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Kennywood is an amusement park located in West Mifflinmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, near Pittsburghmarker. The park first opened in 1898 as a trolley park for the Monongahela Street Railway Company. Along with Rye Playland Parkmarker, it is one of only two amusement parks listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Kennywood is owned by Kennywood Entertainment, which until December 2007 was a closely held family business owned by the Henninger and McSwigan families. Kennywood Entertainment is now operated by Palace Entertainment, a subsidiary of Parques Reunidos, an international amusement park company based in Madridmarker, Spainmarker.


Kennywood is approximately from Downtown Pittsburghmarker, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvaniamarker. The park is along Pennsylvania Route 837, known as Kennywood Boulevard through the borough. The closest interstate connection is Swissvale Exit 7 on Interstate 376.

Historically, the park is on the location of the July 9, 1755 Battle of the Monongahelamarker, where British general Edward Braddock was mortally wounded, ending his expedition to capture the French Fort Duquesnemarker during the French and Indian War. George Washington was a colonel to Braddock, and fought at the battle before they retreated. Later the land on the bluff above the Monongahela River was part of a farm owned by Anthony Kenny. Starting around the time of the American Civil War, the site was a popular picnic grove for locals, known as "Kenny's Grove".


Before developing the park, the Kenny family owned a grove of trees overlooking the river. People began picnicking at the site, and eventually a trolley line was added. Kennywood Park began in 1898 as a trolley park that catered to local industrial workers and their families. Originally built at the end of a trolley line to encourage ridership, the park began to generate more revenue than the trolley business itself. However, the Pittsburgh Street Railway Company wanted out of the amusement park business and sold it to A.S. McSwigan and Frederick W. Henninger in 1906. The two would work to expand the park into the Kennywood known today with a large and loyal customer base.

From its origin as a working-class picnic entertainment destination, the park grew in the first half of the twentieth century into a popular attraction that combined thrill rides with recreation venues such as swimming pools and dance halls.

The park was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987.

In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the park remained successful by adding rides such as the Log Jammer, the Raging Rapids, the Steel Phantom (later turned into the Phantom's Revenge) and the Pitt Fall. Kennywood is also known for its scenery and mascot Kenny Kangaroo.

Kennywood Park has its own armed Public Safety Department. While not an actual police force, the organization enforces laws, investigates crimes, and responds to incidents within the park.

Today, the park features a nostalgic atmosphere and is supported by a loyal fan base. As of December 2007, Kennywood Entertainment also ran Sandcastle Waterparkmarker [20763], which opened in 1989; Idlewild Parkmarker [20764] near Ligoniermarker; Story Landmarker [20765], a children's theme park in Glen, New Hampshire; and Lake Compouncemarker [20766], New England's family theme park in Bristol, Connecticutmarker, which is the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in North America.

After the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL in 2006, Steelers safety Mike Logan, a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvaniamarker, near Kennywood, made a humorous riff on the "I'm Going to Disney World!" advertising campaign usually associated with the Super Bowl, saying, "Forget Disney Worldmarker, I want them to open up Kennywood!"

The phrase "Kennywood's open!" is often used in the Pittsburgh region to alert another person that the zipper on his/her pants is open.

On December 12, 2007, Kennywood Entertainment announced that it would be selling Kennywood Park, along with four other amusement parks in the Northeastern United States, to Parques Reunidos, a company based in Madrid, Spain.

Kennywood now uses the slogan "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park" as well as "Make a New Memory," although from the 1960s through the early 1990s the slogan was "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World." The property features three old wooden coasters still in working order, along with a newer steel coaster, the Phantom's Revenge (2001), and one indoor coaster, the Exterminator (added in 1999).


It ranked second to Cedar Pointmarker in the category of "Favorite Park" in Theme Park Magazine's 2004 Reader's Choice Awards.


Roller Coaster History

Through the years, Kennywood has made use of the hilly Pittsburgh terrain to create coasters that wouldn't be feasible anywhere else. The Thunderbolt and the Jack Rabbit, both wooden coasters, place the lift chain in the middle of the ride, not at the beginning. In both cases, the car leaves the station and drops into a valley for its first hill. Phantom's Revenge uses the same valley as the Thunderbolt, where the Phantom's second drop passes through the supports of the Thunderbolt's first drop, making the second drop the longest and steepest drop in the ride.Many coasters sit in the footprint of former coasters. The Phantom's Revenge may seem familiar to the record-setting Steel Phantom, because in fact the length of track from the station brake run all the way to about 15' down the second drop is original track from the Steel Phantom. Also, the Steel Phantom was built on the former site of the Laser Loop. Older visitors will recall that the Thunderbolt is an improvement of the Pippin.

