Sunday, July 2, 2000 7:30 PM
Arrived at the park a bit later than we had wanted to, but still were walking through the tunnel at 11:45 AM.
Although KW was my home park growing up, this was Kathey's first trip there. So, of course, I couldn't just jog her straight over to the Phantom, we had to work our way up and around.
First off was the Jack Rabbit, a 15 minute wait with one train. In my exuberance over showing a newbie the park, I let the double-dip slip as I was describing the ride. I really wish I hadn't. How infrequently am I going to have the opportunity to take someone on JR who doesn't know what's coming? Oh well, my loss.
The ride was so-so, as always, until we hit the famed dip. We're talking standing airtime, folks. Why can't CP's Blue Streak have the same restraining system as Jack Rabbit has? Great first ride of the day!
Racer was next, with a 10 minute wait we took the green car on the right-hand track. Blue won, and it wasn't close. Too bad the ops couldn't get us out of the chutes simultaneously, but blue was a full length ahead going up the lift hill.
Log Jammer was next. I lost a ballcap on this ride about 20 years ago, and I didn't find it today. LJ was a walk-up at 12:30, and the sun was already beating down. Apparently, there weren't many folks in the park today. Spending the holiday weekend elsewhere, maybe?
Aero 360 was interesting enough to look at, and if I could be assured that I would rotate only forward, I might have tried it. Alas, midway through the ride, you change direction, so that for at least half the ride, you're moving backwards. Kathey rode and liked it a lot.
Stopped then for one of my favorite Kennywood delicacies. The Double Dip cone. BUT, across the midway sat a cart with roasted corn on the cob. We decided to get that first. 2 bucks an ear, but well worth it! It was phenomenal. Many excellent seasonings to choose from, including chili powder, parmesan cheese, c礀攀渀渀攀 瀀攀瀀瀀攀爀Ⰰ 栀漀琀 猀愀甀挀攀 愀渀搀 最愀爀氀椀挀 猀愀氀琀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 愀搀瘀攀渀琀甀爀漀甀猀⸀ 䤀 搀椀搀 愀 挀栀椀氀椀 瀀漀眀搀攀爀⼀瀀愀爀洀攀猀愀渀 挀漀洀戀漀 琀栀愀琀 眀愀猀 漀甀琀 漀昀 琀栀椀猀 眀漀爀氀搀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䠀愀瘀椀渀最 栀愀搀 琀栀攀 ∀洀愀椀渀 挀漀甀爀猀攀∀Ⰰ 䤀 琀栀攀渀 最爀愀戀戀攀搀 琀栀攀 椀挀攀 挀爀攀愀洀⸀ 唀渀氀椀欀攀 䌀倀Ⰰ 䤀 琀攀渀搀 琀漀 眀椀渀搀 甀瀀 攀愀琀椀渀最 愀 氀漀琀 愀琀 䬀圀⸀ 吀栀攀 瀀爀椀挀攀 椀猀 爀椀最栀琀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 猀漀 洀愀渀礀 最爀攀愀琀 猀攀氀攀挀琀椀漀渀猀℀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀一攀砀琀 椀猀 眀愀猀 漀昀昀 琀漀 洀礀 昀愀瘀漀爀椀琀攀 眀漀漀搀礀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 吀ⴀ戀漀氀琀⸀ 一漀 氀椀渀攀 椀渀 猀椀最栀琀⸀ 刀甀渀渀椀渀最 漀渀攀 琀爀愀椀渀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 