Sunday, June 25, 2000 6:03 AM
TR – Kennywood – 6/24
This was my first trip to Kennywood (my home park is Cedar Point). I have been meaning to go for several years, but when I heard they where tearing down the Steal Phantom, I knew I had to go this year.
Two buddies and myself left from Cleveland at 7:00 and got to Pittsburgh by 9:30. The park opened at 10:30 and we headed for the Phantom. At 10:00 the rides opened. I was amazed that the operators did not send any test trains. The first train out of the station was filled with customers. We waited for the front and got on the 3rd train of the day. The ride was awesome. The first sweeping hill is a lot of fun and the speed on the 2nd hill is really accentuated by the closeness of the hillside. The pullout is pretty intense, and then you hit a break and go through the inversions. I was expecting the worse from this ride, but was very surprised – it was not nearly as rough as people have been saying. We got off the first ride wondering why people complain about the Phantom. It was not Millennium Force smooth, but it was not all that bad. And the ride is pretty intense for the entire run, the break really does not take away from the speed. I was also surprised by the compactness of the layout. I am used to Cedar Points sprawling coasters, and the Phantom fits in a very small space. We rode Phantom twice more latter in the day in the very last car. The speed was even more intense in back and it was not much rougher then the front. The lines where pretty much a walk on even though they where only running one train all day.
Next we rode the Thunderbolt. We where surprised that they would not let you ride alone, but after one ride we knew why! This ride has a ton of fast right hand turns that just beats up the person sitting on the left side of the car. There is one turn where you feel like you are going to be thrown out of the car. And the drop out of the station is a real surprise, even when you know its there 吀栀椀猀 椀猀 樀甀猀琀 愀 最爀攀愀琀 漀氀搀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 圀攀 爀漀搀攀 琀栀椀猀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 洀漀爀攀 琀椀洀攀猀 搀甀爀椀渀最 琀栀攀礀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 栀愀搀 琀栀攀 氀漀渀最攀猀琀 氀椀渀攀猀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 眀愀猀 渀攀瘀攀爀 洀漀爀攀 琀栀攀渀 愀 ㈀ 洀椀渀甀琀攀 眀愀椀琀 猀椀渀挀攀 琀栀攀礀 眀栀攀爀攀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最 琀眀漀 琀爀愀椀渀猀⸀㰀戀爀㸀一攀砀琀 眀攀 眀攀渀琀 椀渀琀漀 一漀愀栀ᤀ猠 䄀爀挀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 椀猀 瘀攀爀礀 漀搀搀 昀甀渀 栀漀甀猀攀 琀礀瀀攀 漀昀 愀琀琀爀愀挀琀椀漀渀⸀ 䤀 眀漀渀ᤀ琠 琀攀氀氀 礀漀甀 眀栀愀琀 椀渀猀椀搀攀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 渀攀愀琀 猀甀爀瀀爀椀猀攀猀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 椀猀 愀 挀愀渀ᤀ琠 洀椀猀猀 漀渀攀ⴀ漀昀ⴀ愀ⴀ欀椀渀搀 愀琀琀爀愀挀琀椀漀渀⸀㰀戀爀㸀一攀砀琀 眀攀 眀攀渀琀 漀渀 琀栀攀 䄀攀爀漀 ㌀㘀 ⸀ 吀栀攀礀 眀栀攀爀攀 栀愀瘀椀渀最 琀爀漀甀戀氀攀 眀椀琀栀 猀漀洀攀 漀昀 琀栀攀 猀栀漀甀氀搀攀爀 栀愀爀渀攀猀猀攀猀 漀渀 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 