Lightning Run

Lightning Run is a Hyper GT-X roller coaster located at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky. The ride is manufactured by Chance Rides and opened on May 24, 2014. The coaster is the only operational Hyper GT-X model coaster in the world.

Lightning Run
Lightning Run at Kentucky Kingdom – Jeremy Thompson.jpg
Kentucky Kingdom
LocationKentucky Kingdom
Coordinates38°11′47″N 85°44′39″W / 38.196461°N 85.744041°W / 38.196461; -85.744041Coordinates: 38°11′47″N 85°44′39″W / 38.196461°N 85.744041°W / 38.196461; -85.744041
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 24, 2014
ReplacedGreezed Lightnin'
General statistics
ManufacturerChance Rides
ModelHyper GT-X Coaster
Drop100 ft (30 m)
Length2,500 ft (760 m)
Speed55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2:00
Max vertical angle80°
Capacity800 riders per hour
Trains2 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Lightning Run at RCDB
Pictures of Lightning Run at RCDB

HistoryEdit

In February 2010, Six Flags permanently closed Kentucky Kingdom after a negotiation could not be reached with the Kentucky State Fair Board for a new lease needed for the park. In May 2010, Local Investor Ed Hart returned to the fold to operate the park again almost 13 years after selling the park to Six Flags. However, after over one year of trying to negotiate with the fair board over a lease, negotiations with Hart abruptly ended in September 2011. At the start of 2012, the owners of Holiday World expressed interest in running the park and renaming it to Bluegrass Boardwalk, but those plans ended without success in June 2012. In August 2012, Ed Hart returned to the Fair Board with a new proposal which included a US$15 million Bolliger & Mabillard roller coaster, but the plans were slightly changed to a US$7 million roller coaster and a different manufacturer. Chance Rides was then hired to build a brand new coaster model for the park.[1][2][3]

ReceptionEdit

Lightning Run was ranked in the Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for best new ride of 2014 with 9% of the vote, to come in fifth place.[4]

Golden Ticket Awards: Best New Ride for 2014
Ranking
5[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Lightning Run - Kentucky Kingdom (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ MacDonald, Brady (May 16, 2014). "Bedraggled Kentucky Kingdom theme park gets a multimillion-dollar redo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Shafer, Sheldon S. (May 19, 2014). "Kentucky Kingdom ready for reopening, officials say". The Courier-Journal. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Park and ride winners". Amusement Today. September 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.