Planning on going to Kennywood?

Monday, July 25, 2005 11:43 AM
If you are planning on going to Kennywood but you don't know when, maybe this will help you.

September 18th is the last SPECIAL PRICE DAY--all tickets just cost $12.95

There were two other special price days and this will be the last day for the season. You can't beat $12.95. I just thought i should let eveyone know. So if you live fairly close you should come out that day. Kennywood doesn't really advertise their special price days, so i'm doing it for them. Tell as many people as possible.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 12:27 PM
Teehee, I can beat it. ;)

I love having family close to Kennywood. :)

Thanks for the notification.

- Josh

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Monday, July 25, 2005 12:48 PM
I went to the first of these and the crowds were normal, if not low. Even if the crowds are high you still can't beat a full day at Kennywood for $12.95. Wierd the park has made no effort to advertise these days, I bet they could pack the park with a radio advertisement and an email blast.
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Monday, July 25, 2005 1:15 PM
They are just trying to get any crowds in period. September 18th is when kids are in school, and they don't get a lot of business.

I went July 6th for a few hours, and the crowd was pretty decent. 45 minutes on Exterminator, which is normal around 3 o'clock. But most lines weren't more then about 30 minutes give or take.

Katie

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Monday, July 25, 2005 4:07 PM
I just can't believe a park so kickass like Kennywood isn't PACKED everyday. The locals (with the exception of a few) do NOT know what they have and take it for granted. ;-)

Then again lower crowds are nice, at least when I am visiting. :-)

When we were there the day before Memorial Day I expected it to be packed but it wasn't, which was nice. It was average. That IS a deal though! wow.

-Tina

<----who's glad I have family in Da Burgh as well. :-)

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Monday, July 25, 2005 4:17 PM

The locals (with the exception of a few) do NOT know what they have and take it for granted.

Actually, this is totally true. Most of the people I know in the area who visit amusement parks (strictly what we'd call GP) visit CP or GL as much as Kennywood.

Kennywood is severly underrated in general by the locals.

EDIT - Since we're all dropping names...

I'm glad I have a wife in the tourism industry...my next KW trip will be free of charge. :)

*** Edited 7/25/2005 8:20:22 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

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Monday, July 25, 2005 4:25 PM
Would you and your wife like to adopt me, Gonch? ;-) I think I am about the same age as you (I am 33) but who's counting? :-)

-Tina

*** Edited 7/25/2005 8:26:29 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Monday, July 25, 2005 4:56 PM
I'm only sitting on 4 tickets.

If I adopted you, my kids have seniority. You're stuck either way. ;)

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Monday, July 25, 2005 5:05 PM
Ahhh, shucks. ;-) Well, at least it was worth a try. I will have to find someone else to adopt me. ;-)

-Tina

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Monday, July 25, 2005 5:18 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Actually, this is totally true. Most of the people I know in the area who visit amusement parks (strictly what we'd call GP) visit CP or GL as much as Kennywood.

And why shouldn't they go to those parks as much? Especially GL, which is an amazing value.

From my pov, I see that the people of Pittsburgh generally love Kennywood. I know people who go every year, and some who think $28 is too expensive when they can go to GL for $24. I am sure there are people in Sandusky who have no appreciation of what they have. YMMV.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 5:41 PM

And why shouldn't they go to those parks as much?

I dunno.

I guess my logic is, I know people (again, talking the average 'GP" type of guest who visits a park or two a year at most as something to do) who travel a good distance to visit CP or GL when KW is a stone's throw away.

Talk with this type of person and they'll usually say something like:

"Y'inz ever been to Geagua Lake? Pretty nice place. They have all these big rollie coasters and rides. Nothing little and dumpy like Kennywood."

At least it's that way with the people I come across around here and it was the same growing up in the area (and back then I was just as guilty as anyone).

KW is a great place, but I think it takes the twisted enthuisiast mentality to appreciate it. In the eyes of the GP, it's the small park with the old rides that never changes. Cross the state line and find a couple of big parks with impressive looking shiny new rides.

