Kennywood expansion plan...whats going to happen?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 7:48 PM
We know Kennywood has plans for expansion. Just wondering if any of you know anything about the plans, timeline, etc... All I know is what ive heard from the press, mainly the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Was wondering if anyone had any more information about plans for coasters, rides, expansion, timeline etc at Kennywood. Thanks!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:07 PM
Nothing is confirmed [ast what was said in the paper. They say they are waiting for the highway extension to begin.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:42 PM
Another article also said that Kennywood had been in contact with the guy who was largely responsible for Lost Kennywood's design and creation to develop ideas for the new land. Also at one of the ACE events around the time of the announcement, a Kennywood rep said that the park was interested in adding one new steel and one new wooden coaster (in no particular order, on no particular timeline, with no garauntees of either) as part of long-term expansion plans.

In short, and as is typical with any major future plans at Kennywood, your guess is as good as mine :)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006 11:30 PM
There is also the mention of the hotel/ indoor waterpark being the first expansion.

If they do add more to the park, it would be great if it was unique from the rest of the park. Whether its an "action zone" or a themed area.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:39 AM
Why? The last "themed area" was just plain weak...
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:09 AM
Its Kennywood. I'm a big sucker for well-themed areas, but I don't think Kennywood needs them. They are a traditional amusement park, and that works very nicely for them.
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:23 AM
What was the last themed area at Kennywood? If you're referring to Lost Kennywood, I'd hardly consider that weak.
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:42 AM
I think he was referring to Volcano Valley.

Even still, I think it was done exactly in line with what I'd expect at KW.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:18 PM
Could kennywood afford a big time steel coaster like a B&M or would we be looking at a Vekoma SLC or something like it? What do you guys think?
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:22 PM
I think they should buy GL from SFAW so they have a (cheap) compact, looping, steel, shuttle. What need ISN'T met by that ride...

Oh, wait, my sources tell me Da Wood once HAD a shuttle looper...nevermind... ;)

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:28 PM
Shuttle loopers suck, and I dont think theyd regress that far in the coaster technological world. They replaced steel phantom in favor of "new technology, and new rider interest" so I dont think they'll be getting a shuttle looper. An intamin implulse shuttle might be cool, but I wouldnt expect any vekoma boomerangs or anton shuttle loops. My question is tho, can kennywood get a B&M or Intamin built roller coaster or should we expect a cheaper crappy SLC?
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:38 PM
Shuttle loopers suck? WHat what what?!?!?!?!?
Bow down to Anton!

An Intamin impulse is a huge waste of money for what you get, especially for a small park that doesn't have loads of cash to throw around. I'd like to see a terrain suspended by Arrow, but they should shoot for some kind of looper to please the peeps. I bet a return of the Lazer Loop would be well-received.

How 'bout a Flying Turns? :) *** Edited 1/12/2006 5:43:06 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:01 PM
The shuttle looper would fit perfectly with one section of Kennywood but there isn't enough room in that area for one. Lost Kennywood!
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:10 PM
Did everyone forget that Kennywood used to have a Shuttle Loop? :)

ANy whoever said shuttle Loops suck should be forced to ride a Vekoma Hang n Bang until they change their mind :) I'd take an Anton FLywheel over just about any shuttle out there!

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:20 PM
Having a ride and taking it out doesn't mean you can't put another in the park at a later date :)
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:40 PM
Taking a ride out and putting another back has happened or is happening, I know of a park in Denver that's kinda getting that.
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:45 PM

Peabody said:
I'd take an Anton FLywheel over just about any shuttle out there!

ROFL Jeff, I saw that without looking at *who* posted it and thought it was MINE....and it is SO true! Mr. Freeze is the "next bestest" thing I've ridden in a shuttle coaster, but I think I'd *still* take Monte or GL...

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:07 PM
I remember a rumnor a LOONNNGGG time ago that they wanted a Setpoint Swing Thing to be built over the Rapids. There is your steel coaster.

I would love to see a big twister somewhere for the wood. Something like Hershey's Wildcat or Thunderhead would be really cool.

I wish they would replace the Giant Wheel.

Is there any way they can expand into the parking lot? Maybe build a bridge from Lost Kennywood to go over the road, and put the entrance somewhere in the lot so that the tunnel could be in the middle of the park? Connect these Two areas. That's just one of my wild ideas.

Kennywood rules even without a new expansion. It's near perfect as is.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:13 PM
I have no idea what people get out of Anton's in general and especially shuttle loopers. <ducks>

I'd take an impulse or Premier easy. I'd actually put the shuttle loopers just a hair above boomerangs (mostly because they don't bash your head). But I guess to each her or his own...

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Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:28 PM
Exactly Apollo....I mean ok ive enjoyed some anton rides, but I hope Kennywood doesnt put in a shuttle ride at all....I think Intamin impulses are fun and if Kennywood chose to put one in, i'd have fun on it, but i'd be a little disappointed because of the terrain features the newly purchased land has to offer. a full circut ride, either steel or wood, who cares, that follows the terrain thru the wooded area as well as a nice new midway section of the park would be great.
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