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Main gates to Kennywood
Location 4800 Kennywood Blvd
, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, 15122
Website www.kennywood.com/
Owner Kennywood Entertainment
Opened 1898
Operating season 2008 Regular season: May 3 & 8-11, May 14-August 24, August 29-September 1, September 6-7 & 13-14

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Area 107 acres (0.43 km²)
Rides 32 total
  • 5 roller coasters
Slogan Make a New Memory
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Kennywood is an amusement park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the borough of West Mifflin. It ranked second to Cedar Point in the category of "Favorite Park" in Theme Park Magazine's 2004 Reader's Choice Awards.[1] Image File history File links Roller_Coaster_Icon. ... Theme park redirects here. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... West Mifflin is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the amusement park in Ohio. ...


Kennywood now uses the slogan "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park," although from the 1960s through the early 1990s the slogan was "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World." The property features three old wooden coasters still in working order, along with a newer steel coaster, the Phantom's Revenge (2001), and one indoor coaster, the Exterminator (added in 1999). The park features a variety of other family-type rides, with a total of 32 general-admission attractions, plus 13 more child-only rides in "Kiddieland". The Texas Giant, a large wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX Colossos, one of the worlds largest wooden roller coasters at Heide Park, Germany. ...


Kennywood is also famous for its 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. The Potato Patch Fries have become so well known that Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle grocery stores began selling frozen Potato Patch Fries in 2001.-1... This article is about the supermarket chain. ...


One of only two amusement parks listed in the National Register of Historic Places (the other being Rye Playland Park), Kennywood also is one of the few amusement parks that still allow guests to bring their own picnic lunch, and is alcohol-free.[1] For decades, smoking was tolerated anywhere in the park, but is now restricted to designated areas. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Playland (often called Rye Playland) is an amusement park located in Rye, New York. ...


Kennywood is owned by Kennywood Entertainment, which until December 2007 was a closely held family business owned by the Henninger and McSwigan families. Kennywood Entertainment is now (subject to due diligence) a subsidiary of Parques Reunidos, an international amusement park company based in Madrid, Spain.[2] The Kennywood Entertainment Company is, as of December 2007, the owner of five United States amusement parks: three in Western Pennsylvania, as well as one each in Connecticut and New Hampshire. ... Due diligence is a term used for a number of concepts involving either the performance of an investigation of a business or person, or the performance of an act with a certain standard of care. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... This article is about the Spanish capital. ...

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Location

Kennywood is approximately 8 miles (13 km) from downtown Pittsburgh, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The park is along Pennsylvania Route 837, known as Kennywood Boulevard as it passes through the borough. The closest interstate connection is Interchange No. 7 (Swissvale) on Interstate 376. Despite the park's relatively obscure location (it was once the terminus of a streetcar line), it is easy to find for two reasons. First, it is on the "Green Belt", part of the Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Belt System. Second, management over the years has blanketed the county with yellow "Kennywood" arrows (formerly an extended arm with pointing finger), to the point where the yellow arrow has become the park's logo. West Mifflin is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... Pennsylvania Route 837 is a state route located in western Pennsylvania. ... Interstate 376 (abbreviated I-376) is an east-west U.S. interstate highway spur route that lies entirely within Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... A tram system, tramway, or street railway is a railway on which trams (streetcars, trolleys) run. ... The Green Belt is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanias fourth belt in the Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Belt System, running a half-circumference of the city in 39 miles. ... The Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Belt System is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanias unique set of originally five colored roadways belts first set up in the 1940s by Joseph White to relieve congestion on the major routes into and out of the city. ...


Several Port Authority bus lines run to or near the park. One line, the 61C, stops at a park bus shelter, while the 55B, 55E and 59A stop at a nearby strip mall less than a quarter mile from the park. The 58C, 58P and 58V express lines (running only during rush hour) stop at a Route 837 intersection about 100 yards from the park entrance. A typical bus stop sign in Allegheny County. ...


Kennywood Park is at 40°23'15" North, 79°51'51" West.


