Site goes behind the scenes off-season at Kennywood

Posted Monday, October 1, 2001 4:06 AM | Contributed by TBCM

Once again the off-season is upon us, and the park is busy taking apart the rides and preparing for the 2002 season. Each season we visit Kennywood, but very few of us get to see Kennywood sleeping. Kennywood Park Unlimited now has photos of the park in the off-season.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 8:00 AM
Interesting.  I didn't know that parks actually took apart thier rides after the season.  I also like the Hang on for dear life things.
Monday, October 1, 2001 8:36 AM
Check out these photos of Cedar Point's Matterhorn and Wave Swinger in the off-season. Just a sample of what nearly every ride there looks like in the winter.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 11:37 AM
It still amazes me how far they take down the rides! Especially the Wave Swinger! :)

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Monday, October 1, 2001 11:42 AM
Last years picture of the Wave Swinger all that was left was a green stump in the ground!  Just goes to show you that they really take good care of their rides for the winter.  I go there everyday there will be more updates.:)
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Monday, October 1, 2001 12:11 PM
I wonder what that is there building? Also, are those Steel Phantoms OTSRs?
Monday, October 1, 2001 12:31 PM
Yep those are SP's OTSR's. Maybe there's a buyer? I believe the building is the park's new office building.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 1:03 PM
I have to admit that I dont' really like that new entrance to PR. It really looks tacked on. Maybe in person it won't be so bad.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 1:05 PM
How funny because I didn't know that parks actaully disassemble their rides?! How funny, but cool.
Monday, October 1, 2001 1:15 PM guys didn't know the parks disassemble the rides?  Wow.  You should see what rollercoaster trains look like!  They tear those things down to every last nut and bolt!  They also remove the chains, lift motors, brakes, etc.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 1:26 PM
Actually, the chains, lift motors, & brakes for the most part don't get removed unless there's a major project involved. 

Flat rides get the most disassembly.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 2:38 PM
I gotta say its always a pleasure to see pictures of a park in the off season, and those pics are Great. I have actually been lucky enough to go to Alton Towers in the Off Season last year, and walk round most of the park, and its a great thing to witness and experience
I thing I liked is how quiet it is, you are just not used to it really, so seeing most of the park quiet with all the rides shut down can be a spooky experience. We alos got to see Rides taken apart, We noticed that Ripsaw that most of its parts taken down probably for cleaning, the Log Ride and Rapids were all drained out, and saw the Log Boats sitting in a car Park, The Swan Boats were also sitting in a Car Park. Also on that trip, we were lucky to experience a 2hr XRT on Nemesis which was Sweet.

We also noticed that one Train on Nemesis was totally Taken Apart in the transfer shed, I am talking every Bolt, Every Nut, Every Seat, It was amazing, you could see most of it in there, as you can guess, we only had 1 train opeartion on Nemesis, it still didnt matter, the ride was still walk on all the time.

Monday, October 1, 2001 6:00 PM
I don't think I could make it through winter without a few visits to MIA. I just went last week, and everything is beginning to take place. Chaos is still lying there...the swings are off the Flying Trapeze, and the trains off Timbers and Mad Mouse. The biggest disappointment I saw was the classic Trabant totally taken apart. My other off season visits prove this is not normal. The arms are folded up on the midway, and all the seats are separated. This, to me, can only mean one thing: Bumper Cars.
Anyway, it was really cool to see KW beginning it's hibernation, I sure miss that place!

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Monday, October 1, 2001 9:44 PM
Coaster, I don't live in a place where they do that. That's why I didn't know. California seldom sees its rollercoasters of any sort being taken down during the off - season.
Tuesday, October 2, 2001 11:39 AM
SFMM.... California seldom sees an OFF-season
Tuesday, October 2, 2001 4:43 PM
Nah, are you kidding?? KBF has a one day off season! Its incredibly long! :) j/j!

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