit, Exit 132.

From Lexington: I-64W to downtown Louisville. Exit at I-65 South. Approx. 5 miles from downtown Louisville at Crittenden Drive exit, Exit 132.

From Indianapolis: I-65S to Louisville. Approx. 5 miles from downtown Louisville at Crittenden Drive exit, Exit 132.

After exit 132, enter Kentucky Exposition Center through Gate 4 or Gate 2 on Crittenden Drive and follow signs to Kentucky Kingdom.

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