Kennywood's new coaster named Sky Rocket

Posted Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kennywood has announced that their new launched roller coaster, set to open this spring, will be called Sky Rocket.

Read more from AP via KDKA/Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:06 PM

The layout of Skyrocket is SICK. I saw an image on Screamscape and I was drooling.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:53 PM

That does look good. I like the name too.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:32 PM

Will it be an afternoon delight?

Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:38 PM

What's with all the throwback names lately? Shoot the Rapids, Sky Rocket.... Not that I'm complaining -- they're both fine names. It's just an interesting trend.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:39 PM

This feels like deja vu...

Thursday, December 10, 2009 2:44 PM

Great name and great logo (it's on the Kennywood home page). So retro, but not so retro anymore! Very cool!

Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:12 PM

Well it beats Banshee by a long shot! Plus, I don't think anybody will get offened by it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:11 PM

Here's hoping the second half of the layout is taken with speed... I think that'll be the difference between it being a great ride and a "meh" one. Cool name though, cue the Afternoon Delight puns.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:24 PM

^Can someone please explain the 'afternoon delight' thing to me? Does it have something to do with the song? Thanks :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:28 PM

^ I feel really old!

This'll explain (it's the original version). For those of you who are younger this version may be more familiar to you.

Last edited by Mamoosh, Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:34 PM
Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:40 PM

^Aw come on Moosh, I remember the song - guess I'm that old too :)

So, just b/c the song says "skyrocket's in the sky"? Ok, I think I get it now.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:36 PM

Sky rockets in flight, man... Flight. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:17 PM

That's about the stupidest song that I've ever heard, but Anchorman is awesome!

This coaster still doesn't do anything for me. It looks like a capacity nightmare too, and given the location, near the entrance of the park, it will probably have an incredibly long line.

What were they thinking?

Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:39 PM

To those of you who don't recognize the original version:

I hate you. Get off my lawn. Don't make me put the hose on you. Thank you and goodnight.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:53 PM

LostKause said:
were they thinking?

I don't know what they were thinking, but *I'm* thinking "Hey, shorter Phantom line!"

Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:57 PM

LostKause said:

It looks like a capacity nightmare too, and given the location, near the entrance of the park, it will probably have an incredibly long line.

What were they thinking?

You didn't see the recent rumor on Screamscape that Kennywood was considering getting into the virtual queue game?

That should make all of your conspiracy circuits light up. ;)

Friday, December 11, 2009 2:04 AM

Wow... I am not that old and I thought the same thing... Sky Rocket in Flight... and I am not opposed to the next line either!

Looks like a nice addition to Kennywood, and as far as capacity nightmare... what the highest capacity coaster there. I think that would be racer. Otherwise Jack Rabbit, Exterminator, and Thunderbolt are cetainly not high capacity rides. Come to think of it Phantoms Revenge may not even be capable of pulling much over 1000 riders/hour. I just think overall this means more evenly distributed queues throughout the park.

Friday, December 11, 2009 7:30 AM

OMG...that song brings back memories of diesel fumes on the school bus mixed with the warm glow of afternoon sun beating on the stinky grade school aroma following gym glass near final period....ewww...Hope the ride is better than the song!

Friday, December 11, 2009 7:32 AM

If the Sky Rocket's in flight, will it be an afternoon delight?

Seriously, the coaster looks cool. I hope is turns out a nice as it looks.


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