List of former Kennywood attractions

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Like all amusement parks, Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, has removed a number of rides and attractions over the years. The following is a list of those attractions. This list is missing the old mill.

Defunct rides[edit]

Ride Picture Year Opened Year Closed Manufacturer Description Replacement Ref(s)
Row Boats
1899
1980
One of the first rides. It's a paddle boat ride. Paddle Boats
Swing Around
1984, 1989
2005
Huss
It was a portable Swing Around ride.
Gee Whizz Dip the Dips
1900
1921
Frederick Ingersoll
Side friction figure eight Wooden Coaster. Dodgem
Dodgem
1922
1929
Kennywood's first bumper car ride Laff-in-the-Dark
Laff-in-the-Dark
1930
1965
Dark ride Turnpike
Steeplechase
1903
1904
It was a steel coaster with wooden horses instead of trains. Scenic Railway
Scenic Railway
1905
1910
Designed by Frederick Ingersoll and John A. Miller
Side friction coaster Speed-O-Plane
Speed-O-Plane
1911
1921
Frederick Ingersoll, Designed by John A. Miller
Side friction coaster
Caterpillar #1
1923
1945
Traver Engineering Company
Built by Harry G. Traver of Beaver Falls, PA, the ride's cars rode on an undulating track, equipped with a large fan under the track. The most significant feature of the attraction was a green, striped tarp that would roll out over the patron-filled cars once the ride reached maximum speed.
Pippin
1924
1967
Andy Vettel
A rollercoaster that would go fast. It had many renovations one year that Kennywood decided to change the name to the Thunderbolt in 1968 by surprise. Thunderbolt
13 Spook Street
1937
1940
Walkthrough dark ride Daffy Klub
Daffy Klub
1941
1955
Walkthrough dark ride
Dipper
1948
1984
Designed by Andy Vettel
A roller coaster. Raging Rapids
Teddy Bear
1935
1947
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Junior Wooden Roller Coaster
Roll-O-Plane
1950, 1971, 1995
1969, 1985, 2003
Eyerly Aircraft Company
A Roll-O-Plane ride
Zoomerang
1954
1960
One of the park's earliest dark rides. Safari
Rotor
1955, 1965, 1988
1958, 1972, 1994
Spinning ride with you hanging on the wall.
Twin Ferris Wheel
1959
Unknown
Eli Bridge Company
Safari
1961
1971
Le Cachot
Le Cachot
1972
1998
Dark Ride
Tornado
1963
1966
Dark Ride. Ghost Ship
The Turnpike
Kennywood Turnpike.JPG
1966
2009
Arrow Development
The Turnpike had electric cars that would move around on a track. The Turnpike had a renovation to change the gas cars to electric cars. Sky Rocket
Ghost Ship
1967
1975
This was a dark ride at Kennywood. It burned down in 1975 due to multiple issues with wiring.
Caterpillar #2
1969
1983
Traver Engineering
Built by Harry B. Traver of Beaver Falls, PA, the ride's cars rode on an undulating track, equipped with a large fan under the track. The most significant feature of the attraction was a green, striped tarp that would roll out over the patron-filled cars once the ride reached maximum speed. The ride was taken to Idlewild after its removal and used as parts on their 1947 model.
Log Jammer
1975
2017
Arrow Dynamics
A fiberglass log flume water ride and a water roller coaster, which runs through the wooded area in the back of the park. It was the park's first multimillion-dollar project, built in 1975 and consisting of two lifts, a spillway that is 27 feet (8.2 m) high, and a 53-foot (16 m) high chute. The Log Jammer will be retired at the end of the 2017 Summer Season on September 17th, 2017.[15]
Monongahela Monster
1979
1989
Eyerly Aircraft Company
A Monster ride. Swing Around
Laser Loop
1980
1990
Anton Schwarzkopf
Shuttle Loop coaster. Steel Phantom
Gold Rusher
1981
2007
It was a dark ride. Ghostwood Estate
Ranger
1983
1983
Huss
It only lasted for one season because it caused pain to the riders. Swing Around
Wonder Wheel
1986
1999
It was a Ferris wheel. Aero 360
Flying Carpet
1988
2006
Zierer
Riders would go up and down. Cosmic Chaos
[1]
Wipeout
1993
2008
Chance Rides
The Wipeout is a circular platform with seats causing riders to look at one another while it spins and tilts to an angle. It was moved to Lake Compounce. Bayern Kurve
Pitt Fall
Pitt Fall.jpg
1997
2011
Intamin
It was an Intamin drop tower. Black Widow
[2]
Steel Phantom
1991
2000
Arrow Dynamics
A rollercoaster that went fast. People have complained due to injuries. In 2001, Kennywood took out the loops and put in miniature hills naming it Phantom's Revenge. Phantom's Revenge
Tri-Star
1992
1992
Huss
Only lasted one season.
King Kahuna
King Kahuna.jpg
2003
2009
Huss
The King Kahuna was a Top Spin ride which would flip riders upside down. Removed due to breaking down when upside down.

Brought back[edit]

Bayern Kurve[edit]

Bayern Kurve has been removed several times over the years. Its first removal was in 1971. The was reinstalled in 1972, and it was removed after the 1987 season. The ride was brought back in 1994 and was removed after the 2004 season. It was returned in 2009 because of its popularity.

Caterpillar[edit]

Caterpillar has returned only once and is not at Kennywood today. It was taken to Idlewild and Soak Zone sometime after the 1983 removal to be used as spare parts for Idlewild's 1947 Caterpillar. It was originally removed in 1945 after the ride opened in 1923.

Ferris Wheel[edit]

The classic Ferris Wheel is currently not at Kennywood. In 1927 the ride first opened. It was first removed in 1943. It was also removed in 1958 and 1969. The last removal was in 1999.

Roll-O-Plane[edit]

Roll-O-Plane has changed its name with a different seat each time. It first opened in 1950 and has been removed in 1960, 1969, 1985, and in 2003. It has not returned since.

Tilt A Whirl[edit]

The ride is currently at its sister park, Idlewild and Soak Zone. It was removed several times over the years. The ride first opened in 1928 and was last removed in 1988.

Whip[edit]

The Whip has been moved to a different spot in the park. In 1995, the Whip relocated to Lost Kennywood. They haven't removed or relocated it since.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ "A long way down...Kennywood's newest ride plunges 251 feet". The Indiana Gazette. Indiana, PA. April 18, 1997. p. 21.