眀愀椀琀 眀愀猀 漀渀氀礀 㜀 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀⸀ 䄀 挀氀愀猀猀椀挀 琀攀爀爀愀椀渀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 琀栀愀琀 渀攀瘀攀爀 搀椀猀愀瀀瀀漀椀渀琀猀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀伀瘀攀爀 琀漀 琀栀攀 倀栀愀渀琀漀洀Ⰰ 眀栀椀挀栀 眀愀猀 渀漀眀 甀渀搀攀爀最漀椀渀最 洀愀椀渀琀攀渀愀渀挀攀⸀ 䐀椀搀渀✀琀 欀渀漀眀 昀漀爀 栀漀眀 氀漀渀最Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 挀漀洀攀 戀愀挀欀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䰀漀猀琀 䬀圀 眀漀甀氀搀 戀攀 琀栀攀 渀攀砀琀 猀琀漀瀀Ⰰ 眀椀琀栀 愀 挀漀甀瀀氀攀 漀昀 眀愀氀欀ⴀ漀渀 倀椀琀琀昀愀氀氀猀⸀ 䤀䴀䠀伀Ⰰ 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 椀猀 戀攀琀琀攀爀 琀栀愀渀 倀漀眀攀爀 吀漀眀攀爀Ⰰ 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 椀琀✀猀 渀漀琀 愀猀 栀椀最栀Ⰰ 礀漀甀 搀漀渀✀琀 昀攀攀氀 琀栀攀 戀爀愀欀攀猀 戀攀最椀渀渀椀渀最 琀漀 猀氀漀眀 礀漀甀 搀漀眀渀 甀渀琀椀氀 礀漀甀✀瘀攀 搀攀猀挀攀渀搀攀搀 ㈀ 漀昀 琀栀攀 ㈀㔀 昀攀攀琀⸀ 倀吀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 猀攀攀洀猀 琀漀 戀攀最椀渀 琀漀 猀氀漀眀 礀漀甀 愀氀洀漀猀琀 椀洀洀攀搀椀愀琀攀氀礀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀吀漀 椀氀氀甀猀琀爀愀琀攀 琀栀攀 氀愀挀欀 漀昀 挀爀漀眀搀猀 琀漀搀愀礀Ⰰ 琀栀攀爀攀 眀愀猀 愀 ㈀ⴀ礀攀愀爀 漀氀搀 欀椀搀 眀栀漀 猀愀琀 渀攀砀琀 琀漀 洀攀 漀渀 洀礀 昀椀爀猀琀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 䤀琀 眀愀猀 栀椀猀 昀椀昀琀栀 挀漀渀猀攀挀甀琀椀瘀攀 爀椀搀攀 眀椀琀栀 渀漀 戀爀攀愀欀猀⸀ 䔀愀挀栀 琀椀洀攀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 眀漀甀氀搀 甀渀氀漀愀搀Ⰰ 栀攀✀搀 爀甀渀 漀甀琀 琀栀攀 攀砀椀琀 愀渀搀 戀愀挀欀 甀瀀 琀栀攀 焀甀攀甀攀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 渀攀砀琀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䔀砀琀攀爀洀椀渀愀琀漀爀 眀愀猀 渀攀砀琀⸀ 䤀 栀愀搀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀 琀栀椀猀 愀琀 氀攀愀猀琀 漀渀挀攀 琀漀 愀搀搀 琀漀 洀礀 琀爀愀挀欀 爀攀挀漀爀搀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 欀渀攀眀 䤀 眀愀猀渀✀琀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 氀椀欀攀 椀琀⸀ 䄀氀氀 䤀 欀渀攀眀 眀愀猀 琀栀愀琀 椀琀✀猀 愀渀 椀渀搀漀漀爀 圀椀氀搀 䴀漀甀猀攀 眀椀琀栀 猀瀀椀渀渀椀渀最 ⠀愀渀搀 瀀甀欀椀渀最⤀ 挀愀爀猀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䴀甀挀栀 琀漀 洀礀 猀甀爀瀀爀椀猀攀 愀渀搀 搀攀氀椀最栀琀Ⰰ 琀栀攀爀攀 眀愀猀 渀漀 渀愀甀猀攀愀 愀挀挀漀洀瀀愀渀礀椀渀最 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 䰀椀欀攀氀礀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 礀漀甀✀爀攀 椀渀 琀栀攀 搀愀爀欀 愀渀搀 挀愀渀✀琀 昀椀渀搀 愀 瀀漀椀渀琀 漀昀 昀漀挀甀猀 琀漀 猀挀爀攀眀 眀椀琀栀 礀漀甀爀 攀焀甀椀氀椀戀爀椀甀洀⸀ 䄀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 䤀 搀椀搀渀✀琀Ⰰ 䤀✀搀 搀攀昀椀渀椀琀攀氀礀 爀椀搀攀 琀栀椀猀 漀渀攀 愀最愀椀渀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀匀倀 眀愀猀 甀瀀 愀渀搀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最 渀漀眀Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀 栀愀搀 愀 ㌀ ⴀ洀椀渀甀琀攀 眀愀椀琀 琀漀 最攀琀 漀渀⸀ 伀戀猀攀爀瘀愀琀椀漀渀㨀 倀攀漀瀀氀攀Ⰰ 焀甀椀琀 琀栀爀漀眀椀渀最 礀漀甀爀 最甀洀 漀渀 琀栀攀 爀漀漀昀猀 漀昀 愀搀樀愀挀攀渀琀 戀甀椀氀搀椀渀最猀⸀ 䐀椀猀最甀猀琀椀渀最℀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀吀栀攀 倀栀愀渀琀漀洀 眀愀猀 圀䄀夀 猀洀漀漀琀栀攀爀 琀栀愀渀 䤀✀搀 爀攀洀攀洀戀攀爀攀搀Ⰰ 愀氀洀漀猀琀 愀猀 椀昀 椀琀 眀攀爀攀 愀猀欀椀渀最 愀戀猀漀氀甀琀椀漀渀 昀漀爀 瀀愀猀琀 琀爀愀渀猀最爀攀猀猀椀漀渀猀 愀渀搀 猀漀洀攀栀漀眀 栀漀瀀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀 瀀愀爀欀 漀昀昀椀挀椀愀氀猀 眀漀甀氀搀 昀漀爀最椀瘀攀 琀栀攀 爀漀甀最栀 猀tuff and allow the ride to remain.
