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P. 150: Kangaroo, Paratrooper, Bayern Kurve and Volcano being retired

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Definitely worth it, I just can't swing it right now. $500 car insurance deductible just ripped through most of my disposable income for this trip. Real life sucks.

F'n Staten Island drivers!

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This has been standard operating procedure for years. It's not like if they recover costs they'll stop doing every possible thing to run their parks as poorly as possible and remove as many rides / be

Bayern Kurve is indeed my favorite flat ride... so naturally was disturbed about Kennywood's actions. It has come full circle since I "lost" my Kurves at Cedar Point, Kings Island, Geauga Lake, Canada

oh look. . I got a survey from Kennywood asking me what type of "events" I'd prefer they do to get me coming to the park most often. luckily, there's a space on the last page to give some feedbac

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Just got back from the park tonight, and I have to say that I haven't had so much fun in years. I gave my niece her first Racer, Jack Rabbit, & Log Jammer rides, and she loved them all. Although not quite tall enough for the other coasters, she's totally game & now her stated #1 goal is to grow before next year. She's hooked.

 

There were just a few slow operations here and there, but there were also plenty of employees hustling and being accommodating on a busy day. The park looked lush with flowers and landscaping, and I noticed lots of music, live show performances, and even a magician around the park. There were marching band parades and fireworks at night, as well. The whole place felt alive. What's more, the rides were running superbly. Phantom's Revenge is still a Top 10 steel coaster in my humble opinion (airtime out the wazoo), Sky Rocket was a lot of fun, and all of the woodies were very smooth. Whatever it is that Kennywood has learned about wooden coaster maintenance & applied over the years, other parks should be taking notes!

 

When in Kennywood...eat food! The Potato Patch fries w/ cheese on the side were awesome. I enjoy them soggy and crispy, and I had a good mix of both in my order. Some people don't like the soggy fries, but I find that I'm served this style more and more at restaurants. Potato Patch fries are also similar to the "almost famous" ones served at Pittsburgh's Primanti Bros restaurants. I also had a pretty good funnel cake, dip cone ice cream that was amazing (seriously, go for this ice cream over the others in the park -- it's near the Auto Race), tasty popcorn, and the classic pillow-poof of cotton candy. The $9.99 souvenir cup + refills was a better value than Cedar Point's souvenir offer, and I had plenty of refills that made it worth it.

 

It was a really magical visit. Five or six years ago, I was worried that the magic was starting to slip: paint was chipping all over the place, ops could be painfully slow, I'd see a lot of rowdy teens and fewer families in general (maybe a subjective thing, I know), the wooden coasters were becoming a bit rough, and I feared that a disappointing run-down quality was creeping in across the park. I'm glad to say that my full faith has been restored. The park felt healthy and vibrant, and this trip reminded me that Kennywood is still one great amusement park.

 

My biggest Kennywood takeaway still holds true: If you can spare the time, don't fall into a "bang out the credits and hit the road" mindset. Like Knoebels & Waldameer, stick around and really make a day of it, see the lights come on at night, eat slowly, go on the dark rides, water rides, and flat rides, blow $2 on a game and then try again, buy big blocks of fudge before you head for the exit, and just really relax in between the coasters.

 

I couldn't have asked for a better day!

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When in Kennywood...eat food! The Potato Patch fries w/ cheese on the side were awesome. I enjoy them soggy and crispy, and I had a good mix of both in my order. Some people don't like the soggy fries, but I find that I'm served this style more and more at restaurants. Potato Patch fries are also similar to the "almost famous" ones served at Pittsburgh's Primanti Bros restaurants. I also had a pretty good funnel cake, dip cone ice cream that was amazing (seriously, go for this ice cream over the others in the park -- it's near the Auto Race), tasty popcorn, and the classic pillow-poof of cotton candy. The $9.99 souvenir cup + refills was a better value than Cedar Point's souvenir offer, and I had plenty of refills that made it worth it.

Just reading this put me into a diabetic coma. Sounds like you had a good time, though. I can't wait to visit this park, hopefully next year.

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When in Kennywood...eat food! The Potato Patch fries w/ cheese on the side were awesome. I enjoy them soggy and crispy, and I had a good mix of both in my order. Some people don't like the soggy fries, but I find that I'm served this style more and more at restaurants. Potato Patch fries are also similar to the "almost famous" ones served at Pittsburgh's Primanti Bros restaurants. I also had a pretty good funnel cake, dip cone ice cream that was amazing (seriously, go for this ice cream over the others in the park -- it's near the Auto Race), tasty popcorn, and the classic pillow-poof of cotton candy. The $9.99 souvenir cup + refills was a better value than Cedar Point's souvenir offer, and I had plenty of refills that made it worth it.

