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Kentucky Kingdom opens with few issues

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Park officials said over the three day weekend 35,000 people walked through the front gates. Park officials said over the three day weekend 35,000 people walked through the front gates.
More than 100,000 season passes have already been purchased. More than 100,000 season passes have already been purchased.
Amy Shipley Amy Shipley
John Mulcahy John Mulcahy
Vicki Smith Vicki Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky Kingdom's grand reopening is the books and for the most part it went off without a hitch.

The pulse of Kentucky Kingdom is beating once again. Park officials said over the three day weekend 35,000 people walked through the front gates, numbers they were hoping for. Overall they said the reopening went well and they can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of season.

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"It's very clean, we like that," said park goer Amy Shipley. "We have ridden one of the new roller coasters and we just now got to the water park."

Director of Marketing and Communication John Mulcahy said it was a thrill to see people back.

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"Although so much has changed through the park there is still a lot of familiarity," said Mulcahy. "The architecture remains the same, but it is a completely new palate of colors and designs."

More than 100,000 season passes have already been purchased.

Over Memorial Day weekend, some park goers were disappointed at just how long the line was to get prepurchased season passes printed.

"The line at times was daunting, it looked very long," said Mulcahy.

Some people complained of more than an hour wait. Mulcahy said the goal is to keep the wait under 40 minutes. He also suggested stopping in during the week to pick passes up.

"It's a fun place to come and spend a day as a family and we try to do that once a week if nothing else," said Mulcahy.

Vicki Smith and her family are season pass holders. On Tuesday afternoon, she was bummed to see some of the rides were not open.

"Blizzard River wasn't open and the Kluge and the Wedgie and different ones, but it is to be expected I guess," she said.

To be expected because Mulcahy said while most of their employees are still in school during the week, some rides may not be operating at certain times, but all 54 amusement rides are functional and he's excited for the summer.

"It's not a sprint, it's a marathon," said Mulcahy.         

If you are interested in purchasing a season pass, click here.

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