With absolutely no evidence to suggest that whatsoever? Sure they are.Knowing Kentucky Kingdom are fine with prototype rides i think they might be the first to build an S&S Axis
I got you.Can't see that in Europe. Like literally every American article.
(...)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The local group that owns the Kentucky Kingdom-Hurricane Bay amusement and water park plans to sell it to a "big player" in the theme park business after a punishing drop in business during the pandemic, state officials said Monday.
While state officials did not reveal the new owner, the operating company that plans to assume Kentucky Kingdom's lease on state property is registered in Georgia with an address matching that of Herschend Family Entertainment, which operates theme parks and other attractions in multiple states.
But Hart and representatives of the new owner are scheduled to appear with Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at a press conference on Tuesday morning, in which they will announce "an exciting new partnership surrounding the future of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay Amusement and Water Park in Louisville (that) will bring enhanced entertainment and amusement park management experience to the park."
Two state boards on Monday signed off on approvals needed for the new operator to take over the amusement and water park that is on state land in Louisville.
Officials described the company as a sophisticated operator of nine amusement or theme parks across the country, one that is in a “stronger financial position” than the current ownership group.
I haven't been to any either, but FWIW, Hershend's non-headline properties (Wild Adventures, Darien Lake (when they previously operated it) apparently are not as well invested in/run as Dollywood and Silver Dollar City from what I have heard online.Thanks @CanobieFan.
Looks like Covid fallout then. I wonder how many more of these stories we'll see. I like how they snooped and checked the address!
I haven't been to a Herschend park but they look well-kept (the big ones at least) and I thought Kentucky Kingdom was missing something when I visited in 2019 so I am inclined to think this could be good for the park's progression.
Darien Lake (when they previously operated it)
Interesting, I have never been so I cannot speak to it.When they operated DL they spruced up the kids area, did some repainting and infrastructure work, and were reportedly looking at RMC-ing predator before their contract was terminated. The park was a real trash fire before HFE got to it. They left it WAY better than they found it. Rumors were they wanted to do more and spend more but the owners had no interest in footing the bill for it. HFE responded by apparently offering to buy the park, but owners wouldn't sell unless HFE bought all the properties and HFE only wanted DL. Do with this information what you will but of the major operators that could've bought it, it could have been FAR worse. Rumors I heard said PR was interested...