Kennywood Questions?

Sunday, August 3, 2003 9:28 PM
I have been going to CP and CLP through out this season and am up for a change and since with buisness I really can't take enough time off to travel to far or book hotels to far in advance, but Kennywood seems to be the choice to try to get to sneak off to with in the next few weeks due to the fact its only 2 1/2 - 3 hours away. Leave fri morn go to Kennywood then sat head up I79 go to CLP then home and hopefully CP on sun.

-What is there to expect at Kennywood as far as lines go? on a typical friday are they long? do they move fast?

-There is no set closing time, what is the avg. closing time?

-How much walking is there to expect, how big and spread out is the park? and what is their handicap policy?

-Whats the up time on their rides, is it like CP where there almost always running or is it like SF where on any given day theres a good chance everything won't be running?

Of all the reviews I have read on this park most seem very positive there have been a few negative ones, I just don't want to have high expectations of a traditional classic park and be dissappointed, I thank you in advance for any of your input.


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Ride the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak!

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Monday, August 4, 2003 4:31 AM
If you're used to Cedar Point, lines are non-existant at Kennywood. Exterminator is hit or miss between 15 min and 1 hour depending on attendance that day. Everything else is less than 20. Crowds are easy to judge - if the ski lift is working in the parking lot, its a busy day, if not, you should be able to cover everything in a few hours. The park is very compact, as far as a policy on handicapped, I'm not sure, but there are usually a bunch of wheelchairs around the midways - its not that big of a park. Kennywood has excellent uptime, espcially with coasters, and there are small white signs above the ticket booths indicating what rides might be closed all day. Average closing has been 10:30 this year due to crappy weather and low crowds (when I've been there). Enjoy your trip and if you need directions, drop me an email.

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Formerly PittDesigner (graduating soon!)
Lifelong fan of all Impulses!
--Brett

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Monday, August 4, 2003 7:30 AM
A great example of a traditional trolly park. Definately one of the smaller parks. If there is a light crowd you can hit everything in half a day. In such cases i have found the flats to have longer lines than the coasters!

The only bad thing to be said in my opinion is that the atmosphere is SO laid back that rides aren't always run at full capacity. Especially on the Phantom. But that is just nit-picking. Even on the busiest of days the lines aren't too bad. Even if the lines creep, the park can't hold to many people.

Overall i have never had a bad day at Kennywood, even on the heaviest of days for that small local park. And you can't beat the pricing!

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Monday, August 4, 2003 1:05 PM
Thank You for the info, I'm planning on this fri, if the weather cooperates.

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Ride the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak!

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Monday, August 4, 2003 1:29 PM
Hey Fxnib, I was at Conneaut yesterday and the Blue Streak was a complete hoot in the drizzle. But, I wanted to let you know that the old train is NOT from West View like I originally thought. It definately could be a very old PTC with the different wheel configuration for Vettles track style.

All the rides were running except the Bug, and it was damp most of the day. They stayed open even though I was warned at noon when I arrived that they might close early because of the weather. There was a decent crowd there by 2PM, and the rain quit by late afternoon. I'm so glad I went there again. Have fun.

When was the last time YOU went to Conneaut Lake Park?

Wood - anything else is an imitation

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Monday, August 4, 2003 1:39 PM
Make sure to get some french fries from the Potatoe Patch!! Also, do not miss Noah's Ark and the Old Mill!!

1ej

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Monday, August 4, 2003 1:53 PM
There's a lot of classic rides at Kennywood that may not look that neat, but you have to ride them to truly inderstand their greatness. Especially Noah's Ark. A gem of a ride. The moving ***** is genius. The longest wait of the day would most likely be eithe Exterminator or Phantoms Revenge, but as long as you hit them somewhat early the wait times should be under 30 mins, easy. If it's a rainy or particularly overcast day, lines will be almost non-exsistant. Do not pass up a rainy day at Kennywood.

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The Millenium Force ride Ops: Squishing you where it counts since 2000.
Track Record: 62 coasters at 17 parks.

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Monday, August 4, 2003 1:57 PM
Last time I was at CLP was about 2 weeks ago, I have been trying to get out there on a weekday the past few weeks but I've been sleeping in. Most of the ride ops seem to think they are the original Trains that opened with the Blue Streak and its a shallow track with steel plates instead of underside wheels. But its funny I don't know why but that coaster is at the top of my list, I think when riding alone in the back seat is what makes it top my list. Its wierd I actually rode CP Blue Streak and man it really makes you appreciate CLP's. Our original plan was to go to CLP for 2 days, but decided to try to hit Kennywood since we've never been there and got a hotel for $90 that includes two ride all day Kennywood tix then on sat head up to CLP, then home. I'm looking forward to ridding the Turtles and the Whip, I haven't ridden rides like that since the early 90's at CLP, Just hope the weather clears up.

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Ride the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak!
*** This post was edited by Fxnib 8/4/2003 5:59:12 PM ***

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Monday, August 4, 2003 2:01 PM
Kennywood is very small, but manages to pack a lot of rides in the footprint. It has everything the bigger parks have (and that includes shoot-the-chutes, white-water rapids, and logflume), except in a really tiny space. It's also amazing how many flats they have. Their newly added Topspin is too sick for words.
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