(Formerly known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom)
2016 - Storm Chaser - (4/29/16) Some amazing videos from Upstop Media show off Kentucky Kingdom’s new Storm Chaser coaster in action making test runs. They’ve got a Daytime POV, a Night POV and some off-ride footage in the three videos down below. Check them out, as this coaster looks very disorienting right from the first drop through to the end.
(3/31/16) Feel free to skip past the first 30 seconds of the video, but you can see some lucky test riders taking a test spin on Storm Chaser in the video below.
(3/29/16) One of our local area readers sent in four new pictures of Storm Chaser making test runs over the weekend. So nice to see the new RMC beast in action!
(3/14/16) One of our local readers has sent in a ton of new photos of Storm Chaser taking shape at Kentucky Kingdom.
Meanwhile CoasterForce tweeted perhaps the most incredible photo to date of the new coaster layout, as seen from near the top of the lift hill. Check it out below, and I would also be remiss if I didn't point out another awesome picture I saw on twitter giving us a look at an intense collection of twisted bunny hops posted below that.
(2/23/16) A construction tour of Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom has been posted to CoasterHype this week. Follow the link and check it out.
(1/25/16) We've got a nice batch of five new Storm Chaser construction photos today, thanks to one of our local area readers.
(12/7/15) A collection of six brand new photos of Storm Chaser were sent in to Screamscape over the weekend. Check them out!
(11/30/15) A small collection of Storm Chaser construction photos from Kentucky Kingdom can be found on Facebook.
(11/18/15) A reader sent in a couple of new pictures of the Storm Chaser construction site this week, with a look at a new inversion being formed.
(11/6/15) Screamscape has another photo update from Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom this week, thanks to a local area reader. This time we take a look at a different section of the ride that hasn't had the new red track rails added yet, but you can see how the supports are in the process of being changed to handle the new rail system through a very overbanked curve and up into one of the new inversions. You can also see in the background of a shot or two how the station building is being repainted the same red color as the new Ibox rails.
(10/27/15) A small collection of new Storm Chaser photos were sent in to Screamscape by a couple of local Kentucky Kingdom fans. Enjoy!
(10/19/15) Three new pictures of Storm Chaser have been added, thanks to a local area reader.
(10/15/15) An awesome collection of new photos of Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom were sent in this week, with a great peek at one of the inversions.
(10/7/15) A few new construction pictures of Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom have been sent in to Screamscape this week, as more of the red track has now been fixed to the structure.
(9/29/15) A great new construction report on Storm Chaser, shot from the air by All-American Thrills has been posted to YouTube. Check it out below.
(9/23/15) Crews are making progress over at Kentucky Kingdom on Storm Chaser as the red rails are going up on the lift hill rapidly, as seen in photos taken over the last 2 days.
(9/10/15) CoasterTalkNoBS has posted a construction update for Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom this week. Meanwhile another reader sent in an interesting report from the Mile High Falls boat ride where it appeared as if one of the large plexiglass panels on the splashdown bridge had just broken, followed by park officials and first aid arriving quickly on scene. From the look of the photos, one of the panels appears to have shattered, throwing fragments all over the area, which the employees with dust pans were trying to sweep up.
(8/25/15) AllAmericanThrills has posted a new construction video from Kentucky Kingdom showing off the progress on Storm Chaser.
(7/23/15) A great aerial construction update of Storm Chaser has been posted by AllAmericanThrills as shot by their drone-cam.
(7/21/15) As expected, Kentucky Kingdom announced their new 2016 coaster that will take the place of Twisted Twins. Also as Screamscape has been telling you for weeks now, Rocky Mountain Construction is behind this transformation, but it's a little different that what I was expecting.
For starters, this new coaster will be called Storm Chaser, and the racing/dueling nature of the old coaster will be more more. In fact, from the look of things the Stella side is being completely removed and the new Storm Chaser will instead follow the old Lola side's layout. In true RMC style however, Lola's old layout will be made taller and much more intense with a higher lift hill, a really crazy fun looking Barrel Roll Drop dive inversion in place of the first drop, taken at 78º, followed by many over banked turns, plus a corkscrew element in the second half of the layout.
