Kentucky Kingdom reopened on Saturday for the first time since 2009, but there is some concern that the the park’s premiere roller coaster, Lightning Run, may not be 100% safe. Lightning Run is the newest coaster, with 2,500 feet of track and an 80-degree ascent. It cost $7 million, and has an 100-foot drop. However, it also has a noticeable sway, as one person caught on film:
WAVE3 spoke to John Mulcahy, the director of marketing and communication for Kentucky Kingdom, who said that the coaster passed all safety inspections, and the sway is part of the natural give and take of a high-intensity roller coaster:
“There are so many twist, turns in this track that there are some points where it does release, and you see that movement,” Mulcahy said. “We are aware that there is movement in the coaster track, and it is there by design.”
I’m no engineer, but that video is still a little unsettling to me.