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Kentucky Kingdom holding job fair this Saturday

KKHB LifeguardLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky Kingdom is holding a job fair this Saturday, Feb. 11.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cornett Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For starting positions, the park pays seasonal team members between $8 to $13 per hour.

Employee benefits include: free admission to the park when not working, exclusive activities, discounts and more.

Apply at the job fair or online HERE!

Mayor to businesses: SummerWorks is ‘crucial’

Kentucky Kingdom is proud to be part of the SummerWorks jobs program!

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WLKY-Mayor Greg Fischer launched his SummerWorks jobs program for 2017 today by setting a goal for a new record of employers involved, and proclaiming it necessary to ensure “a pipeline of future talent.”

“Summer jobs are critical building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial for the health of the local economy, because it creates a pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said. “We want Louisville’s business culture to be one where every company, large and small, hires or sponsors summer jobs for youth.”

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Kentucky Kingdom’s Gaylee Gillim Announced as Speaker for the 2017 CLM; Business Insurance Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) is pleased to announce Gaylee Gillim, General Counsel for Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in Louisville, Kentucky, will be speaking on “Just Keep Swimming — While Avoiding RWIs.” This summit will be held on February 22-24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX.

Gaylee W. Gillim is general counsel and an owner of Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP, which reopened Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in 2014. Gillim was also general counsel and an owner of Kentucky Kingdom – The Thrill Park from 1990 until its sale to Premier Parks Inc. in 1997. Prior to her involvement with Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP, Gillim was general counsel and an owner of Magic Springs Development Co., L.L.C., which opened Magic Springs & Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2000.

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Kentucky Kingdom named one of 2017 Best Places to Work in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2017) The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) announce the 100 companies (in alphabetical order) that made the
13th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list. The winner rankings will be announced at an awards
dinner Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center.

Winners from across the state have been selected in three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (categories based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed). The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.

The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is the only business association in the state advocating for companies of all sizes and industries across the Commonwealth. Today, the Kentucky Chamber represents 3,800 member businesses – from family-owned shops to Fortune 500 companies – that employ over half of the Commonwealth’s workforce.

Kentucky SHRM consists of 14 local chapters that provide ongoing education and leadership opportunities for over 2,700 human resource professionals throughout the Commonwealth.

View the complete list of winners!




Kentucky Kingdom named one of best in nation

USA TODAY readers from across the nation have voted a Kentucky roller coaster as one of the best.

Kentucky Kingdom’s Storm Chaser roller coaster sped to the top of USA TODAY’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best New Amusement Park Attraction in 2016.

A panel of amusement park experts was selected to nominate the top 20 attractions that debuted in 2016.

Of the 20 nominees, the top 10 were decided by a popular vote of USA TODAY readers.

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Kentucky Kingdom coaster in running for best new attraction in U.S.

Is Kentucky Kingdom’s Storm Chaser the best new theme park attraction in the nation? It’s up to you to decide.

Storm Chaser is one of several rides nominated for the Readers’ Choice travel award contest from USA Today. Twenty attractions, from parks like Disneyland, Epcot and Universal Studios, were selected by a panel of theme park experts.

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Kentucky Kingdom announces new attractions for 2017

Eye of the Storm LogoLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –Kentucky Kingdom has announced its new attractions and additions for 2017.

According to a news release,“Eye of the Storm”is at the top of the list. It’s described as a 24-passenger, high-speed thrill ride with a roller coaster train that circles a seven-story loop, featuring continuous rotations, inversions, and both forward and backward motions.

With the addition of “Eye of the Storm,” Kentucky Kingdom now has more than 80 rides and attractions, including five roller coasters, 20 water attractions, and one of the largest selections of children’s rides in the region, with two additional children’s rides to be introduced in 2017.

The park is also upgrading its classic wooden coaster, Thunder Run, which will receive a new train and track modifications at a cost of more than half a million dollars. Bill Hargrave, the park’s Vice President of Construction, remarked, “This new train replaces the original Thunder Run train first put into service in 1990. With its advanced technology, the new train, together with the track improvements, will give coaster enthusiasts a smoother and faster ride.”

Other improvements include the installation of more shade structures in the water park and at ride queue lines; additional lockers; a greater number of tables, chairs, and benches throughout the park; more lounge chairs for the water park; beefed-up air conditioning in restrooms and dining areas; upgraded technology to expedite season pass processing and in-park purchases; three additional ticket windows to speed entry into the park; and, for convenience, an additional entrance to the Hurricane Bay water park.

In 2017, Kentucky Kingdom’s general admission price will be $49.95. Season passes, which include free parking, a 20% discount on in-park purchases, and $1 soft drinks, are now on sale for only $59.95 at the park’s website ( and at all area Kroger stores. For the full WDRB story, click here!

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Kentucky Kingdom sets attendance record

Smaller (2)The Kentucky Kingdom amusement park and its Hurricane Bay water facility had an estimated 800,000 visitors in the recently completed 2016 season, surpassing the previous year’s attendance by more than 200,000.

Operators of the park at the Kentucky Exposition Center said that much of the increase was due to more out-of-state visitors. In addition to increasing marketing in the Nashville and Indianapolis metro areas, the park made some major upgrades for this past season, including the addition of a major new roller coaster – its fifth. (Courier Journal)

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Ky Kingdom opens doors to first responders


Kentucky Kingdom is offering a free one-day admission to area first responders and their families, including Louisville Metro police, firefighters, and emergency medical services technicians. The park will also be open to the general public this weekend, and all rides will be open Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

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Police, firefighters conduct swift water rescue training at Ky. Kingdom

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Since the reopening of Kentucky Kingdom in 2014, it’s been the destination for summer fun.

Louisville Metro Fire and Police are using the amusement park to help keep the public safe.

The two agencies used the Raging Rapids River Ride to practice swift water rescue techniques.

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