Went back and did a couple of more Thunderbolts, a Raging Rapids, Noah's Ark (it's been re-done, don't miss it!), another Racer (lost again) and the Jack Rabbit before leaving the park at 7:00 for the three hour trip back to Harrisburg.
All in all, about 15 total rides, and a food total that amazes me in retrospect. Between the two of us:
2 Dip cones
4 ears of corn
1 Potato Patch Fries
1 Cotton Candy
That's way more than I'd eat at most parks, but I just HAD to uphold tradition :)
Speaking of tradition, if you're looking for it in a park, this has everything you want and more. Visit it soon!
*** This post was edited by Duane Cahill on 7/2/2000. ***
Monday, July 3, 2000 8:20 AM
Always a treat to read your TR's, Duane! Reading this confirms that I must visit Kennywood again this year.
Say, don't you owe us a part deux TR over on GTTP? ;)
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Monday, July 3, 2000 10:30 AM
Yes Jeff - thanks for the reminder. Guess I'll do it in Word first this time, then cut and paste. Had about 2-1/2 hours (seriously) work in on the last one, then inadvertently highlighted the entire text (Ctrl-A, I guess) before the backspace key.
'Twas too late. Couldn't get it back and got frustrated with the lost time. I'm OK now. Will work on it this week.
Monday, July 3, 2000 11:18 AM
I was also at Kennywood on the 2nd, with my parents, brother, and sister. We were amazed how light the crowds were.
Important topics first. The roasted corn is EXCELLENT. We asked if they were part of whatever festival was going on, or a permanent addition. They said they were there for the festival, but were trying to get a permanent stand in the park. I plan on letting the park know I want to see it, and suggest everyone do the same :)
Ok, now for the rides:
The Steel Phantom closes every day at 4 for a maintence check. I'd forgotten about this, and we were at the VERY front of the line when they closed. We got to WATCH the inspection, which was neat -- one maintenance man went under the track, 3 others were in the station checking wheels, rocking the cars back and forth, etc. While this was going on one of the ride ops cleaned off the front of the car :)
10 minutes later, they reopened, and my sister and I got right in the front seat. Normally I prefer back seat rides on most coasters, but the front seat on Phantom still gives you air over the 2nd hill, and the VIEW plunging down that drop is not to be missed.
