Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Abbreviation: KW)
Park News - (8/21/19) Anyone know what’s going on with Black Widow at Kennywood? Readers tell us the ride seats look like they are wrapped up for the off-season, giving the appearance that it may not run at all this season. Anyone know more?
(8/10/19) Good news Kennywood fans, the latest news reports claim that Steel Curtain has reopened once again, first opening on Wednesday afternoon and has no further reports of any problems in the days that followed.
(8/7/19) The local news reports that Steel Curtain at Kennywood was closed for unknown maintenance starting over the weekend and has yet to reopen. Anyone known if this is expected to be a length rehab or if it should reopen any day now? According to a reader who was there at the park on Saturday morning, Steel Curtain was open at first that day and then shut down in the early afternoon. Since then, it appears that S&S staff and park staff have been looking over the ride structure in certain areas, and sending test trains, empty, loaded with water dummies and sometimes even loaded with park staff, so whatever the issue they are looking into, it isn’t so critical that the ride can’t be run. It may be they are rechecking some of the structure, and we’ve also heard that it looked like ride sensors were also being checked and adjusted as well.
(7/14/19) Kennywood has confirmed that Sky Rocket is once again back open to ride! Mix this with the opening of their new Steel Curtain coaster (see further below), that looks simply amazing in action, and it’s probably a good time to plan a visit to Kennywood.
(7/9/19) I’m not sure how accurate this report is, but accident to a source Kennywood’s Sky Rocket is down because they are having some difficulty with obtaining a part needed to fix it from a European parts supplier. I have no idea what kind of part this is, but apparently everything that could have gone wrong with getting this exact part has happened, so they are still waiting and waiting. No word on when this saga might end.
(7/4/19) An interesting notice has been placed at the top of the Kennywood website claiming that “Sky Rocket and Black Widow are closed for maintenance until further notice.” I’m told that prior to this update the website simply said they were just closed for maintenance, but the ‘until further notice’ is a bit more extreme and new. I’m told that neither ride has run at all this season, and Sky Rocket really hasn’t run since May 2018, when it looks like something caught fire in the coaster’s “engine room”. It was then listed as being “will be closed for repairs under further notice” shortly after that and does not appear to have run since.
(6/1/19) According to this article from the local news, Kennywood is getting off to a rough start for the 2019 season. Guests visiting the park early this season have been encountering a good number of closed attractions, as well as closed gift and concession stands. The article places the blame on the park not being able to hire enough employees, claiming that even though they raised employee wages as well as hiring temporary international workers, they are struggling to fill all the positions.
(3/30/19) For you theme park history buffs out there, a collection of 2,000 images, a dozen videos plus tons of document pages all about the history of Kennywood will be digitized and saved to the digital online archives for the ages thanks to a $87,598 grant given to the Heinz History Center. They say that the oldest of the 2000 images to be saved go as far back as 1898, the year the park was founded.
2019 - Steelers Country / The Steel Curtain - (7/14/19) Check out the fantastic video below to see what Kennywood’s new Steel Curtain coaster is like as it whips through nine inversions with no attempt at all to slow the madness down with a mid-course brake run.
(6/30/19) Kennywood has set July 13th as the official opening date for Steel Curtain.
(6/25/19) Kennywood posted another video clip of Steel Curtain making test runs. Check it out below.
(6/22/19) Kennywood’s new Steel Curtain coaster was taken through the first test runs on Saturday morning. Check out the video in the tweet below to see it in action.
(6/19/19) Kennywood has confirmed that the last piece of track was installed on The Steel Curtain coaster at Kennywood on Friday, June 14th. You can see a video of the final piece being lifted into place below.
(5/19/19) Things are progressing well with Steel Curtain at Kennywood. Today you can see a picture of the coaster station below.
(4/28/19) A number of fun photos taken at the Kennywood Passholder Appreciation Day can be found on the Instagram feed of our of our Screamscape readers, which include a few very close-up pictures of The Steel Curtain.
(4/19/19) The latest Steel Curtain construction update can be found at CoasterTalkNoBSZone this week. The weird thing is that the track for the start of the first drop and entry into the first inversion that were installed last week have now been removed for some unknown reason. It may be nothing, or it may be something that could delay the opening of the ride by several weeks. Just have to keep watching for future updates.
(4/9/19) Another construction update of The Steel Curtain coaster at Kennywood can be found this week at CoasterTalkNoBSZone. Check it out, they’ve got some great pictures.
(3/31/19) A great new construction update can now be seen here showing off the current progress on The Steel Curtain at Kennywood. This is one monster of a coaster, with a very unique structure, and it really has changed the skyline of Kennywood for the better.