History

Before developing the park, the Kenny family owned a grove of trees overlooking the river. People began picnicking at the site, and eventually a trolley line was added. Kennywood Park began in 1898 as a trolley park that catered to local industrial workers and their families. Originally built at the end of a trolley line to encourage ridership, the park began to generate more revenue than the trolley business itself. Yet, the Pittsburgh Street Railway Company wanted out of the amusement park business and sold it to A.S. McSwigan and Frederick W. Henninger in 1906. The two would work to expand the park into the Kennywood known today with a large and loyal customer base. In the United States, trolley parks, which started in the 19th century, were picnic and recreation areas at the ends of streetcar lines, created by the streetcar companies to give people a reason to use their services on weekends. ...


From its origin as a working-class picnic entertainment destination, the park grew in the first half of the twentieth century into a popular attraction that combined thrill rides with recreation venues such as swimming pools and dance halls. In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the park remained successful by adding rides such as the Log Jammer, the Raging Rapids, the Steel Phantom (later turned into the Phantom's Revenge) and the Pitt Fall. Kennywood is also known for its scenery and mascot Kenny Kangaroo. Statue of a coal miner in Charleston, WV, USA. Working class is a term used in academic sociology and in ordinary conversation. ... Friends and family gather for a picnic in a public park in Columbus, Ohio, c. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... For the 2003 film, see Swimming Pool (film). ... Dance hall in its general meaning is a hall for dancing. ...


Kennywood Park has its own armed Public Safety Department. While not an actual police force, the organization enforces laws, investigates crimes, and responds to incidents within the park. Only a select few officers, however, are allowed to pursue troublesome guests and carry handcuffs.


Today, the park features a nostalgic atmosphere and is supported by a loyal fan base. As of December 2007, Kennywood Entertainment also ran Sandcastle Waterpark [2], which opened in 1989; Idlewild Park [3] near Ligonier; Story Land [4], a children's theme park in Glen, New Hampshire; and Lake Compounce [5], New England's family theme park in Bristol, Connecticut, which is the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in North America. Sandcastle is a water park located in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Homestead. ... Idlewild Park is a family oriented amusement park situated near Ligonier, Pennsylvania. ... Ligonier Township is a township located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. ... Story Land is a theme park located in the village of Glen, New Hampshire, USA. It is owned and operated by the Morrell Corporation, a family business under the direction of R. Stoning Morrell, who took over when his father, Robert Morrell, died. ... Lake Compounce is an amusement park located in Bristol, Connecticut, United States and a part of the neighboring town of Southington, Connecticut; the lake itself lies completely in Southington. ... Nickname: Mum City Coordinates: NECTA Hartford Region Central Connecticut Incorporated (town) 1785 Incorporated (city) 1911 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor William T. Stortz Area  - City 69. ...


After the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL in 2006, Steelers safety Mike Logan, a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, near Kennywood, made a humorous riff on the "I'm Going to Disney World!" advertising campaign usually associated with the Super Bowl, saying, "Forget Disney World, I want them to open up Kennywood!" Steelers redirects here. ... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... Mike V. Logan (Born in September 15, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a professional football player in the NFL, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... McKeesport is a city in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, at the confluence of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. ... Im Going to Disney World! and Im Going to Disneyland! are advertising slogans which are the most prominent feature of an advertising campaign famously spoken by players from the winning team immediately after the Super Bowl. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, three water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses...


The phrase "Kennywood's open!" is often used in the Pittsburgh region to alert another person that the zipper on his/her pants is open.[3]


On December 12, 2007, Kennywood Entertainment announced that it would be selling Kennywood Park, along with four other amusement parks in the Northeastern United States, to Parques Reunidos, a Madrid, Spain-based company.[4] is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Map of the US northeast. ... This article is about the Spanish capital. ...


Proposed expansion

In July 2005, Kennywood management was in negotiations to buy adjoining land, which would increase the size of the park from 92 to 140 acres (0.57 km²) and carry it into the neighboring city of Duquesne. Kennywood officials, however, insist that the proposal is contingent on the completion of the long-delayed Mon-Fayette Expressway, which is planned to pass within yards of the park. Duquesne is a city located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... The James J. Manderino Highway is a 61. ...


As of March 2006, Kennywood had bought 15 acres and is in the process of acquiring another 28 acres of the Union Railroad yard. Its $60 million expansion plan, all contingent on taxes and the Mon-Fayette Expressway, includes a hotel, an indoor water park, and a new signature thrill ride. The new water park will be separate from the much larger Sandcastle Waterpark and would be built at the site of the former Kmart. West-to-West Coalition, a collection of 22 municipal governments, has announced that it is working with Kennywood on its expansion plan. The following railroads have been named Union Railroad or Union Railway, usually because they connected or merged several other railroads. ... For the Australian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ...

