RMC cancelled new roller coaster for Kennywood in 2019.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:43 AM

Funny thing about rumors, some of them show what people (ok, mostly enthusiasts in this case) would like. If a rumor gets enough traction and enough fans say oh that would be great, why wouldn't a park look at that as being feedback, almost like hosting focus groups without spending the money. Any business can read thru all the rumors/suggestions they see online, throw away a large chunk of them as worthless or not feasible at this time, and still decide, hey, maybe this one and that one have some merit and we should think about them.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 10:50 AM
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LostKause said:

I don't quite know some details here. Did the park say that a new big coaster would be built before some time? Wasn't it like five or so years ago? How did the illustration of the path of the new coaster get leaked to the newspapers? Wasn't it because the park had to file something with the local government or something? Or was that just a fabricated rumor?

I can't find anything official. The rumors are based on a supposed photo from a council meeting. The image if fake is well done and coincides not only with the removal of the log jammer but with the land on the river side of the park they own.

LostKause said:

When their launched coaster was built, and they had to remove the automobile ride to make room, someone said that the autos would return in another part of the park. Was that a rumor, or did a spokesperson from the park mention that to the media? I can't recall for sure.

"Guests aren't saying goodbye to the Turnpike, just saying see you later," public relations manager Jeff Filicko said yesterday at a news conference. "It will still be the same traditional ride guests know and love."

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2009/08/13/Kennywood-s-Turn...0908130348

LostKause said:

Wasn't it announced that they were considering building an indoor waterpark/hotel across the street from the park? Or was it a rumor? I don't recall.

The $60 million expansion includes a hotel, an indoor water park, 81/2 acres of new rides and a "signature" attraction, such as a roller coaster, in an area that is now a rail yard in neighboring Duquesne.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2006/03/09/Kennywood-plans-w...0603090276


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Thursday, December 7, 2017 8:32 AM
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Ken P said:
If a rumor gets enough traction and enough fans say oh that would be great, why wouldn't a park look at that as being feedback, almost like hosting focus groups without spending the money.

Yes, but ...

Enthusiasts are a very, very small part of any park's customer base. We're wonderful people, but we're not a park's target audience; we're biased toward parks adding new attractions.

I refer you to our friend T-R, who discounts new gift shops and new restaurants and so on at Michigan's Adventure, because they're not roller coasters.

I've done a few focus groups in my time :-) and the companies involved work to have demographically diverse groups that meet the parameters set by the client. (Had I known the "one on one" interview about personal hygiene would turn out to be about what would cause me to buy an enema kit, I would have demurred...)


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017 10:51 AM

That is why the two sentences have to be considered together. Yes, most businesses would be foolish to just read the rumors created by an enthusiast group and start implementing them.

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Friday, December 8, 2017 1:36 AM
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Jeff said:

Well, when I made up a Cedar Point boardwalk 18 years ago and willed it into existence on Screamscape. Although to be fair, the rumor I made up will finally be true next year.

I started the rumor that Mantis was turning into a floorless in, I believe, 2001. LOL I sometimes wonder if it happened because I started the rumor, or did I just come up with a logical idea that was bound to happen, or was it all a strange coincidence?

And thanks eightdotthree. I appreciate you doing to footwork for me.


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Friday, December 8, 2017 12:10 PM
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Jeff said:

Well, when I made up a Cedar Point boardwalk 18 years ago and willed it into existence on Screamscape. Although to be fair, the rumor I made up will finally be true next year.

Haha woah, I said "almost 20 years." It was around 2000/2001 I got into it. Anything that happened on Screamscape in 1999 is outside my purview. And are you admitting to being a troll, Jeff?


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Friday, December 8, 2017 2:15 PM
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I admit nothing. It's #fakenews!


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Monday, December 18, 2017 4:14 PM
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On December 9th at the Great Ohio Coaster Club Holiday Party, we had Nick Paradise from Kennywood as one of our speakers. They are having some of the same red-tape issues that Waldameer did when they were trying to build Ravine Flyer II. The project is still on the table, but there is no time line.


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Monday, December 18, 2017 4:50 PM

In that case I hope I’m still alive...

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