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Discussion in 'Other U.S. Theme Parks' started by Mad Dog, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Mad Dog

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    Have you heard why it took so long for Premier to deliver on that motor? Fourteen months was kind of ridiculous. ....Glad it's back up. For a small footprint coaster, it's a lot of fun.
     
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    ThillGeek will be running my review soon but I'm posting it here for now, I'll link to it when it's up.

     
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    Excellent review.....:thumbsup:....Yes, the link with the Steelers is crucial. Most of the people I've talked to about this are actually even more excited for the Steeler Experience aspects/restaurant than the coaster itself, which tells you a lot about how the Steelers dominate Pittsburgh life and discussions. Kennywood is really just a fairly small local Pittsburgh park that has a nice assortment of classic attractions.. It's hard to get to (though an Expressway coming through in about 10 years will change that dramatically), and it's closely surrounded by the giant regional parks Cedar Point, King's Island & Hershey Park, all within a 4 hour drive, so it's basically cut off from drawing attendance from anywhere outside the Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Morgantown areas. But Kennywood does have a place in the heart of many old time coaster enthusiasts, so it does draw constant attendance and attention from those folks. So far the reviews for the Steel Curtain seem to be very positive.I don't really care much for the aesthetic look of the coaster, and the fact it's really ruined the look of the more than century old classic lagoon, but it will revitalize that corner of the park that had basically become a dead end in recent years.
     
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    I'd guess it wasn't Premier but Kennywood that had the issue.
     
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    I really don't know the specifics, that's why I asked. Last year the local media reported in September that a motor failed in May 2018 and as of September Premier still hadn't delivered a replacement. I don't know if that had continued up to this past week, or a new issue had arisen.
     
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    Theme Park World Wide went to Kennywood in June. That Brett dude looks like me back when I was in college...
     
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    Takes me about 5 minutes to get used to the UK accent, then I'm OK. Nice video. They really seemed to enjoy the park and rides. Hopefully they get back next year to ride the Steel Curtain and once again operating Sky Rocket. UK Trigg, when he stayed with us last year, really liked Kennywood also.... They mentioned the Kennywood arrow a lot in their video, but I don't think many outside our area understand what that's about. Here's the story behind that logo...Before 1970, Kennywood was probably the largest ride park in this area of the country, plus they had a good number of highly rated coasters for that time period before coasters were a thing. Before the late 60's, Cedar Point was a small amusement park with no coasters. King's Island was just a thought. Hershey Park was real small with one coaster. BGW didn't exist yet. So Kennywood was more of a destination park then. Now it's just a locals park since it's surrounded by those giant Regional parks. Kennywood is hard to get to since it's not located near any major highways. It's in an old mill town just outside the Pittsburgh city limits. So, throughout the states of Pa., Ohio and West Virginia, Kennywood had posted a zillion small arrow signs (Kennywood - Arrow) pointing to the direction Kennywood was in. Back then they got a good chunk of guests from outside the Pittsburgh metro area.
     
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    Kennywood's new coaster, Steel Curtain, closed this weekend for maintenance. Hagrid's not the only new attraction that has the typical opening month jitters in this day of maybe too high tech rides.
     
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    Update on Steel Curtain..........We stopped at the park Saturday evening at 5:30 PM. Great weather 80 degrees and sunny. Super packed for the Fall Festival Parade that they run during August. We had to drive around the parking lot twice to find a space. Fortunately a few people left early. The Fall Festival Parade is a long time event that's a great marketing ploy. They invited about 15 high school bands for that weekend day's parade, and of course, the relatives come to the park to see the kids march. August is almost always densely crowded in the park if it doesn't rain ( In Pittsburgh just about everyone leaves the park if a big storm comes in :ugh:). Fortunately we just stopped by to eat, watch the parade, and people watch. Ride lines were real long. The Steel Curtain Coaster is back up after being down for maintenance earlier in the week. The line at 6:00 PM was right at the 2 hour line. We checked again at 8:00 PM, after the parade, and it was just a few minutes shy of the 2 hour mark in the queue. They were constantly running two trains. They've done a nice job of landscaping around the queue area, and the Pittsburgh Steeler store is now open in the new Steeler Experience area, at the ride's exit. It's a very large store with as much Steeler merchandise as you would see at Heinz Field. There's also Steel Curtain Coaster themed shirts and merchandise. The indoor football physical games area isn't completed yet, and the sit down Steeler themed restaurant looks far from completion. With all the large old trees removed from that area, the Racer Coaster (1927) stands out really fine in it's ancient glory. Kind of fun to watch it now, since all but the front used to be hidden away in the wooded area next to the now removed Log Jammer ride. I haven't rode the Steel Curtain coaster yet since I don't ever wait in lines that long, for anything. The other coasters in the park all had lines that appeared to be 60 minutes plus, and they were all running their full contingent of coaster trains. The Racer's line was so long that it extended to the entrance of the Steel Curtain queue, which I've never ever seen it that long. Jack Rabbit's line stretched all the way to the Racer Coaster's queue. So not a great day if you wanted to ride a lot and didn't spring for a VIP coaster pass. But we're over 55 Season Pass Holders (only $59), so if we plan on riding we go on quieter days. We're only apx. 7 miles away from the park so it's easy to pop over. And it was nice to see the Sky Rocket running again. It's a really fun launch coaster that was down for 14 months. Everything was running except the Spider Ride that's been broke since shortly after it opened. Crowd was so large that the Ribs BBQ area (which is the only area of the park that serves beer & alcohol) ran out of almost all of their food selections by the time we stopped by at 6:30 PM. Interesting side note for all of you Wizard of Oz land fans. The Fall Festival Parade is themed to the Wizard of Oz. The floats carry all the characters that are dressed in the same attire as the Garland movie. I didn't get an exact count, but there seemed to be about 10-12 floats. It's a very long parade. And, like always, the last float has Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus in a sleigh driven by Santa's reindeer.
     
