Kennywood 2019 project

Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:50 PM

POV and renderings: https://www.kennywood.com/steelerscountry

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:58 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

Best part... no one from Cleveland (besides us) will be making the drive down and clogging up the lines!

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:58 PM
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Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:10 PM
Vater's avatar

Honestly, the older I get, the less tolerant of inversions I become, but the coaster looks fun. I'm sure it's intense, but there are a lot of sweeping, high speed elements and inversions that I expect will make it a little more re-ridable than something like, say, Fahrenheit.

Or Maverick.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:28 PM

...or hopefully Banshee. There’s sonething not fun about having a ride attempt to detach your feet for 90 seconds.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:59 PM

So much for using all the adjacent areas down in the ravine for a new coaster Looks really awesome anyways. Very surprised the Steelers were willing to license their name to them for the new area.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:10 PM
kpjb's avatar

Vater said:

Best part? All the guesses were wrong.

Whatever. I nailed it.


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Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:44 PM
Jeff's avatar

Coaster2019 said:

Possibly an Intamin multi launch LSM.

Just want to bring this back as a historic first post.


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Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:44 PM

Looks like an opportunity for gum poles on the way up.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:09 PM
Dale K's avatar

I hope other amusement parks do this. Just think if they put a Detroit Lions area in Michigan Adventure, i could be even more depressed then.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:29 PM

That is only after it is at Dorney for the first ten years as a Philadelphia Eagles coaster.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:30 PM
Vater's avatar

Unless they win another Super Bowl. Then it will be destroyed by the team's own fans.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 12:35 AM
LostKause's avatar

That layout is awesome! I haven't seen anything like it.

It's weird for me. Anything about football hits my skull and bounces off. It doesn't get into my head. Therefore, the only thing my brain allows me to know about football is that it's played on a one acre field with lines on it, and the football is made of leather and looks kind of like a pointy egg.

But then there's roller coasters. I try to remember everything about at least the rides nearby. This coaster looks like fun, but my brain is forcing me to think of the theme as generic. I have no idea why it's themed to window treatment.


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Friday, July 20, 2018 11:15 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

I really like layout and hope S&S can deliver on it. If it carries speed through those elements it's going to rip.


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Friday, July 20, 2018 11:16 AM
Vater's avatar

LostKause said:

I have no idea why it's themed to window treatment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Curtain

The information in that link will likely ricochet off your skull, but maybe just read the first sentence a handful of times so you're not left wondering about the name for eternity.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 10:46 PM
LostKause's avatar

A defensive line? So the coaster is themed to a retort? :p

My fake learning disability about sports is in jest. Sporting is just so boring to me that I start to drool when people start talking about it. They speak words and phrases that sound like a foreign language to me. I tried to read that wiki page. I can't even pretend to understand it.

I do think it's strange to name a ride after a group of sports ball players who played sports together in the 1970s.

Seriously though, it's about time that sport fans get a roller coaster themed to something they can relate to. Superheros and flying animals are kind of nerdy. The only other coasters I can think of with a sports theme are the Nascar rides. Racing is about moving fast along a track in a vehicle, so it kind of makes sense. Theming a coaster to a group of football players in the 1970s does not. I'm probably missing something.

I'll still look forward to riding it, and I'll probably enjoy it. The name could have been worse.

"Hey! Let's get in line for Steel Curtain! Derp!" LOL


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Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:10 AM
Carrie J.'s avatar

In a lot of ways it’s so much more than sports. It’s cultural for the area. When I heard the announcement, I not only thought it was awesome, it made perfect sense to me. Like why hadn’t it been thought of before, perfect sense.

You can’t underestimate how important the Steelers are to the area. This is an amazing addition.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:42 AM

Oh, absolutely. When I saw what it was I thought it was perfect. Pittsburgh is a sports-crazy town, and yes, people still remember that defensive line. It’s even better than current sports news or performance- it’s legacy, which always endures. Football fans can be extremely loyal, and if they can find one more Stillers thing to do or buy they will.

Having said that, I hope the locals will approve of what the park puts forth. And I don’t fear for the coaster, necessarily. That in itself should be a great regional attraction and will get national attention when it opens. A place for parents/grandparents/dads to while away the time while kids/grandkids wait 1.5 for the coaster would be nice. Just make sure that it lives up to the NFL experience-type attraction it’s holding itself out to be, because fans will notice if it isn’t. And there’s a patio, so that’s good. Kennywood is still dry though, right?

Another valid concern is timeline. We can all excuse a delayed opening- there can be many reasons for that, right? But watch for lack of commitment in getting it open in any short amount of time. I don’t know the details as to why, but new for ‘18 Thomas Town kid’s land isn’t open yet! It’s not like they’re re-inventing Fantasyland with this, so what gives?

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:14 PM
kpjb's avatar

The train is the main attraction for Christmas, so Thomas construction couldn't start until January after all of that was taken down. 6 month build out isn't that out of whack, it's about average. If construction could have been started in September then you're looking at a March end date, so pretty typical.

And Kennywood is no longer dry.


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Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:38 PM

Ok.
And yay!

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 4:36 PM
Tekwardo's avatar

interesting.

I’d make a Roethlisberger/#metoo joke but it wouldn’t be funny.


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