愀渀搀 洀礀 漀渀攀 昀爀椀攀渀搀 栀愀搀 琀漀 猀眀椀琀挀栀 猀攀愀琀猀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 栀椀猀 眀漀甀氀搀 渀漀琀 氀漀挀欀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 椀猀 愀 戀椀最 猀瀀椀渀ⴀ愀渀搀ⴀ瀀甀欀攀 琀礀瀀攀 爀椀搀攀 琀栀愀琀 昀氀椀瀀猀 礀漀甀 甀瀀猀椀搀攀 搀漀眀渀 漀瘀攀爀 愀渀搀 漀瘀攀爀 愀最愀椀渀⸀ 䤀琀 眀愀猀 愀 氀漀琀 漀昀 昀甀渀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 椀琀 昀氀椀瀀猀 礀漀甀 昀愀椀爀氀礀 猀氀漀眀氀礀 猀漀 礀漀甀 最攀琀 愀 氀漀琀 漀昀 栀愀渀最椀渀最 愀挀琀椀漀渀⸀ 䤀琀 攀瘀攀渀 猀琀漀瀀猀 愀 挀漀甀瀀氀攀 漀昀 琀椀洀攀猀 眀椀琀栀 礀漀甀 昀愀挀椀渀最 猀琀爀愀椀最栀琀 搀漀眀渀⸀㰀戀爀㸀吀栀攀渀 眀攀 猀琀漀瀀瀀攀搀 愀琀 琀栀攀 刀愀挀攀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 眀椀搀攀 眀愀猀渀ᤀ琠 瘀攀爀礀 攀砀挀椀琀椀渀最 戀甀琀 琀栀攀 猀椀渀最氀攀 琀爀愀挀欀 挀漀渀猀琀爀甀挀琀椀漀渀 眀愀猀 椀渀琀攀爀攀猀琀椀渀最⸀ 唀渀氀椀欀攀 洀漀猀琀 爀愀挀攀爀猀 琀栀愀琀 栀愀瘀攀 琀眀漀 猀攀瀀愀爀愀琀攀 琀爀愀挀欀猀Ⰰ 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 栀愀猀 漀渀攀 挀漀渀琀椀渀甀漀甀猀 琀爀愀挀欀 琀栀愀琀 洀愀欀攀猀 琀眀漀 挀漀洀瀀氀攀琀攀 挀椀爀挀甀椀琀猀⸀ 匀漀 眀栀攀渀 礀漀甀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 礀漀甀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 漀渀氀礀 最漀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 栀愀氀昀 漀昀 琀栀攀 琀爀愀挀欀⸀ 匀漀 眀栀愀琀 栀愀瀀瀀攀渀猀 椀猀 琀栀愀琀 椀昀 礀漀甀 戀漀愀爀搀 琀栀攀 爀椀最栀琀 栀愀渀搀 琀爀愀椀渀Ⰰ 眀栀攀渀 礀漀甀 瀀甀氀氀 戀愀挀欀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 猀琀愀琀椀漀渀Ⰰ 礀漀甀 愀爀攀 漀渀 琀栀攀 氀攀昀琀 栀愀渀搀 猀椀搀攀⸀㰀戀爀㸀一攀砀琀 眀攀 眀攀渀琀 漀渀 琀栀攀 䨀愀挀欀 刀愀戀戀椀琀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 椀猀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀攀 吀栀甀渀搀攀爀戀漀氀琀 椀渀 琀栀愀琀 椀琀 栀愀猀 愀 搀爀漀瀀 椀渀琀漀 愀 爀愀瘀椀渀攀 戀攀昀漀爀攀 礀漀甀 最漀 甀瀀 琀栀攀 氀椀昀琀 栀椀氀氀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀栀攀 琀甀爀渀猀 愀爀攀 渀漀琀 愀猀 椀渀琀攀渀猀攀⸀ 吀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 椀猀 伀䬀 甀渀琀椀氀 礀漀甀 栀椀琀 琀栀攀 昀愀洀漀甀猀 搀漀甀戀氀攀ⴀ搀椀瀀 栀椀氀氀 琀栀愀琀 樀甀猀琀 琀栀爀漀眀猀 礀漀甀 甀瀀 漀甀琀 漀昀 漀甀爀 猀攀愀琀⸀ 䤀琀ᤀ猠 眀漀爀琀栀 爀椀搀椀渀最 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 樀甀猀琀 昀漀爀 琀栀愀琀 漀渀攀 攀氀攀洀攀渀琀⸀ 圀攀 爀漀搀攀 琀栀椀猀 愀最愀椀渀 氀愀琀琀攀爀 椀渀 琀栀攀 搀愀礀⸀㰀戀爀㸀圀攀 爀漀搀攀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 猀洀愀氀氀攀爀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 猀愀洀瀀氀攀搀 猀漀洀攀 昀爀椀攀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 瀀氀愀礀攀搀 猀漀洀攀 愀爀挀愀搀攀 最愀洀攀猀⸀ 匀椀渀挀攀 䤀 愀洀 甀猀攀搀 琀漀 琀栀攀 洀愀猀猀椀瘀攀 䌀攀搀愀爀 倀漀椀渀琀 眀攀攀欀攀渀搀 挀爀漀眀搀猀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 猀甀爀瀀爀椀猀攀搀 栀漀眀 昀攀眀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 眀栀攀爀攀 愀琀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀⸀ 䤀琀 搀椀搀 猀攀攀洀 琀漀 最攀琀 洀漀爀攀 挀爀漀眀攀搀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 ㌀㨀 Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀 猀琀椀氀氀 渀漀琀栀椀渀最 氀椀欀攀 䌀倀⸀㰀戀爀㸀圀攀 氀攀昀琀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 愀琀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 㔀㨀 愀渀搀 栀攀愀搀攀搀 戀愀挀欀 昀漀爀 䌀氀攀瘀攀氀愀渀搀⸀ 伀瘀攀爀愀氀氀Ⰰ 䬀攀渀渀礀眀漀漀搀 椀猀 愀 最爀攀愀琀 瀀愀爀欀 to visit. You get to ride some classic coasters and one of the fastest coasters in the world (at least until the end of this year). I hope Kennywood replaces Steal Phantom with something good so I have excuse to make a trip back next year.
Thursday, July 6, 2000 1:14 PM
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