Kennywood's Next Coaster?

Sunday, June 24, 2001 6:00 PM
What do you think Kennywood's next coaster will be? Or don't you think they will build a new coaster for awhile? Kennywood's a great park but they need another steel coaster. Phantom's Revenge is awesome, but why not build another coaster? What do you think will be Kennywood's next coaster?

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"Welcome back Raptor riders. How was your flight?"
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Sunday, June 24, 2001 6:08 PM
Yeah, according to Henny, the park's manager, he said "the loops will return in 2003 or 2004" in the local newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. I'm hoping for a B&M inverted coaster but by the comment of loops returning, it could be a Deja Vu type ride also, since Kennywood really doesn't have much expanding room. However, I've heard they've bought more land on the right side of the park where houses currently stand so they may in fact be some room for a large inverted coaster.

KPGuy
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Sunday, June 24, 2001 6:13 PM
After discussing this for almost a year now, I've formed my own opinion. I think the next coaster, barring a kiddie ride, will be a custom inverted.

They don't have a lot of room to expand, sure, but that's only room for midway expansion. There's quite a bit of room outside the park that's perfect for a coaster.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:04 PM
I don't think that Kennywood will get a coaster for quite a while. The just built Phantom's Revenge. They aren't a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park so it's not like they build a coaster every two years, and frankly I don't want them to. Kennywood is one of the rare traditional parks still around and I would like to have them keep it that way.
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Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:15 PM
I would like for Kennywood to focus on what they have been their entire existense: families, and that means that I would hope they would think about something that is enjoyable for the entire family before something that caters to us coaster enthusiests. I believe it's the family attractions that add to the charm of any park (especially small, family-owned ones). Seeing small children enjoying themselves always adds immensely to the theme/amusement park experience.

However, I would want their next coaster to be a small inverted coaster (about the size of a Batman: The Ride or Talon). Then I think a nice GCI or CCI twister would complete their great wooden collection. Remember, it is the quality of the rides that counts, not the quantity. If they maintain their coasters as well as they do now, they have nothing to worry about as far as coasters are concerned. And be sure to throw in some kiddie coasters as well;)

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Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:31 PM
Unless they bought more land outside of the park, they are going to have to continue their tradition of "take one down, put one up". And to be honest with you, they really don't have a coaster there right now that I would want to see go.

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The Pens will win the Stanley Cup in 2002!
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Monday, June 25, 2001 12:32 AM
Ditto on that last point, beltzies. At this point in time, there's really no coaster they can take out. I mean, how can you remove Racer, Jack Rabbit, or the Thunderbolt?

In reference to the park focusing on families, I'm sure they will. I don't expect the park to get another coaster until at least '04 or '05. We'll probably see a flat ride or two between now and then and other little things, but I don't think anything major will happen in the next two years.

If something major does happen, you can be sure that I can't even imagine what it would be right now...

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Monday, June 25, 2001 5:02 AM
Kennywood's next coaster? I have the details right here. It will be a wooden coaster that intertwines with Phantom's Revenge. It will start with an immediate drop over, and then under Phantom's Revenge, a turnaround, another drop, and then a lift hill, that will be followed by an up-and-down double helix and a couple more ravine drops before coming back to the station......:)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 5:27 AM
Good one RideMan!!!
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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:39 AM
For this year, Kennywood bought all the land down to the Mon river. I'm not sure how stable that land would be or how much room there is for a new coaster, but they wouldn't buy that land for nothing. They also own 21 of the 32 houses that sit next to Kennywood. I don't think they would tear those down since they are for employees, etc.

Personally, I would like to see any B&M. Rumors have indicated for over a year now that it will be an inverted. But when 2004 comes around, will inverts be basically extinct - like standups are now? I would still like an inverted but the only problem is, you can only get a good ride if you sit in the front seat. Seeing how nicely Talon fit in to that small area, I am confident B&M can design a great coaster at Kennywood, whenever that will be.

Yes, I know Kennywood can be a little cheap at times, but they *do* have the money. So rest assured, an SLC won't be coming to Kennywood...or hopefully, no Vekoma product whatsoever.

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Kennywood Insider's Guide
http://kennywood.coaster-mania.com
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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:48 AM
The best possible investment for the park right now would be a world class CCI.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 8:54 AM
Well, the park already has 3 good woodies and although a terrain hugging CCI would be nice, a terrain hugging B&M invert would be even better! Or a terrian hugging B&M flyer? :)
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Monday, June 25, 2001 3:15 PM
I disagree with your comment, Kennywood Insider, about inverts only giving good rides in the front row. I rode Talon around eight times on my trip to Dorney Park, none of which were in the front seat, and it still absolutely blew me away.

I really don't see any reason Kennywood wouldn't go with an inverted coaster. They've got wooden coasters down, they've got a world-class hyper, and throw in a mouse ride for good measure. The only thing that's left is a great looper, and why go for a normal sit-down when you can have inverted?

(I must admit, though. I wouldn't have a problem with a B&M sit-down looper at all. Wildfire looks like one hell of a ride.)

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Monday, June 25, 2001 5:19 PM
I seriously doubt we will EVER see any sort of a B&M inverted coaster at Kennywood, their rides cost way too much, and Kennywood really don't have the bucks to be investing in one.

The next coaster, wil either be a new wood coaster or a Boomerang.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 5:47 PM
I heard that Kennywood could build a coaster all the way down to Sandcastle if they wanted too. Because Kennywood owns Sandcastle. One could always hope...right.:)

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"Welcome back Raptor riders. How was your flight?"
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:50 PM
Because Kennywood owns Sandcastle doesn't mean they have clearance to build a coaster between them. There's 5 miles of land owned by other people in between.

Although a 10 mile woodie out & back would be quite nice.

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-The Smiths...(and me)
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:53 PM
more woodies!!! more woodies!!!
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