Kennywood 4/28

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Sunday, April 29, 2001 1:16 PM
I just got back from Kennywood. I am typing this with RAD still stamped on my hand. Overall a very fun day for my first park of the year. Had beautiful weather and a relatively small crowd.

First off, Phantoms Revenge is now a complete circuit, minus six inches to connect the final hill to the station brakes. This coaster looks like it is going to be awesome. The giant turn around at the bottom of the big hill is seriously banked and is just a beauty to look at. After this turn around the coaster dips back down through the T-Bolt then comes back up and squeezes between the T-Bolt and the Turle. And I mean squeeze. A sharp turn to the right leads you into what looks like an airtime-filled finale. First is a double dip down, at the bottom it sweeps gently to the left under the station brakes, then it climbs back up (headchopper moment) into another double dip down which leads into a extremely tight curve to the right that hugs the ground. Then there is a double up returning the train to the station. Overall it looks much better then I anticipated and they did a great job integrating it with the rest of the park.

Other highlights:
Pitfall: rode 5 times before I got a seat on a side where I could see Phantoms Revenge. Well worth it. Tip for this ride: hold your arms and legs straight out and you will be held to the top of the OTSR the entire way down.

Exterminator: always fun, not as much spinning this time though. Watch out for the new rat claw.

Aero 360: this is my favorite not-so-flat Flat ride. you move so slow when upside down that you end up completely resting in the OTSR. Ride operators weren't doing a very good job of making sure the cars were filled though.

Racer (rode 2 times): first time on headed straight for the back ended up sitting behind a very nice couple whose home park is Blackpool Pleasure beach. I learned that they have an almost exact replica of this ride there. Great airtime on several of the drops especially the last drop returning to the station. And I love how every valley on this coaster has a turn. Only running 2 trains but line was short so It didn't matter.

Jack Rabbit: also got the back seat, the double dip on this ride has to be the single greatest moment of airtime I have ever experienced. You don't touch the seat again till the bottom of the valley. Definetly go for the back on this one.
Only running one train made for a pretty long wait.

Potato Patch fries were awesome as usual.

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My name is Jason, and I'm addicted to coasters.
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Sunday, April 29, 2001 5:40 PM
Racer only has three trains to begin with, so two trains is the maximum they ever run.

Also, for those who care, there's some pictures of the completed PR on Kennywood Boulevard. The address is in the sig.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Monday, April 30, 2001 4:30 AM

Lynch said:
"Racer only has three trains to begin with, so two trains is the maximum they ever run."

Really? What is the logic in only having three trains on a racing coaster?

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/s/
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Monday, April 30, 2001 6:00 AM
The third one is a backup train.
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Monday, April 30, 2001 11:13 AM

Lynch said:
"Also, for those who care, there's some pictures of the completed PR on Kennywood Boulevard. The address is in the sig."


You should submit this as a news item. I tried but since I did not have any photos or hard information I think it was ignored.

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/s/
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Monday, April 30, 2001 12:31 PM
It's been submitted. You'll most likely see it when our Webmaster gets back.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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