Kennywood, May 26

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Tuesday, May 29, 2001 5:09 AM
Made a trip to Kennywood this past Saturday, specifically to ride Phantom's Revenge. As soon as I emerged from the tunnel I made a bee-line for the nearest booth that sells ride tickets (actually the only that I know of) right next to the SkyCoaster lake in the center of the park. The park was lightly crowded and it appeared that all rides were up and running with the exception of the Turtle and the T-Bolt. When are they going to get this thing back up and running? There seems to be a lot of new wood all through the coaster. Hopefully it will be up for my next trip.

Finally made it over to PR's que. There are so many aisles for this ride. I hope I never have to travel through all of them. I only had to go back and forth once and my wait was an hour. Now this was with only 1 train operating but still, if you had to go through all of those lines, it would probably take 2-2.5 hours.

While in line I noticed a difference in the color of the arrow track and the Morgan track. Check my other post in the general forum. And they weren't giving out the Phantom Cards when I went by the booth. No one was there - I was ticked off. Also while I was in line watching the train travel the course it appeared kind of slow. Later I would find out appearances can be deceiving

Finally made it into the station and decided I wanted to experience my first ride in the front seat. The wait didn't appear to be that long so I figured it was worth it. No sooner did I get in line when I heard them yell for a single rider, I glanced up and saw it was for the front seat. Yeah baby! No wait at all.

The cars are incredibly comfortable, though they may be a little tight for larger riders. The side mounted lap bars work well and insure a little space between you and the bar which is very important on this ride. The trains also look beautiful in person. The styling and paint job is first class.

Finally up the lift hill we go. It was great to take this for the first time without the OTSRs. The view of Lost Kennywood from the right side is spectacular. Over the top, the hang feels like forever and with the shoulder harnesses it feels like you are going to fall right out. The last car lets go of the chain and down we go. Smooth as silk, the sensation of speed on this swooping drop is awesome. through the flat section and up over the station. A little bit of a rough turn at the top but not bad at all with the new harness system. We start to head down the big drop crossing over from old to new, screaming down through T-BOLT. I swear they made the head chopper even closer. I actually ducked because it was so close. The turn around is so intense yet so smooth as we rocket back up towards the top. We turn to the left and swoop back down into the valley crossing over the big drop and then up through the T-BOLT. I personally don't think they need the tunnel here but either way it would be fine. There is a little bit of a bump on the way up this hill that pops you up just a bit. Sort of teaser of whats to come. Then we swoop to the right, hit one airtime hill dive drop down a little the another huge airtime hill that queezes between 2 of the supports for the big drop. You float off your seat all to the bottom of this hill, at the bottom of which you veer to the left under the station brakes, then back up for 2 more airtime moments in the double down. Then you enter a tight helix to the right, followed by a double up with even more airtime then into the station.

WOW!

This ride was spectacular. Smooth as silk, intense speed throughout, comfortable cars that allow you to concentrate on the ride, and a beautiful looking coaster. Just a well designed thrill machine. Kennywood and Morgan did an incredible job on the ride and should be given a lot of credit.

Also rode the Jack Rabbit and Racer and had fries with chicken fingers at Small Fry, Baby brother of the Potato Patch.

Tip: if you want Potato Patch fries w/cheese but the line is too long, go to Small Fry in Lost Kennywood instead. They only have cheese but they are just as good. You can also get 3 good chicken fingers with them for a total of $4.25. Good deal.

Sorry for the long winded TR. Hope you enjoyed it though

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Tuesday, May 29, 2001 4:50 PM
Actually, Small Fry has all the same toppings as Potato Patch. It's an undiscovered jewel with short lines... shhhhh!

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Could you describe the ruckus?
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Tuesday, May 29, 2001 5:17 PM
Next time I go I will have to go to Small Fry instead! There is never anybody there, but I thought they were different kind of fries!

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The Pens will win the Stanley Cup in 2002!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2001 5:44 PM
Nope, same fries, same toppings, and chicken strips to boot...

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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Tuesday, May 29, 2001 7:02 PM
From the first paragraph about ride tickets, there is a booth right at the end of the tunnel on the right side by the old mill. I believe you can also buy ride tickets in every gift shop.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2001 8:22 PM
Kennywood really is a family park! Small Fry is Potato Patch's little brother, Lil' Phantom is the real Phantom's nephew, etc. ;)

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Saturday, June 9, 2001 6:26 PM
jdancisin- "I swear they made the head chopper even closer"

Actually, they did. During construction of the ride, they noticed that the chopper would be closer than before & were thinking about removing another section of the T-Bolt to restore it to original height. When they saw that it fit perfectly, they left it. I don't know about you, but I think that's good ;)
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