Kennywood....worth stopping?

Friday, February 20, 2004 6:15 PM
This summer my dad and I have pans to visit Cedarpoint. We live in Philly, so on teh way we'd be going right by Kennywood. Is it worth stopping? We are already going to WOA and Cedarpoint, but I was curious as to what you guys thought of Kennywood.

It looks like a decent park, some nice woodies (which Cedaroint dosent have) Let me know you opinons! Thanks!

Friday, February 20, 2004 6:20 PM
You're not going to find anyone with something bad to say about Kennywood.
Friday, February 20, 2004 6:35 PM
Agreed. I've been going to kennywood ever since i can remember, and look forward to it every year. You'll have a lot of time....plan to hit everything there at least twice, and dont skip the potato patch. You'll love it


Friday, February 20, 2004 6:55 PM
I'm right over the bridge from Philly in Cinnaminson. I made the trip the last 2 years to cedar point. Stop at Kennywood and ride all the coasters! Phantom will blow you away. Its worth the extra 3 hours or so. If you go early you can be in and our by 1. That what we did got there at opening and went in and road each coaster once and left. I would check it out and not miss it. Have a good trip!! Enjoy!
Friday, February 20, 2004 7:01 PM
Kennywood is worth so much more then 3 hours. Sure the coasters are good but there's a lot of other stuff there worth checking out. Stuff you won't find many other places like the Old Mill, Kangaroo, Noah's Ark, a 16 tub whip, and much more.

Friday, February 20, 2004 7:09 PM
I agree with more than 3 hours but if this is just a pit stop on there way to Ohio then 3 hours to hit the coasters is plenty of time. It's like anther 4 hours drive to Sandusky.
Friday, February 20, 2004 8:17 PM
Yep, it is MORE than worth it. You'll see. ;-)

You have the Thunderbolt, which is one of my favorite woodies. Very smooth, nice first drop as a starter, and EXCELLENT airtime!

Phantom's Revenge has the best parts of Steel Phantom (the first and second drop) added with some wicked airtime (especially that last KICK or next to last....can't remember).

The Racer is especially fun because you can easily hi-five your competition. It's much fun with a group of nutty enthusiasts, but the GP can be as nutty sometimes. :-)

The Jack Rabbitt you will love.....the double dip is a SWEET surprise!

The Exterminator is an awesome Reverchon spinning mouse that INDUCES laughter whether you like it or not. It's NUTS! Try to ride it with up to three people for the best results!

Additionally you have a nice array of flats including the Pitfall, Aero 360, and the Tumble Bug which are my personal faves. There's some awesome (affordable) food and one of the best arcades I have been in. Great atmosphere!

But don't take my word for it. ;-)

I think the only thing I DON'T like about Kennywood is it's a mild pain in the arse to get to, but it's well worth the mild hassle. Follow those arrows and you will be fine. :-D


*** Edited 2/21/2004 1:19:37 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Friday, February 20, 2004 8:44 PM
On my first trip I spent one day at the park and loved it. On my second trip I spent two days and fell in love with it. What a sweet place with great food, rides, and atmosphere. It's my favorite park.

In short, stop at the park- it's worth it.

Friday, February 20, 2004 8:46 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
You're not going to find anyone with something bad to say about Kennywood.

I have somthing bad to say about it. Kennywood should be closer than it is to my house.

3 old wooden coasters, Kick ass steel coaster, a few one of a kind flats, Potato Patch fries, baked corn, There's not much not to like about Kennywood. Heck I even like following the <=Kennywood< arrows to the park.

Friday, February 20, 2004 8:47 PM
KW is ABSOLUTELY worth checking out! Like Tina said, Thunderbolt is one of my fav woodies too. I haven't been to the park since the opening year of Laser Loop for Coaster Con III (yay being a 9th grader and a member of ACE), but I can only imagine how much better the park is now than it was then.
Friday, February 20, 2004 8:50 PM
Deffinately worth the stop. I would try and spend more than a few hours there though. There are so many little things that you shouldn't miss.

Frank- who would drive by Cedar Point to go to Kennywood.:)

Friday, February 20, 2004 9:26 PM
Im goning to be sure to stop....I think we're going to spend a full day based on what you guys all think of the park, and tehn stay oveNight and leave for six flags the follwing morning.

Thanks guys!

Friday, February 20, 2004 9:33 PM
Good choice, Kennywood is one of the most unique parks in the country, be sure to hit all of the coasters as well as their amazing old time flats.

I would classify Kennywood as the "anti Cedar Point" its small, focuses on woodies and flats,has kept most of their turn of the century rides, and has a hilly terrain. About the only thing that these parks have in common is that they both amazing. I did Kennywood and CP for the first time consectivly and it was great, enjoy the trip!

Friday, February 20, 2004 9:43 PM
I've never been to Kennywood and I'd tell you to skip WoA all together in its favor. :) Must go this summer...
Friday, February 20, 2004 9:50 PM
I would go to KW over both CP and WoA. It's one of the best parks in the country.

The only bad thing I can say about it is that the wooden coasters suck. Okay, "suck" might be a bit harsh - one is quite decent, one is very average, and one is just plain terrible. But that's just me. Phantom's Revenge and Exterminator *both* make up for it.

-Nate (who goes to Kennywood for the steel coasters)

Friday, February 20, 2004 10:15 PM
The Jack Rabbit may not be that great of a ride, but even after all of the hype of the double dip I STILL wasn't prepared for the sheer ridiculousness of the double dip.
Friday, February 20, 2004 10:15 PM
Yes :)!
Friday, February 20, 2004 10:38 PM
I'd sooner spend a day at Kennywood than SFWoA. Aside from Phantom's Revenge, none of the coasters scream best in class, but they are unique and relatively well maintained. The food is top notch and inexpensive as far as amusement park food goes.

Early in the season I've generally spent six to eight hours there and loved it.

Friday, February 20, 2004 10:40 PM
Hell yes! I made my first pilgrimage in 2000 on my way to SFO (now WOA), and CP. I wound up staying until 10-10:30 and didn't even have a hotel room yet! For such a small park, there is so much do if you do flats and Noah's Arks:). Then, I was on a business trip and dragged two of my co-workers there in 2001. I visited again in 2002 on my "Out to Indiana and Back" tour. Last year with only one day off, I drove with my friend up and back in 2003 in one day from Baltimore! (I do not recommend this to any sane people reading this).

My tip of the day for drivers is to make sure you get into the left lane in front of the convenience store on your way back, or you'll wind up in a somewhat bad neighborhood. They give you arrows on the way there, but none going back. Also, don't miss the bridge when leaving the park if you go that way. *** Edited 2/22/2004 12:02:28 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***

Friday, February 20, 2004 10:50 PM
I have to also agree with what everyone else has said. Kennywood's been my home park all my life, and it still never gets old.

You should plan to spend a whole day at the park. You'll easily be able to hit all the 'big rides' in a short amount of time (probably 3-5 hours), but to really get the whole experience of the park, definitely plan on the entire day. Some of the rides other than the coasters that I would recomend hitting would be the Whip, Pitt Fall, Turtle, Noah's Ark, Bayern Kurve (you gotta love this ride!), Garfield's Nightmare (this one should be interesting for us all), and Kangaroo.

As a little side note, they're building a new hotel at the Waterfront Entertainment Complex, which is about 2 miles down the road from the park (actually, if you turn right coming of the Rankin Bridge, you'll be about an 1/8 of a mile from the entrance). There is no date set to when it'll be open, but this will be a nice thing to have, rather than having to go out into West Mifflin or Monroeville for a place to stay.


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