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P. 157: Kangaroo returning for the 2022 season!

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That's great to hear.  I actually skipped it last year because the line was so slow.  Already had the credit and they were sending the 1 train every 5-10 min it seemed.  Got 5 or 6 more rides on Phantom in the time I would have waited on Sky Rocket.  

 

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3 hours ago, bert425 said:

Skyrocket has been running 1 train?

really. . damn that would be a hella slow moving line with only 12 seats per cycle.
 

On 9/13/2020 at 10:23 PM, MartinU said:

 

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I was perplexed why this major coaster, currently the only looping one running, was only running one train! And then I got to the station and saw it was not even fully assembled. With one train of 8 people, and a dispatch every 3 minutes that comes to about 160 PPH. I'm glad we caught this right after a break down, and only waiting maybe 15 minutes. Fun ride, but this would have been painfully slow to wait for this one.

 

Here is a photo I took in September 2020. The second train was largely stripped and just sitting there. It was a slow line, so we only caught it at the end of the day. 

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21 minutes ago, grsupercity said:

Is Steel Curtain running yet? Crazy to think with a whole year off its still having issues

It wasn’t closed because of issues.  It was a combination of COVID and improvements/modifications that they decided to do to the trains.  It would have been open to the public this past weekend had it not been for unexpected weather. 

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Steel Curtain is expected to open this Friday (possibly with single train operations) if anyone is planning a trip. 

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Thank god! If Steel Curtain wasn't open by 6/3 I was gunna just skip here and head onto CP lol 

I hope by then they have two trains running...but I'm also hoping that an early June thursday will be dead anyway. 

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5 minutes ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Glad to see Steel Curtain open again!

Any idea what's wrong with Black Widow?  I think that ride has been closed for longer than Steel Curtain at this point.

Widow is waiting for repair but is expected to be ready in the upcoming weeks.  
 

Steel Curtain will likely be single train ops all season. 

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2 hours ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Looks like Phantom's Revenge is now on the temporarily closed list.  This park can't catch a break with signature rides being closed.

Hopefully this is back open by the first weekend in June. Making my first visit to Kennywood and frankly riding Phantom's is higher on my bucket list than Steel Curtain. 

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4 hours ago, clem2754 said:

Hopefully this is back open by the first weekend in June. Making my first visit to Kennywood and frankly riding Phantom's is higher on my bucket list than Steel Curtain. 

Same here. We’re going the second week in June and I’m hoping the park gets their maintenance act together before then… They still haven’t posted their VIP tour options either despite having several weekends of operation behind them now.

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13 hours ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Looks like Phantom's Revenge is now on the temporarily closed list.  This park can't catch a break with signature rides being closed.

Yikes...hope its up by June 3 :( 

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^ I'll be there the day prior.  I really hope Phantom is open (and I'm cautiously optimistic since it did test over the weekend), but with Kennywood I can never be too sure.

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Hoping for ya! I'm just stopping on my way to CP, goal was to knock out Steel Curtain, Exterminator and Skyrocket as I missed those/werent open, few rides on Phantom's and jet out of there. 

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On 5/24/2021 at 10:54 PM, Canobie Coaster said:

Looks like Phantom's Revenge is now on the temporarily closed list.  This park can't catch a break with signature rides being closed.

I'm planning on heading there the 2nd week of June and honestly if Phantom's is still closed I just won't go.  That's the main attraction for me and with all the other negative things I've heard about the park this year I just don't think I would have a great time.

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13 hours ago, VaCoasters said:

I'm planning on heading there the 2nd week of June and honestly if Phantom's is still closed I just won't go.  That's the main attraction for me and with all the other negative things I've heard about the park this year I just don't think I would have a great time.

That was perhaps my biggest let down. Perhaps things used to be different, but I always heard such wonderful things about this park and it was pretty cruddy, this was 2018 and I was already hearing things on here, and from a local, that didn't exactly instill confidence. It also reinforced my theory perhaps we fetishize small parks too much, bc some of the things that happened which got dismissed as "eh thats just Kennywood time" we'd be raging at and find totally unacceptable at Six Flags/Cedar Fair. Esp after going to places like Lagoon which were run far better I was like nah you dont get a pass lol But new cred...so alas I am going. The enthusiast curse XD

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Palace didn’t do the best job with the park from 08-18.  But have since hired new Corp leadership and a new GM.  Starting to see some positive improvements this year but it’ll take time. 

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While not on the Elitch Gardens level of suck, Kennywood was a letdown for me in 2018, as well. Phantom was awesome, Bayern Kurve (RIP) was a lot of fun, Exterminator had us laughing the whole time, and Jackrabbit was definitely a sleeper hit for me, but.... operations were painfully slow; Sky Rocket was closed; the grumpy-looking ride ops pushing a button that played a recorded, cheerful, "All clear!" was simultaneously depressing and comical; and we only got one ride on Phantom because it kept going down throughout the day. But we had also just come from Cedar Point - which was a stark contrast to Kennywood. I think we might have enjoyed Kennywood more, had we gone there first.

All that being said, I would go again if I happen to be in the area - mainly for more Phantom and Jack Rabbit rides, and to ride Sky Rocket and Steel Curtain.

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6 minutes ago, KPfan said:

Palace didn’t do the best job with the park from 08-18.  But have since hired new Corp leadership and a new GM.  Starting to see some positive improvements this year but it’ll take time. 

Ah good to know! That said I wish they would just open the rides with gate opening lol 

Edit: Same Joel, ops were so slow I actually missed Jack Rabbit and Racer by choice. I was in a bad mood and given how slow lines were and the length when I went... would've been brutal. I can't fault them for Skyrocket being down and I knew it would be but also Exterminator went down though I heard rumblings it was bc lack of staff....which I could see bc this one ride had like maintenance/non ride ops doing it. Not kidding. They were clearly not ride ops and had no idea what they were doing. Sad to say but I only did Phantom's and Thunderbolt and left. I was also on my way back from CP, this year I'm stopping before (and on a weekday) so I'm hoping it's better.

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Hated my first visit in 2019.  Too many people.  Hot.  They closed on a Saturday in early August at 2pm because of a 30 minute thunderstorm.  Only had a couple hours the second day.

Really loved the place in 2020 with a smaller crowd. 

Regional parks can be tough because they don't have as much to offer.  And if one or two goes down, or lines are terrible, any out of town folks or one-off people are going to be disappointed.  I hope this place does get better.  Phantom and the wood coasters are so good.  Steel Curtain is fun.

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I don't mind the delayed ride openings since Kennywood is up front about it.  A lot of parks let you in the park before the official park opening and then have you wait for rope drop.  From experience, Kennywood doesn't seem to let you in until the official opening, so it ends up feeling similar to me.

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