My answer is simply yes,because I live in the Steel City and fans + me must know how I feel. I think they could use a looping or floorless type of coaster in the future. Since they already have a giga coaster "The Phantom's Revenge". I would consider this in the future. Some type of looping thrill coaster. Maybe even a stand-up coaster. 2 would work for me since they don't have any!!!
I personally was a bit disappoined with the announcement of the screamin swing for 06. I really don't know how business has been overall, but i do agree that they probably are not going to try to compete with Cedar Point. As a coaster fan though it does seem it bit discouraging to think that there are no grand plans for a coaster in the near future. There is also the debate of where exactly a big totally new coaster could go, but that is probably another topic. Also, they probably don't need a gimmick and I would take a good new woodie, but I can't see where anything that major will come in the near future.
Yeah, they've managed to do pretty well for the last 100 years or so. They're not the type of place that needs a new coaster every couple years to keep people coming back. They know what their niche is, and they do what they do well.
I know I will probably be banned from this site for what I'm about to say, but as a Pittsburgh "lifer" who has been to a number of theme/amusement parks...I have to say that Kennywood is to the amusement park industry, the way Motel 6 is to the resort industry. For enthusiasts, the park is a historical landmark, but for the average lower income visitor (which is the majority of Kennywood’s patronage), it’s where you go for a cheap thrill when you are too poor to enjoy a more expensive experience at another park. Kennywood has been in operation for over a century not because it is a good amusement park, but because it is where the working class Pittsburgher, who lives from paycheck to paycheck, is stuck taking his/her kids and making the best of it. Trust me guys, the ownership of the park knows this, and to their credit they try to make the best of it also, by emphasizing historical nostalgia, and deemphasizing regional economic stagnation. Ok guys…let me have it…I can take it…I’m a big boy!
^Nobody has ever mistaken Kennywood for Disneyland, but that doesn't make it any less of a good park.
The management must be doing something right, then. After all, they've survived for a LONG time. Hecm, I bet most parks would be very happy if they could keep up attendance without adding an expensive new coaster every few years.
Al Miner - all I hear from your post is that Kennywood is succesful because they have a market that they cater to, just like any other succesful park does. Just because its cheaper to go to Kennywood than other parks doesn't mean its not a good park. You're also going to spend less money at parks like Holiday World and Knoebels, and I think its pretty clear what most people here think of those parks.
Wow, I wish I was 'stuck' going to Kennywood. It may not be that expensive to get into, it may not have everything I can do at some other parks that open new stuff every single year that I could care less about, but the park was clean, people friendly, and what it has is not only top notch, but above most other bigger, 'better' parks.
Plus, I really like the whole Screamin' Swing thing, glad they're getting one, can't wait to get back up there to 'settle' for Kennywood (and my #1 Coaster). They could never add anything ever again, I'd be happy.
Kennywood held out longer than any park its size not charging big fees at the gate. Managment governed by the goal of making things affordable for the general pubic is a rare quality, enhancing park envionment for everyone.
Kennywood's expansion will be slow. They consider their park to be sacred, so they will carefully tweek and hone the park and attractions. Don't expect any big changes.
How quickly things would change if Six Flags took over Kennywood?
Six Flags claims that every year - I'm using it as the reason why this year so far hasn't been great. It HAS rained at least at one point within each day that the park is open to the GP. Sunday was a very nice day with only a 5 minute or so rain time. I mean we're in May and there has been days where you had to wear a winter jacket because the weather was so cold. And sitting in one of those field chairs working the Turnpike makes it much colder. I sure hope it improves in the coming months.
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Kennywood's future lies in its past, it is a traditional park that doesn't need a gimmick coaster, or high tech coaster or whatever you call them. Again, you would never have to force me kicking and screaming to go to kennywood