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

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Hate to ask a "crowd" question - but I have a work trip to Pittsburgh this weekend and thought about checking out Kennywood on Friday night.

 

How are the crowds and are the ride lines manageable? I am not really interested in their haunt attractions - but wouldn't mind checking them out as time allows. I haven't been to Kennywood since around 2007 - so a few new things to check out in addition to getting on PR again!

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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

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

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Does the word "confirmed" have a completely different definition in the world of coaster enthusiasts? For some reason, it seems like whenever it gets used on message boards and Facebook groups and Instagram, what it really means is "I saw this posted somewhere else online so it must be true".

Lol, yeah, that's basically how it's used. For me, something is confirmed when someone in management at a park or manufacturer says something in an official capacity (press release, official Twitter, website banner, etc.). I've had it happen to me several times when discussing things that are not confirmed, and I point out that it's not confirmed, only to be told "Of course it is, look at this website." Leaves me thinking "who the hell is that guy to be able to confirm anything?" But logic is a scarce resource these days.

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Hate to ask a "crowd" question - but I have a work trip to Pittsburgh this weekend and thought about checking out Kennywood on Friday night.

 

How are the crowds and are the ride lines manageable? I am not really interested in their haunt attractions - but wouldn't mind checking them out as time allows. I haven't been to Kennywood since around 2007 - so a few new things to check out in addition to getting on PR again!

 

I went last Saturday and the only headache line was the Phantom for the first two hours -- one train operation, and SkyRocket was down. I waited about 90 min for the back, which had a comparable line to all other rows except for the even-longer front. Once the second train came on and SkyRocket started back up, it was about 20 minutes for most rows, 30 for the front.

 

Everything else in the park, haunts included, looked like a manageable 10-30 min. There's an up-charge VIP Coaster Tour if things look unbearable for some reason, but that's probably not going to be the case.

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I'm glad everyone enjoyed the Fright Night pics! A few days out, and I'm still thinking about how I had a blast. October weather conditions can be unpredictable, but they certainly make for some memorable, unique rides when the recipe in the air is just right.

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Friday nights are usually the less crowded of the two nights (but can still be rather busy some weeks) due to it being football night for most area teams and lots of college kids driving back from school. Saturdays can get packed to capacity. As mentioned above, there are V.I.P Tour options for the rides and R.I.P. Tour options for the haunts as well if deemed necessary.

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I wish this thread could always be this active. If anybody is going this weekend I'd love to see some pics from a "normal" haunt night.

I'm so jealous of those rides on Phantom in the fog!

 

This park just doesn't get the love it deserves. I guarantee this... once and RMC gets announced. This page will blow up. Dollywood Thread has gone from 620 pages to 1240 pages since LR was announced.

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I made a 3d overlay with the elevation data, so you can see the terrain height along the track layout.

and a version with orthographic projection: http://i.imgur.com/wg25adG.png

 

I still have no idea what's up with that mouse turn. I'm thinking it's between a brake run and a lift hill, though. It looks like this ride could just drop right from station height, like Thunderbolt and Jack Rabbit do, or it could have a small lift hill. The elevation change going into that ravine is about 30 m (100 ft).

 

Does anybody have any idea what could possibly be going on with this layout yet? I'm still really confused by that sharp turn area.

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I made a 3d overlay with the elevation data, so you can see the terrain height along the track layout.

and a version with orthographic projection: http://i.imgur.com/wg25adG.png

 

I still have no idea what's up with that mouse turn. I'm thinking it's between a brake run and a lift hill, though. It looks like this ride could just drop right from station height, like Thunderbolt and Jack Rabbit do, or it could have a small lift hill. The elevation change going into that ravine is about 30 m (100 ft).

 

Does anybody have any idea what could possibly be going on with this layout yet? I'm still really confused by that sharp turn area.

 

I keep thinking it could be some sort of Dive Loop turn around element.

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This park just doesn't get the love it deserves. I guarantee this... once and RMC gets announced. This page will blow up. Dollywood Thread has gone from 620 pages to 1240 pages since LR was announced.