Phantom's Revenge, Pitt Fall, Grand Prix, and cable car ride to extended parking section
Phantom's Revenge, Pitt Fall, Grand Prix, and cable car ride to extended parking section
Park Entrance
Park Entrance
The Racer's two cars pass each other
The Racer's two cars pass each other

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2576x1932, 1227 KB) Updated picture of Kennywood Park in August 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2576x1932, 1227 KB) Updated picture of Kennywood Park in August 2006. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 836 KB)Phantums Revenge, Kennywood File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 836 KB)Phantums Revenge, Kennywood File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... kennywood File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... kennywood File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Thunderbolt is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 592 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 592 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The Exterminator is a steel roller coaster located at Kennywood Park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. ... The Racer is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. ... The Jack Rabbit is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. ...

Attractions

Roller coaster history

Through the years, Kennywood has made use of the hilly Pittsburgh terrain to create coasters that wouldn't be feasible anywhere else. The Thunderbolt and the Jack Rabbit, both wooden coasters, place the lift chain in the middle of the ride, not at the beginning. In both cases, the car leaves the station and drops into a valley for its first hill. Phantom's Revenge uses the same valley as the Thunderbolt, where the Phantom's second drop passes through the supports of the Thunderbolt's first drop. Many coasters sit in the footprint of former coasters. The Phantom's Revenge may seem familiar to the record-setting Steel Phantom, because in fact the length of track from the station brake run all the way to about 15' down the main drop is original track from the Steel Phantom. Older visitors will recall that the Thunderbolt is an improvement of the Pippin.


Current roller coasters

  • Racer - A John A. Miller wooden roller coaster with a track that is looped over on itself to create the appearance of two separate, parallel tracks. Riders choose from one of two trains, one on each side of the loading platform, that then race against each other as they traverse the course. The winning side is chosen by the conductors of the ride and typically alternated each time. A famous Kennywood tradition is to reach over and touch hands of the other car during the ride.
  • Jack Rabbit - A John A. Miller wooden roller coaster, known especially for its double dip. Coming down off of its second hill, the track levels out briefly half of the way down, then continues downward—a double-dip drop. The speed of the train as it enters this second part of the drop is so high that the riders are given the impression that they will be thrown free of the train. The Jack Rabbit is one of the oldest running roller coasters in the world.
  • Thunderbolt - A wooden roller coaster. Originally there was a John A. Miller wooden coaster known as the Pippin on this site, built in 1924. A new design, by Andy Vettel, Sr., was used in the 1967 reconstruction of the Pippin, reusing several of its elements, but resulting in a larger, faster coaster to be known as the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt regularly places at or near the top of lists concerning the world's top coasters and is distinguished by an immediate drop out of the starting gate, rather than the standard long climb. The Thunderbolt has a top speed of about 55 mph (89 km/h).
  • Exterminator - An indoor Reverchon spinning mouse roller coaster. This coaster has heavily themed scenery even in the line.
  • Phantom's Revenge - A steel coaster built by Arrow Dynamics, opened in 1991, originally named the "Steel Phantom." The coaster briefly held several records such as the largest drop on a roller coaster (228 ft) and the fastest roller coaster (82mph). After the 2000 season, the coaster was heavily modified by Chance-Morgan, including the removal of all of the inversions, and was then named the "Phantom's Revenge." The ride is also unique because the second drop is longer than the first. Although the first hill is only 160 feet (49 m) tall, it is still considered a hyper-coaster because its maxium drop vertically exceeds 200 feet (61 m).