Roller Coasters

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Type Description Picture
Exterminator 4/18/1999 Reverchon Spinning Wild Mouse An indoor Reverchon spinning mouse roller coaster. This coaster has heavily themed scenery, even in the line.
Jack Rabbitmarker 1921 John A. Miller Wooden A John A. Miller wooden roller coaster, known especially for its double dip. Coming down off of its second hill, the track levels out briefly half of the way down, then continues downward—a double-dip drop. The speed of the train as it enters this second part of the drop is so high that the riders are given the impression that they will be thrown free of the train. The Jack Rabbit is one of the oldest running roller coasters in the world.
Lil' Phantom 1996 Molina & Son's Steel Family It's the park’s kiddie coaster. Added in 1996, this is a modern coaster in the style of classic coasters manufactured by Allan Herschell. For kiddie coaster standards, the ride is surprisingly intense. The ride was rehabbed, overhauled, and rebuilt completely for the 2007 season. Adults can ride.
Phantom's Revengemarker 5/19/2001 Morgan/Arrow Dynamics Steel Hypercoaster A steel coaster built by Arrow Dynamics, opened in 1991, originally named the "Steel Phantommarker." The coaster briefly held several records such as the largest drop on a roller coaster (228 ft) and the fastest roller coaster (82mph). After the 2000 season, the coaster was heavily modified by Chance-Morgan, including the removal of all of the inversions due to complaints of pain given during the ride (head and neck aches, bloody noses, etc.) and was then named the "Phantom's Revenge." The ride is also unique because the second drop is longer than the first. Although the first hill is only tall, it is still considered a hyper-coaster because its maximum drop vertically exceeds . In 2009, the majority of the Arrow Dynamics track from the original Steel Phantom was replaced with new track to match the rest of the ride leaving only the brake run and lift hill with its original Arrow manufactured Steel Phantom track.
Racer 1927 John A. Miller Wooden Moebius A John A. Miller wooden roller coaster with a track that is looped over on itself to create the appearance of two separate, parallel tracks. The ride, in fact, consists of one track referred to as a moebius track. Riders choose from one of two trains, one on each side of the loading platform, that then race against each other as they traverse the course. The winning side is chosen by the conductors of the ride and typically alternated each time. A famous Kennywood tradition is to reach over and touch hands of the other car during the ride. There is a blue train, a red train, and a green train, however, only two race at a time with the third being used for maintenance rotation. The original Racer was built in 1924 on the current Kiddieland site. It was torn down after the 1926 season and the following season saw the opening of the new (and current) Racer constructed next to the Jack Rabbit.
Thunderboltmarker 1967 Andy Vettel Sr./John A. Miller Wooden A wooden roller coaster. Originally there was a John A. Miller wooden coaster known as the Pippin on this site, built in 1924. A new design, by Andy Vettel, Sr., was used in the 1967 reconstruction of the Pippin, reusing several of its elements, but resulting in a larger, faster coaster to be known as the Thunderbolt. After the first season in which a rider was tossed from the THUNDERBOLT, the track was reconfigured with the speed bump taken out of the second pass along the midway and the policy of two riders (no exceptions) to a seat was enacted.The check brake was elongated at this time as well. The Thunderbolt regularly places at or near the top of lists concerning the world's top coasters and is distinguished by an immediate drop out of the starting gate, rather than the standard long climb. The Thunderbolt has a top speed of about .
New Launched Steel Roller Coaster 2010 Premier Rides LSM Launched Steel An LSM (Linear Synchronous Motor) launched steel coaster built by Premier Rides, opening in 2010. The first hill is tall, the maximum speed is 50 mph, and the track length is . This coaster will launch you from 0-50 mph in three seconds up a vertical hill only to plummet back down to the ground in a maximum G-force pullout. Next, riders will encounter and inverted top hat, twist through a barrel roll, ascent another vertical section while twisting up it, plummet down a second vertical drop into another maximum G-force pullout, Swoop around a severely banked fan curve, twist through a corkscrew, turn into a zero gravity hill, wobble through a series of wave turns, and finally come to a halt in the brake run. [20767]

