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Postby xChris125x » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:13 pm

Kennyweird wrote:On another note, from what I've heard (which is precious little), the ride will not be utilizing the ravine next to the Jackrabbit and Racer, so don't get your hopes up.

Hmm, well keeping the hopes up for something really good still.

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Postby DBru » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:16 pm

The park sure hasn't built up much hype surrounding this announcement...

(I guess ACE has a bit, but still---if this is going to be a major roller coaster, it seems like we would have received some teasers or at least SOMETHING to speculate on before the ride is officially announced. Oh well.)

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Postby FeelTheFORCE » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:17 pm

So much hype was built up for July 19, I think people just said screw it after Kennywood didn't announce anything related to the 2010 ride.

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Postby FeelTheFORCE » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:08 am

Just posted at KPConnection:

Kennywood Removing Turnpike For New Steel Coaster!
Posted On: August 12, 2009

The Turnpike has been giving rides at Kennywood since 1966, with the original gas powered cars being replaced with electric cars in 1987. Over 40 years later the ride will soon close and be removed to make way for a new coaster. If you are a fan of the Turnpike don't shed a tear just yet, the park has promised the Turnpike will return to the park possibly in 2011 either around the new coaster or in another location at the park. The new coaster will send riders through both new and familiar elements from the parks past. Remember the days of the Laser Loop? The new coaster will not feature a lift hill but will launch you from 0-50mph straight up into the sky. Remember the days of the Steel Phantom? The new coaster will feature inversions, such as a corkscrew that haven't been seen at Kennywood since the transformation of the Steel Phantom into the Phantom's Revenge. As for new elements, how about a vertical drop, inverted top hat, and a barrel roll? Kennywood Connection is extremely excited about this announcement and looks forward to following the construction all winter long as well as riding what sounds like an awesome new addition to the parks coaster line up next season!

Kennywood's page: ... r2010.html

A seriously twisted, pulse detonating, Supercharged, stratospheric new ride Experience! Feel the seismic surge of a launch that takes you from zero to 50 in under 3 seconds! Take a fulll-throttle, 95-ft. Vertical climb and say adios to gravity as you go over-the-top and plummet 90-degrees due south! It’s an upside down, downside up, sky-flying adventure you won’t soon forget. Come feel the rush of a fully caffeinated, double-shot adrenaline espresso…on rails.

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Postby Homeboy23 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:19 am

It says 95 feet up but doesn't list the drop. No details on that and the length yet?

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Postby Top Thrill Dragster » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:19 am

West Mifflin, PA – Kennywood is proud to announce the addition of a
seventh roller coaster for the 2010 season! Joining the ranks of the Lil’ Phantom, Exterminator, Jack Rabbit, Racer, Thunderbolt, and Phantom’s Revenge, the new Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) launch roller coaster, designed and built by Premier Rides in Maryland, is unlike any other roller coaster at Kennywood.

“This roller coaster will provide a thrilling new experience for coaster lovers at Kennywood,” explains General Manager Jerome Gibas. “The use of LSM launch technology will allow riders to blast from 0 to 50mph in three seconds and offers our first roller coaster with inversions since the Steel Phantom.”

Kennywood’s new launch coaster will feature many exciting and unique features including three
inversions and a 0-50mph launch in three seconds! After the high-speed launch, riders will experience a vertical ascent to 95ft before a brief cliffhanger pause at the top and a 90-degree drop into a maximum G-force pullout. The riders then enjoy extended airtime as the train races into an inverted top hat element, passes into a barrel roll and goes vertical again through a twist up leading to another pause.

Riders experience a second vertical free fall followed by another maximum G-force pullout on the way into a highly banked fan curve. After a traditional corkscrew, a curve to a zero gravity hill, and a series of wave turns, riders finally return to the station.

The new roller coaster will be placed in the current location of the Turnpike, a ride that has been at
Kennywood since 1966. Guests will only have to say ‘see you later’ to the Turnpike since plans are
already underway to bring back the ride in the near future.

The project is expected to be complete in May of 2010. Official coaster name and logo information
will be released in the coming weeks. Click Here for a preview video and updates.

Ride Statistics:
Track Length: 2100 feet
Maximum Speed: 50 mph
Ride Time: 65 seconds
Number of Trains: 2
Number of Cars Per Train: 2
Number of Riders Per Train: 12

See for further information about Premier Rides.

Kennywood is part of Palace Entertainment.
Palace Entertainment hosts over 14 million visitors annually at 38 locations with seven theme parks, ten waterparks and 21 family entertainment centers and is the largest operator of waterparks and family entertainment centers in the nation. For more information, visit Palace Entertainment is part of the Parques Reunidos family of parks.


Release: Immediate
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A special thanks to Yeti762 for posting this footage.

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Postby philthephorce » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:24 am

Wow, they were correct!!!

I am a fan of roller coasters, and I am pleased...

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Postby coasterdude5 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:24 am

Here's what I'm guessing is a shot of the ride. It seems to match the description.

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Postby FeelTheFORCE » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:27 am

^^^ The same thing was said about Fahrenheit, but it seems to be doing just fine.

I'm surprised this is a Premier. Not that that's a bad thing or anything, but I was honestly expecting Gerstlauer, Maurer Sohne, Mack, and even Intamin before Premier. Premier makes awesome coasters and is one of my favorite designers...can't wait!

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Postby itsasamccormick » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:28 am

well i <3 Mr Freeze so i am going to say this coaster should rock,


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