That's pretty impressive, considering lightning rod has only been operational for about three of those pages combined.

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I keep thinking it could be some sort of Dive Loop turn around element.

 

IMO, the shaping doesn't look oblique enough to me for a dive loop. And I find it very weird that the track is perfectly parallel on each side of the small radius turn. To me, it looks much more like a brake run/transfer track area (which doesn't make sense if it's at the bottom of the hill...). The whole layout also looks ridiculously short...

 

I guess it's wait and see.

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This park just doesn't get the love it deserves. I guarantee this... once and RMC gets announced. This page will blow up. Dollywood Thread has gone from 620 pages to 1240 pages since LR was announced.

That's pretty impressive, considering lightning rod has only been operational for about three of those pages combined.

 

True... most of the pages are people griping / theorizing about its problems. Somewhere squeezed in the middle is three pages discussing the new drop tower and coaster. LOL

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This park just doesn't get the love it deserves. I guarantee this... once and RMC gets announced. This page will blow up. Dollywood Thread has gone from 620 pages to 1240 pages since LR was announced.

That's pretty impressive, considering lightning rod has only been operational for about three of those pages combined.

 

True... most of the pages are people griping / theorizing about its problems. Somewhere squeezed in the middle is three pages discussing the new drop tower and coaster. LOL

...and an absurdly large portion was spent on the #itllneveropen drivel.

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I keep thinking it could be some sort of Dive Loop turn around element.

 

IMO, the shaping doesn't look oblique enough to me for a dive loop. And I find it very weird that the track is perfectly parallel on each side of the small radius turn. To me, it looks much more like a brake run/transfer track area (which doesn't make sense if it's at the bottom of the hill...). The whole layout also looks ridiculously short...

 

I guess it's wait and see.

Ultra-Twister 2.0?

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How is kennywood lights? Never been there for that, but debating driving 2 hours for it. Worth it?

 

It's a good event. The park does a nice job with lighting and holiday theming. They usually have a bonfire outside of Noah's Ark and a Lionel train display inside the cafe. There is a limited selection of rides weather permitting. This year they converted the arcade into a gingerbread village display.

 

Would definitely recommend checking out the park if you are in the area. I think they are running a bogo offer on admission during select days due to the cold weather.

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^ I can't really think of any tips other than to seek out the discount tickets at Giant Eagle supermarkets in the Pittsburgh area...this will save you and your family some money.

 

Just take your time & enjoy all of the unique coasters and attractions - it's a really fun old school type of amusement park with lots of modern thrills thrown in for good measure.

 

Some people will say that it's a must to try the Potato Patch fries, but I found them to be somewhat overrated.

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^If you go to Lakemont (and if you haven't been before) just be ready to be disappointed by operations and the overall quality of the park. It's run down and messy. It looks like a fair from the 60s that has been sitting there since.

 

Personally I really enjoyed the quirkiness of it and thought the coasters and some flats were super unique and fun, so as long as you can deal with the run down "omg this ride is going to collapse" vibes, you'll have fun.

 

As for Kennywood, just make sure you try out as many rides as possible. It's very easy to get distracted by the coasters and never do a lot of the more unique flats. Kangaroo, Turtle, The Whip, Log Jammer, Noah's Ark, and Black Widow are all must do. I'm probably forgetting a few. Also keep in mind that some rides close early in the Lost Pittsburgh area and if there is rain and the park isn't busy they will likely use it as an excuse to close even if the weather is supposed to clear up.

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thanks i will check that out. since my kids are now old enough and enjoying riding coasters i thought this would be a good trip this summer from eastern pa. always wanted to go there..also may add a stop on the way home at lakemont park

I would recommend stopping at Lakemont for just an hour to ride Skyliner, Leap the Dips, Octopus, Twister, Round-Up, and Skydiver. I'd rather spend most of that day at Delgrosso's, which is less than 20 minutes away. It's a beautiful, small-scale, old-school park that has a great drop tower and awesome food. It has a fantastic atmosphere.

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