Kennywood, May 12

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Saturday, May 12, 2001 11:07 PM
Even though both the forecasted weather and closed rides were bad, I still decided to go to Kennywood on May 12, Laurel Highlands Day.

We arrived at the park around 10:15 and headed on in. After passing through the metal detectors on our way down towards the tunnel, guess who we passed? CEO of Kennywood himself, Henry Henninger. While I didn't force myself to speak to him, it was a cool event regardless. He always seems to have a grin on his face, whether it be on a show talking about Steel Phantom, a newscast about PR's construction, or just meandering around his park.

Phantom's Revenge, Thunderbolt, Turtle, and Pirate were all closed for the day, but that was much better than Preview Day (Apr. 14), which saw all of the aforementioned rides closed, as well as Flying Carpet, Bayern Kurve, Enterprise, and Log Jammer. Around 4:00 in the afternoon, though, Jack Rabbit went down and wouldn't operate for the rest of the day. I spotted a train stuck on the lift, but couldn't tell what the problem was. Didn't get to ride it all day. Bummer.

Still, though, the day ended up being one of the greatest I ever had at Kennywood. Being that it was our high school day, I ended up hanging out with many, many different people over the course of the day.

The park has undergone a lot of improvements since Preview Day, most notably the gardens. All day, the gardeners were hard at work, and they changed the area between Old Mill and Gran Prix from boring to beautiful in literally a day. I love Kennywood.

I had seen the "Take a ride on us!" sign by Phantom's Revenge early in the day, but nobody was working the stand by the queue. Around 7:00, a friend of ours told us that they got their free general admission tickets at Phantom's Revenge's entrance, so we snatched ours as well. (For those of you who haven't heard, Kennywood is offering one free General Admission accompanied by two free coaster rides of your choice to the park guests who come during the PR/TBolt construction. Just go to the entrance of Phantom's Revenge [which is by the Musik Express this year] and see if the queue is open. If it is, walk down the path to the booth where they'll give you your free ticket. The tickets are good only on weekdays during the month of July.)

Notes:

- I went 1-3 on Racer today, which puts me at 1-6 for the year.

- Aero 360 is still one of the best flat rides you'll find. A must ride!

- PittFall was only running two sides later in the day, but I luckily got the side facing Phantom's Revenge. Good view from up there.

- I rode the Roll-o-Plane for the first time ever today. What a strange little ride that is! Freaky, yet extremely cool.

- It's amazing how weird the park feels, especially at night, without Phantom's Revenge and Thunderbolt running. That end of the park seems so empty, most notably when the sun has gone down and there are no lights on either coasters. Today, I really realized that I miss Thunderbolt... it'll be great to have it back!

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Matt Lynch, who apologizes for the choppy TR, as it's been a long (yet great) day...
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Saturday, May 12, 2001 11:27 PM
Great TR Lynch. Ever since I have been on this site, the positive things about Kennywood really want me to visit this park. Before this site, I had never even heard of it. But since then, I know about all of the coasters, visited the websites promoting this park, etc. I hope to visit soon.

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"SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls
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Saturday, May 12, 2001 11:49 PM
Hey Lynch, I went to Kennywood way back in 1996 when I was a 5'Th grader at age 10. I remember going on a haunted train ride like thing near goldrush. Is that still there or was I dreaming that ride. I wasn't as big as a coaster/amusement park fan back then but when I saw Noah's Ark on the Discovery Chanel I wished I had gone on it. But when I was there it looked like the longest line in the park. But while I was there I got a picture of me and my little bro on front row of the Thunderbolt taken by my dad. I love that ride. Steel Phantom was the tallest & fastest coaster at the time, still barely had a line. One of the best and most jerkiest rides of all time I think. Maybe it's because I didn't listen to the electronic sign that said to keep your head back at all times. I'll miss that ride. But I'll be back this summer for the Lamb and Phantom's Revenge.

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May 25'Th You'll Be Seeing Deja Vu Over And Over And Over...
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Sunday, May 13, 2001 12:57 AM
sfmmlord: The dark ride you were thinking of is Le Cachot, a dark "prezel" ride which featured skeltons on a castle-like facade. One skelton in particular was riding a motorcycle. It was torn down within the past 3 years.
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Sunday, May 13, 2001 12:10 PM
It wasn't much, but I do miss that ride. The sounds that shot out from it added to the atmosphere in that area (as if it isn't already jam-packed with the stuff).

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Sunday, May 13, 2001 4:48 PM
Hey how is The Exterminator? And is Pitt Fall a roto drop?

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May 25'Th You'll Be Seeing Deja Vu Over And Over And Over...
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Sunday, May 13, 2001 4:51 PM
I like how you keep your record on Racer :).
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Joe
2-2 with a 3.98 ERA on Gemini This year
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Monday, May 14, 2001 8:21 AM
sfmmlord:

The exterminator is an excellent spinning wild mouse coaster. lots of surprises through the entire ride. great themeing.
No the Pit fall is not a roto drop.

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/s/
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 5:50 PM
But isn't the Pitt-Fall on a circular tower? Turbo and Space Shots have square Towers.

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May 25'Th You'll Be Seeing Deja Vu Over And Over And Over...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 8:11 PM
I can honestly say that there is no park I'd rather
be at then Kennywood. They truly have it all.

Great coasters (wood and steel), great restaurants,
plenty of shade, friendly employees, wide selection of flat rides and water rides, not to mention the fact that it OOZES atmosphere and looks great; day or night.

Plus there aren't any stupid ride policies and the Kennywood Corp. really cares about the park and it's patrons.

-Rob (Where else will the Company owner ''do lunch'' with you and then offer to pay??)
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 8:18 PM
PittFall's tower is circular, yes, but it has four cars with four seats each on four different sides of the tower.

Might have to read that more than once to figure out what I said, but it works. ;)

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 11:28 AM
I am going soon, but I was wondering if they had any merchandise for Phantom's Revenge yet.

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MOOOOOOOOOSE
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 11:56 AM
Tons of the stuff. From hats to t-shirts to magnets to keychains to shot glasses... if you want it, they probably have it!

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