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Kentucky Kingdom gates to open soon

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With 20 new rides and attractions, WAVE 3 News got a peak at the progress that's being made. With 20 new rides and attractions, WAVE 3 News got a peak at the progress that's being made.
The ferris wheel got a make-over. The ferris wheel got a make-over.
John Mulcahy John Mulcahy

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The way you and your family spend your summer this year could soon  change. With 20 new rides and attractions, WAVE 3 News got a peak at the progress that's being made at Kentucky Kingdom just months away from the big opening.

"We're getting ready to set the foundation of a new ride," said John Mulcahy of Kentucky Kingdom.

[SLIDESHOW: Kentucky Kingdom just months away from opening]

One if the new rides is going to be called FearFall. Soon, you will be able to tower 129 feet over the park - and drop.

The park that's been siting empty for years, is finally coming back to life. Crews have been landscaping, painting and putting the park back together again. If you've been to the park in years past, there is a bit of nostalgia for you.

"The added benefit to be able to say 'I did this when I was a little boy or little girl,'" said Mulcahy.

Some things will look familiar, like King Louie's playground. Several original rides are part of the attraction but they are completely made over and improved. You can also enjoy something new with your children like the jump around.

"What you have is a motion of up and down hipaty hopity," said Mulcahy.

For years we've seen the drab giant wheel. Now, it stands out in bright orange and yellow.

"It's become a Louisville landmark when you drive in and fly in," said Mulcahy.

You'll be completely blown away by Hurricane Bay and the Hurricane Beach Club.  

"That's the start of the foundation of deep water dive," said Mulcahy. "Deep water dive is America's tallest body side."

The size of the water park is more than doubling. Crews are making way for a new Family Wave Lagoon. A new water ride called Plummet Summit will also be in the park. It's a guarantee the revamped park will be different than the old one.

What's been talked about for years is finally happening.

"There will be a lot of new surprises tucked away, some not so tucked away," said Mulcahy.

So far, Kentucky Kingdom has sold more than 15,000 season passes at $59.95, that price will jump up to around $100 at its opening which is still slated for May 24. 

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