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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:47 pm

Planning on visiting Saturday, September 7. Any crazy changes in operation since it’s listed as “limited”? Can’t seem to find what that means anywhere...
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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby KPfan » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:16 am

With college classes starting they have a harder time staffing everything. So that usually means staggered opening of rides and stands. I would expect all rides open except for Black Widow which is down for repair. Pittsburgh Plunge and Raging Rapids will depend on the weather.

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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby CenturyFlyer » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:07 pm

"Limited operation" can really hit Kennywood's capacity hard. Less staff means certain minor flats may not open until 12 or 1, making the other lines longer.
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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:43 am

It's been a couple weeks since my visit, but, I still wanted to share some pictures as well as state that this trip (as opposed to the trip in august where the park closed at 6 because of a nasty rain storm) was an incredible time, and Kennywood certainly lived up to its expectations the second time around. I'm VERY glad we went back and tried again! Even with limited operations, the lines weren't terrible minus exterminator but I have a sneaky suspicion that the long line for that ride is pretty common.

We waited 45 minutes for Steel Curtain first thing, but it looked like that line got up to 2.5 hours. Everything else appeared to be 30 minutes or less. Especially after they added second trains to rides that weren't initially running them (Thunderbolt and Phantom)
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Lost Kennywood is quite an awesome section of the park - I'm a huge fan of the fountains in front of the gift shops
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Though we didn't ride this, I've always loved how it looks! Iconic!
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It was around this point where I feared the park was going to close early again, luckily, the rain held off completely and we were totally fine!
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I'm assuming this color scheme isn't typical of the racer? Perhaps a "fall overlay" of sorts? regardless it looks great!
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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:04 am

Nice report!

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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:52 am

GO BILLS!
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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:55 am

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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:11 pm

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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby JJLehto » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:58 pm

So I will be in PA/OH early June (4-7). I am weighing which is the better park to do on a Sat.
How crowded can I expect KW to be on a Sat in early June?
There is no type of fast pass type deal correct? Would it perhaps be better to do this on a weekday, and KI on a Sat with fast pass?
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Re: Kennywood (KW) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:10 pm

Kennywood does in fact offer a skip-the-line pass; it's called "VIP Tours." Despite the name, it's not a guided tour through the park, but instead a set of time-specifc exit passes for each coaster. It also used to be stupidly cheap (I think it was $20 back when I was there in 2017).

I can't comment on crowds since my one time there was an overcast weekday in July and it was a ghost town.
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