Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Abbreviation: KW)
Park News - (2/4/2024) The wave of attractions cutbacks from Palace Entertainment have finally reached Kennywood, as I’m told that the park has now cut the Elephant Parade (a Dumbo style kids spinner ride) as well as the S.S. Kenny (Zamperla Rockin’ Tug) from the list of attractions on the park’s website.
There is one more odd possibility… while the Crazy Trolley is still listed on the page of attractions, and still has a dedicated page listed, the clickable icon for the attraction has been removed from the interactive map along with the S.S. Kenny and Elephant Parade icons. So perhaps it was almost removed, or perhaps they are still making a final decision.
(1/21/2024) Lawsuits from those claiming to be injured because hot food and beverages were ‘too hot’ is always interesting. You may remember the famous lawsuit from 1994 where a customer successfully sued McDonald’s for almost $3 million after she spilled her own coffee on her lap, causing severe burns. I’m not just talking a burn blister, apparently she ended up in a hospital for days and underwent skin grafting.
You may think that after all… isn’t all coffee “hot” and McDonald’s wasn’t even responsible for spilling the coffee. In this case the argument was that the coffee was way too hot, served at somewhere between 180-190º and potentially a huge risk to anyone who might have purchased it. The case however set the stage for similar lawsuits to follow, which brings me to Kennywood.
According to the local news a woman is now suing Kennywood after the hot cheese from an order of Potato Patch fries spilled onto her hand, causing second degree burns in July 2022. Much like the McDonald’s coffee case, the argument here is that Kennywood is negligent for serving food in a state “too hot for human consumption”.
(8/17/2023) Kennywood has announced that they are shutting down the park’s Turtle ride on Sunday to perform a major refurbishment. The Turtle (also originally known as Tumble Bug) is now 96-years old and believed to be the very last ride of it’s kind running in the entire world. According to the local news report the Turtle’s central foundation needs to be replaced, so they will have to remove the ride and dig down about 15 feet, breaking up the old foundation in order to replace it. The goal is to start the project now to make sure they get the needed ground work done before everything freezes up for the winter.
2024 - Potato Patch Bumper Cars - (2/14/2024) Kennywood is asking for everyone to vote on the final name for their new Potato Patch themed bumper car ride. The three choices are: Deep Fried Derby, Potato Smash and Speedy Spuds. Follow the link to vote for the name that sounds the most a-peel-ing. You can vote once a day for your favorite now through Feb. 19th.
(11/26/2023) I missed this announcement while IAAPA was going on, but apparently Kennywood is going to revamp the park’s bumper cars ride next season to add a new fleet of 20 cars that will be themed as Potato Patch fries. Both the bumper cars and Potato Patch will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next season.