Flat Rides

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Model Description Picture
Aero 360 2000 Zamperla Hawk 48 It's an unbelievably "flip-tacular" experience that was manufactured by Zamperla. Riders sit literally within the namesake Kennywood arrows and flip. Legs hanging in the air, and held in only by a shoulder harness, guests swing back and forth - higher and higher with each pendulum motion. As momentum builds, the ride culminates by spinning riders the full 360 degrees as they "Go over the top."
Bayern Kurve[20768] 2009 Anton Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve It returned in 1994 after a seven-year absence only to disappear after the 2004 season. After another absence, this time for four years, this rare and beloved classic is reappearing once again in 2009. Riders sit in one of the sixteen bobsled-themed cars that travel at a high-speed around a circular single-hilled track with mountain scenery behind them, complete with spectators. Riders start in an upright position and as the cars pick up speed, they tilt inward toward the center of the ride. This ride is also known for its loud horn which is similar to that of a diesel train engine.
Cosmic Chaos 2007 Zamperla Mega Disk'O It's a Mega Disk'O ride manufactured by Zamperla Inc. that made its debut in 2007. The ride seats 24 people on a giant disk, upon motorcycle-like pedestal seats with back restraints. Arms and legs are free from restraint and the passenger looks outward. From a top height of 50' the space ship begins its untamed flight along the 120' concave track while its passengers spin around in circle. Cosmic Chaos has a UFO theme, complete with UFO sounds, aliens, and even sounds from real aliens!
Gran Prix 1977 Reverchon Bumper Cars It was built in 1977. It is a bumper car ride that has 31 two-passenger cars, a few of which are painted black and gold and have numbers on them in honor of a few players on the Pittsburgh Steelers football team and it is one of the three rides with a classic ride started/stopped bell. Riders steer their cars in any direction across the metal rectangular floor bumping other cars out of their way.
Kangaroo 1962 Norman Bartlett Flying Coaster Also known as a Flying Coaster, it's the last ride of its kind. Purchased in 1962, it is a good in-between ride for kids graduating from Kiddieland. During the ride, eight cars travel a circular track with a single steep hill. After "bouncing" off the top of the hill, the cars then make a slow ascent in midair back down to the track, giving each guest the sensation of flying. Its resemblance of a Kangaroo's leap is what inspired its name.
King Kahuna 2003 Huss Top Spin It was added to the park in 2003. It originally stood at Kennywood's sister park, Lake Compouncemarker in Connecticut. The ride consists of a gondola attached to two arms. The arms rotate in a circle while the platform flips riders upside down. The ride is built with jets of water that originally sprayed the riders as it spins, but after guest complaints and mold problems resulting in the replacement of the seat padding, they discontinued the use of the spraying effect so that the fountain is now just ornamental. It is currently up for sale and is likely to be leaving the park at the end of 2009.
Merry-Go-Round 1927 William H. Dentzel Carousel It was built by William H. Dentzel in 1926, and completely refurbished for 2005, is a National Historic Landmark. Kennywood encourages large groups to use it as a meeting-spot considering it is centrally located—a custom to most smaller and older parks. It is Kennywood's third and largest carousel. The music on the Merry-Go-Round is provided by a 1916 Wurlitzer band organ, the ride travels in a counter-clockwise direction, over 1500 lights decorate this ride, and it is one of the three rides with a classic ride started/stopped bell. The two notable non-horse animals featured on the ride are the tiger and the lion.
Musik Express 1987 Mack, GmbH & Co. Music Express Built in 1987, it is a quick circular ride that travels clockwise around an undulating track. Loud music is played while the ride is in motion and it has flashing lights. It has a white/red loading/running lighting theme, respectively. During Phantom Fright Nights, mostly Halloween related music is played. Kennywood's Music Express has a 60's/70's rock theme to it with yellow and green being the theme colors of their ride.
Paratrooper 1959 Frank Hrubetz Paratrooper It has been at Kennywood since 1959 and was originally called the SkyDiver. The ride has ten umbrella-covered cars which rotate counter-clockwise on a long arm. During the ride, the arm the cars are mounted to raises to a 45 degree angle.
