Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Abbreviation: KW)
Park News - (5/10/20) Kennywood has announced that they will now extend ALL 2020 season passes to also cover the 2021 season as well.
(5/9/20) According to this news report the “Stay-at-Home” order in Pennsylvania for counties listed as being in the “RED” phase will be extended through June 4th. The good news is that 13 more counties will switch from RED to YELLOW status next week. These 13 new counties are said to be in the states south-western area, and will include many of those around the Pittsburgh area.
And yes… this includes Kennywood which is located in Allegheny County. Please note that this does not mean Kennywood is cleared to reopen, but it does put them in the right direction to a change to the Green status in the county when the park will be allowed to reopen.
(4/26/20) Kennywood has announced that all 2020 season passholders who purchased their pass by April 1, 2020 will have their passes extended through to the end of June 2021 to make up for lost time.
While Kennywood doesn’t give a hint about when they hope to open for the 2020 season, the 2021 extension date makes me believe that they may be hoping to reopen sometime during the month of June. Of course if they can’t reopen until July, this begs the question many have been wondering:
At what point in the summer does it become no longer worth reopening for the season? Or is it more of a matter that they simply have to reopen sometime, no matter what, or face an unrecoverable financial disaster they may never recover from?
(4/1/20) Kennywood has announced that they will not be starting their 2020 season on May 2nd as they had hoped. The current shut-downs brought all pre-season prep work at the park to a screeching halt. Once it is safe to put staff back in the park to begin prep work for the 2020 season, they will have a better idea of when Kennywood will be able to open for the season.
(3/16/20) According to social media posts from Kennywood, the theme park is still in full preparation mode to open the park to the public, as scheduled, on May 2.
(3/7/20) Palace Entertainment announced that they will be setting up a ‘company-wide support facility’ in the greater Pittsburgh area this month that will keep some corporate staff on-hand to support the company’s numerous attractions in the region which include Kennywood, Sandcastle, Idlewild, Lake Compounce, Splish Splash, Dutch Wonderland and the new Cartoon Network Hotel. This new facility will staff about 25 people, in addition to Palace’s existing HQ in California. In addition another facility is planned to be built on Kennywood property within the near future.
(2/20/20) Congratulations to Kennywood on celebrating the 100th year of their Jack Rabbit wooden coaster this month. It’s always a pleasure to ride this unique coaster so if you haven’t had a chance, keep it in mind for a future trip.
2020 - Old Mill Returns and Other Park Improvements - (4/18/20) Kennywood has released the logo for the new version of the returning Old Mill ride on their Twitter this week. Clearly it seems that the ride will return to it’s previous haunted old west themed roots.
(3/10/20) A quick update on the status of the Old Mill / Garfield’s Nightmare from Kennywood. The park has confirmed that the former Garfield’s Nightmare ride will reopen this season as the Old Mill once again. Kennywood has confirmed that the attraction will be returned to the previous “western” theme it previously had, but updated to include “new twists” for a new generation of fans to enjoy.
Fantastic news! Watch the video below from the park that shows off a bit of great history about how the attraction evolved over the years at the park (including burning down to the ground once) and ends with the confirmation of it’s new future.
For those wondering, you can see a full POV of the Garfield’s Nightmare version that has been running for the past 15 years in the second video clip below.
(3/9/20) The local news confirms some new changes are on the way to Kennywood this season. This includes the retirement of Garfield’s Nightmare before the park opens for the season, which has been the cartoon cat themed overlay put on the park’s Old Mill flume ride for the past 15 years. Kennywood has not confirmed exactly what they will do it, or what the new name may be, but I think an update to the classic Old Mill name and theme may be the most appropriate for the classic attraction.
Elsewhere in the park you will see the park’s old Floral Clock return this season, but in a new location near the entrance to Lost Kennywood. There will be a celebration of the Jack Rabbit’s 100th Birthday, the opening of The Steelers Experience building in Steelers Country, along with other improvements on the way to the park, restrooms, pathways and parking lot. For those with family members with special needs, a new quiet room will be added in the place of the former Phantom’s Revenge gift shop. Also two rides have been removed from Kiddieland: the Pounce Bounce and Orbiter.