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Kentucky Kingdom Year of Birthdays

♬ Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to Thunder Run, Storm Chaser, Breakdance, Bluebeard’s Bounty, T3, Breakdance, Himalaya, Tin Lizzies, Cyclos, Skycatcher, Big Foot Trucks, & Tornado! Happy Birthday to you!  ♬

Join us this 2020 season by singing all of these new to classic rides and attractions a happy birthday! The love and appreciation for these rides by our guests is what continues to make Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay such a thrilling and family-friendly experience for all. We hope to see you wishing them all happy birthday real soon.

Rides & Attractions Birthday celebrations!

Thunder Run


The ride was manufactured by Dinn Corporation and designed by Curtis D. Summers and John Fetterman. With 2,850 feet (870 m) of track, Thunder Run stands 90 feet (27 m) tall and features a top speed of 53 miles per hour (85 km/h). 


 Rocky Mountain Construction was hired to refurbish the coaster, resulting in replacement of the existing wooden track. On October 10, 2013, Kentucky Kingdom invited members of the media and amusement industry to ride the refurbished Thunder Run. The ride reopened to the public on May 24, 2014. After the 2016 season, Kentucky Kingdom announced that Thunder Run would receive a new train from the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the 2017 season. This train replaced the single train that was first put into service in 1990.


Storm Chaser


One hundred feet tall at his highest point, Storm Chaser is the first coaster in America to feature a barrel roll drop from a 10-story lift hill – and don’t get us started on the 78-degree angle of that drop… that’s nearly perpendicular! And that’s just the beginning. Riders will then be treated to a stall dive, tip-out corner, airtime hills, a twisted airtime drop, a corkscrew… it’s truly a new breed of coaster that’s nothing like a traditional “woodie.”



Breakdance built by German manufacturer HUSS currently located at Kentucky Kingdom. A whirling ride with gondolas that spin while the turntable twists. Feel the rush of wind as you spin, flare and gyrate on Breakdance!


Previously named T2, the Suspended Looping Coaster model manufactured by dutch amusement ride manufacturer Vekoma opened in 1995.  The color scheme was red track with purple trains.


T2 was then painted black in the 1999 Season along with retheme part of the park as Gotham City, and rebrand T2 as Batman. These plans never came to fruition, while T2 retained its new coat of black paint. After the park was reopened 


After Ed Harts return the park plan involved a major refurbishment of T2 with a timeline to reopen the ride in 2015. Later it was revealed that its name would be changed to T3. The refurbished ride reopened on July 3, 2015, and featured renovated trains and track to provide a more comfortable experience for riders.


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