Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Abbreviation: KW)
Park News - (5/19/15) Talk about amazing... an 82-year-old man has vowed to take on Kennywood's 95-year-old Jack Rabbit roller coaster by riding it 95 times in a row on Sunday, May 24th. Wish I could be there to take a spin with him, the Jack Rabbit is an awesome coaster, and I wish him good luck on the journey which is expected to take around 6 to 8 hours to complete.
(5/13/15) Kennywood will be upping security at the park following the events last week when a fight broke at the park, prompting Kennywood to close early. Click here for all the details, including a cell phone video showing off some of the fight.
(1/16/15) CoasterTalkNoBSZone has posted a quick off-season update from Kennywood, showing off a winter view of the park, and what they seem to be working on during the off season.
(5/5/14) An opening day report from Kennywood can be found at the CoasterTalkNoBSZone.
Late 2015 - 4D Theater Attraction - Confirmed - (5/2/15) According to this news article, Kennywood’s PR Director confirms that the new attraction opening later this summer at the park in indeed a new 90-seat 4D Theater attraction. In addition to the normal assortment of 4D effects (wind, water, smells, etc) they say not to be surprised if you seat moves as well.
(4/28/15) The local news reported on Kennywood preparing to open for the season, but also leaked a few more important tidbits. One item is the new "Fanatics" program for season passholders which will offer various special discounts and chances to win some special behind-the-scenes tours of the park. The article also mentions the construction taking place at the old Playdium building, and while they don't mention exactly what new attraction is going inside, they do mention it is getting "seating, water lines and a new facade" and that it wont open until "late summer".
Kennywood will also host an outside event called Roller Coaster RACE, which will combine a running event (both 5k and 10k) with an in-park competition to ride all of the park's coasters. This special event will take place on June 6th and you can find out all the details here.
(3/26/15) According to one reader, Kennywood may have gutted their Playdium building in anticipation of a new attraction for 2016. Apparently it was mentioned at the Coasterbash event over the weekend that the 2016 attraction would move 88 people every 10 minutes, which almost sounds like it could be some kind of 4D theater or 4D simulator style ride experience. This was also a rumor for a possible 2015 attraction as well, so it may have just been pushed back a season.
Anyone know more?
(8/25/14) The latest buzz from the winds passing by Screamscape HQ indicate that Kennywood’s 2015 attraction may actually be some kind of 4D theater or 4D simulator in the park’s arcade building, formerly called the Playdium.