Kentucky Kingdom will not reopen in 2011 according to the latest reports. The $50 million in bonds that the park needs in order to reopen cannot be delivered in time for a reopening next season. The Fair Board cannot even request the bonds be issued until the general assembly meets in January, and even if approved then that would be too fast a required turnaround.
Instead, the park will try to reopen in 2012 led by an investor group headed by Ed Hart. The bond money will be used for several large attractions, including a $8 million roller coaster, and a substantial water park expansion. Many rides will also be relocated, since the current plan does not include keeping the Northern side of the park open.