(3/19/19) A reader passed by Kennywood and grabbed a couple of quick photos where you can now see that the new Steel Curtain coaster has installed the highest piece of track at the top of the lift hill. Congrats to the Kennywood team for topping it off what is looking to be a fantastic looking new coaster!
You can also see a video posted by the park showing the top piece being lifted into place below.
(2/7/19) A new construction update from Kennywood shows off a great look at the progress being made on Steel Curtain so far, where a lot of the lower level track has been installed while the ride’s very tall support structure is still being lifted into place. The ‘bridge’ looking track section over the water is especially stunning to see.
(1/16/19) A new construction report from Kennywood showing off the latest progress on The Steel Curtain coaster can be found here.
(12/17/18) A few more new pictures of Steel Curtain construction have been added here, showing off the first track sections we can see being installed to the structure from outside the park. Meanwhile Kennywood posted some pictures from the inside to Twitter the other day as they were installing the track for the final inversion.
Meanwhile some more details about Steelers Country were discussed in an update to Coaster101, including the kinds of experiences guests get to have inside beyond just the coaster. One is called the Two Minute Drill and essentially they tried to recreate the Top Golf experience, but with Footballs embedded with RFID chips. Each guest inside will also be given a wristband that will help track their experience and the points they earn at the various games.
(12/15/18) Coaster Studios was given a tour over at Intermountain Lift in Utah to see the track being created for Steel Curtain at Kennywood. Intermountain Lift is an interesting company who has been involved with the creation of amusement rides for years, and has been responsible for the manufacturing of much of the track, towers and other custom structures for companies like S&S, Setpoint, Premier Rides and even Chance over the years.
(12/10/18) A nice construction photo update from Kennywood seen here shows off the progress on the new Steel Curtain coaster. From the look of things the crews have been mainly focused in putting together the ride’s impressive and thick support structure first, which appears to be poking up around 100 feet in the air… just under half the ride’s total height of 220 feet. Once finished the impressive structure is really going to change the park’s skyline for sure.
(11/14/18) Kennywood revealed the first look at the Steelers themed coaster cars for The Steel Curtain on Twitter a bit ago. The details are great… with the front of the train featuring numbers like you would see on a player’s jersey, and seats the same color as a football, complete with white laces that go just behind your head. Then there is the official Steelers logo on the side and the photos also confirm that the trains will use a lap-bar only restraint design.
Elsewhere you can also find a new animation of the coaster itself in action, giving an off-ride unedited look at the whole experience, as opposed to the heavily edited and stylized original video.
(11/12/18) Steel Curtain is going up at last, with several of the huge yellow support beams now lifted into place.
(9/17/18) Current construction pictures of The Steel Curtain site at Kennywood can be found on Instagram showing off a look at the site, and a look at some of the track pieces on site here and here.
(8/3/18) Track for Kennywood's new Steel Curtain caoster has been spotted at the park.
(7/20/18) Kennywood made their 2019 announcement a few hours ago and it was safe to say that I think it was pretty much a surprise to everyone. Taking the place of the former log flume ride will be an entire new themed area called Steelers Country, themed after the local NFL Football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The football tailgate party themed area will feature a number new additions including the End Zone Cafe & Tailgate Patio, a Steelers Experience indoor training facility that will put you on the field for some drills, plus a Terrible Tower interactive exhibit. There will also be a number of football themed midway games... but at the heart of it all, looming high over everything, will be The Steel Curtain!
The Steel Curtain is the name of a massive new 220 foot coaster from S&S Worldwide that will feature 4000 feet of track and a North American record-breaking 9 inversions. The 24 passenger trains will climb the 50º lift hill 220 feet into the air and roll right into the first inversion (which looks similar to how Drachen Fire started at Busch Gardens Williamsburg) before taking a dive to the ground at 75mph. The Steel Curtain features a truly unique layout unlike anything I've seen before as well as two more records: Tallest Roller Coaster in the PA and the Tallest Inversion in the world at 197 feet.
(5/18/18) I've mentioned this on social media, but what appear to be footers for a new ride have appeared near the former log flume ride in the lagoon which was drained. A reader sent in a photo taken last week showing off some of it. Looks like the 2019 project may be even bigger than we expected.
(12/1/17) While I haven't heard much of anything about this project in quite some time, we did get one rumor sent in claiming that RMC was no longer in the running for the park's next big coaster, which was now looking to possibly be a new impressive steel coaster project instead. If this latest info is legit, look for the new coaster to possibly open for the 2019 season.