Kennywood Thunderbolt opens following Phantom's Revenge construction

Posted Monday, June 25, 2001 4:22 AM | Contributed by KPGuy

The Thunderbolt at Kennywood Park finally opened at about 1:22 p.m., June 23, 2001. Only one train is currently operating.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 4:34 AM
Yeah! It's about time. Time to schedule another trip to KP.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:35 AM
I am waiting for Thunderbolt to open, so I can ride Phantom's Revenge for first time, and ride Thunderbolt. Finally, it's about time.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:07 AM
Jeff's avatar I guess now I can make the trip to Sh... I mean Pittsburgh. ;)

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Jeff
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:36 AM
I already planned two possible dates to my first Kennywood visit. How much is the trim on PR going to affect the ride?

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Monday, June 25, 2001 8:08 AM
Jeff,

What the heck is Sh? I am missing the joke. please explain.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 8:35 AM
john peck's avatar Is the Turtle open yet, or are they still finishing off the station?
I hope to hit the KennyKon event and then perhaps Idlewild when I am in Sh... er Pittsburgh as well.
*** This post was edited by john peck on 6/25/2001. ***
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Monday, June 25, 2001 9:19 AM
Every coaster and ride at Kennywood should now be open...however, everyday there is usually a flat ride or 2 that are closed.

KPGuy
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Monday, June 25, 2001 9:52 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar The Turtle was open on 6/16 when I was there.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 10:04 AM
The Turtle has been open for about a month now. The only ride that Kennywood has been having trouble with is the Flying Carpet. As I understand, a guy from Zierer was at the park the other day to check it out, and decided it was in bad shape. Go figure, it was built 13 years ago by Zierer ;). "The Rug" didn't even make it over the top when they tested it, so the guy from Zierer will have to fix it.

I was really uncertain that the T-Bolt would be ready for KennyKon, but once again Kennywood surprises us by opening another coaster early.

Jeff, I have lived in (well, actually the suburbs of) Pittsburgh all my life. What's so bad about it? I think it's getting better, but there really isn't much to do in the city besides catch a sports game or go to a museum.

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*** This post was edited by Kennywood Insider on 6/25/2001. ***
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Monday, June 25, 2001 10:36 AM
I live about about a half an hour north of Pittsburgh Jeff, and it ain't that bad. For the guy who didn't get the joke, add the four letter word that starts with SH and BURGH, and you get what the joke was. The Turtle has been open for a least a month and a half now.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 10:53 AM
got ya. Pittsburgh is a great city. low cost of living, friendly people (in general), great cultural activities, good sports teams (except the pirates), and one amazing amusement park with 5 great coasters.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 11:40 AM
Jeff's avatar It is getting better, I'll admit that, and I won't even hold the hideous geography against the city. It's just that downtown, and pretty much every way in and out of it, is a dirty run down mess. I suppose the new stadiums will help to improve that.

Cleveland was a dump until the late 80's, so I guess we'll see!

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Jeff
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Monday, June 25, 2001 1:27 PM
Jeff said "Cleveland was a dump until the late 80's, so I guess we'll see!"

WAS a dump?!?!?!?

Anyway, the Turtle has been open at least since early May. I rode it the Sunday after CoasterMania.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 2:20 PM
Good to have this great ride open again. Jeff, a word of advice: don't compare Pittsburgh to Cleveland like that in Pittsburgh. You may get in trouble. Living in Pittsburgh, it is not that bad. There are many cities worse than this. I guess now I'll make another trip to Kennywood soon.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 2:51 PM
What'd you expect to hear about Pittsburgh from a Clevelander? ;)

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
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Monday, June 25, 2001 4:24 PM
jdancisin said:

got ya. Pittsburgh is a great city. low cost of living, friendly people (in general), great cultural activities, good sports teams (except the pirates), and one amazing amusement park with 5 great coasters.

I have to agree with you on the Pirates thing. None of our sports teams are that great. And they built PNC Park for a lousy team....


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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:15 PM
Well, my theory (at least, what I'm hoping) is that McClatchy will start thinking about getting a successful team going now that he's got his rocks off on the new stadium.

As for the stadium thing on the whole, it's funny that, of the three professional teams in Pittsburgh, the winningest one, the Penguins, didn't get a new home. I guess that's why they're requesting one now. I actually would like to see them get it so they can stay competitive.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:38 PM
kpjb's avatar Anywho, back to the park...

The only ride currently not functioning is the Roll-O-Plane. It should be up within 2 weeks. It was custom built from really old prints, and therefore when something needs replaced it has to be custom manufactured.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:48 PM
I have to say the Thunderbolt is running great even for only being opened for two days. They were only running one train when I was there. There is a difference to the start of the ride. Instead of dropping out of the station you go about 10 or 15 feet and then there is the drop becuse PR's track runs under that part. The first drop did seems just a little steeper but it may have been me. The PR is still running one train and I don't think there are any trim brakes on it yet. In fact it seemed to be running faster than when I rode it when it opened. Its a great ride, may seem a little short, but still a great ride and what a RUSH!
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