Hopefully this is worth the hype. To start teasing this far ahead is uncharacteristic for the park. Quite a few people have replied to the Facebook announcement hoping for an RMC. Obviously that was already squashed at Coaster Bash, assuming that they weren't trying to intentionally mislead people. A raptor would be a good addition to the park.
As a Flyers fan, you just made me laugh out loud. XD
That coaster dad  and that coaster kiddo .Road trip buddies for life. Dad's faves: Fury 325. Phantom's Revenge. Intimidator 305. El Toro. Skyrush. Kiddo's faves: Banshee. Top Thrill Dragster. Valravn. Apollo's Chariot. Twisted Timbers.
We are coming down to Pittsburgh in July (as a family) and are finally going to get around to visiting Kennywood (missed it the last two times, and infact went to Hersheypark instead 2 years ago....humble apologies!). Anyway, this will be the year, which we are looking forward to as "Phantoms Revenge" is a coaster that has been on the bucket list for a LONG time, and the park seems to get a good write up from all comers and will be great family fun.
A couple of questions for those in the know.
1 I do always budget for whatever the Fastlane option is. I see at Kennywood they have a "Coaster VIP tour" type ticket. Would this be something you would buy in advance or would people wait till they are at the park to see the crowd level. We will be there midweek (July 11th) but school will be out, so I am not sure what to expect. If buying in advance is the better option, then that is what I will do
2 How bumpy is "Thunderbolt"? I watched a POV video online and it did seem to be shaking the camera a bit. I don't mind this, neither does my son...but my wife probably won't want to go on a teeth breaker! Would Thunderbolt be considered the best of Kennywoods "wooden" collection, or are their other personal favourites?
3 Outwith "Potato patches", are there any other "must try" food items. Is eating in the park a good option, or would the locals suggest any places in West Mifflin?
This trip will be our annual park outside of Florida and Canada's Wonderland, so we are looking forward to it. "Phantoms Revenge" is a coaster that I was aware of even when I lived in the UK, due to the nature of the 2nd drop, and the popularity in the coaster community. It is always exciting to get to try something that has been on the must do list for a while (last year was Fiesta and Iron Rattler). Makes me wonder why we have delayed getting to Kennywood for the last couple of years when we have friends in Pittsburgh (who went to school with me in the North East of Scotland....ah how the world has shrunk!).
Anyway, would appreciate any advice. Thanking you.
Top 10 1 X2 2 Tatsu 3 Apollo's Chariot 4 Skyrush 5 Maverick 6 Iron Rattler 7 Leviathan (front row) 8 Phantom's Revenge 9 Millennium Force 10 Manta 11 Saw The ride 12 Mako
I don't know anything about their fast pass/Coaster tour but as to your other questions: All three of Kennywoods woodies are in pretty great shape, they take very good care of them. And unpopular opinion: Potato Patch are laughably overrated, don't believe the hype. Everyone here will try to tell you otherwise, but I'm convinced the majority of TPR just does not know what good French fries are.
Have a blast, Kennywood is amazing. The air on Phantom is better in the front. And don't skip the Bayern Kurve.
my personal favorite Woodie at Kennywood was JackRabbit.
but Thunderbolt and Racer are neck and neck for 2nd place -- just that Thunderbolt drops RIGHT OUT of the station makes it unique. It's got a lot of laterals tho. . that double helix (right behind Potato Patch fries) has some jiggling. . but not bad at all.
as to Potato Patch.. Boldy is wrong, they are great -- if you get a fresh batch. We loved the 1st time we tried them, but later in the day, got some old, soggy fries, that weren't as good.
don't believe the hype on the fried Oreos tho. . unless you want something super, super sweet. I'd go with the Fudge in the candy shop by the main entrance instead.
oh. . don't miss: Kangaroo (it looks lame, but is SO much fun). . and Kennywood has a bunch of classics also that you shouldn't skip: Noah's Ark, Bayaurn Kurve, Whip, Paratrooper (great program), and even Ghostwood Estates, and Garfield's Nightmare are worth (a WTF was that??) ride.
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