Kentucky Kingdom reopens better than ever!

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After sitting dormant for 5 years Mr. Ed Hart and his team of investors have pulled off a improbably task and reopened the theme park he originally developed by investing over 40 million dollars into the park he opened himself in the early nineties. Kentucky Kingdom is once again alive and well today with packed lines at water park attractions as well as the usual theme park staples too. It’s also nice to see some of the original rides be resurrected as well as several new additions to make for a nice assortment of family and thrill rides.

I grew up going to this park, so I have seen it in good times and in bad. From opening day of a new coaster or ride. To the day it closed for good and Six Flags started to remove rides and shipped them off to other parks. Never could I have imagined this park ever turning back into one of the largest tourism draws for the city and state, but I think once I explain below you can see exactly why.

First of all how do you replace one of the largest stand up roller coasters (Chang) in the nation that was removed ? Why none other than doubling the size of your existing water park. They have added several slide complexes as well as a kiddie type wave pool. One of the slides added is “Deep Water Dive” which is the tallest body slide on the continent. Coming in at a whopping 121ft tall, riders enter a capsule style chamber and are given a quick countdown from 3 and whoosh down you go! They have also refurbished all of the original slides and wave pool that the park had.

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Secondly, you have to replace 2 other coasters that were in the park previously and removed (Greased lightning and Roadrunner Express) with some other sort of ride that is visible while driving into the parking lot and could be the parks most talked about addition. That is where “Lightning Run” comes in. This is a new coaster from Chance rides which had been primarily know for its assortment of various theme park rides but a roller coaster was not one . This ride does not disappoint! It’s very compact, but packs a BIG punch! For starters the 1st hill is 100ft tall and drops the train at 80 degrees. After that it’s airtime city from that point till the final break run. The coaster has already ready created a lot of talk in the ACE community as well as I get ride! Defiantly a winner all around.

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Thirdly, let’s talk about general improvements. Most of the park got a fresh coat of paint in the refurbishment. Thunder Run( one of the parks original rides) is running amazing. The pirate ship still swings, the movie theatre still shows movies and the Giant Wheel still turns showing its riders a panoramic view of the park and sounding areas. But the one thing this park for missing the past 5 years the most……… People! Laughter! Fun! You can’t have a park without them. I can honestly say that now I am I father and have a family of my own it is a wonderful thing that I can see my children ride the same exact rides that I did when I was a child and we can enjoy them together. That my friends is what it is all about!

Sure anything new has it’s growing pains. I have heard some moaning about long lines at food stands, not enough of this or that. But, what we need to keep in mind here is that everyone is learning. It won’t be perfect all the time. Heck it may be far for it most of the year. Just realize that this park will one day return to the gem it once was and it will soon be on all park goers maps and become “the place” to hit on summer vacation. So next time you are planning that trip to go to Kings Island or Holiday World. Spend an extra day to make the extra drive and visit this park!

For information on this park and other parks visit our Facebook page.

Reporting for BPARCS.com Jason Slone

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Splash-Tacular Fun This Weekend At Carowinds!

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CA-Weekend-Plans-HeaderJune 27, 2014– Easy pay goes away July 6!
Don’t miss out on this great payment plan!

Connect to more this season with your 2014 Gold Season Pass. The more you go, the more you’ll appreciate the best family value around. You can have your very own Gold Season Pass for as low as 3 easy payments of $32.00!*

A Gold Season Pass pays for itself in less than 2 visits and offers many more benefits that you may not be aware of, such as:
• Free Parking – Your Gold Season Pass is saving you money before you even walk through the front gate!
• Parkwide Discounts – save when you flash your pass at select locations throughout the park.
• SCarowinds – Free and unlimited access to SCarowinds…as long as you’re not too scared!
• Early Access to Boomerang Bay! – Summer heat is right around the corner and we want our Passholders to be our VIP guests by giving them early entry to the water park on Saturdays. So come in early so you can lather up the sunscreen and set up your chairs before the water park even opens.
• New for 2014 – Dinosaurs Alive! – Unlimited access to Dinosaurs Alive!
• Bring-A-Friend Discount Days -You can bring up to six friends any day of the season for an incredible discount.
• To learn more about all the perks of being a 2014 Passholder, visit us online!

