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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby simon8899 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:34 am

Right now I cant name a european park I've been were you cant get beer.... :?r

I honestly dont see any reason why there shoudn't be beer available - or even wine - at least in the restaurants or beer gardens.

At carnivals here you can all kinds of alcohol - even liqours and spirits.

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Postby julioot » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:39 am

I don't see a problem with selling beer in amusement parks. For the daddy's it's a day out aswell, not just the children. And every family member should be able to have a good time in the park. If beer helps, than fine. In europe beer is very common in themeparks and as far as I know only occasionaly brings trouble.

But if we are going to allow people taking a drug like alcohol. Why not open a nice little drug area where guest can experiment on taking drugs and doing rides while under the influance :D Here in the Netherlands, this isn't to big of a problem at all. So I would like to see the first themepark coffeeshop.

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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:06 am

Dailey Enterprizes wrote:I did enjoy my 12oz cup of TopHat when I watched Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens Europe last summer. Besides a beer garden at Kennywood sounds perfect and as the article mentioned there is alcohol already being served down the Sandcastle water park. There used to be a bar called the Sandbar, but I'm not sure if it's still there or not.


It is nice that you can drink a "pint" while watching a show set in a pub.

Halloween events are the only times I've noticed any substantial problems with drunks at parks--go figure.
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Postby Myself » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:10 am

Kennywood actually test ran beer sales last year in September with an 'Oktoberfest' setup in the stage area. You had to be 21 to enter the area, you couldn't take beer out of the area, and if I'm not mistaken, they limited the amount of beer a guest could buy. It was handled very well; I noticed no problems (my rides are right across the midway). The article suggests the new beer garden, if introduced, would work the same way. I don't think there should be an issue. The park has thoroughly explained how the system works to all media stations in the area, but local reactions seem to indicate that people don't seem to understand it. Not sure how much the beer cost during the event, to give an idea of the prices this garden would have.

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Postby CorkscrewFoley » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:54 am

CM Punk is not impressed with this announcement... ;) Kidding aside, I think it's a wonderful idea, and if Kennywood is going to limit how many you have, then why the hell not.

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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby eddie200330 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:39 pm

Blue Manta wrote:I'm not from West Mifflin, but I think that this beer thing is not a good idea to have in a family amusement park where children are present...

Kennywood is a park where we Americans have fun, not to get drunk...


Even back in the monorail days to the brewery at BG, where they gave you free beer at the end, it never seemed to create drunks on the loose. As a kid we would tour the brewery, albeit fast, so the elders could get their free booze. After I turned 21 and got to experience it myself, I realized that getting drunk and riding rides was really not a good idea. I don't see a problem with a drink or two during a day as others have stated, it is about families relaxing and enjoying a day out. We drink at home with kids present, but it is done in moderation. I don't think KW would allow people excessive amounts of alcohol to get to a point they were out of control, and if they did, they have the right to eject them from the park. I'll tip my glass to anyone who wants to stop and have a drink during a visit and shoot the breeze for a few minutes!!!!
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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:09 am

I think every park should have a beer garden for adults.

While I have witnessed some folks that have been pretty buzzed at parks, I have never observed anyone get so out of control that they were harassing guests or needed to be escorted out of the park. Most kids (and even some of the adults) were having a chuckle at the drunks expense.

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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby Der Der Dongt » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:30 am

From a German point of few this whole discussion just seems ridiculous! :lmao:

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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:54 am

^ After being at Oktoberfest, I completely agree! =)

Some people act like a few buzzed adults at an amusement/theme park is going to be totally disruptive for the family atmosphere and ruin the entire day. Is there a chance that can happen? Yes, but I would bet that the situations are few and far between.

Now if it were like a Buffalo Bills game where everyone tail-gated and drank for several hours before entering an amusement park & then continued to drink though-out the day, I could see where it might become a problem.

Waldameer is an alcohol free park and when we were there last year for Memorial Day, the amount of obnoxious foul-mouthed teens and line-jumpers were enough for us to make an early exit. I didn't smell alcohol on any of them, but I was ready for a drink before we even left!

I really don't see adding a beer garden as ruining a family environment at any park. If anything it's going to be a cash cow and gain the park higher revenue.

For example: Mom and Dad are sitting in the beer garden enjoying a few cold beers because they don't really like doing rides & coasters. Perhaps they catch a bit of a buzz (they're staying on-site of course, so no D&D) and when the teenage kids come to them looking for money for something to eat or drink, Buzzed Daddy opens his wallet, hands them each a 50 spot and tells them to go out and have a great time!

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Re: Kennywood Discussion Thread

Postby _koppen » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:29 am

Der Der Dongt wrote:From a German point of few this whole discussion just seems ridiculous! :lmao:


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