Kennywood is an amazing park, So much History and some of the greatest coasters every (Great Upkeep)
So anyway....I was in Pittsburgh (the main purpouse of this trip was for my dad (who loves baseball) to visit a Pirates game) Btw I hate baseball
I decided to go with him so I could visit the ETC at Carnegie Mellon (Randy Pausch-Last Lecuture...look it up!) and his best friend had promised me for years to take me to KENNYWOOD! So it was a great trip
I also want to share some pics of the city too...Pittsburgh is a great city...even I who am not a sports fan loved the sports section of the city! The Whole city is clean and has some great musuems (The Heinz center has the old Racer Cars in the lobby!)
A few notes about the City-
-City's official colors of black and gold
-Even the Theme Parks get into sports which I found cool!
-First off Thank you to the Kennywood Press Dept. for the wonderfull tour
-I got to go Backstage at Skyrocket! So were start with that!
The first 1/2 of the ride is great! The Second 1/2 of the Coaster is just lacking on thrills....The first half has amazing airtime and it is def a great coaster!
-There is a reason this used to be #1...It Def made my top 10...WHAT AN AMZAING COASTER! The lift comes about 1/2 through the ride....and the biggest drop is at the end.
-Originally built by John A. Miller in 1924, the ride's name was Pippin until 1967, when it changed to Thunderbolt beginning with the 1968 season, coinciding with an expansion of the track.
- The Thunderbolt still uses the 1958 Pippin trains manufactured by the National Amusement Device Company, known as "Century Flyers."
-Coming from Disney and being Spoiled by theming- I was surprised by the quality of the ride! Fun Ride and the Longest wait of the day at around 30 Mins.
-A TON OF FUN! A great Classic that you don't see anymore and I loved it...Rode it three times
-One great thing about the park is unlike florida there is no idiotproofing- (I.E- Saftey Gates, Nasty Ride ops yelling) Which I loved coming from Disney!
The Staff is very friendly and fun!
-I found it really cool how old the rides were
-THANKS KENNYWOOD FOR PRESERVING EVERYTHING!
-Yes, I did credit Whore the Kiddie Coaster Lil' Phantom-It looks really cool I must say!
Another John Miller Coaster
-Not as great as Thunderbolt or Jackrabbit
-Its more like a step up coaster
-BUT STILL FUN
The ride is a Moebius track
Riders commonly reach over and touch hands of riders on the other train during the ride.
-Unfortantly nobody wanted to give me a high five
Again Great Upkeep for being built in 1927
AMAZING-WHAT A GREAT RIDE
-Ride in the back-The Double dip is amazing!
Built in 1920
-Coming down off of its second hill, the track levels out briefly half of the way down, then continues downward — a double-dip drop. The speed of the train as it enters this second part of the drop is so high that the riders are given the impression that they will be thrown free of the train!
Different in the front in back!
A GREAT COASTER-A TOP 10 FOR SURE!
Built in 1991
Originally named the "Steel Phantom". The coaster briefly held several records such as the largest drop on a roller coaster (228 ft) and the fastest roller coaster (82 mph). After the 2000 season, the coaster was heavily modified by D. H. Morgan, including the removal of all of the inversions due to complaints of pain given during the ride (head and neck aches, bloody noses, etc.) and was then renamed the "Phantom's Revenge."
-The Second drop is bigger than the first!
-Hopefully it will be changed back to its historical roots!
-Spoiler-The Press Dept.Told me this was true!
But I'll give it one picture
Some Final Pics!
HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT!
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