Kentucky Kingdom: Lightning Run supposed to move and give


by Renee Murphy

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 5:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The video has made its rounds on Facebook and has Kentuckiana parents questioning the safety of the rides at the newly opened Kentucky Kingdom.

Click here to see the video on Facebook.

In the video, you can see the track of the new roller coaster saying after a train goes over.

"At first, me and my husband was like 'nah he ain't going. He ain't riding that," parent Bille Killebrew said.

Killebrew said she was scared to let her kids ride, but then she changed her mind.

"I think it's just part of the roller coaster. It's part of it, tall buildings do it," Killebrew said.

Park officials said the coaster swaying should not alarm riders.

"When you have a ride that has that much torque, you do need some place for that energy to go. Not only has it been certified by the project team, but also the engineering firm that designed and installed the ride and also the state-wide inspectors," John Mulcahy, Kentucky Kingdom spokesperson, said.

As the weather changes, park officials said the coasters will sway even more noticeably.

“As the season gets hotter, the rides do change. You will get a different ride experience each time you ride it,” said Mulcahy.

Park officials said their other wooden coaster, Thunder Run, will also sway some and it's all part of the engineering.

“I feel confident about it. I feel like they have done their safety inspections and they know what they are doing,” mom Nicki Anderson, who will let her kids ride it, said.

Every day before park opens, Mulcahy said the rides are inspected and tested.