The Theme Park Review New Hotness tour continued with two parks in the Bluegrass state: Kentucky Kingdom and Beech Bend. Kings Island seemed to have taken it out of many people (especially me and one other person who both somehow managed to fall asleep sitting up at a picnic bench in the July heat) so I was happy that the day at Kentucky Kingdom didn’t need to be rushed. After a morning of filming on the two major coasters at the time (Lightning Run and Thunder Run) there wasn’t a lot to do at the park so we could rest a bit. Lightning Run was extremely fun and we got to ride it a lot of times so that was an amazing start to the day. Can’t wait to see how this park evolves over the next few years and would love to visit again (hopefully with a little more energy).
In the afternoon we visited Beech Bend and stayed through until the stormy evening. The main attraction here was Kentucky Rumbler a GCI wooden coaster which TPR took over for the whole evening. That was a lot of fun as we did a “fat train” with all the biggest people and a linked arms train happened while I was convincing someone to sell me some water with my British accent and watching the thunder light up the sky next to the Kentucky Rumbler.