Kennywood: 8/27/03

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003 6:41 AM
The weather was threatening all day. There were flash flood and tornado warnings all day. But there was no way we were cancelling our trip to the park. It was my first amusement park trip this entire year.

Each year, my wife and I take our nephew to Kennywood. He really enjoys the park and we love to spend the day with him. He is 10, almost 11 if you ask him, and he is an enthusiast in training. He will ride anything and everything. Which is great for me since my wife wont ride any of the thrill rides.

The park didnt open till 5 which worked out perfect with the weather. The skies cleared up and the sun came out creating a perfect evening for us. The crowds were very light, most likely to the doomsayer weather forecasters. Virtually walked onto to any ride all day.

We hit a few of the more tame flat rides first as we strolled around the park soaking up the atmosphere. This is my homepark, but each time I come here I fall a little more in love with it. The rides are unique and extremely fun, Tthe employees are friendly and competent, the food is delicious and reasonably priced, and the landscaping and upkeep of the park is impeccable.

After hitting a few of the flats we jumped on indoor, spinning Mac mouse coaster, Exterminator. The spinning was quite intense and the indoor darkened setting of this coaster really adds a lot. Speaking of dark... next up we hit Noah's Ark. Something must have been wrong because virtually every light was out in the first section of this attraction. We couldnt see 2 feet in front of us. At one point we got lost and an employee came to the rescue.

The Phantom's Revenge is definitely one of my favorites. The redesign of this ride was the best thing the Park could have ever done and the results are fantastic. I wish it was a little longer, but that is my only complaint. The speed was completely relentless on our ride.

We strolled around the park some more, hit a few more flats. Took a ride on the Racer (tied). Played quite a few of the squirt gun games - which we won every time since we were the only people playing. Grabbed a little bite to eat in the Terrace Cafe. Then we found a spot to watch the parade - a friend of mine is the director of one of the performing bands.

Took a spin on the newly themed Volcano (aka Enterprise). The ride looks really nice with the new lighting effects and theming including the volcanic sound effects. We watched people scream their heads off on King Kahuna and decided that it wasnt for us.

We went on a few more rides as we made out way to the exit. We talked and laughed about our experiences all the way home. A great day and one of the great parks.

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Mac Forever.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003 10:49 AM
You hit Kennywood during it's "Dark Week" Where it always opens at 5. Mon - Fri this week only. It's because the majority of it's employees go back to school.

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Rollie Coaster Army

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Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:15 AM
The great thing about this "dark week" is that the admission price is only $13.95. A great deal.

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Mac Forever.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003 6:46 PM
1) It's spelled "Mack", and 2) It's not a Mack mouse, but a Reverchon. Glad you had a good time at one of my favorite parks.
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If you have a problem with clones, the solution is real simple—Stop traveling.
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Monday, September 1, 2003 4:52 PM
It's always good when crowds are light at Kennywood. I went on a day where the weather forecast was horrible also, but it actually turned into an okay day weather wise, and the crowds were the lightest ive ever seen them.

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The Millenium Force ride Ops: Squishing you where it counts since 2000.
Track Record: 62 coasters at 17 parks.

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