Pirate 1982 Huss Pirate Boat It was built in 1982. It is a large pirate-themed boat suspended from a giant "A" frame structure mounted to a trailer. The trailer is buried inside a retaining wall surrounded by landscaping to give it the appearance of a permanent ride model. The boat swings back and forth until it achieves a height of and is at a 75-degree angle with its initial resting position, giving riders the sensation of weightlessness. Originally the "helm" of the ship was facing the road, but after Kennywood renovated the ride under Huss's supervision, the direction of the boat was flipped so that the "helm' now faces Noah's Ark.
Swing Shot 2006 S&S Arrow Screamin' Swing It's one of the first larger models of the S&S Screamin' Swing to debut. Added to Lost Kennywood in 2006, the name was chosen from a long list of names that were entered in the "Name the New Ride" contest Kennywood held over the summer of 2005. It is basically a giant swing that swings riders back and forth, reaching a height of at a 120 degree angle and reaching speeds of . This ride stands where the WipeOut once stood (the WipeOut was moved to the former site of the Bayern Kurve, which was removed from the park in 2005 and placed in storage through 2008). Initially the ride was plagued with much downtime due to the plastic air chambers leaking, however S&S redesigned the air tanks to be made of steel and ever since the ride has been much more reliable.
Turtle 1927 Traver Engineering Tumble Bug It's a bumpy-track or undulating ride. It has been a Kennywood tradition since 1927 and has six cars that travel counter-clockwise on a circular track over a series of three hills and dips. The name is inspired by the turtle's curved shell. Originally the ride was called the Tumble Bug and featured bug-themed cars until the ride received new turtle-like exteriors. In fact, for the entire first year the ride was given a new turtle theme, it was still named the Tumble Bug. It is one of the first rides that most children graduating from Kiddieland ride, but it is also very popular with teenagers because operators usually let them ride several times in a row when lines are very short. It is also a unique ride, because the Turtle is one of only three standing Tumble Bug rides with only two currently operating. Of the three standing Kennywood's turtle is the only one with a Turtle theme as opposed to a Tumble Bug theme and it is also an historic landmark.
Volcano 1978 Huss Enterprise It was new in 1978 and was called the Enterprise until the addition of the Volcano Valley themed area. As the Enterprise, the loading platform was surrounded by a blue railing and was raised by a retaining wall that was surrounded by shrubbery. As the Volcano, the shrubbery has been replaced with a mountain landscape that covers the original retaining wall and railing. It has 20 swinging gondolas, which travel in a circular clockwise motion on a large wheel. Once it achieves a fast enough speed, the wheel raises riders to a 90-degree angle and spins the riders upside down. This ride sometimes features a volcano eruption-themed fog and lighting effect, most commonly during Phantom Fright Nights.
Wave Swinger 1984 Zierer Wave Swinger 48 It's a German-made trailer-mounted wicker swing ride also known as the Bavarian Wave Swinger. Originally located at the current location of the Kennyville Stage near the Potato Patch, it was built in the park in 1984. It was later relocated to its current location in Lost Kennywood in 1995 after a one year absence from the park due to the fact that it was being refurbished. It has a white/red loading/running lighting theme, respectively, and features a different painting in the center of a decorative molding on each exterior panel. Also, since it is a trailer-mounted ride, a pit was dug out under the ride in Lost Kennywood to make the ride flush with the ground and appear permanent.
Whip 1918 W.F. Mangles 16 Car Whip It's the oldest flat ride in the park opening in 1918 an the last operating 16 car whip. The ride's 16 cars travel along an oblong track and "whip" as they go around the bend at either end. The Whip was relocated from the Log Jammer Pavilion to Lost Kennywood in 1995 and is one of the three rides with a classic ride started/stopped bell. In 2002, a park guest was killed when the ride's pavilion collapsed during a macroburst. The pavilion has not been put back up, but instead replaced with a white picket fence surrounded by flagpoles. The openness of Kennywood's Whip makes it very unique as most Whips are, indeed, covered under pavilions.

