As confirmed yesterday by Mary Lou Rosemeyer at CoasterBash! in Pittsburgh, Kennywood will recieve a S&S Screamin Swing in 2006. It will replace the Wipeout. Now, here's the kicker...
It will not, I repeat, NOT be an upcharge attraction like Dorney or Knotts. The ride is part of park addmission. The ride will also feature two arms with back to back seating and carry 32 passengers at a time. The ride will also be the tallest and fastest of its kind.
Making an exciting announcement even better, Lake Compounce will recieve the same ride and will also not be an upcharge attraction.
The announcement was the first time it's been presented to the public and expect to hear more about this exciting attraction in the near future. If you remember, when Kennywood announced for the first time they would change the Phantom, they did so at CoasterBash.
I hope Kennywood and Compounce's versions are run better than the version at Knotts. I only paid $5 to ride and I immediately wanted a refund. I've been to Knotts over a half-dozen times since Screaming Swing opened and I rarely see anyone riding it.
I think S&S can sell anything, even if it's not a good ride. Not casting any judgment here, since the ride has obviously not been built yet, but the last two big things (Thrust Air and Vertigone) were two huge disappointments to me.
For this year, the Wipe Out is being relocated to the site of another ride. Parts for that ride are hard to get for this season at least. Wipe Out may be here in 2006 or not, depends. Kennywood is known for changing their minds very often.
Rumor also has it Kennywood's going to have a 'name the ride' contest for it. :)