Wednesday, July 18, 2001 7:25 AM
We've (mainly I've) been wanting to get to Kennywood for quite some time now. We finally made it! And today was none other than.... Italian Day! Too bad I'm not Italian!
I don't really wanna type my every step I made today (I hardly remember them anyways... and I just got back!) so I'll give my reviews of the rides and everything else.
First ride of the day: BAYERN KURVE. I love this ride! It's my favorite flat ride now, and it was my first time on it. My first two rides were in the same back seat, but later on in the day, I sat towards the front. I prefer the front.... it seems a lot faster! It was a great ride in any seat, and I only wish we had one at SFWoA.
Next: PHANTOM'S REVENGE. I was pretty excited to ride this since I've heard all the good news about it from a lot of people on these boards. To let you know, I've never ridden Steel Phantom before, so I didn't know the layout, the speed... nothing. It was a brand new ride to me. Quite frankly, I was disappointed. That double dip gave me a neckache and backache for about 15 minutes or so. I sat in the back seat, a little toward the middle. That first drop is so wierd.. I didn't like it. I prefer going straight down, and not twisting to the side. It doesn't seem like a real 200 foot hill, but the speed was there. My favorite part of the ride was going under Thunderbolt those few times. So, I was disappointed. One train still with a 30 minute wait.
Next ride: Pitt Fall! A great freefall ride, the best I've ever been on! There was no wait, so we went on twice.. once on car 4 and once on car 1. Car 1 seemed faster than car 4, and it was a great ride! Loved it, and it had great dispatching time as well. I feel bad for the guest that left his glasses right in front of him and the employee stepped on them. Oh well, he shoulda left it in the basket.
THE WHIP. What can I say, I've seen this ride on TV before, but I've never been on it. A fun little ride! It looks more intense than it actually is, though. I want one... I want one.
THE EXTERMINATOR. First off, the waiting inside the building was horrible. WAY too hot, they need air conditioning... ASAP! The wait was about 25 minutes, a long 25 minutes may I add. I didn't know what to expect.. and neither did my Mom. If she knew what it did, she wouldn't have gone on! She pretty much avoided every ride later in the day because she felt sick from the Exterminator. I thought it was fun, but I wouldn't wait another 30 minutes for it.
LUNCH BREAK. We had the healthiest lunch possible at Kennywood.... two baskets of fries w/ cheese sauce! The Potato Patch fries were great, could eat them all day long!
THE JACK RABBIT. A great little wooden coaster. Starts off slow and dips down into the valley. The best part (which many people will agree with me) is the double dip. MAJOR air from whatever seat. Got two spins on this fun ride. I did see something strange later in the day, though. It was first running 2 trains, then they took off one, and later added the same one on again. I don't know why they would do that, maybe they needed to fix the train up? Who knows...?
LOG JAMMER. A typical log flume ride, with photos! Those turns after the first drop are pretty fast, the speed never lets up until the next hill. Got a photo, and saw that the wooden pole was on fire. The Litter Bitter came and immediatly put it out. Apparently, it's happened before and they even have a fire extinguisher.. just for that occasion! I think somebody threw a cigarette bud near it, so it started the fire. We didn't start the fire....
THE THUNDERBOLT. Currently my number one wooden coaster. I love this baby! First ride was toward the back-middle, loved it there. We took another ride later in the day in the front seat... even better! Major air on most of the hills, great view... it's an awesome ride. And that Phantom's Revenge train roaring by doesn't hurt the experience, either.
OLD MILL. An old ride (would you have guessed? ), but enjoyable nonetheless. We were a little freaked out because both my Dad and I (the heaviest out of the family) were on the right side, so the boat would tip to the right. I had to sit in the middle to balance it out.
THE RACER. A nice wooden, racing coaster. It's a one track racer, so that means you end up in the opposing station... but I'm sure you knew that already. Fun ride, but I prefer Gemini over this.
GOLD MINE (I think that's the name). A mine type ride that would take you through some spooky moments in the dark.. I haven't been on one of these for a LONGGG time. Brought back some memories of when I was younger.
We ate dinner over at Parkside Cafe, and we all got the same thing: The roasted turkey dinner. Great food, and pretty cheap too! The dinner reminded me of the food at the Chuck Wagon over at Cedar Point. Yum... a great dinner!
We played some games inbetween (cheap, also!) and I played something I haven't played in awhile... Fascination. Only $.25, too. Boy I wish SFWoA still had theirs...
Unfortunately, I did not get to take a flight on the Skycoaster. It looked great, though! We didn't have enough time, but I'll be able to go later when I visit SFDL later this summer.
Overall, the park was great, and fireworks were scheduled to go off at 10:00, but we didn't stay till then. The 3 hour drive home was approaching, and we said goodbye to the classic park.
While getting in our van, my Dad pressed one of those keychains-things that unlocks the doors. Well, he pushed it, and a car alarm went off. "I didn't touch it!" I said. Lo and behold, OUR keychain set the alarm off and on! He could control somebody else's van! It was pretty wierd, I've never seen that before!
Thanks for reading!
Chris B. http://sfwoa.tripod.com/
*** This post was edited by Chris B. on 7/18/2001. ***
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:18 AM
Great trip report!!
Did you get a chance to sample any of the Italian food at the picnic pavilions? Traditionally, Italian day is the busiest day of the operating season, so how were the crowds in general?
I could kick myself in the tush for forgetting that yesterday was Italian day!
I've been noticing that Phantom's Revenge is getting mixed reviews from many buzzer's. I think that this is a definite hit (especially for those who at the mention of it's predecesor, immediately reach for aspirin!)
The ride you referred to as Gold Mine, is actually called the Gold Rusher.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:22 AM
Chris B. said:
(PHANTOM'S REVENGE) That first drop is so wierd.. I didn't like it. I prefer going straight down, and not twisting to the side. It doesn't seem like a real 200 foot hill, but the speed was there.
Well, the first drop is NOT 200 feet, but rather around 160. The 2nd drop is the longest one, at 230. Some people love the twisting drops, some don't. To each his own :) But the reason it didn't seem like it was 200 feet, is because it isn't.
(JACK RABBIT) It was first running 2 trains, then they took off one, and later added the same one on again. I don't know why they would do that, maybe they needed to fix the train up? Who knows...?
Most likely a group came up the exit ramp. Due to the short length of the ride, when someone comes up the exit ramp (and therefore needing to load in the exit area), they take a train off. Then they'll put it back on when that group is done riding. It seems to happen just about every time I'm in line, so I've watched the procedure quite often...
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 1:30 PM
Busiest day of the season? Well, the longest I waited was 30 minutes for Phantom's Revenge. Not bad... but, I couldn't really say if it was crowded compared to other days because it was my first time there.
I knew PR's first drop didn't feel like 200 feet... it isn't. :)
Chris B. http://sfwoa.tripod.com/
Saturday, July 21, 2001 9:35 AM
"Fascination at Kennywood was never over by the Parkside. It is (and always was) right next to the Jack Rabbit (heading towards Racer)."
Actually, Fascination was
always across from the Parkside until its removal two years ago. The game that most of you are referring to is "Pastime". This game was, and is, between the Racer and Jack Rabbit. It's the same concept as Fascination, except you're not playing against others. I assume the reason that most people didn't notice that we took out Fascination was that we had both of them. There's also the Hi-Lo roller ball game in the Playdium arcade. Once again, same concept except the "holes" are assigned numbers. You play to a certain score.
"Let's go out and have some fun!" (New Order)