Kennywood 05/18/2014

Decided to venture out to Kennywood on such a nice day, and couldn't pass up the great deal on tickets courtesy of Giant Eagle.

Decided to venture out to Kennywood on such a nice day, and couldn’t pass up the great deal on tickets courtesy of Giant Eagle.

And I'm here! First visit to the park since 2010. Looking forward to riding Sky Rocket today as I've only been on it once back in 2010 and barely even remember it.

And I’m here! First visit to the park since 2010. Looking forward to riding Sky Rocket today as I’ve only been on it once back in 2010 and barely even remember it.

Kennywood's carousel horse fountain in the entrance area.

Kennywood’s carousel horse fountain in the entrance area.

Oh I can see Sky Rocket looming over there!

Oh I can see Sky Rocket looming over there!

Kennywood is unique in that the entrance and parking lot is on one side of the ride and the park is on the other, well time to enter the park.

Kennywood is unique in that the entrance and parking lot is on one side of the ride and the park is on the other, well time to enter the park.

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A nice garden dedicated to the guests of Kennywood.

And first up none other than Sky Rocket!

And first up none other than Sky Rocket!

Sky Rocket climbing the top-hat, you get some amazing ejector airtime in the front row here.

Sky Rocket climbing the top-hat, you get some amazing ejector airtime in the front row here.

In the corckscrew, another great element of the ride. Sadly after this the ride has a weak ending.

In the corckscrew, another great element of the ride. Sadly after this the ride has a weak ending.

Ending bunny hops, looks like you should get some great airtime on these. Sadly you do not, you get some but not as much as you get in the first half of the ride.

Ending bunny hops, looks like you should get some great airtime on these. Sadly you do not, you get some but not as much as you get in the first half of the ride.

Sky Rocket's cutback  makes this the only coaster in the world still in operation to have such an inversion. The other coaster being the now defunct Drachen Fire.

Sky Rocket’s cutback makes this the only coaster in the world still in operation to have such an inversion. The other coaster being the now defunct Drachen Fire.

Underside of the train and wheels.

Underside of the train and wheels. Coaster nerd shot!

Coming out of the barrel roll, the best inversion on the ride!

Coming out of the barrel roll, the best inversion on the ride!

A train of riders ready to launch 0-50 MPH in less than 3 seconds! The ride is really great better than I remember, and still smooth as glass. Love Premier Rides coasters!

A train of riders ready to launch 0-50 MPH in less than 3 seconds! The ride is really great better than I remember, and still smooth as glass. Love Premier Rides coasters!

What is this Six Flags?!?!?

What is this Six Flags?!?!?

In that case time to adventure down the midway and check out how the lines are for some of the other rides. I'll save the Phantom for later when the line is shorter.

In that case time to adventure down the midway and check out how the lines are for some of the other rides. I’ll save the Phantom for later when the line is shorter.

Park Map! Where to head to next?

Park Map! Where to head to next?

Log Jammer is running today.

Log Jammer is running today.

Historical sign making Braddock's Crossing that happened right here on the land of Kennywood.

Historical sign making Braddock’s Crossing that happened right here on the land of Kennywood.

Aero 360 with the signature Kennywood arrows.

Aero 360 with the signature Kennywood arrows.

Time to check out the Racer.

Time to check out the Racer.

Time to check out the Racer, a great classic wooden coaster.

A fun racing classic, with the typical don’t stand up sign at the top. How are you gonna stand up anyway?

Which train is gonna win?

Which train is gonna win?

This ride is actually one long track so when you come back to the station you are actually on the opposite side from which you started.

This ride is actually one long track so when you come back to the station you are actually on the opposite side from which you started.

A look over the Lake back at the Racer station.

A look over the Lake back at the Racer station.

Time to check out a Pirate stunt show.

Time to check out a pirate stunt show.

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The good guys telling the audience that they haven’t seen pirates in this port for years.

And then of course the pirates show up.

And then of course the pirates show up.

Then there was some sword fighting.

Then there was some sword fighting. Someone was even disarmed.

And some zipling to knock out those pesky pirates.

And some zipling to knock out those pesky pirates.

It even had someone with their pants on fire!

It even had someone with their pants on fire!

A fun stunt show with some corny jokes. Wouldn't expect anything less from an amusement park show. :)

A fun stunt show with some corny jokes. Wouldn’t expect anything less from an amusement park show. 🙂

A visit to Kennywood isn't complete without a stop at the Potato Patch. Yumm fresh cut fries!

A visit to Kennywood isn’t complete without a stop at the Potato Patch. Yumm fresh cut fries!

Kennywood does have some very nice fountains throughout the park.

Kennywood does have some very nice fountains throughout the park.

Venturing into the Lost Kennywood section of the park.

Venturing into the Lost Kennywood section of the park. Notice the line for the Phantom on the bridge, the consequence of only running one train.

Pittsburgh Plunge is open today, and people are riding it!

Pittsburgh Plunge is open today, and people are riding it!

And now they're soaked. :P

And now they’re soaked. 😛

Checking out the newest addition to the park, the Black Widow.

Checking out the newest addition to the park, the Black Widow.

It is very impressive looking, though part of me wishes Pittfall was still here. :(

It is very impressive looking, though part of me wishes Pittfall was still here. 😦

The ride gets very high actually and the cycle seems much longer than MaxAir at Cedar Point. So in the spirit of not getting nauseous today, I think I'll pass.