Just like the Six Flags conversion jobs done by RMC, Storm Chaser will use the same iBox style track from RMC, and not their Topper Track. However, unlike the Six Flags projects... while the iBox track will apparently be set on wood, the steel support system of Twisted Twins will be reused, making this "hybrid" creation far more steel than wood in the end. Take a look at the concept art and video animation to see what this wild ride will look like in action.
(7/8/15) All American Thrills dropped by Kentucky Kingdom with a camera drone and took some aerial pictures of Twisted Twins to share in their latest update.
(7/6/15) Four new pictures (see thumbnails) showing off the work in progress taking place on Twisted Twins were sent in over the weekend.
(6/29/15) According to the latest photos (see below) of Twisted Twins at Kentucky Kingdom, it appears that crews have actually begun to dismantle a significant portion of the ride's structure now while just removing the track from the structure in other sections.
(6/22/15) A reader sent in a great photo from Kentucky Kingdom taken on Sunday showing off the Twisted Twins coaster and you can now see that all of the tracks leading from the station to the lift hills, as well as the brake run tracks leading into the station on both sides have been completely removed. Meanwhile another reader sent in a picture from a few days before where they caught a few workers standing on the tracks up near the top of the ride.
(6/16/15) A couple of Screamscape reader dropped by Kentucky Kingdom this week and noticed that a crane has now been set up on the south side of Twisted Twins. They also believe they spotted what looked like a stack of wood. They also reported that the overgrown vegetation that was once everywhere is being ripped out, and one source claims that the track leading to the lift hill from the old Lola side has been ripped out completely already, while viewed from the top of Mile High Falls.
(6/15/15) According to Kentucky Kingdom, the park is planning to make a special announcement sometime between late June and early July. We suspect this may be about whatever they have planned for the 2016 season.
That said, they did tell us that the RV and trucks spotted in the closed section of the park near the old Twisted Twins coaster actually belong to the sea lion trainers who live on property 24/7 to sea to the care of the park’s “adopted sea lions” for the summer.
(6/11/15) From the sound of things, work is starting on Twisted Twins at Kentucky Kingdom. According to the report sent in to Screamscape a reader was in the park and spotted several work trucks and an RV parked on the pathway to the closed coaster. While riding Mile High Falls they spotted three people standing in front of the station, pointing at various parts of the coaster while holding what appeared to be blueprints. Things are about to get very exciting for Kentucky Kingdom it seems.
(6/8/15) If your local to the area, you may want to take some pictures of the former Twisted Twins / Twisted Sisters coaster at Kentucky Kingdom because things may start to change very quickly. From the sound of things the plan will see the entire coaster's layout change and evolve, and RMC might just take some inspiration from what they did with Twisted Colossus and link both sides of the layout into one super-long track layout with two lift hills. Stay tuned!
(6/3/15) An interesting new rumor has been making the rounds, at first quietly from those with access to inner circle knowledge and now it is starting to leak out to more hungry ears with mouths eager to share. This involves the park's plans for the former Twister Sisters dueling wooden coasters and if this rumor is true, I'm being told that the park may be handing the ride over to Rocky Mountain Construction for a fairly dramatic overhaul.
I'm just not 100% sure if this is for 2016, or if this is planned for 2017... but if this is for next season, I'm sure we'll see construction begin on it within the next month or so, because unlike other RMC transformations, there is no need to worry about the public getting their last rides in, as the ride has sat closed for years now and is more than ready for a major overhaul whenever they are ready to jump on it. We'll just have to wait and see.
2017 - Unknown At This Time...
2018/2019 - New Coaster - Rumor - (7/23/16) Ed Hart spoke to the attendees at an ACE event at the park late last month and without being too specific, he indicated that the park would likely add another new coaster in either 2018 or 2019. Fun note: other topics address included the possibility of building a tunnel under the road the runs through the park, and the fact that Ed Hart dislikes Dark Rides and has no intention of building one at the park.