Hart Revises Plans for Kentucky Kingdom, Still Hopes for 2012 Re-Opening

Businessman Ed Hart has put forward a third proposal for re-opening the Kentucky Kingdom theme park next year. Hart first sought to renovate and re-open the park with a $50 million bond from the state. The General Assembly didn’t take up the issue. Hart then planned to use $20 million from the city this year […]

Kentucky Kingdom Reopening Likely Delayed Again

The developer who wants to re-open Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s not sure how to proceed after the city declined this week to approve a $20 million bond issue to get the facility back in working order. Ed Hart had hoped to use the money to partially reopen the park in 2012 and make […]

Ed Hart: “Scratching My Head” Over City’s Ky Kingdom Decision

The developer who wants to re-open Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s not sure how to proceed after the city declined this week to approve a $20 million bond issue to get the facility back in working order. Ed Hart had hoped to use the money to partially reopen the park in 2012 and make […]

Without State or City Bonds, Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company to Regroup

The park closed last year when Six Flags declared bankruptcy. Hart, who owned the park before Six Flags, then proposed a spate of improvements and a plan to re-open the facility by next summer. Hart’s proposal relied on the General Assembly’s approval of a $50 million bond to finance the renovations.

Smaller, Independent Theme Parks Thriving

In recent years, the economy has sent some theme park profits and attendance numbers rolling downhill. But smaller parks have been able to ride out the recession because of some specific strategies.