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September 27, 2017 10:36am

Investor Spotlight: Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay


Founded in:

The new Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay opened its gates in 2014.

Founded by:

It was founded by a partnership consisting of Ed Hart, Ed Glasscock, Bruce Lunsford, and the Al J. Schneider Company.

Number of employees:

We have a full-time staff of 68 and employ approximately 1,200 seasonal team members.


Describe what your organization does in two sentences.

We own and operate Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, the number one paid family tourist attraction in Kentucky.

Who do you serve?

Kentucky Kingdom’s market covers the metro Louisville area and the surrounding region within a 250-mile radius.

One fact you may not know about my organization is …

Kentucky Kingdom is one of the leading caterers in Louisville.  Almost 50,000 meals were served in the park’s picnic pavilions during the 2017 season alone.

What sets your business apart from others in the way you attract and retain talent?

We’re in the business of making people smile and creating lifelong happy memories for our guests.  That’s a great business to be in!

How does your organization engage in the community?

Since our reopening in 2014, we have donated thousands of admission tickets to schools, churches, and many charitable organizations.  This season, we also hosted a major fundraising event for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and a picnic for several hundred children with the Dream Factory.

What do you like about being an investor in Greater Louisville, Inc.?

We believe the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.  This is particularly true in the tourism and hospitality industry of which we are a part.

How can people engage with your organization?

We are open all summer and weekends in September – come enjoy the thrills!