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Other attractions

  • Noah's Ark is a classic walk through. The ride's opening year, 1936, began auspiciously as the City of Johnstown suffered its St. Patrick's Day flood that year. Patrons walk through an ark recreating Noah's attempt at bringing animals aboard. This classic ride, one of two in the world (the other being at Blackpool Pleasure Beach), was remodeled in 1996. Instead of entering through a whale's mouth, patrons now board a freight elevator that provides the effect of rising, then crashing to the ground, part of the re-theming of the ride to appear like ancient artifacts were found below the Ark. Over the years, different parts were removed, including a fan that would shoot air up from the ground. One popular part, the bouncing boards, still remains.
  • Kiddieland collects all of the child-only rides in a compact area between the Auto Race and the Aero360, scaling the river view side of the park. Rides include miniature versions of the Turtle, Swings, Flying Carpet, Pitt Fall, Whip, Carousel, and Steel Phantom (which was replaced by the Phantom's Revenge several years ago).
  • The Kandy Kaleidoscope is a candy store that sells homemade fudge, and other candies, and is located near the entrance of the park.
  • The lagoon features paddle boats and a bungee-type ride, the Sky Coaster, which only takes 1-3 riders at a time and is not included in the Funday or Nightrider passes (Funday and NightRider are admission options). Several carnival games and food huts are adjacent to the lagoon, as well as the Log Jammer.
  • The Turtle and The Kangaroo are bumpy-track rides inspired by, in turn, the turtle's curved shell and the kangaroo's leap. They are the first rides that most children graduating from Kiddieland ride, but they are also very popular with teenagers because operators usually let them ride several times in a row when lines are very short. They're also both unique rides, because the Turtle is one of only three standing and the only one currently operating, and the Kangaroo is the last of its kind.
  • The Merry-Go-Round, built in 1926, and completely refurbished for 2005, is a historical landmark. Kennywood encourages large groups to use it as a meeting-spot considering it is centrally located--a custom to most smaller and older parks.
  • The Log Jammer is a water ride, resembling a roller coaster, which runs through the wooded area in the back of the park. It was the park's first multi-million dollar project. It was built by Arrow Dynamics.
  • King Kahuna was added to the park in 2003. It originally stood at Kennywood's sister park, Lake Compounce in Connecticut. The ride consists of a platform attached to two arms. The arms rotate in a circle while the platform flips riders upside down. The ride is unique in that the ride is never the same twice.
  • Lost Kennywood, which was added to the park in 1995, was built on the old pay parking lot area. The area evokes memories of Kennywood's long history, and also the illusion of yesteryear's dangerous rides, with modern safety features, of course. The area includes the Pittsburg Plunge, a Shoot-the-Chute named after the brief period in the 1890s when Pittsburgh dropped the "h" from its name, the Whip which was moved from its original location near the Log Jammer, the Bavarian Wave Swinger wicker swing ride, the Exterminator, and the Pitt Fall 251-foot (77 m)-drop tower ride. The Swing Shot joined the line-up in 2006.
  • Swing Shot is one of the first larger models of the S&S Screamin' Swing added in 2006. The name was chosen from a long list of names that were entered in the "Name the New Ride" contest Kennywood held over the summer of 2005. It is basically a giant swing that swings riders back and forth, reaching a height of 90 feet (27 m) at a 120 degree angle and reaching speeds of 50 mph (80 km/h). This ride stands where the Wipeout once stood (the Wipeout was moved to the former site of the Bayern Kurve, which was removed from the park in 2005).
  • Cosmic Chaos New For 2007, A Mega Disk'O Ride made by Zamperla Inc. The ride seats 24 people on a giant disk, upon motorcycle-like pedestal seats with back restraints. Arms and legs are free from restraint and the passenger looks outward. From a top height of 50’ the space ship begins its untamed flight along the 120’ concave track while its passengers spin around in circle. Cosmic Chaos has a UFO theme, complete with UFO sounds and little aliens.
  • Entertainment is a focal point of Kennywood. Strolling musicians, live shows, and costume characters truly evoke Kennywood's rich history. For the park's 100th anniversary in 1998, the park had side shows, magicians, and other events in their "anniversary midway." For the 2007 Season, the Kennyville Stage offers all day viewing of "Kenny TV", a closed circuit TV network displaying various videos and trivia. "Kenny TV" can also be viewed at various other locations throughout the park. The All American High Dive Show will also return in 2007 with a completely new show. The show named "Pirates of Kenny Cove" will show three times daily, with an extra show on Saturday and Sunday, at the High Dive Pool. The park also has roaming mascots, Kenny Kangaroo-an original character, and Garfield and Odie from Garfield cartoons.
  • Turnpike is a vintage car ride located right at the front if the park. Originally replacing the Laff in the Dark in 1966, this attraction originally debuted with gasoline powered cars. However, in 1987 these cars were removed and replaced with electric cars manufactured by Chance. It requires two riders.
  • Paratrooper is a classic ride, originally called the SkyDiver.
  • The Auto Race, also known by several veterans as the Auto Ride, is also the last of its kind. Electric cars run quite quickly through a trough-like track that twists and turns, almost like a maze. When the ride opened in 1930, it had several small hills placed in the track, but these were soon removed due to rear-end collisions caused when cars couldn't get up and over them on rainy days.
  • Garfield's Nightmare is a dark ride in bright 3D fluorescent colors under black light. It features the characters from Garfield comic strip and cartoons. This ride is the oldest ride at Kennywood, though it has gone through numerous major theme and structural changes throughout its existence. Since it debuted in 1901, it has been variously known as the Old Mill, the Panama Canal, Fairyland Floats, and Hard Headed Harold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway. The scenes inside this vintage dark attraction have featured "gorgeous grottos" from around the world including Hawaii and Australia. More recently this attraction featured scenery from a mine haunted by ghosts, ghouls, and skeletons. It even featured three outdoor scenes. In 1991 the name was changed back to the Old Mill and received some minor scenery upgrades. In 2004, the ride received a major scenery overhaul—a Garfield theme—and all scenes became enclosed to insure a continuous 3D effect. The boats were slightly modified as well and the number of boats was increased to from nine to twelve.
  • The Whip was opened in 1918. In 2002, a park guest was killed when the ride's pavilion collapsed during a macroburst. It has not been put back up.
  • Aero 360 is a ride where the legs are dangling and riders swing back and forth while attached to the Kennywood yellow arrow. The arrows swing higher and higher with each pendulum motion, culminating in a 360 degree experience.
  • Kennywood also hosts several annual Nationality Days, each spotlighting a different local culture. These include, but are not limited to, Irish Day, Greek Day, Serbian Day, Croatian Day, Slovak Day, and Italian Day. On these days some of the park's many picnic pavilions will be in use for entertainers of the particular day's nationality, including ethnic dancers.

