Kennywood’s Phantom’s Revenge was originally the Steel Phantom. In its first incarnation, the Phantom was created in 1991 during the height of the ‘Coaster Arms Race’. That was back when amusement parks were vying to be the home of the World’s Tallest Roller Coaster. Steel Phantom couldn’t technically claim the title with regards to height, but the coaster’s second drop down a natural ravine was the longest in the world at 225′. After the record setting plunge, Steel Phantom traversed four loops. Read more about Steel Phantom. Later, the coaster took a new form when it was reborn as Phantom’s Revenge in 2001. The loops were removed and replaced with small bunny hop hills and the Phantom took on a more traditional hyper coaster layout.
Phantom’s Revenge opens with a 160′ climb that grants you an awesome view of the area. Kennywood is a beautiful amusement park situated on a hill overlooking the Monongahela River and Pittsburgh. The swooping first drop is fun and then the train climbs up once again as it sets riders up for the drop of a lifetime. Phantoms Revenge’s claim to fame is it’s breathtaking 225′ drop down a natural ravine and through Thunderbolt’s support structure. The train reaches a top speed of 82 mph as it dives above and below Thunderbolt’s track. Passing through the supports also offers a great head and arm chopper effect. This landmark is the 8th longest drop in the world and easily one of the most memorable coaster moments I’ve ever experienced. Read more roller coaster moments.
The legendary drop is followed by a climb and a turn. Then the train dives into a quick tunnel. Unfortunately, the finale was a bit of a letdown. To be fair, I haven’t ridden Phantom’s Revenge in years, but I don’t remember the bunny hops being all that great. I’ll never know, but I think I would have preferred Steel Phantom’s looping layout. Still, Phantom’s Revenge is a landmark roller coaster not to be missed. Final Rating – 8.5 (Great Approaching Excellent)
What’s Your Take?
Are you a fan of the Phantom’s Revenge? Have you ridden both the Steel Phantom and Phantom’s Revenge? Which did you prefer? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of CoasterImage.