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

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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

I totally get the maintenance nightmare aspect of many of these rides, but especially with a ride that is so historic and helps you claim to be a national historic landmark, figure something out!  Ask

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Really interested to hear early reports / responses to this coaster. I still don't quite know what to make of the design / layout. I'm hoping to get to this park sometime in the near future as well.

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I'd be curious for the reasoning for the strange cross-tie density changes. Yes I know ride manufacturers space ties based on forces and such (yes, I'm aware that is likely the answer to the question).. But this ride just looks so weird with the larger gaps around support placement and the drastic change in tie density. No other ride manufacture does it so "severely" as this one that I can think of.

 

It makes the ride look more tacky, from strictly a ride design/aesthetic standpoint. I think if this same exact layout was done by any other major manufacturer, it would look far more impressive/sleek. The support structure just reminds me of someone who was bored in No Limits

 

Look forward to riding it, though!

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I'd be curious for the reasoning for the strange cross-tie density changes. Yes I know ride manufacturers space ties based on forces and such (yes, I'm aware that is likely the answer to the question).. But this ride just looks so weird with the larger gaps around support placement and the drastic change in tie density. No other ride manufacture does it so "severely" as this one that I can think of.

 

It makes the ride look more tacky, from strictly a ride design/aesthetic standpoint. I think if this same exact layout was done by any other major manufacturer, it would look far more impressive/sleek. The support structure just reminds me of someone who was bored in No Limits

 

Look forward to riding it, though!

Okay, i am glad im not the only one who thought this I know its done to distribute forces as evenly as possible, but the way the cross-tie spacing is on Steel Curtain is just *weird*. It kinda looks like a poorly made knex coaster (what? this isnt the first time an S&S coaster has a similar appearance to a knex coaster)

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I assume that there is no official opening date set, correct?

 

Just curious as I might be in the area around the 5th and 6th.

 

Kennywood announced July 13.

 

Thanks!

 

Guess we'll miss it, but that's okay. Kennywood is awesome no matter what!

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I’m planning a trip to Kennywood on a weekday in late July or August after Steel Curtain opens up. As far as the rest of the park, what route should I take to try and ride as many thrill rides and coasters as possible in case I can’t be there for a full day, and how long should wait times be? Also, what is the cost for parking and is there any good food recommended?

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I’m planning a trip to Kennywood on a weekday in late July or August after Steel Curtain opens up. As far as the rest of the park, what route should I take to try and ride as many thrill rides and coasters as possible in case I can’t be there for a full day, and how long should wait times be? Also, what is the cost for parking and is there any good food recommended?

 

The park opens at 10:30 but rides open at 11am. So it allows time to enter a get in line. My route is usually Phantom, Black Widow, Exterminator, Swingshot, Thunderbolt, Aero 360, Racer, Jack Rabbit, Skyrocket. Might jump on other flats depending on time and crowds.

 

Obviously Steel Curtain will be the big draw so that'll likely be the first place most people queue once it's open.

 

As far as food, plenty to choose from but nothing that I'd consider a must have.

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go to Exterminator 1st (indoor spinning mouse).

 

it will get a line quickly, and never get any shorter, so knock that out 1st thing, unless you want to stand in a long ass line.

 

BTW, hearing reports both Black Widow & Skyrocket have been down this season, and are not open.

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Those Zamperla pendulums are not having a good year. SFGADV's is down for the 2nd long period of time this season, Black Widow is down, Crazanity has had bad issues too.

 

We knew this from the HUSS models but the motors required to power these massive swings appear to be a nightmare for maintenance. I'm assuming that's why KD's never gets closed to a full swing height anymore and basically runs half a cycle.

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I had a few more questions.

 

1) How much does Kennywood charge for parking?

2) Is the chair lift that transports people from the parking lot still running?

3) Are there any water attractions worth riding?

4) Does Kennywood offer skip the line passes for major attractions?

5) What food are they known for?

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1) There is a preferred parking section for $7 and there is also tons of free parking if you don't mind what's a very short walk / escalator ride compared to the amount of walking around the park you'll do in a day anyways.

 

2) The chair lift operates on very busy days when the third level parking lot is getting high use, which isn't very often. However, I expect that once Steel Curtain opens it will happen a lot more often. I love the view from that ride!!

 

3) We still have our rapids ride, minus the big waterfall... but I still think it's quite enjoyable and personally am actually more likely to ride it now that there's no possibility of 1,000 gallons of water dumping directly on my head, lol. We also have Pittsburg Plunge which is your standard, no frills, Shoot the Chute ride.

 

4) Yes... see here: https://www.kennywood.com/VIPCoasterTours. Also, Phantom's Revenge is in fact unlimited on the unlimited pass, despite what it says there. And I've heard Steel Curtain should be getting added at some point (they did build a dedicated VIP queue line for it).

 

5) Potato Patch fries, of course!

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To add to PennStaters response, there are times when the top lot is open and the ski lift is not running. If it's busy enough I've seen the park run shuttle service down to the entrance.

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Can you buy multiple $7 vip line passes? I might not have a ton of time and paying $7 a few times to skip ahead might be helpful.

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Can you buy multiple $7 vip line passes? I might not have a ton of time and paying $7 a few times to skip ahead might be helpful.

 

 

Unless I am reading it wrong the $7.00 single ride pass is only good on Black Widow, Sky Rocket, and Thunderbolt. And the website lists two of those as closed.

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