Pitt Fall

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Pitt Fall
Pitt Fall.jpg
Pitt Fall's yellow and black structure at night
Kennywood
Area Lost Kennywood
Status Removed
Opening date 1997 (1997)
Closing date 2011 (2011)
Replaced by Black Widow
General statistics
Attraction type Drop tower
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Giant Drop
Height 251 ft (77 m)
Drop 229 ft (70 m)
Speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Vehicles 4
Riders per vehicle 4
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)

Pitt Fall was a drop tower ride located at Kennywood amusement park in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The ride was the first one at Kennywood to be manufactured by Intamin. It was themed after a Pitfall trap , but spelled with two "t"'s as in an abbreviation of Pittsburgh. When it opened in 1997, it was the tallest drop tower in the world. The ride was manufactured by Intamin and is known in the industry as "Giant Drop".

In June 2011, it was put for sale and bought in early September to an undisclosed buyer. It was replaced by Black Widow in 2012

Rider experience[edit]

Riders took a seat and pulled down their safety harnesses. After the "all-clear" was given, the seats lifted off the ground and began to ascend to the top of the tower.

After clearing the brakes, the seats picked up speed, reaching 12 mph. They were held 229 feet in the air for several seconds, after which they were released from the couplings. That caused them to free fall nearly 150 feet at 65 mph.

The seat were stopped by magnetic brakes, then the riders released their safety harnesses and exited the ride.

Records[edit]

Preceded by
Drop Tower: Scream Zone
World's Tallest Vertical Drop Ride
1997
Succeeded by
Power Tower

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