Kennywood Amusement Park
4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin, PA, USA
www.kennywood.com - (412) 461-0500
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A pittsburgh Roller coaster Tradition Mar 04, 2008
In 1898 Kennywood Park began as a trolley park that catered to local workers and their families. In the first half of the 20th centurty it began to be known as a popular entertainment site and had technological thrill rides along with recreational activies such as swimming pools and dance halls. In the 70's, 80's, and 90's the parked stayed successfull with state of the art thrill rides and eventually became known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World from the 1960s to the 1990. And in 2004 Kennywood won the Theme Park Magazine's 2004 Reader's Choice Award second to Cedar Point in the category of "favorite parks".
They have a couple of roller coasters that keeps it on the map. One is the Thunderbolt. This coaster was built in 1924 and was built on the hill side of the park and is placed regularly at the top of lists stating the worlds top coasters. This is the only rollercoaster that has an immediate drop rather than a belt to pull the cars up the initial hill.
The next one is the Phantom's Revenge. This coaster used to be called the Steel Phantom that opened in 1991 which held the record of largest drop in a coaster and fastest coaster for a short period of time...eventually being beat out by a coaster at Cedar Point. In 2000 the coaster got renovated into the Phantom's revenge. They took out the 2 loops and a cork screw to give it more speed but kept it's unique feature of being intertwined with the Thunderbolt and the fact that it's second drop is longer than it's first one because it drops down the hillside of the park.
Another classic ride here is Noah's Ark which is designed to be a walk through ride...not a sit down ride. It was originally built in 1936 and has been remodeled a couple of times since then. The only other Noah's Ark is at Pleasure Beach in Blackpool in Lancashire, England.
when I go to kennywood I always go after 5PM for the late night pass where the ticket is only $16. Since I grew up around here I only go on a couple of the rides...the roller coasters and a couple of select few. One of my favorite pass times in going to Kennywood is eating the food. They are famous for their Fresh Cut French Fries at the "Potato Patch" stand. The fries are cut fresh and served in a basket with an option of up to eight toppings. Get one of those and a funnel cake and you'll be set for the evening!
And remember, if anybody tells you Kennywood's Open...be sure to check your zipper...as that's Pittsburguese for your fly's down!
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Fun little amusement park in the grand old tradition Aug 20, 2008
Kennywood, located in the West Miflin area of Pittsburgh, was originally founded in 1898 and designated a historic landmark in 1987. The park is an intersting blend of old and new, trying to join traditional amusement rides and newer more modern thrill rides. This dichotemy is seen most clearly in the differences between the Kennywood Racer, a wooden twin-track racing roller coaster built in 1926, and the Phantom's Revenge, an 85mph steel coaster with a 230 foot drop. At Kennywood, you will find the more traditional bumper cars, carousel, and swing rides co-existing with modern water rides and the new Ghostwood Estate, a haunted blaster ride. The park also has a pretty extensive KiddieLand area and picnic area, allowing families to save a bit of money by bringing in their own lunches. However, those who choose to buy food at the park will be greeted with a variety of choices including the typical park fare of funnel cakes, caramel apples and cotton candy. The most popular counter at the park will always be the Potato Patch, serving fresh cut fries.
The park offers discounted weekday and evening passes. In September and October the park is also open in the evenings for Phantom Fright Nights, in which most of the major rides are open and several haunted houses are specially created.
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