Just reading this put me into a diabetic coma. Sounds like you had a good time, though. I can't wait to visit this park, hopefully next year.

 

Lol, thanks Zach. There was lots of sharing to go around with the food, so I didn't totally eat everything myself. Still, amusement parks are places where I don't mind bending the diet a bit. I think you'll have a great time when you visit; the park's in great shape.

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This new RMC is totally going to be better than Steel Vengeance. The dive loop and wave turn look amazing.

 

I'm not sure where you're getting that from. It has never been stated what the manufacturer is, or what the layout will be.

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Is it just me or does $85 seem totally worth it for no waits on their coasters? I've paid $120 at Cedar Point just to be merged into a 20-30 minute wait...

 

We payed $240 to wait 30 mins instead of an hour on TTD. worth it, but holy crap!

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This new RMC is totally going to be better than Steel Vengeance. The dive loop and wave turn look amazing.

 

I'm not sure where you're getting that from. It has never been stated what the manufacturer is, or what the layout will be.

 

That was sarcasm. Although, the RMC, dive loop and wave turn have all been mentioned on this thread by over-analyzers.

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Regardless of manufacturer rumors or timelines, I found this cool video from a few years ago that tours the area of the proposed coaster and heads inside the former railroad building that's now used for park storage. To appreciate the topography differential, you can see a bit of Racer high up on the hill. I think there's awesome potential for another big terrain drop and totally unique coaster if the park eventually builds one back there.

 

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If I'm not mistaken. I read somewhere that they couldn't get approval from City Council due to enviromental issues and have to go through a redesign before permits will be issued. Sounds plausible since they have been turned down more than once when they proposed a coaster over Kennywood Blvd.

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Kennywood is removing the Log Jammer at the end of this season.

 

https://www.kennywood.com/kennywood-log-jammer-retires

 

Kennywood's Log Jammer To Take Final Drops

Log flume ride to be retired at end of 2017 Summer Season to make room for future

 

WEST MIFFLIN--As Kennywood's 2017 Summer Season winds down and we look ahead to 2018, we've come to a very hard decision: the Log Jammer will retire at the end of this season.

To celebrate 42 years of our favorite logs, Kennywood invites friends, families and Pittsburgh visitors to enjoy one last ride down the 53-foot drop chute before the summer season comes to an end on September 17.

 

While we know that the Log Jammer is a beloved ride for many of our guests and has been for us as well, we're looking forward to exploring exciting new developments in that corner of the park in future seas

 

"It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests," says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. "While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests' experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites."

 

The Log Jammer debuted at Kennywood in 1975 as the park's first million-dollar attraction. The site of the Jammer was previously home to attractions including the Kangaroo, Loop-O-Plane, Bayern Kurve, a Ferris Wheel, and, from 1930 until 1974, a pony track.

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Always sad to see a log flume go, especially this one. It's been on my bucket list since I heard about that upwards drop portion... oh well.

 

Also, poor coasterbill. He's probably gonna be in tears when he sees this.

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It's a shame it's such short notice. I've always wanted to ride that one. Obviously I hate the move, though it does sort of make those RMC rumors seem a little more plausible. I hate to see it come at the expense of a classic log flume though.

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He's probably gonna be in tears when he sees this.

 

Eh, I'll live. It sucks though. I know log flumes are ridiculously labor and maintenance intensive but they're also tremendously popular attractions. I wish parks would remove their sh*tty splash boat and rapids rides instead that nobody rides if it's under 80 degrees.

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My favorite Log Flume ever. How much longer will these things still be around? Can't see Morey's getting rid of theirs but you never know... and BGW just rehabbed theirs.

 

Moreys rehabbed theirs just a few years ago.

 

 

As iconic as it is for Wildwood, I think they'll keep it around for quite a while.

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My favorite Log Flume ever. How much longer will these things still be around?

 

There will always be log flumes. Pay-per-ride parks are probably more likely to keep them because their overwhelming popularity more than covers the maintenance costs but a lot of pay-one-price parks know they can get away with removing them without seeing a drop in attendance. They're generally rides that don't draw gate, but once people are in the park and it gets hot they flock to them in droves.

 

It's always sad to see one go, but I wouldn't worry about Log Flumes ever going away entirely.

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