On Thursday, February 4, Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. announced that it will close Kentucky Kingdom and move the rides to other parks within the system. Six Flags had proposed a new lease arrangement but the Kentucky State Fair Board rejected the proposal.
"We are deeply disappointed to be leaving such a great fan base in the greater metropolitan area of Louisville and we are grateful to the thousands of employees at Kentucky Kingdom and the millions of guests for their dedication, support and loyalty over the years," said Mark Shapiro, Six Flags President and CEO.
"This action relates solely to Kentucky Kingdom," Shapiro continued. "The substantial lease
payment has been a significant hurdle for this park in recent years. Our other parks, which reside
largely on company-owned land, will be completely unaffected and will open as scheduled for the full 2010 season."
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was home to seven coasters. Chang, a record-breaking B&M standup was removed from the park last year to expand the water park. Other coasters include Thunder Run, a unique woodie designed by John Fetterman; Twisted Sisters/Twins the first dueling coaster from CCI; and T2, one of the first Vekoma SLC installations in the U.S.