However, negotiations broke down, and Bluegrass Boardwalk announced on June 15, 2012, that it was withdrawing from the project. The fate of the park once again remains unknown.
The following information is about the now-abandoned plans for the park. It is being provided for information only.
OverviewAt 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.
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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.