Vertical Rides

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Model Description Picture
Pitt Fall 1997 Intamin AG 2nd Generation Freefall It's a 251 ft (76 m) drop tower from Intamin and was the world's tallest drop tower upon opening.
Skycoaster 1994 Sky Fun 1 Skycoaster It's a -tall giant swing, allowing three riders at a time to free-fall approximately and is the first Skycoaster model to be permanently installed in an amusement park. When the Skycoaster opened, it was the world's tallest version of this ride.

Dark Rides

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Type Description Picture
Garfield's Nightmare 1901 (2004) Halloween Productions Old Mill It's a dark ride in bright 3D fluorescent colors under black light. It features the characters from Garfield comic strip and cartoons. This ride is the oldest ride at Kennywood, though it has gone through numerous major theme and structural changes throughout its existence. Since it debuted in 1901, it has been variously known as the Old Mill, the Panama Canal, Fairyland Floats, and Hard Headed Harold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway. The scenes inside this vintage dark attraction have featured "gorgeous grottos" from around the world including Hawaii and Australia. More recently this attraction featured scenery from a mine haunted by ghosts, ghouls, and skeletons. It even featured three outdoor scenes. In 1992 the name was changed back to the Old Mill and received some minor scenery upgrades. In 2004, the ride received a major scenery overhaul—a Garfield theme—and all scenes became enclosed to insure a continuous 3D blacklight effect. The boats were slightly modified as well and the number of boats was increased to from nine to twelve.
Ghostwood Estate 2008 Halloween Productions/ETF Ride Systems Trackless Interactive It's a ride that replaced the dark ride The Gold Rusher which was created in 1981. In 2008, Kennywood announced that a new interactive dark ride would replace the historic Gold Rusher. The facade is designed to look like a dilapidated mansion. Riders begin by standing in a "library/study" type room when, all of a sudden, Lord Kenneth (the owner of the estate), literally forces himself out of a picture frame. He informs of the ghosts and how you will be able to drive them from his home so that he may live in peace. Each rider then walks up a flight of stairs and approaches the trackless "Ghost Buggies". Each guest is provided with a "Ghost Blaster" to help them eliminate the ghosts. The ride features realistic animatronics, props, and scenery with a healthy mix of computer-generated animation.
Noah's Ark 1936 Herbert Paul Schmeck Noah's Ark It's a classic walk-through "dark" attraction. The ride's opening year, 1936, began auspiciously as the City of Pittsburgh suffered its St. Patrick's Day flood that year. Patrons walk through an ark recreating Noah's attempt at bringing animals aboard. This classic ride, one of two in the world (the other being at Blackpool Pleasure Beachmarker), was remodeled in 1996. During the remodeling, the Ark was entirely rebuilt due to structural problems with the original "boat". Instead of entering through a whale's mouth, patrons now board a freight elevator that provides the effect of rising, then crashing to the ground, part of the re-theming of the ride includes props meant to appear like ancient artifacts that were found below the Ark. Over the years, different parts were removed, including a fan that would shoot air up from the ground. One popular part, the shaker boards, still remains.

Water Rides

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Model Description
Log Jammer 1975 Arrow Dynamics Log Flume It's a fiberglass log flume water ride. It is 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. It was built in 1975 by Arrow Dynamics and consists of two lifts, a spillway that is high, and a high chute.
Pittsburg Plunge 1995 OD Hopkins Shoot the Chute It's the centerpiece attraction in Lost Kennywood. It is a Shoot-the-Chute ride named for the brief period in the 1890s when Pittsburgh dropped the "h" from its name. It runs with two 20-passenger boats at a time that are designed to look like the shoot-the-chutes boats of old amusement parks. This ride can soak both the passengers and the onlookers in water.
Raging Rapids 1985 Intamin AG River Rapids Ride It was opened in 1985 and simulates a white-water rafting trip through canyons and beneath waterfalls. Three pumps are constantly filling the cement trough with 93,000 gallons of water each minute, ensuring a soaking experience.

Transportation Rides

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Type Description Picture
Auto Race 1930 Traver Engineering Auto Train Also known by several veterans as the Auto Ride, it's also the last of its kind and was designed by Harry Traver of the Traver Engineering Company. Electric cars run quite quickly through a trough-like wooden track that twists and turns, almost like a maze. When the ride opened in 1930, it had several small hills placed in the track, but these were soon removed due to rear-end collisions caused when cars couldn't get up and over them on rainy days.
Kenny's Parkway 1996 CTEC Inc. Chairlift It's the only ride located outside of the park gates. It is a chairlift style ride meant to carry passengers down to the park from the uppermost parking lot, while providing a spectacular aerial view of the park below.
Olde Kennywood Railroad 1945 Miniature Train It's a train ride along the top of the cliff next to the river with various displays and a recording that tells about park history (and also Western Pennsylvania history before the 2009 season). The locomotives are from the 1939 World's Fair, have a gasoline-powered engine, and were installed in the park in 1945.
Paddle Boats 1981 Pedalo Boats They are the park's only remaining human-powered rides. Riders paddle through the park's lagoon in any path they choose. This ride requires an extra fee.


