Idlewild Park (7/23) & Kennywood (7/30)

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Monday, July 31, 2000 10:37 AM
After a dry spell of a few weeks without getting my amusement park / rollercoaster fix, I decided it was time to satisfy the cravings!!

Since my brother and his family were in town, we decided to take all the kids in our family (all 18 of them!!) to Idlewild last week and Kennywood this week.

IDLEWILD:

Oh, to be a kid again!! The last time I visited this park, I was about 5 years old. It was somewhat strange to walk through most parts of the park only to see that nothing has changed a bit! This park is almost entirely in the woods on the foothills of the Laurel Mountains (about 1 hour east of Pittsburgh)

Among the first rides to hit was the Wild Mouse. This was pretty much what I expected a wild mouse-type coaster built in the 80's to be. Quick hairpin turns, fast and sudden drops, and packed with fun! The park's only other coaster is the Rollo Coaster. Very old mild woodie, with a surprising amount of airtime to it!

The rest of the park is pretty much devoted to children. There is the old Story Book Forest, which until Kennywood Entertainment Co. bought Idlewild, was a separate park. What a delight to accompany my neice and nephew (both aged 3 and 4) and to see them experience their favorite fairy tales live! Adjacent to Story Book Forest, is the section called Hootin Holler, which is an old west theme. The only attraction I experienced here was Confusion Hill, which was an interactive funhouse, which, as a result of a mine explosion (so the innkeeper tells us), now sits on a 20 degree angle. It was fun and disorienting to see folks standing on an angle as they negotiated their way around.

Another area of the park dedicated to the children is Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which took us on a ride on the Trolley through the Neighborhood of Make Believe. Racoon Lagoon is another section nearby that offers rides for the littlest guests.

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It was a shame that the evening was a washout, because Kennywood really is someplace special when it's lit up at night. But I satisfied my cravings for coasters and the Potato Patch, and I went home happy!

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Neil
Pittsburgh, PA
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Monday, July 31, 2000 4:56 PM
Great report. I went to K-wood on 7/20 and I'm now making plans for my next day off. I will drive 4 hours to ride for $20 and eat like a king!!


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There's nothing like a woodie...
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Monday, July 31, 2000 7:51 PM
I'm going back Saturday, and can't wait!

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, August 1, 2000 6:12 AM
Saturday? D'oh! I'll be there SUNDAY (for KennyKon). Any chance you can switch days? ;)

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--Greg


http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Tuesday, August 1, 2000 10:31 AM
Aw, rats!! I'm supposed to be in D.C. this weekend!

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Neil
Pittsburgh, PA

www.geocities.com/neildeweese
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