Kennywood announces launched steel coaster for 2010

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kennywood has posted a video on their Web site for a new (and unnamed) steel roller coaster to open for the 2010 season. It appears to be a Premier Rides device, launched, with a vertical tower. The video says it will do 0 to 50 mph in less than three seconds.

Visit the official Kennywood site.

Related parks

Friday, August 14, 2009 1:04 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Ugh, holding brakes suck. B&M dive coasters would be SOOOOO MUCH better without them.


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

+0
Friday, August 14, 2009 5:28 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

RatherGoodBear said: I'll let the experts quibble (or canoodle even) over the brakes and blocks and such. But the media release says "After the high-speed launch, riders will experience a vertical ascent to 95ft before a brief cliffhanger pause at the top and a 90-degree drop into a maximum G-force pullout." Sounds like the brake is there just to provide the pause.

Does the video show that brake? Because when I read the press release I took it to mean that the launch speed would be set so that train would slowly crest the top (hence the pause) before dropping. Much like the experience on Xcelerator...the train crawls over the top...so much so that from the back of the train it always feels like it'll rollback.

+0
Friday, August 14, 2009 5:56 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

No, the video doesn't show the holding break. And my impression was the same as yours, Moosh. I thought the cliffhanger was a slow float over the top.


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

+0
Friday, August 14, 2009 6:31 PM
kpjb's avatar

The thing is, I have a much better video of it (which of course I can't post) that came directly from Premier. The color scheme is all wrong, though, so it was never released. The holding brake is shown in that one. Personally, I think it will be anticlimactic to have a launch right in to a brake, but what the hell do I know.

+0
Friday, August 14, 2009 6:59 PM

Personally, I never need a break from being held. :)


My author website: mgrantroberts.com

+0
Friday, August 14, 2009 11:32 PM
LostKause's avatar

Yep. I made a typo. If my post was going to be a press release, I would have looked over it a little better before I put it out for all to read. lol

I need to see more of the unnamed coaster before I get excited about it.

Can't wait to see the video that kpjb has seen after the park changes the color scheme.


+0
Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:21 AM

If the rendering is accurate, the launch hill isn't one continuous curve. There's a short straight section in there before the drop. So it doesn't look like there will be a slow float over the top.

kpjb, I agree with your idea that the brake after the drop might be anticlimactic. It's kind of like listening to a piece of music that starts rocking, then suddenly, there's a slow section inserted. And then, to do it twice is, ehhhhh. But I guess we'll see. If the effect doesn't go over well, would it be that big a deal to undo it?

+0
Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:26 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Actually, I thought what was being described is a launch up the vertical climb and a holding break at the top (like Griffon/Sheikra) and then the drop. Am I mistaken...again? If not, how will the launch into the holding break not be an abrupt stop? Will the train lose that much momentum up the vertical hill?


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

+0
Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:08 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

Probably will be pretty slow once it hits the top, think TTD.

Last edited by eightdotthree, Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:09 PM
+0
Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:16 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Oh no! It's gonna struggle with rollbacks and downtime, too? ;) :)


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

+0
Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:15 PM

I would like to say that it looks like a good coaster, but I'm still trying to find the artist rendition, of what to expect. Some quick hit computer generated video, with Lil Phantom mixed in ain't cutting it for me.


+0
Sunday, August 16, 2009 10:31 PM

Yeah. Anyone know where the better video is? That doesnt include lil phantom?

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 11:34 AM
Raven-Phile's avatar

I found one, it's part of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXb4EfM2Hlk#t=3m44s


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 4:06 PM
BDesvignes's avatar

The ride looks alright. It's too bad it's a Premier ride though. They have the worst cramped cars.


Da Bears

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 4:11 PM
kpjb's avatar

The cars for this ride are new. They're very open.

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 4:29 PM
BDesvignes's avatar

Newer than the cars on backlot stunt coaster?


Da Bears

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 4:35 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

kpjb said: The cars for this ride are new. They're very open.

Then BD asked

BDesvignes said:Newer than the cars on backlot stunt coaster?

Ummm...yes. See, Kennywood's ride opens next year. The last Backlot Stunt Coaster opened a few years ago. Hence, the cars will be newer. Funny how that works, eh?

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 4:43 PM
BDesvignes's avatar

Mamoosh said:

kpjb said: The cars for this ride are new. They're very open.

Then BD asked

BDesvignes said:Newer than the cars on backlot stunt coaster?

Ummm...yes. See, Kennywood's ride opens next year. The last Backlot Stunt Coaster opened a few years ago. Hence, the cars will be newer. Funny how that works, eh?

Yes I know that they will be newer in that sense. I was refering to the design of the cars making them roomier. If they are the same type then they wouldn't be roomy.


Da Bears

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 5:06 PM
kpjb's avatar

I have seen the designs for the trains. They don't look like anything I've ever seen from Premier in the past, nor do they resemble Mini Coopers.

+0
Monday, August 17, 2009 5:20 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

You make me laugh, kpjb. :)


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

+0

You must be logged in to post

POP Forums - ©2020, POP World Media, LLC
Loading...