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P. 157: Kangaroo returning for the 2022 season!

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So I guess I was kinda right...(still sorry about that...😬)...there really are big changes coming to Kennywood next year!

Park's website page with more info: https://www.kennywood.com/content/knw/en/discover-the-park/plan-your-visit/experiences/what-s-new.html

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(Photos courtesy of Reddit, because that was the easiest place to get them)

Looks like they are really committed to rejuvenating the park, and honoring the park's history! Seems like a step in the right direction to me!

They say that more will be announced in the coming months, so looks like the 125th at Kennywood is gonna be a big one!

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Great footage! Such a great ride. Stoked for the new purple paint (because the world needs more purple coasters) and can't wait to ride this again!

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The park is looking fantastic this year.  Looking forward to seeing feedback from TPR members who make it to the park this season!

Things are looking UP for 2023 as well…😜

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Went to the park last week.  Unfortunately, too fat for Steel curtain.  Couldn't get a green light on the test seats.  Are the seats tighter than most or am I really that fat lol.

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I've been waiting to go to this place until they actually had all of their coasters open at the same time so long-story-short I've been waiting for like 3 years.

I understand that they're Parques Reunidos so there's a 75% chance they'll break one by then and not fix it until Summer 2023, but we're planning on heading out there in two weeks otherwise. Has everything seriously been running aside from the frisbee? That doesn't seem possible.

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On 6/7/2022 at 11:41 AM, coasterbill said:

I've been waiting to go to this place until they actually had all of their coasters open at the same time so long-story-short I've been waiting for like 3 years.

I understand that they're Parques Reunidos so there's a 75% chance they'll break one by then and not fix it until Summer 2023, but we're planning on heading out there in two weeks otherwise. Has everything seriously been running aside from the frisbee? That doesn't seem possible.

FYI - CoasterCon will be there June 23 & 24

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Making my first ever visit here unfortunately Saturday June 25th on my way back to Richmond from Cedar Point.  How is this park on Saturdays?  Is it manageable?  I plan to go open to close that day.  Thanks for any notes on KW!

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I don't see the park being an open to close park, even if it's busy.  The park is kinda small (barely 80 acres, no telling how much is actual park as most of the coasters sit on the perimeter) with 7 coasters.  I would suggest doing steel curtain first, as it seems to send a train every 10 mins.

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For anyone thinking about a trip to Kennywood this week/end:

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The entire area is closed off today. Major bummer. 

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We ended up putting that trip I just posted about off by a few weeks so we could be home for Father's day. Joke's on me... Thunderbolt and Steel Curtain are down now.

I'll try to finally go here in another 5 years when they manage to have all of their coasters open at the same time for like 3 days before they break another one for a year.

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On 6/29/2022 at 2:08 PM, coasterbill said:

We ended up putting that trip I just posted about off by a few weeks so we could be home for Father's day. Joke's on me... Thunderbolt and Steel Curtain are down now.

I'll try to finally go here in another 5 years when they manage to have all of their coasters open at the same time for like 3 days before they break another one for a year.

Seriously. The last time I was here was 5 years ago and I skipped Exterminator and a bunch of the classic flat rides, partially due to time constraints and partially due to nonoperation. The Iron Curtain wasn't at the park then, so I was hoping to be able to stop in here on my way further west and grab those missing credits. We'll see if Exterminator is running. I arrived at around 1:30 and have only gotten on Old Mill (better than Garfield but disappointing) and Racer. About halfway through the line for Jack Rabbit as I type this. 

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Edit: Oh, and Sky Rocket was down when I came in too, and probably still is because Kennywood.  It opened later.

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On 6/7/2022 at 9:44 AM, CenturyFlyer said:

Black Widow is closed again, likely for the long haul

Running as of today at least.

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We were there 6/23 & 6/24 for CoasterCon; Thunderbolt was never open, apparently went down right before we got there, although we did see multiple people working on the track in what I assume was a frantic effort to see if it could be operational but to no avail. Steel Curtain was open on one train ops during the day on 6/23 and for that night's ert and the next morning's ert. Right as ert ended and the park opened on 6/24 it went down, they closed the area, and announced it would be down for the rest of the weekend. Sorry. We really didn't mean to break it. 😐

All the other coasters and the old, unique flats were open. We'd never been here before. How weird is Kangaroo?

BUT serious shout out to the park's culinary team. We had two dinners there, the first night they served legit filets and the second night prime rib.....both cooked to perfection. That was for 859 people. Outside. Buffet style. Amazing. And they gave us a DJ both nights which turned the dinner breaks into much more of a party than those types of events usually are.

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So Kennywood has removed the notice from the Rides page on the website about Steel Curtain...can anyone local confirm that it's running?  I could always detour there on my way to Cedar Point in two weeks (if they manage to not break it again by then LOL).

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On 6/9/2022 at 8:19 PM, coasterbill said:

I wouldn’t be caught dead on Lil Phantom so that’s fine 😂 

That's because you're normal. I will ride kiddie coasters soon... but because I have a daughter who won't be able to ride alone. I figured out quickly that it used to feel weird being an adult and riding a kiddie coaster just for an imaginary "credit," because it actually was weird.

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4 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

So Kennywood has removed the notice from the Rides page on the website about Steel Curtain...can anyone local confirm that it's running?  I could always detour there on my way to Cedar Point in two weeks (if they manage to not break it again by then LOL).

Up and running today. Don't hesitate to use their new flash pass website to check rides. FWIW, instant rides for SC today were $29.99.

 

 

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On 7/15/2022 at 4:26 PM, AmyUD06 said:

So Kennywood has removed the notice from the Rides page on the website about Steel Curtain...can anyone local confirm that it's running?  I could always detour there on my way to Cedar Point in two weeks (if they manage to not break it again by then LOL).

Curtain resumed operation on the 14th.  The park has been running 1 or 2 train ops depending on the crowd & wait times.  I would expect it to be open open for the remainder of the regular season.  But given the rides track record, it’s reasonable to skeptical.  

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