In late June 2011, Kennywood listed the Pitt Fall on International Rides Management for sale to remove it at the end of the 2011 season. On December 15, 2011, Kennywood announced that Black Widow will be added for the 2012 season, replacing the Pitt Fall. Black Widow officially opened to the public on June 8, 2012.
The giant circle swings in a pendulum motion while rotating counterclockwise. At the peak of the swing, riders reach a height of 146 feet (45 m) above the ground and experience weightlessness. Black Widow stands at 90 feet (27 m) tall but reaches a height of 146 feet (45 m) in full swing with an angle of 120 degrees from the center. The pendulum motion propels riders back and forth at 68 miles per hour (109 km/h).