Bayern Kurve was my favorite flat ride in any park. Every visit to Kennywood ended with a ride on it when possible. Sad loss.
Volcano had a unique, interesting theme that I loved.
Paratrooper's are a dime a dozen. Perhaps they will buy one that actually loads all at once.
Kangaroo was cute. I hate to admit that I don't recall ever riding it, and there was a point in my life that Kennywood was my home park, and I visited once or twice a year. I haven't been in a few years, and I had planned on taking a ride on it next time I go. Oh well.
They have removed more than a few classic rides over the last few decades. Rotor was a huge loss as well. The retheme of Old Mill was a loss, but it's back again, sort of. The Log Ride was a loss.
It seems like Kennywood loves to take out all the stuff that makes them unique. But not every park can be Knobeles.
I'm sure people wouldn't mind or even notice an extra dollar or two on their admission to keep these classic rides open.
I've heard rumblings that someone at Parques Reunidos does not like any attraction that wasn't built to TUV or ASTM standards. Then they bought the wrong park chain. The Henninger's and McSwigan families bought new rides once in a while, but also they took great pride in their collection of attractions that were at one time quite common, but became rare, to the point that the had the sole surviving example. It's also something that their patrons knew and appreciated.
Must be TüV; ASTM has a mechanism for allowing service proven designs and practices. These rides are *certainly* service proven, and I am not sure there are any ways in which the Kangaroo does not comply with F2291-20 anyway!
—Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Didn’t see this mentioned yet, but got an email that the roo is coming back for 2022.
There is even a poll to choose the paint scheme. Maybe they are going for the classic coke marketing strategy . Take it out for a year, have a bunch of outcry, then put it back so people with flock to it.
The question I have - did they know all along they were taking it out of service just for the year to potentially do a top to bottom refurbishment? Or did the complaints add up to the point where they actually reconsidered their decision?
The fact that they left the pad and the controls of the 'roo in place, while the Paratrooper pad was removed and sodded, and the area where the Bayren Kurve was cleaned up makes one think that it just might have been at the back of their mind. Meanwhile the Volcano area is still just barricaded off the last I heard.
I feel like they could (if they wanted to) put a new flat in the old Volcano area and keep the little bit of theming that was there. But it's been long enough since I have been to that park where I'm not 100% sure on that.
Kennywood did this same trick with the Bayern Kurve before. Remember it was removed and came back?
The park is a mismanaged dump. The rides are poorly maintained and major rides sit closed for long periods. This trick of removing popular attractions, pi&&ing off the customers and then bringing back just one of them will backfire
This park is 3 hours from me and I would never go there. They close the park anytime it rains. It’s not worth wasting time and travel expense.
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