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    Stopped at the park yesterday (Saturday) for a few hours. Steel Curtain was running well with two trains. Standby times steady at apx. 2 hours. Steeler Experience games and restaurant not finished yet, though. On a comfortable sunny day, with no significant promotions or company picnics, the park was jammed again. Parking lots 100% full, with dozens of cars cruising looking for a parking spot to open. Long lines on every attraction....Games Pavilion and Raft ride closed since they'll be converting them into mazes for the Halloween horror nights season.....Tried a 'strawberry' Dole Whip for a change of pace, and it was real tasty. Rides looked fully staffed, which is usually a rarity for August, since the college kids are already back in school.
     
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    Just got back from the park. We were going to go at opening, but it was raining a bit, so we waited until noon when the rain stopped. Arrived and the parking lot was about half full, so we immediately rode Sky Rocket Coaster since that line is usually long. Then we walked down to Steel Curtain, but the line was already 90 minutes. BUT, to our surprise, they just grand opened the new End Zone Cafe in the Steeler Experience. That was a surprise since last week it looked far from opening. We were really impressed. Outside they had a huge mural backdrop of the area around Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, kind of like the SF one that was in Streets of America. In front of it was outside piazza seating for apx. 120 with tables shaded by massive colored umbrellas. The inside of the Cafe looked like the stadium areas. Air conditioned with seating for about 150 with tons of room between tables. They could easily fit 250 in if they added more tables. The area is flanked by 8 large TV's showing the last exhibition game, last year's games, games from their Championship years, and today's sporting events. Hell, you could spend hours here just watching those great games of past Championship years. The menu is impressive and quite large for a quick ser vice restaurant. There are 20 food choices on the menu, includes, specialty burgers, wings, perogies, Sloppy Joes, Nacho plates, hot dogs, salads, zucchini plates. We ordered the Firestriker chili/cheese hot dog and the Hickory Sloppy Joe. Both were very good. The service is similar to Leaky Cauldron, You order, are given a numbered stand, and an attendant delivers the food. The food is served on metal plates. Everything in the restaurant is themed to football and the Steelers. The food service workers are dressed in referee uniforms. Service was fast & friendly. They even had attendants to open the doors for you when you entered and exited the restaurant. This is a great addition to the park and looks as good as most of the quick service restaurants at Disney and Universal. When we left there were a lot of people arriving, the weather had turned sunny, and the parking lot was three quarters full at 5:00. Great day at the park. We rode a lot. And, thanks to the reactions from the Brits in the video from earlier this Summer saying how much fun they had riding the Whip, we rode it for the first time since our youth. Damn, they were right. That ride is so much pure fun. Now it's on our must do list for every trip. Just an old time ride, but it delivers fun, big time.
     
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    I had to go and see what the Whip was. What an old fashioned attraction and yet I can see how the anticipation for the end curves would be fun.

     
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    Pure fun, especially if you raise your arms. And the turns play faster in real terms than the video looks. If you ever get to watch the above video that the Brits made, they said they had more fun on that then just about any ride anywhere. And, they were absolutely right....Thw Whip used to be in a huge building where they just moved the new coaster. But when they put the addition expansion Lost Kennywood in, they moved it there and had a makeshift roof built over it. But, a few years ago, tragedy came. In a thunderstorm, guests clamored under the roof to be protected from the rain. But a huge microburst hit, tore off the roof, did lots of damage to the neighborhood too, and killed and injured a number of people that were under the roof. They never replaced the roof out of respect for the victims.
     
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    I wish Disney would just build a cheap ass whip sometimes and slap a toy story sticker on it if they feel the need.
     
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    Although I've never been on this ride or even to this park, it sounds like it offers the same "whipping" action similar to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree at DCA, which from what I understand, is a clone of Alien Swirling Saucers at DHS.
     
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    ^Yes, both Mater's and Swirling Saucers are meant to be modern interpretations of the Whip.
     
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    The whip is better.
     
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    No argument here, can't mess with 100+ years of a classic.
     
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    Yeah. Seems faster and a more thrilling whip action. Plus it's two to three times longer....Can't believe i haven't rode this for more than 30 years up until yesterday. Sometimes the best stuff is right in front of you, but you don't know it. One cool thing about Kennywood is that it has many old time classic attractions that don't exist anywhere else ie. Racer autos on a boxed wooden track., Noah's Ark. , Turtle ?, Old Mill rethemed to Garfield, classic Merry Go Round one of a kind style, 2 wooden coasters dating back to 1927, one wooden coaster almost as old though realigned a bit and renamed.
     
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    The Old Mill needs a retheme. Either go back to "The Old Mill" or even Trip Around The World or Hard Headed Harold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway.
     
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