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Phantom Fright Nights

Phantom Fright Nights is a Halloween event held at Kennywood on Friday and Saturday nights during the month of October. The park typically opens at seven in the evening and closes at one in the morning. The event began in 2002, though the concept of theming an amusement park for Halloween is not new. "Phantom Fright Nights" received third place in the Golden Ticket Awards for best Halloween event in 2007. This article is about the holiday. ... The 2006 GTA logo The Golden Ticket Awards is an annual set of awards given out by Amusement Today, a newspaper published for the amusement industry. ...


Labor Day traditionally marked the end of the season and the park would shut down until the spring. In 2002, Kennywood decided to break the long-standing tradition and turn almost half of the park into a giant Halloween extravaganza. The park's initial trial of Phantom Fright Nights in 2002 consisted of four traditional haunted houses, with only a few rides and roller coasters in operation. Despite the relatively limited scope of the opening year, the experiment proved to be a success, and new areas of the park and rides are opened for the festivities every year. In 2004 Kennywood debuted Gory Park, a haunted zone in Lost Kennywood. The following year, 2005, the park managed to have 3/4 of the rides and attractions operable due to high demand and record-breaking crowds. The park has reported attendance greater for one Fright Night than they have on a good normal operating day. This article is about the holiday in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the spirit of Halloween season, the park itself is given a complete make-over, with costumed actors roaming the paths, spooky music filling the air, and fog blanketing the park and every light bulb in the park is changed to a different color--even in the restrooms. The merry-go-round horse normally found in the fountain by the entrance is replaced by a giant Death-like figure. In some places sheets are hung up and classic horror movies are played, such as the original "House on Haunted Hill". Several areas of the park, including Kiddieland and Lost Kennywood, are turned into open-air haunted attractions. Other buildings, such as the Penny Arcade and the Parkside Terrace Cafe, are converted into more traditional haunted houses. Even the entrance tunnel is affected; massive amounts of fog are pumped into the passage way and chainsaw wielding characters stalk unsuspecting guests as they enter. These ghouls are also found throughout the park when least expected.


Kennywood discourages children under the age of thirteen from attending the park during Phantom Fright Nights as the atmosphere may be too intense for some younger children, but letting children attend is solely at the discretion of parents or guardians. Many children go to Fright Night's anyway, even with the suggestion. Kennywood will admit attendees of any age.


