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Kentucky Kingdom set to open in one month

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The wait is almost over. With one month left until it opens, a lot of work is being done to get Kentucky Kingdom ready.

Crews are painting and sprucing up the park. There will be a new 5D theater.

The Water Park at Kentucky Kingdom has doubled in size. People are putting the finishing touches on it. The new section has eight new rides.

"Some of them are record setting like our Deep Water Dive," said John Mulcahy, a Kentucky Kingdom spokesman. "It is the nation's tallest body slide at a little over 12 stories tall."

"That bring us up to 54 rides and attractions throughout the park," he added.

All of the rides are in place and are being tested.

"Heavy lifting has pretty much been completed," Mulcahy said. "Now, it's the cosmetics. It's putting the floral into place."
There are hundreds of flowers -- including tropical plants -- all waiting to be planted. You'll find a lot of activity in the greenhouse and nursery areas, which are new to Kentucky Kingdom. New shipments of plants are coming in each day.

Once planted, expect to see lots of color throughout the amusement park.

"At Kentucky Kingdom, we grow a little bit of everything, a lot of Impatiens, Petunias, Tropicals," said Rose Moley, Kentucky Kingdom Horticulture Department Manager. "We use a lot of Tropicals in the Water Park."

Botanical tours will also be a new feature at the park that is expected to start within the season.

"This year, we're doing a lot of different fruits, fruit trees, a lot of different vegetables," Moley said.

Counting down the days, park-goers can't wait to get inside. More than 80,000 season passes have been sold so far. Kentucky Kingdom had a goal of selling 100,000 before the season ended.

The Kentucky State Fair Board also just approved seasonal parking permits for $75 which will help season-ticket holders save some cash.

The week of May 12, there will be private parties at Kentucky Kingdom, but it opens to the public on May 24.

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