The whole point of my post was simply agreeing with Tina.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 5:54 PM
Well as long as they spend less than $4.95 or so on gas between Pittsburgh and Aurora, I guess Geauga would be a better deal.

They say "rollie coasters" out in Pgh too? :) Actually in this region, a lot of people still call them "scenics."

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Monday, July 25, 2005 5:59 PM
As far as I know the GP doesn't call them Rollie coasters. Well wait, I haven't heard that term used.

That is total redneck! Tina!

Katie

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Monday, July 25, 2005 6:00 PM
If you live in a place where kennywood is available, and esp. if you grew up there, you can get jaded to the fact that Kennywood (and other like parks) are really great.

Part of me hates living 3-4 hours from ANY park. The other part of me realizes that it makes me thankful for every chance I get to go.

Hopefully, though, I won't become jaded if/when I move closer to a park. It will be sooner than you'd think, but at least the 2 local parks are 2 of my favorites :).

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Monday, July 25, 2005 6:19 PM
When you basically grow up being almost forced to go to Kennywood every year for your school picnics (you're either the loser outcast if you don't go, or in some districts, they get ya all on a bus and drop you at the gate if you want to or not ... permission slip pending of course ... ) you do get a little jaded on the place.

I've been going near there every week to play poker all summer and I've only been in the gates twice. I'll manage a third before the year's up, but that's it.

It's the same theory as the SFDL whiners who wore themselves out on their homepark, just that us 'Burgh kids did it over a period of 12+ years ;)

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Monday, July 25, 2005 6:27 PM
Geagua Lake is a great place and I don't fault anyone for going, hell my gf and I had season passes there for two years and went at least three times each year.

I see the opposite side of your theory just as much. My gf's aunt and uncle (I grew up in Erie btw) took their grandkids to GL this year because of the kids rides, which are far better than what Kennywood has. Her other aunt and uncle go to Kennywood every year and love it.

I have friends who never go to Kennywood, and some who can't wait to go every year. You can't expect everyone to like a park like Kennywood, just like we can't expect everyone to love CP.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005 6:13 AM

Impulse-ive said:
When you basically grow up being almost forced to go to Kennywood every year for your school picnics (you're either the loser outcast if you don't go, or in some districts, they get ya all on a bus and drop you at the gate if you want to or not ... permission slip pending of course ... ) you do get a little jaded on the place.

It's the same theory as the SFDL whiners who wore themselves out on their homepark, just that us 'Burgh kids did it over a period of 12+ years


That's because it takes that long to get used to those screwy roads in Da Burgh. ;-)

I can sorta understand the "jaded" thing, especially with the GP (Ohioans have no excuse and are just WAY too jaded....lol.) I guess being 4 hours from the nearest park (other than Camden) does have it perks....you DON'T get jaded and you have about 7 "homeparks" you can choose from. Right Clint? ;-)

As Gonch mentioned, it sorta DOES take a twisted enthusiast mind to "open your eyes" to appreciate what you have in your backyard. I am even like that with Camden Park. Years ago I could of cared less if they tore the place down and made fun of it like everyone else. Now I am thankful they are still alive and kicking. :-) Usually the GP doesn't really appreciate traditional parks the way we do, therefore I can see why some Pittsburgh natives see Geauga Lake and CP as a much more attractive place to visit for the average family. The commercials from both parks says it all.

Still, how can some people call Kennywood a dump? That's insane. I would want to smack 'em silly for saying such a thing. I have seen parks that ARE dumps, including some larger and more well-known parks.

Katie,

I have NEVER used to term "rollie coaster". You have me confused with some other redneck. ;-)

-Tina

*** Edited 7/26/2005 10:29:06 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005 6:33 AM
Not me, I don't say 'Rollie coaster'.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005 6:53 AM
I have used the term "rollo coaster" but only when talking about Idlewild's woody. ;-)

-Tina

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:10 AM
Kennywood tickets available STILL at your local AAA office for $18, and includes Sandcastle admission:)

We can't wait to go back to Kennywood! :)

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