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© Wolfgang Payer

Friday, October 05, 2012 | This article is listed in the sections Amusement parks and Magazine.


The USA: for many people a real coaster-heaven. Again and again the big players among the amusement parks create new thrilling roller coasters which all pass daring manoeuvres and therefore impress the guests by their size and speed, regardless if they are made of wood or steel, if flying or inverted, or if they rush through multiple loops. Some of these parks will be presented on Parkscout in random order. Smaller amusement parks situated in the land of unlimited possibilities are also included. This time the journey leads to Kennywood.

Black Widow - rather inappropriate for fragile stomachs
Opened in 1898 as a trolley park at the end of the Monongahela Street Railway, the medium sized amusement park Kennywood is located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Trolly parks were precursors to amusement parks. These recreation areas originally consisted of picnic groves and pavilions. They were constructed at the turn of the century along or at the ends of streetcar lines, giving people a reason to use the services of streetcar companies on weekends, instead of using them exclusively on weekdays to go to work. Trolley Parks often held events such as dances, concerts, and fireworks. As time went on, carousels and further rather smaller rides were added. With the increasing number of automobiles in use, many trolley parks gradually declined. However, some - such as Kennywood - grew in the first half of the twentieth century into a popular attraction, nowadays known as amusement park.

The park features three themed areas: Kiddieland, Lost Kennywood, Volcano Valley. And three, kind of historical, wooden roller coasters built by John A. Miller: "Jack Rabbit" in 1920, "Racer" in 1927, "Thunderbolt" in 1968. Three decades and one year later, "Exterminator" the park's forth - and first steel - coaster was launched. It is a Spinning Wild Mouse as well as a dark ride. In 2001 "Phantom's Revenge" followed. The fast hypercoaster with plenty of airtime and a drop of 228 feet (69 m) at a height of 160 ft (49 m) is still considered Kennywood's major ride. "Sky Rocket", the sixth roller coaster, started operation in 2010. It is a rather small but very nice launched coaster reaching almost 98 ft (30 m) in height.

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Besides several flat rides, there are three thrilling water rides: a spillwater ride, a log jammer, a rafting. "Black Widow", a giant circle that begins to swing into airy heights in a pendulum motion while rotating counterclockwise, is the park's newest attraction. One of the park's oldest attractions should not be missed either: "Noah's Ark", a walk-through dark ride remodeled in 1996, the last operating of its kind in the world. Halloween Productions designed "Garfield's Nightmare" in 2004, a dark ride in bright 3D fluorescent colors under black light. It features the characters from the Garfield comic strip and cartoons. Whereas the eight-room haunted house "Ghostwood Estate" represents an interactive dark ride.

On-Ride-Video: "Phantom's Revenge"

A tunnel, that runs below a federal highway, separates the park from its entrance and parking lot. Next to the entrance - and therewith outside the park - a chair lift is placed to carry visitors, without paying any additional fees, to Kennywood and back offering neat views of the park and its surroundings. The ride also stops on top of a small hill where a restaurant (which is not part of the amusement park) is situated.

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