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Themeparks LLC is an American company that operates theme parks. The company was originally formed as "227 Plus One" in the late 1980s by Ed Hart and is based in Louisville, Kentucky. Themeparks' first park was Kentucky Kingdom, which it bought in 1988 and sold to Premier Parks (now Six Flags) in 1997. Themeparks subsequently operated Magic Springs Theme Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas from 2000 to 2008 before selling it to PARC Management. Themeparks LLC repurchased Kentucky Kingdom in 2013 and has been operating the theme park since May 2014.

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History

In 1988, businessman Ed Hart bought the then-bankrupt Kentucky Kingdom amusement park at an auction. Hart then turned the park around and reopened it for the 1990 season. During this time, Hart founded Themeparks LLC specifically for the project.

In 1997, Kentucky Kingdom was sold to Premier Parks, which in 1998 purchased Six Flags Theme Parks from Time Warner. In 1998 Kentucky Kingdom became Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

After selling Kentucky Kingdom to Premier Parks in 1997, Hart began planning to build a brand new amusement park near Seattle, Washington, which was to be called "The Great Northwest Theme Park". The park was to be 100 acres and be located in the town of Lakewood. It was planned to open in the Spring of 2002. However, the project was scrapped for unknown reasons.

In the late 1990s, Hart was approached by Fitraco, a Belgian company, to reopen Magic Springs amusement park in Arkansas. Hart then reassembled and restarted Themeparks LLC, only one year after it dissolved after the sale of Kentucky Kingdom to Premier Parks (now Six Flags). Hart and Themeparks LLC then reopened the park in 2000 after five years being closed. During Themeparks LLC's operations at Magic Springs, attendance grew to new highs, after the additions of Crystal Falls Water Park and the Timberwood Amphitheater. Themeparks LLC sold Magic Springs and Crystal Falls to PARC Management in early 2008. Themeparks LLC then dissolved for a second time afterwards for another two years until 2010.

In the early 2000s, Hart and Themeparks LLC began developing a new theme and water park, which was to be called "Thrillopolis", and to be located in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville's only amusement park, Opryland USA, had previously closed permanently several years prior in 1997 and was replaced by a shopping mall in 2000. The closest amusement park to Nashville at this time was Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Plans eventually fell apart in mid-2002 due to funding problems with the city of Nashville.

In 2002, the company made a bid for Visionland, a theme park in Alabama, but the price was too high. Themeparks LLC and Adventure Parks Group had talked about a merger, but nothing has yet developed.

In 2010, Themeparks LLC temporarily renamed itself to KK Redevelopment LLC to buy back Kentucky Kingdom from the state of Kentucky. In 2011, The Kentucky State Fair Board ended their plans with KK Redevelopment LLC to reopen Kentucky Kingdom. In 2012, KK Redvelopment LLC made a new proposal to reopen the park by May 2014.

On January 24, 2013, The Fair Board approved the proposal from KK Redevelopment LLC and Ed Hart to reopen Kentucky Kingdom. The park (along with Hurricane Bay) was set to reopen on May 24, 2014 with new thrill rides and a bigger water park. Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay is now open with Themeparks LLC as the new operators. They spent over 50 million dollars to bring back Kentucky Kingdom and during the first year of operation. Theme Park LLC added a $7 million roller coaster named "Lightning Run" and doubled the size of the water park. Though Themeparks LLC does operate Kentucky Kingdom, the company is commonly referred to as Kentucky Kingdom LLLP when relating to Kentucky Kingdom.

Theme parks owned

  • Kentucky Kingdom (1990–1998), (2014–present)
  • Magic Springs and Crystal Falls (2000–2008)
  • Thrillopolis (Proposed)
  • The Great Northwest Theme Park (Proposed)
  • References

    Themeparks LLC Wikipedia


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