*Plus applicable taxes and fees
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By Deborah Fitts

Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration, July 3-5!!

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Don’t miss the three night Fantastic Fourth Celebration, July 3-5!
Fantastic Fourth Celebration was voted the “Best Place to see Fireworks in Atlanta” by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers, a “Must-See Fireworks Show” by USA Today and one of Reader’s Digest’s picks for “America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks.”

Updated for summer 2014, Stone Mountain Park transforms the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® and its famous natural amphitheater with “More Lights, More Lasers and More Music!” The show includes a lighting feature at the base of the mountain shining up like fingers of light showcasing the 825 foot mountainside.

The addition of an overhead laser canopy effect immerses you as if you are part of the show. Also, laser mirror bounce shots from all directions on the lawn create the effect of lasers jumping over your head. Enjoy the refreshed music playlist featuring 10 new songs including “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel, “Home” by Phillip Philips and Pharell Williams’ “Happy.”

The special patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the Lasershow all three nights!
Reserve a Terrace Seat
(July 3 and 5)

Arrive early to enjoy fun-filled attractions and special summer entertainment for the whole family. Go on an action-packed journey with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience, challenge yourself on SkyHike®, the nation’s largest family adventure course, cool off and play in the spray on Geyser Towers® and much more.

Buy Your Tickets Now!!

*Vehicle entry to the park is $10.00 for a one day permit or $35 for an annual permit. Note that there will be no free Park re-entry allowed. Guests who leave the Park on July 4 and then wish to return will have to re-pay the $10.00 Park entry fee.
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Buy a full price Adventure Pass online and get a FREE meal and unlimited drink refills! – Online Only*

Includes:

Adventure Pass – Includes access to Summit Skyride, Geyser Towers, Scenic Railroad, SkyHike, Camp Highland Outpost, 4-D Theater, The Great Barn, Mini-Golf, Discovering Stone Mountain Museum, and the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard.
Meal ticket redeemable at select Stone Mountain Park restaurants. Meal choices include:
Hamburger*, Hot Dog*, Pizza Slice (Cheese or Pepperoni)*, Chicken Sandwich*
Chef Salad, Chicken Strips Basket with french fries, BBQ Pulled Pork or Chicken served with chips (seasonal), BBQ Pulled Nachos (seasonal)

All of these great meal choices available at Marketplace. Big Rock Café open seasonally.
*Visit Marketplace and choose a side of French fries, chips, or whole fruit. Sides may vary at other restaurant locations.
Unlimited refills of Coca-Cola® beverages throughout the entire day of your visit. Includes soft drinks and Powerade. Arctic Blast products not included.
Add Ride The Ducks as an add-on to your Adventure Pass for only $9 (plus tax).
Adventure Pass Meal Deal:
Adult $29.95 (plus tax)
Child (Ages 3-11) $24.95 (plus tax)

***Adventure Passes are valid only on “Attractions Open” days.
Please check calendar for dates and hours of operation prior to your visit.

By Deborah Fitts

KD40 Concert Series Tickets On Sale Now!!

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Tickets Go On Sale
June 27 at 10 AM!

Kings Dominion has been having a blast celebrating 40 years of fun! To help celebrate its 40th, the Kings Dominion concert series is making a comeback! Our first artist of the series in country music singer Kellie Pickler and we have your way to buy tickets before anyone else. Just use the promo code KD40 Thursday, June 26th at Ticketmaster.com to get your tickets now! Tickets on sale to general public Friday, June 27th at 10 am.

Make sure to use promo code KD40!

By Deborah Fitts

New Water Slides Now Open at Carowinds!!!