The ride gets very high actually and the cycle seems much longer than MaxAir at Cedar Point. So in the spirit of not getting nauseous today, I think I’ll pass.

A look over at Phantom's station.

A look over at Phantom’s station.

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SwingShot now this is more my style.

Can I be an employee for just one day so I can get a pair of those sweatpants. I need those!

Can I be an employee for just one day so I can get a pair of those sweatpants. I need those!

Hey look this pirate missed his call for the stunt show. :P

Hey look this pirate missed his call for the stunt show. 😛

Johnny Rockets still under construction coming soon.

Johnny Rockets still under construction coming soon.

Cosmic Chaos a disko coaster flat ride.

Cosmic Chaos a disko coaster flat ride.

Doesn't look too exciting so I'll try it some other time.

Doesn’t look too exciting so I’ll try it some other time.

Jack Rabbit my favorite wooden coaster at the park.

Jack Rabbit my favorite wooden coaster at the park.

The ride was designed by John Miller the same designer that built the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake!

The ride was designed by John Miller the same designer that built the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake! Also points out that it has the double dip which is the best part of the ride.

Waiting to board! This ride is also unique in that there is no moving lap bar to lock you in place, just seat belts. So that means plenty of air-time!

Waiting to board! This ride is also unique in that there is no moving lap bar to lock you in place, just seat belts. So that means plenty of air-time!

Since it has a short line I'll take a ride on Sky Rocket again!

Since it has a short line I’ll take a ride on Sky Rocket again!

The wheels are marked with the year. Good to know those must be new wheels for this year.

The wheels are marked with the year. Good to know those must be new wheels for this year.

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George was here!

Garfield's Nightmare formerly the Old Mill. A classic dark boat ride that's been around for ages.

Garfield’s Nightmare formerly the Old Mill. A classic dark boat ride that’s been around since 1901. It also the World’s oldest operating tunnel of love style ride.

Time to try out the Thunderbolt!

Time to try out the Thunderbolt!

Now that I met up with my coaster friend and have a buddy to ride with, I can get on the Thunderbolt. They do not let single riders on this ride.

Now that I met up with my coaster friend and have a buddy to ride with, I can get on the Thunderbolt. They do not let single riders on this ride.

I see Phantom diving down into the valley while in line for the Thunderbolt.

I see Phantom diving down into the valley while in line for the Thunderbolt.

Two coaster trains in one picture.

Two coaster trains in one picture.

Alright now that crowds have lightened up a bit time to check out the Phantom!

Alright now that crowds have lightened up a bit time to check out the Phantom!

Phantom coming down the curved first hill.

Phantom coming down the curved first hill.

Another shot of the first hill closer to the track.

Another shot of the first hill closer to the track.

Climbing up the second hill before the drop into the valley.

Climbing up the second hill before the 228 foot drop into the valley.

Here's a look at the chain system for the lift on the Phantom.

Here’s a look at the chain system for the lift on the Phantom.

Still got a little bit before we're on. Sigh for one train operation. :(

Still got a little bit before we’re on. Sigh for one train operation. 😦

The ride is still great and definitely a unique hyper coaster experience.

The ride is still great and definitely a unique hyper coaster experience.

Next up the Exterminator the indoor spinning Wild Mouse!

Next up the Exterminator the indoor spinning Wild Mouse!

There's a button while waiting in line that if pushed....

There’s a button while waiting in line that if pushed….

Sounds an alarm and turns on the flashing red lights. It will make you jump if you're not expecting it.

Sounds an alarm and turns on the flashing red lights. It will make you jump if you’re not expecting it.

The sun is setting and the lights are coming on!

The sun is setting and the lights are coming on!

Let's take a spin on Ghostwood Estate!

Let’s take a spin on Ghostwood Estate!

Lord Kenneth Ghostwood tells us to zap all the spirits that have stuck around his mansion.

Lord Kenneth Ghostwood tells us to zap all the spirits that have stuck around his mansion.

The reward for the highest score will be spending eternity with him!

The reward for the highest score will be spending eternity with him!

The ride is unique in that it's a trackless system. The computer system directs the cars where to go, sort of like a virtual track. This allows the cars to do a 360 spin that would not be possible with a track.

The ride is unique in that it’s a trackless system. The computer system directs the cars where to go, sort of like a virtual track. This allows the cars to do a 360 spin that would not be possible with a track.

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There are targets all over and the guns are pretty accurate. Sadly the score was not working today, but you could still hit the targets and cause effects to happen.

Before leaving let's get some night rides on Sky Rocket!

Before leaving let’s get some night rides on Sky Rocket!

There was no line and it turned into a mini ERT event for the last half hour!

There was no line and it turned into a mini ERT event for the last half hour!

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The ride still looks great even at night.

Ended up with a total of 7 rides on Sky Rocket for the day. Including 3 rides in the front row and a ride on the last train of the night! Great day for Sky Rocket.

Ended up with a total of 7 rides on Sky Rocket for the day. Including 3 rides in the front row and a ride on the last train of the night! Great day for Sky Rocket.

Thanks for the great day Kennywood, so glad the weather was great. Until next time, stay great Kennywood.

Thanks for the great day Kennywood, so glad the weather was great and the crowds were manageable. Until next time, stay great Kennywood. 🙂

 

 

 

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