Black Widow (ride)

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Black Widow
Black Widow logo.jpg
Kennywood
Coordinates 38°07′09″N 86°54′43″W / 38.1191°N 86.9119°W / 38.1191; -86.9119Coordinates: 38°07′09″N 86°54′43″W / 38.1191°N 86.9119°W / 38.1191; -86.9119
Status Operating
Opening date June 8, 2012
Replaced Pitt Fall
General statistics
Manufacturer Zamperla
Model Giant Discovery
Height 90 ft (27 m)
Speed 68 mph (109 km/h)
Participants per group 40
Height restriction 52 in (132 cm)

Black Widow is a Zamperla Giant Discovery ride that pendulums riders at Kennywood. It opened on June 8, 2012.[1]

History[edit]

In late June 2011, Kennywood listed its Pitt Fall ride for sale with the International Rides Management brokerage company.[2] On December 15, 2011, Kennywood announced that Black Widow will be added for the 2012 season, replacing the Pitt Fall.[3] Black Widow officially opened to the public on June 8, 2012.[1] If one stands on the south end of the ride, a delayed breeze follows the ride's course.

Ride[edit]

Black Widow

The giant circle swings in a pendulum motion while switching between clockwise and counterclockwise rotations. 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).[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kennywood's newest ride 'Black Widow' opens to public" (PDF). press release. Kennywood. June 8, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Nolfi, Joey (June 21, 2011). "Kennywood's Pitt Fall for sale; what's next?". News Article. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kennywood (December 15, 2011). "...WHAT'S NEW...". Facebook. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 

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