Closed since 2009, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville will re-open on May 24, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The park has undergone a $44 million renovation since it was purchased by Ed Hart and a group of capital investors in August of 2012.
The new ownership group has added 20 rides and attractions, as well as doubling the size of the award winning Hurricane Bay water park. Hurricane Bay now offers sun worshipers a family lagoon wave pool, family raft ride, a triple slide tower complex and an interactive play area for small children. Also added to Hurricane Bay is the region’s only adventure river and triple-bump slide.
The new Deep Water Dive attraction is the continent’s tallest body slide, coming in at more than 12 stories tall. A new ride at the park is Lightening Run, a steel roller coaster which was recently featured on CNN. One of three roller coasters at Kentucky Kingdom, Lightening Run is most recognizable for its 100-foot drop at a nearly perpendicular angle.
There are more than 60 food kiosks and restaurants that will serve pizza, barbecue and other “carnival-type” foods.
Next year, the ownership group plans to re-open a renovated 5,000 seat amphitheater, which will be used for concerts and other special events.
General admission at the gate costs $44.95, with a $34.95 discounted rate for children, seniors and military. Season passes are available online for $99.95, or at Kroger stores for $69.95.