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Kentucky Kingdom Opens Renovated T3 Roller Coaster

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | July 06, 2015

Kentucky Kingdom Opens Renovated T3 Roller Coaster

Photo via YouTube

The opening of any major amusement park ride is big news for thrill-seekers, but the debut of T3 at Kentucky Kingdom during the Fourth of July holiday weekend has roller coaster fans buzzing.

Kentucky Kingdom spent more than $2 million to complete a renovation project on the existing T2 roller coaster, upgrading the trains, restraints and track to make for a smoother ride on the 2,260-feet-long attraction.

T3 is a steel inverted roller coaster that takes 14 passengers at a time 110 feet into the air before dropping them down and turning them inside out with an astounding five inversions during almost two minutes of on-track action.

Kentucky Kingdom Communications and Marketing Director John Mulcahy spoke to Roberto Roldan of about the opening of the ride and what it means to the park:

“You're sitting comfortably, your hanging loose, but still secure — it's really just an exhilarating ride from start to finish. All of this is part of an effort to bring back some of the attractions that made us one of the most thrilling parks in the country. People are seeing that you don't need to travel far to go to a great park anymore.”

Riders reach a top speed of around 50 miles per hour as their feet dangle freely through every corner and inversion, giving passengers a unique experience.

The inversions are the key to the ride’s nickname, The Next Generation of Terror, and it features a sea serpent roll, a sidewinder, a sharp helix and a double inline twist, all meant to give the passengers the feeling of weightlessness.

The official YouTube page of Kentucky Kingdom shared a video of the ride:

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