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Kentucky Kingdom Ready To Open

Kentucky Kingdom Ready To Open

CREATED May 23, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - After being closed for five years, Kentucky Kingdom will reopen Saturday to the public.

The amusement park in Louisville last operated in 2009 when Six Flags decided to shut it down. A group headed by businessman Ed Hart has been working for nearly a year to fix it up.

Park spokesman John Mulcahy said the restored park will give the community "a new place to play."

Media reported that the park has 20 new rides including a roller coaster called Lightning Run and an attraction called Fear Fall that drops riders 13 stories. The park has a total of 54 rides.

Hart's business group spent more than $44 million on restorations efforts since taking on the project after several other proposals to reopen the park fell through.

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