Kentucky Kingdom Teases Acquisition
A mysterious teaser was posted by Kentucky Kingdom this afternoon. The post, made to social media, was a short video accompanied by the hashtag #ANewStory.
While at first glance the post seems to indicate a new ride, the details contained within the teaser suggests otherwise. The map features points located in Cincinnati, New Jersey, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgia, Central Georgia, Oklahoma, and Missouri. And is accompanied by a leaf in the upper left hand corner of the map.
Breaking it down, the points represent the properties owned by Herschend Family Entertainment:
- New Jersey: Adventure Aquarium
- Tennessee: Dollywood
- Missouri: Silver Dollar City
- Central Georgia: Stone Mountain Park
- Georgia: Wild Adventures
- Cincinnati: Newport Aquarium
- Oklahoma: Former Herschend property ( White Waters-now Six Flags Hurricane Harbor)
Furthermore, with the points representing Herschend properties, the leaf on the map becomes significant. The leaf is nearly identical to the leaf found in the Herschend logo.
Herschend has been reorganizing the company over the last few months, while considering potential acquisitions. With the details in the teaser along with the restructure of Herschend executives, it is highly likely this indicates the acquisition of Kentucky Kingdom by HFE.
A local Kentucky group led by Ed Hart reopened Kentucky Kingdom in 2013. Neither company has made any official announcements just yet, but Hart and representatives of the new owner are scheduled to appear with Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at a press conference on Tuesday, February 23 — where we expect the new ownership or partnership to be revealed.
So, what exactly does all this mean? In short, you can start prepping your taste buds for some Cinnamon Bread in Louisville!
We will update this article as things progress, so stay tuned for more!
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