Kennywood announces Black Window as Pitfall replacement

Posted Friday, December 16, 2011 8:41 AM | Contributed by eightdotthree

Kennywood has announced that it will replace its Pittfall drop tower ride with a rotating pendulum ride from Zamperla called Black Widow.

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Friday, December 16, 2011 10:01 AM

"Black Window"? DYAC?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, December 16, 2011 10:03 AM

lol

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Friday, December 16, 2011 5:25 PM

Better than me since I was too lazy to submit it as news. Lot of repeat business from Kennywood.

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Friday, December 16, 2011 7:15 PM

As much as I like Giant Frisbees, I'm still sad this is replacing Pittfall. Glad it isn't a Starflyer or Breeze-Seeker.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:23 AM

Whatever... Not what I would have decided to build in Pittfall's place. In my opinion, every major park needs a drop ride. Maybe Kennywood isn't really a major park anymore.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 3:35 AM

Kennywood sure isn't run like a major park, but thats another debate.

It's a no doubt a neat ride, but Kause has a point. Drop towers are one of staples almost every park needs, especially for KW with the great views. I hope I'm not comparing apples to oranges too much when I say that a very similar ride motion can be experienced on Cosmic Chaos. Therefore, in the case of KW, a drop tower would further diversify their lineup.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 4:00 AM

Maybe they will eventually get another drop tower. The Intamin towers aren't even the most fun out there - the DEAD WEIGHT fall one that was at Beech Bend (I'm confused as to why are they getting a new one -what happened to the old one?) was killer. Scary as crap.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 8:35 AM

AJFelice said:
I hope I'm not comparing apples to oranges too much when I say that a very similar ride motion can be experienced on Cosmic Chaos.

I don't agree. If I'm on a Disco to long, it's one of the rides I would probably get sick on. Whereas, I could ride a Frisbee several circuits in a row with no ill effects.

Some people would say Music Express and Matterhorn have the same too. But, with the swaying car motion of Matterhorn, they are 2 completely different rides.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:14 AM

I used to love KW... a lot. It's not that the park has changed over the years, because that is expected. It's that it has changed for the worse. No more Ferris Wheel. No more auto ride. Garfield's Nightmare replacing a great theme for a darkride. The addition of a really uninteresting steel coaster. ...And now the take out their drop ride for a giant Frisbee. Terrible.

At least they reinstalled Matterhorn. The new S&S sing was a good idea too.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:46 AM

The new S&S sing was a good idea too.

Well, yeah, being that you're in a band and all. But what about those of us who can't carry a tune in a paper bag? :(

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 1:51 PM

The only argument that can be made is that over the last 12 or so years the overall number of rides at Kennywood has probably remained pretty close to constant. It is what it is. Turnpike is gone Auto race is still there.

Pittfall had pretty low ridership and for years they were almost never able to keep all 4 sides open. I will miss the view from up there a lot though.

If I remember that tower at Beech Bend it wasn't very tall but it was dropping with the biggest "Thud" of anyone I had been on.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 6:27 PM

Swing... lol!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 7:03 PM

LostKause said:
I used to love KW... a lot. It's not that the park has changed over the years, because that is expected. It's that it has changed for the worse. No more Ferris Wheel. No more auto ride. Garfield's Nightmare replacing a great theme for a darkride. The addition of a really uninteresting steel coaster. ...And now the take out their drop ride for a giant Frisbee. Terrible.

Does someone have sand in their... tootoo? I'm supposed to be the big complainer...

Go spend a day at Six Flags America (or most any Six Flags park) and then complain about Kennywood. The thing about Kennywood is it's ever changing; they put back the Bayern Curve, they made a kick butt steel coaster out of a painful ride. They added a new looping steel coaster.

It'll be ok Travis *hugs*

I think the Garfield thing will change back eventually. Auto Ride? I'm not sure what you are referring to, but the Traver Auto car ride is still there, rumbling along.

I will admit, I do miss Le Cachot.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 12:53 AM

RideMan said:
"Black Window"? DYAC?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

I know Mick saw a red door he wanted to paint black, but I never heard about any windows.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 9:43 AM

LostKause said:
No more auto ride.

They've said the cars will be back.

I think it's a great addition and can't wait to ride it. As tservo pointed out it seemed to have low ridership and they could never keep all of it running. After the Kentucky Kingdom accident I would imagine they were breathing a sigh of relief as it came down.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 9:51 AM

They've also said Garfield won't be around much longer.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:05 AM

Jason Hammond said:
They've also said Garfield won't be around much longer.

Lasagna OD?

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Monday, December 19, 2011 12:26 AM

OD as in over-dose, or out-dated...

What would be REALLY sweet to replace Garfield? Having JMM Studios come in and set the theming toward something that would reflect the ride's history.

Good replacement for Pittfall...although I probably would prefer a 3rd-gen Intamin freefall (like PKI/PKD). Spinning while rising and giving everyone a good look at the river's edge would be very cool...and for whatever reason, the reliability has been pretty good.

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Monday, December 19, 2011 12:45 AM

Yea, they said Garfield was going to be replaced I believe four years ago. I wish they would bring back the skeletons.

I don't hold my breath for them to replace the auto ride any time soon. Where will they put it?

Pittfall's low ridership is a good reason to get rid of it. I just don't understand why people didn't line up for it. It was one of the best drop rides I have ever been on.

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