Can't tell you about Turnpike, but I know on T-Bolt they were willing to do "whatever it takes" to prevent single riders when we were there...
I don't recall if this is true for T-Bolt specifically, but I'm thinking a lack of seat dividers to some parks is a red flag...I know at PCar they wouldn't let ANY kids ride alone on their Falling Star (or similar ride, couldn't find any ID at all on the ride)....sliding in seats CAN be a problem, esp. for smaller riders.
Thunderbolt can potentially injure or eject riders who happen to be sitting on the closed side when the train hits the bottom of the square helix. Personally, I think they ought to allow you to use a 54" plush toy as your riding partner.
There are some pretty extreme laterals in that helix - that is the primary reason for the 2-rider policy. There will most likely be another single rider for you to pair up with. FYI, blockbusters in the pittsburgh area are selling discount tickets to kennywood for $10 less than normal price.
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Last year the park had me wait on the platform until another single rider came to the ride, which resulted in an extra five minute wait. If I were you, I'd try hard to find another person to go with you, or meet you there.
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I don't know if this is true or not, the thunderbolt had that partner rule because a boy was riding by himself before and when they went into the helix, he was thrown off and killed. I read it on the kennywood blvd website if you wanted to go and see.
For the 'Pike, the best answer I can give is for capacity reasons. Usually it runs ten cars and three will be in the unload/load area. So that leaves seven cars on the track. Say half of those seven cars have single riders, so the total capacity is ten people out of a possible 14. The seats were designed for two people and that helps reach full capacity. ------------------ 2002/2003 KW Old Mill/T-Pike Crew
Kennywood day??? as in the second tuesday in july?? ill be there too! i don't miss kennywood day for the world. im there every year. ummm on the tpike they don't really enforce it too much but the thunderbolt its a little more strict...i talked to a ride op while waiting in line an she let me ride alone....try making friends with them....it could help ;-)
SFgadvMAN said: I am going to Kennywood on May 9 for the first time. Does anyone know if it is usually crowded early in May?
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I think the park will not be open that day, but if it is, the park will be a little crowded. I would suggest you ride phantom's revenge, exterminator, and thunderbolt early in the morning because the lines for those rides are around 45min to 1 hr. 15 minutes. Also the pittfall, king kahuna, areo, and sky coaster are the best flat rides they have so ride them when possible. When I was their, king kahuna had a 15-30 minute wait and pttfall had 10-15 min. wait. Try the chicken strips and cheese fries or funnel cakes with ice cream and strawberries if you want to eat.