I love Kennywood's rides, but their operations definitely leave a lot to be desired. Every time I've visited that park, they move up the closing time up without much warning so I'm not surprised they'd close after all that rain. Their sister park (Lake Compounce) has been known to do the same thing after rain and will close with as little as a 5 minute warning.
Dude I was dying in my chair at work reading the end of your TR. If I had that rough of a day at a park I'd certainly slowly start to lose my grip on sanity by the end, too.
My ex and I had a pretty fun time at the park when we went five years ago, but even then you could tell that, IMO, the park tends to coast a bit too much on its "historic" laurels. I know a couple other parks do staggered openings, too (BGW comes to mind), but nowhere near as bad as Kennywood does. If they tighten up their operations a bit more it'd be a lot more of an enjoyable experience.
Bummer about Kennywood, but great read as usual. I was *this close* to stopping in yesterday on the way back from a weekend KD/SFA trip, but opted to get a few more hours out of the Cedar Point pass in what was likely the last chance I'd get this season. Looking forward to the Knoebels/Hershey installments.
Oh man, that was good. I swear this TR was dropping acid the way it got all loopy by the end. Glad you got to ride what you did at Kennywood, but wish you could have experienced the whole park. It really is great, especially with the VIP wristband.
Thanks for the positive reviews, guys. I'm glad you enjoyed my TR.
Emily and I just didn't quite understand the closure. There were still a ton of people within the park and the weather was absolutely beautiful after 6am, with four more potential hours of operation ahead. I believe the storm lasted a little over an hour, maybe an hour and a half. That said, I'm on the outside looking in. I'm do not have knowledge of the totality of the circumstances. If anyone should not be not make judgement without knowing all of the facts, it should be me. We missed out on Kennywood, clear and simple. After the anger wore off I fell back on the old attitude of, "You can't win em' all." We used to have flawless luck with weather, but over the past couple years we've been screwed pretty often.
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