Kennywood in popular culture

  • Kennywood was mentioned in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "Turning of the Screws", which dealt with a Las Vegas roller coaster derailment. CSI Supervisor Gil Grissom, who is a roller coaster enthusiast, tells the park engineer that he holds the marathon riding record on the Steel Phantom in Kennywood Park, Pennsylvania.
  • Footage of Kennywood's Musik Express was shown in the beginning of the 1994 film Only You.
  • In the pilot episode of Disney's Even Stevens, the camera pans across Kennywood, most likely, from the upper parking lot or the top of the shopping center. The Pirate Ship, Swings, Noah's Ark, Thunder Bolt, and Steel Phantom are clearly visible.[dubious ]
  • The upcoming 2008 film Adventureland was filmed at Kennywood.
  • Kennywood also served as the inspiration for "Joyland Park" in LJ Smith's teen horror novel The Forbidden Game: The Kill.
  • Rock 'n roll singer Freddy Cannon recorded a slightly remade version of his 1962 hit "Palisades Park" called "Kennywood Park", featuring attractions at Kennywood [6]. The song was released on a limited-edition 45 vinyl pressing and sold as a $1.99 fundraising item for Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital through the now-defunct National Record Mart. The record is considered by some to be a collector's item today.[citation needed]

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Kennywood Memories

On September 28, 1988, the local PBS station, WQED, first aired Kennywood Memories, a one hour documentary about Kennywood. Rick Sebak narrated. Though twenty years later, many of the rides talked about are gone, the historic information about the park is still quite relevant. WQED has made the entire program log available on their website. It was also mentioned on an episode of Without a Trace. They showed the park, but the name of it was not the same. It had the famous Steel Phantom in the park also. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WQED-TV (channel 13, digital channel 38) is a PBS television station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Rick Sebak (1953 — )is an American film director and producer who lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Sebak is the creator of the scrapbook documentary genre,[1] many of which he has created for WQED and PBS.[2] Sebak attended Bethel Park High School and the University of North...


