Expansion plans revealed for Kentucky Kingdom

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The group intending to reopen Kentucky Kingdom is planning a big expansion of the now-shuttered Louisville amusement park.

Those plans include introducing a new roller coaster and doubling the size of the water park.

Ed Hart, who heads the group, said Thursday it's part of an aggressive plan to introduce new attractions each season to win over visitors and keep them coming back.

Kentucky Kingdom is scheduled to reopen in May 2014. It closed in 2009.

The expansion plans were announced shortly after state and local officials signed agreements required for the park's reopening.

Hart says the new roller coaster and expanded Hurricane Bay water park will be ready in time for the reopening.

Also planned is a makeover of a suspended looping coaster that will be ready in 2015.

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