LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While the clock on the KentuckyKingdom.com website ticks down to opening day, crews have been working around the clock to ensure the countdown remains accurate.
"They're working Saturday and Sunday and making up for the time we lost Monday through Friday with all the bad weather," said Ed Hart, the CEO of Kentucky Kingdom.
On this day the crews' progress reached a key milestone after installing the final section of track of the revitalized amusement park's newest coaster in 17 years.
"It's appropriately titled the crowning of our new jewel of a roller coaster and that's Lightning Run," said John Mulcahy, Kentucky Kingdom director of marketing & promotions.
Mulcahy said Lightning Run is just one of 20 new rides and attractions that will greet visitors this May.
"We are going to be preparing the amphitheater as we convert it into an aquitheater," said Mulcahy.
The progress can also be seen across the bridge at Hurricane Bay.
"All of the water attractions are in," said Mulcahy. "In fact, we'll probably start filling them with water first part of May."
"This is the easy part for the next two months because all of the hard things have been done," began Hart. "All the attractions are here, virtually all of them are operating. Now we're doing the cosmetics. We have a beautiful woman, now we're putting some make-up on: that's the landscaping goes in, our annual flowers go in, our hanging baskets go in. We're well on our way to meeting our deadline."
It's a deadline Hart could envision as a lifeline.
"By year three we would hope to be doing between one million and one-point-four million visitors like we used to," said Hart. "It's bigger. It's better and it's wetter than it's ever been before. Why wouldn't we do big numbers?"
Kentucky Kingdom is set to open to the public Saturday, May 24.