Ride/Attraction timeline

  • 2008: Ghostwood Estate [7]
  • 2007: Cosmic Chaos, SS Kenny (Rock'n Tug), Roofing over the escalators to lot 2, Gold Rusher removed.
  • 2006: Swing Shot.
  • 2005: New front gate structures built
  • 2004: Garfield's Nightmare, theme change from Old Mill.
  • 2003: King Kahuna, from Top Spin from Lake Compounce, Ham-on-Rye (Removed in 2005), Volcano Valley themed area (Enterprise ride renamed Volcano)
  • 2002: Garfield's Pounce Bounce, Phantom Fright Nights debut.
  • 2001: Phantom's Revenge (rebuilt from Steel Phantom), Crazy Trolley.
  • 2000: Aero 360.
  • 1999: Exterminator.
  • 1998: Kennywood celebrates its 100th anniversary, Centennial Midway (one season).
  • 1997: Pitt Fall.
  • 1996: Lil Phantom (Kiddieland), Kenny's Parkway, Noah's Ark remodeled.
  • 1995: LOST KENNYWOOD expansion - Pittsburg Plunge, Phantom Phlyer (removed in 1996, moved to Lake Compounce), Roll-O-Plane (removed in 2003), Whip and Wave Swinger moved to Lost Kennywood.
  • 1994: SkyCoaster, Bayern Kurve (Removed in 2005).
  • 1993: WipeOut
  • 1992: Tri-Star (lasts only one season, moved to Idlewild), Haunted Hideway renamed back to Old Mill.
  • 1991: Steel Phantom. Quickly tops top 10 list. (Rebuilt as Phantom's Revenge in 2001).
  • 1990: Great Balloon Race (removed in 1995, moved to Idlewild)
  • 1989: Swing Around (removed in 2005)
  • 1988: Flying Carpet (removed in 2006), Rotor (Removed in 1994, eventually moved to Lake Compounce)
  • 1987: Musik Express.
  • 1986: Wonder Wheel (removed in 1999).
  • 1985: Raging Rapids.
  • 1984: Wave Swinger and Swing Around (The latter is removed at end of season, but returns five years later)
  • 1983: Ranger (lasts only one season)
  • 1982: Pirate.
  • 1981: Gold Rusher (removed in 2007), Paddle Boats.
  • 1980: Laser Loop. (Removed in 1990).
  • 1979: Monongahela Monster (removed 1991), Garden Stage. (Removed in 2006).
  • 1978: Enterprise (renamed Volcano in 2003)
  • 1977: Nearby West View Park closes
  • 1976: Tilt-A-Whirl (removed in 1988, moved to Idlewild), Super Round-Up (moved to Idlewild 1985).
  • 1975: Log Jammer. (first multi-million dollar ride in the park's history).
  • 1974: Hardheaded Harold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideway (retheme of park's Old Mill)
  • 1973: Gran Prix.
  • 1972: Le Cachot (replaced Safari dark ride, removed 1998).
  • 1969: Noah's Ark remodeled.
  • 1968: Thunderbolt, rebuilt from Pippin; small hill removed in 1969.
  • 1967: Road Runner (Cuddle Up), Ghost Ship (Replaced Tornado, Both rides destroyed in fire 1975).
  • 1966: Turnpike (Electric cars added in 1987).
  • 1965: Popover (Chance Skydiver ride removed in 1976)
  • 1964: Tornado dark ride (from defunct Freedomland, removed 1966).
  • 1962: Kangaroo. (last 'Flying Coaster' flat ride in existence)
  • 1961: Bandshell destroyed in fire, Calypso (removed 1983)
  • 1958: Wild Mouse (removed in 1960)
  • 1948: Little Dipper. Remodeled in 1958. (Removed in 1984).
  • 1945: Olde Kennywood Railroad.
  • 1940: Rockets (Traver circle swing added to island in lagoon, removed 1978).
  • 1937: 13 Spook Street funhouse opened, later renamed Daffy Klub.
  • 1936: Noah's Ark. (Re-built in 1996).
  • 1935: Teddy Bear. (Removed in 1947).
  • 1930: Auto Race, Laff in the Dark (removed 1965).
  • 1927: Carousel, Racer, Turtle, larger 16 car Whip, Kiddieland developed in current location.
  • 1925: Swimming Pool (removed 1973).
  • 1924: Pippin. (Converted in 1968 to Thunderbolt).
  • 1921: Jack Rabbit.
  • 1918: Whip (replaced in 1927).
  • 1911: Speed-O-Plane (removed 1923).
  • 1910: Racer (original version, removed 1926).
  • 1905: Dip-the-Dips Scenic Railway (removed 1910).
  • 1903: Steeplechase (removed 1904).
  • 1902: Gee Whiz Dip the Dips (Park's first coaster, removed 1921).
  • 1901: Old Mill. (Converted to Garfield's Nightmare in 2004. Also referred to in the past as Hard Headed Harrold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway and Panama Canal).
  • 1899: Park's first carousel, Casino restaurant, Dancehall.
  • 1898: Kennywood opened by Monongahela Street Railways.

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Sister parks

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See also

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References

  1. ^ "First Annual Readers' Choice Awards", Theme Parks Magazine, June 10, 2005. 
  2. ^ News Release. "New Chapter in Kennywood Entertainment History Announced", Kennywood Entertainment Company, 2007-12-11. 
  3. ^ Peter Leo. "Pittsburgh English n 'at for visitors and newcomers", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 21, 2006. 
  4. ^ News Release. "New Chapter in Kennywood Entertainment History Announced", Kennywood Entertainment Company, 2007-12-11. 

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Phantom's Revenge Roller Coaster - Kennywood | Ride Review (1361 words)
Kennywood is a traditional amusement park with a rich history dating back more than a hundred years.
In the early 90's the park opened a ride that many would not have expected to find at a traditional amusement park, the Steel Phantom, a modern steel roller coaster so large that it would remain one of the tallest and fastest steel coasters of its kind for its existence.
Kennywood Park decided in the late 80's and early 90s that they needed something big and fast in their park, so they contacted Arrow Dynamics the leading steel coaster designer at the time.
Kennywood: Information from Answers.com (2606 words)
Kennywood officials, however, insist that the proposal is contingent on the completion of the long-delayed Mon-Fayette Expressway to pass within feet of the park.
Kennywood discourages children under the age of twelve from attending the park during Phantom Fright Nights as the atmosphere may be too intense for some younger children, but letting children attend is solely at the discretion of parents or guardians.
Kennywood is approximately 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, in West Mifflin, PA. The park is located on PA State Route 837, sometimes referred to as Kennywood Boulevard; the closest interstate exit is Interstate 376's Swissvale Exit #7.
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