I agree that the Phantom seems to be running MUCH smoother this year. We rode it twice, front and back. Virtual walk-on both times we rode.
Thunderbolt was alternating between 1- and 2-train operation all day. We rode that 3 times.
Jackrabbit was 2-train operation both times we went over. That double-drop never disappoints.
Racer was running one set of trains; 2 rides. The first ride was close enough to reach across to the other train, but only my brother and I seemed to want to do this...
Exterminator was a walk-on at 11am :) We rode it twice then, but didn't go back later in the day. We intentionally load搀 琀栀攀 挀愀爀猀 甀渀戀愀氀愀渀挀攀搀 琀漀 洀愀砀椀洀椀稀攀 琀栀攀 猀瀀椀渀渀椀渀最 ⠀洀礀 搀愀搀 愀渀搀 戀爀漀琀栀攀爀 愀爀攀 戀漀琀栀 䴀唀䌀䠀 氀愀爀最攀爀 琀栀愀渀 䤀 愀洀㬀 琀栀攀礀 猀愀琀 椀渀 漀渀攀 猀椀搀攀Ⰰ 䤀 猀愀琀 愀氀漀渀攀 漀渀 琀栀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 猀椀搀攀Ⰰ 琀漀眀愀爀搀猀 琀栀攀 挀攀渀琀攀爀⸀ 䄀琀 氀攀愀猀琀 䤀 吀刀䤀䔀䐀 琀漀 猀琀愀礀 椀渀 琀栀攀 挀攀渀琀攀爀⸀ 圀伀圀 搀椀搀 眀攀 猀瀀椀渀℀⤀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀圀攀 愀氀猀漀 爀漀搀攀 琀栀攀 䘀氀礀椀渀最 䌀愀爀瀀攀琀 ⠀搀漀眀渀 琀栀攀 氀愀猀琀 琀椀洀攀 䤀 眀愀猀 栀攀爀攀⤀Ⰰ 䈀愀礀攀爀渀 䌀甀爀瘀攀Ⰰ 䄀攀爀漀 ㌀㘀 Ⰰ 愀渀搀 圀椀瀀攀漀甀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䄀渀搀 瀀椀最最攀搀 漀甀琀 漀渀 倀漀琀愀琀漀 倀愀琀挀栀 昀爀椀攀猀 眀椀琀栀 挀栀攀攀猀攀Ⰰ ∀䐀甀琀挀栀 䐀漀甀最栀∀ ⠀攀氀攀瀀栀愀渀琀 攀愀爀⤀Ⰰ 䘀甀渀渀攀氀 䌀愀欀攀Ⰰ 猀愀甀猀愀最攀Ⰰ 挀栀椀挀欀攀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 愀 ∀栀愀氀昀ⴀ瀀漀甀渀搀 挀漀漀欀椀攀 漀渀 愀 猀琀椀挀欀∀⸀ 圀漀眀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 栀愀瘀椀渀最 戀攀攀渀 琀漀 匀椀砀 䘀氀愀最猀 䄀洀攀爀椀挀愀 氀愀猀琀 眀攀攀欀Ⰰ 椀琀 猀琀椀氀氀 愀洀愀稀攀猀 洀攀 栀漀眀 洀甀挀栀 漀昀 愀 戀愀爀最愀椀渀 琀栀攀 昀漀漀搀 愀琀 洀礀 栀漀洀攀 瀀愀爀欀 椀猀 㰀椀洀最 猀爀挀㴀∀⼀昀漀爀甀洀猀⼀椀洀愀最攀猀⼀猀洀椀氀攀⸀最椀昀∀ 戀漀爀搀攀爀㴀∀ ∀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀伀瘀攀爀愀氀氀Ⰰ 搀攀昀椀渀椀琀攀氀礀 眀漀爀琀栀 琀栀攀 琀爀椀瀀 ⠀眀攀氀氀Ⰰ 漀欀Ⰰ 䤀 漀渀氀礀 氀椀瘀攀 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀 愀眀愀礀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 猀琀椀氀氀⸀⸀⸀ 㰀椀洀最 猀爀挀㴀∀⼀昀漀爀甀洀猀⼀椀洀愀最攀猀⼀猀洀椀氀攀㈀⸀最椀昀∀ 戀漀爀搀攀爀㴀∀ ∀㸀 ⤀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀ⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀ㰀戀爀㸀ⴀⴀ䜀爀攀最㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀栀琀琀瀀㨀⼀⼀眀眀眀⸀瀀漀戀漀砀⸀挀漀洀⼀縀最爀攀最氀攀最⼀ഀഀഀ ⨀⨀⨀ 吀栀椀猀 瀀漀猀琀 眀愀猀 攀搀椀琀攀搀 戀礀 䜀爀攀最䰀攀最 漀渀 㜀⼀㌀⼀㈀ ⸀ ⨀⨀⨀
Tuesday, July 4, 2000 4:38 PM
Outstanding trip report! Very readable...
I can almost taste that corn.
Two thumbs up.
Wednesday, July 5, 2000 6:08 PM
You must have been about 50 people behind me on the Steel Phantom. I was on the next to the last train before the maintenance check.
Thursday, July 6, 2000 5:12 AM
