Fright Fest, Halloween Haunt, & More

Theme Parks Gear Up for Halloween 2008 TransformationsThis month, theme parks across the country will begin their transformation for Halloween-themed events like Six Flags’ popular Fright Fests. Typically on weekends in the month of October, parks will take on a whole new look with spooky decorations, haunted houses, fog, and strange and disturbing performers roaming around the park. Hallowe...[Read More]

The Second Drop on Phantom’s Revenge

Phantom’s Plunge Into a Ravine | Memorable Coaster Moments Phantom’s Revenge is a hyper coaster at the historic Kennywoood Park near Pittsburgh, PA. Unlike most hyper coasters, Phantom’s Revenge is not taller than 200′. The steel Morgan coaster only rises to 160′ on its initial ascent. But, after the first swooping drop, the trains climb up once again as it sets rider...[Read More]

Kennywood Gets Ghostwood Estates for 2008

Kennywood Gets New Dark Ride in 2008A few days before Kennywood announced that it and its sister parks were going to be acquired by Parques International, the park announced a new attraction for 2008. Ghostwood Estates will be a state-of-the-art dark ride where Gold Rusher ride used to be. “The eight room haunted house replaces the Gold Rusher, which was retired this past August. “Ghostwood ...[Read More]

Sold: Kennywood, Idlewild, & Lake Compounce

Kennywood = SoldKennywood and its sister parks were sold to theme park operator Parques Reunidos. Kennywood Entertainment oversees Kennywood (Pittsburgh, PA), Idlewild & SoakZone (Ligonier, PA), Sandcastle Waterpark (West Homestead, PA), Lake Compounce Theme Park (Bristol, CT) and Story Land (Glen, New Hampshire). Kennywood Entertainment has been a closely held family business since F.W. Henni...[Read More]

Steel Phantom @ Kennywood | Defunct Roller Coasters

Kennywood Offered a Unique Hyper Coaster in Steel PhantomPhantom’s Revenge was originally known as Steel Phantom. It was Kennywood’s entry in the Coaster Arms Race of the 1990’s. Theme parks around the world were trying to one-up each other in boasting the tallest roller coaster in the world. Coaster designer Arrow had a large part to play in the Race. In most cases they were bro...[Read More]

Top 3 Worst Coaster Experiences

Highlighting the Low PointsUsually my lowest rated coasters and worst experiences involve a painful ride. Sure coasters, especially wooden ones, should throw you around a bit and I don’t consider myself fragile or pain averse. But some rides I’ve experienced were just unforgivably rough or suffered from terrible park operations and maintenance. Here are the Top 3 Worst Experiences I...[Read More]

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