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Kentucky Kingdom opens

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom opened Saturday for it's new season almost one year since a ride severed a teenager's feet.

The first thing the park did was get rid of the ride that caused the accident.  That's one of the reasons the place was packed Saturday.

Carl Payne, season ticket holder says, "Me and my girlfriend travel a lot and go to different places and ride different roller coasters."  Payne is a self proclaimed roller-coaster fanatic.

That's why he's a five year season ticket holder at Kentucky Kingdom.  Payne says, "We really didn't hesitate that's a freak accident you know."

Payne and his family returned to the amusement park despite last year's bizarre accident.  "It was unfortunate that that happened to that little girl."  Payne says.

Last June, 14 year old Kaitlyn Lasitter's feet were amputated when a cable snapped on the superman tower of power ride.

Carolyn McLean, Kentucky Kingdom Spokesperson says, "We are one hundred percent committed to making sure what happened in June never happens again."

Shortly after the accident, the amusement park dismantled and destroyed the ride, replacing it with landscaping.

McLean says, "The large crowd speaks the confidence the Louisville community has in us."  Park officials believe the large crowd also shows customers know what happened last year was an isolated incident.

McLean says, "The attendance figure met and exceeded our expectations today."  But that could also be the result of discounted ticket prices this year.  It's our response to the economic crunch that we know the Louisville community is feeling."

Park officials say the discount is only in response to the economy and not last year's accident.  McLean says, "We know that plane tickets are expensive so folks might be staying closer to home, so an adult who would normally pay $39.99 can get the kids price of $24.99."

That sounds good to season ticket holders like Payne, hoping to save a few dollars anywhere he can because of all the money he's loosing at the pump.

Payne says, "With Kentucky Kingdom being close with the gas prices, so I'd rather come here a few more times than take my daughter out of town to one."

Kaitlyn Lasitter's family has also filed a lawsuit against the amusement park but it has not gone to court yet.

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