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NEW FOR 2014:
Two New Breathtaking Water Slides Are Now Open In Boomerang Bay
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Carowinds, Thrill Capital of the Southeast, is excited to bring two new breathtaking water slides to Boomerang Bay. The mega-slides are the first phase of a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital investment plan at Carowinds. The new slides stand over 4 stories high and add 600+ feet of sliding fun, bringing new thrills and splashes to the popular water park. The slides offer two distinctively different rides unique to Boomerang Bay.
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Surfer’s Swell travels a total of 263 feet as riders will plunge onto an angled wall that mimics the sensation of catching an ocean wave. Guests then gracefully enter a final tunnel for a fun ‘splash landing’ into a pool at the bottom of this 45 foot tall experience.
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Dorsal Fin Drop offers 351 feet of slide and takes riders on the spin of a lifetime as they gain speed in a curved-tunnel that blasts them into a bowl. Like a shark circling its prey, guests spin and swirl before sliding into the corkscrew exit.img_swell
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The slides are primed to make Boomerang Bay better than ever as they add to its popular attractions, including two wave pools, 11 slides, and 2 kiddie splash pools with over 2 million gallons of water in total. “Cedar Fair is committed to building more excitement and value for our Carowinds guests” says Bart Kinzel, Carowinds Vice-President and General Manager, “The slides are just the first phase of a multi year park investment plan that will continue to deliver the best-day-of-summer that guests have come to expect.”

Construction is complete and is NOW OPEN. Follow along by liking us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

By Deborah Fitts

Margaritaville’s Now Open!!

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Summer’s in Full Swing at The Island!
We are excited to announce that Margaritaville Pigeon Forge is OPEN!
Just a few more weeks to register to win the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker in celebration of Margaritaville Restaurant’s Grand Opening!
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Upcoming Events:
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Luau Night at The Island! Join us starting at 5pm for Luau Night!
Enjoy live music on the main stage by the steel drum band Carib Sounds, activities for the kids, and giveaways all night long! So come dressed in your best Luau gear for a great night of family fun and entertainment!

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June 28th
Monster Energy Island Takeover!
Get ready for a Monster Island takeover! Monster Energy will be here giving away some awesome prizes like a wakeboard, monster gear, and energy drinks! The monster girls will be here hanging out and we’ll have live music all night! You dont want to miss this amazing event!
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By Deborah Fitts

Margaritaville Pigeon Forge Opening June 16th!!!

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June is sure to be a busy month here on The Island with over 12 new tenants opening their doors! We wanted to share just a few and invite you to stop by and GET STRANDED!PF_Opening_Oct_10x3-v2-lowres_PROOF

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Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville transports guests to the island destination of their memories or dreams. Margaritaville delivers a tropical experience where guests can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite destination regardless of their current latitude.village-idiot
To Celebrate The Opening We Are Giving Away A Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker To One Lucky Insider!
Margaritaville Island Hotel Now Taking Reservations!
Welcome New Tenants!
Hemp, Leather, Body Jewelry, Pipes,Tiki Inspired Home Decor, Statues, Dream-catchers, Wind-chimes Etc. Clothing & Accessories,Thousands of Unique items to choose from! Come see them, they are one of a kind!
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Pepper Palace is known as a “One-Stop-Shop” for everything spicy. They opened their doors May 30th and won hundreds of National Awards for product, marketing flavor. A private held corporation, Pepper Palace remains a family owned and operated business with a reputation second to none.
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Puzzled is a store of Puzzles and games for the mind. Stop by their store and add a piece to the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle!
build-bear-no-bckgrndOur Grand Opening event was a wonderful event and allowed Build-A-Bear to donate 100 bears to Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center all made with love from Island Guests. At Build-A-Bear Workshop you can make your own stuffed animal friends like bears, bunnies, dogs and more! Make a wish and add a heart – a Build-A-Bear Workshop trademark. Then dress them up in furbulous furry fashions! You can bring them to life online for FREE and play together in buildabearville.com™ – our world stuffed with fun! Each new furry friend you make at Build-A-Bear Workshop!

131 Island Drive | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 US

By Deborah Fitts