Kentucky Kingdom to add 5 rides in 2015

Kentucky Kingdom to add 5 rides in 2015

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Kingdom welcomed nearly 600,000 visitors and sold 117,000 season passes in its first season back in business after a five-year hiatus.

"If you do the math, that's almost one pass for every 10 inhabitants of the metropolitan area," said Kentucky Kingdom President and CEO Ed Hart.

The theme park has even more thrills in store for 2015 with the addition of five more rides, including a water attraction, plus longer hours and a season pass price that will hold steady at $59.95 -- unchanged from 2014.

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"That gets you more rides, it gets you more water, it gets you more hours. That adds up to more fun, and that's what it's all about," said Hart. "I can say with confidence that Kentucky Kingdom' 2015 season pass is indeed the best theme park value in America."

John Mulcahy, communications director for the park, called the five rides "marquee attractions."

Three are re-engineered versions of attractions previously offered,

"One of the favorites is Enterprise, and that will be making a return in 2015," said Mulcahy.

Enterprise is a ferris wheel-type ride with a twist that promises to take guests "upside-down and inside-out."

Kentucky Kingdom is also bringing back the Raging Rapids River Ride in 2015 after requests for "more water" from park guests, according to Mulcahy.

"It's 1.2 million gallons of water that carries some eight rafts with eight guests through this white water experience."

T2 will be back as T3, a suspended looping roller coaster with several gravity-defying inversions. Mulcahy said new trains will be installed on the coaster next spring.

Cyclos is a swinging pendulum that does 360-degree loops.

Mulcahy promised the fifth new ride, SkyCatcher, will provide visitors great views of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay as it swing 130 feet above the ground.

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