Jeff (and anyone else) do let us know when you plan on coming back to Kennywood, and we'll plan a 'buzz' day! :)
Thursday, July 6, 2000 1:10 PM
Just a reminder to all ACE members (or even non-members): ACE [American Coaster Enthusiasts] day at Kennywood is Sunday, August 6. Information is at www.aceonline.org. Come & say good-bye to the Steel Phantom!
Thursday, July 6, 2000 2:56 PM
Duane & seven of nine, I will be there on July 20th, it's a Thursday. I hope the crowds are like you say they are. Everytime I read about K-Wood on the buzz, I get more and more excited to do this, since I've wanted to roadtrip (to K-wood) like this since I was 12. 20 years later and acting like 12!! Do you guys have any tips for a K-Wood newcomer??
Like: Hotels, night clubs (since we will arrive on Wed night) and park info.
Thanks and great Trip Report!
There's nothing like a woodie...
Thursday, July 6, 2000 4:11 PM
That little comment that the Pittfall being not as tall as PT is completely false. The Pittfall lifts you up 251 feet and the PT only lifts you up a grand total of 240 feet. The remaining 60 feet is the structure at the top. How do I know this? The height of PT is stated at the entrance to it on a sign and the Pittfall height is on its webpage www.kennywood.com
Friday, July 7, 2000 7:05 AM
I'll be at KennyKon.
Woody -- Let's see, things to do. Dave & Busters just opened up recently, just down the road from Kennywood. That should keep you entertained for an evening ;) Not sure about hotels, although I know the Holiday Inn Parkway East is listed on the KennyKon flyer as "the closest hotel to Kennywood". (412) 247-2700
Saturday, July 8, 2000 6:37 AM
For night clubs, I recommend hitting the Strip District close to downtown. It's about 20 minutes from Kennywood.
Saturday, July 8, 2000 6:55 AM
Or the Southside (Carson Street) has some interesting bars (my favorite, Fatheads, is there for instance). I generally prefer the Southside to the Strip for barhopping, but I'm a Metropol hater, so... :)
Sunday, July 9, 2000 9:23 PM
Thanks Fellas!! We'll look into it for sure. We will get into Pittsburgh around 10pm on Wed. nite (July 19), find a hotel and look for entertainment (fatheads & Dave & Busters sound good) since the rides don't open until 11am, hangovers will be optional! I can't wait, I thought I would never make a trip like this one!!
There's nothing like a woodie...