Kennywood's Kiddieland was one of the first children's ride areas in the world, featuring all the rides in the park's diverse array of young child-specific rides in a compact area between the Auto Race and the Aero360. It is located next to the edge of the cliff on the river-view side of the park. It was originally located next to the Jack Rabbit before moving to its current location in 1927.
Ride Year Opened Manufacturer/Designer Description
Crazy Trolley 2001 Zamperla Added in 2001, it kicked off a rehabilitation and expansion project for Kiddieland. Placed on a new midway that replaced the Safety City jeep ride, this is a miniature version of the park’s former Flying Carpet ride. It is themed to the Kennywood trolley bus that used to lead the Fall Fantasy parades and roam the streets of Pittsburgh (a new bus in different colors was purchased in 2008). Adults may ride.
Dizzy Dynamo 1970 San Antonio Roller Works This ride is a very unique ride. Riders sit in one of eight cars mounted to a circular platform. As the platform begins to spin, so does each individual car, in alternating directions. Finally, the whole ride tilts over. This ride has an umbrella over top of it as well, and adults are allowed to ride.
Elephant Parade 1987 Similar to the Red Baron ride, Elephant Parade has the child riding around in an elephant, in the opposite direction.
Kenny's Karousel 1924 W. F. Mangels It is one of Kiddieland's original rides. This miniature merry-go-round actually pre-dates the park's full sized version. It was refurbished for the 2009 season.
Lil’ Phantom 1996 Molina and Sons Inc. It's the park’s kiddie coaster. Added in 1996, this is a modern coaster in the style of classic coasters manufactured by Allan Herschell. For kiddie coaster standards, the ride is surprisingly intense. The ride was rehabbed, overhauled, and rebuilt completely for the 2007 season. Adults can ride.
Orbiter 1982 Zamperla On this ride, children ride around in a circle in either a helicopter or a Transformers-esque robot. The ride lifts and tilts as it operates.
Pounce Bounce 2002 Zamperla Kiddieland’s expansion was continued with the addition of the Pounce Bounce, a miniature of the Pitt Fall located in the center of the area where ornamental structures once stood. As its name suggests, the car gently bounces up and down the tower. The tower is themed to look like cheese, and mice from the Garfield comic series appear on the sides. A Garfield statue is mounted at the top. Adults can ride.
Red Baron 1979 Chance It's a common kiddie ride, which allows children to fly a plane around in a circle, with a lever to raise and lower the plane.
S. S. Kenny 2007 Zamperla It's the most recent addition to Kiddieland, added in 2007. This ride is a miniature of the Cosmic Chaos, which was added to the park the same year. As the colorful boat vehicle goes back and forth on a U-shaped ramp, the boat spins. This ride replaced the Kiddieland Magic Show after one season of operation, which itself replaced the kiddie Cadillac ride. A statue of Kenny Kangaroo, the park’s mascot, wearing a sailor suit stands in front of the ride. Adults can ride.
Steel City Choppers 1974 San Antonio Roller Works This ride lets children ride around in a circle on motorcycles. A large umbrella covers the ride.
Turtle Chase 1950 R. E. Chambers It's a kiddie version of the Turtle ride at the park. While Kennywood's Turtle is one of only two in operation, there are many examples of the kiddie version to be found throughout the US. Until Kiddieland’s expansion, this ride was located next to the Dizzy Dynamo. Adults are allowed to ride.
Wacky Wheel 1924 W. F. Mangels It was also one of the first four kiddie rides installed. This miniature ferris wheel ride has had its cars replaced, but the ride is much like it has been for many years.
Whippersnapper 1985 W. F. Mangels It's a kiddie version of the park's classic Whip ride. A kiddie whip has been in place in Kiddieland for many years, although this one was purchased in 1985 from a park in Oregon to replace the original ride lost in a 1975 fire.
Whirlwind 1984 It's a kiddie version of the Wave Swinger, although this ride does not lift or undulate.

Past Rides

Ride Years Operating Manufacturer/Designer Type/Model Description Picture
Turnpike 1966-2009 Arrow Dynamics/Morgan Electric Cars It was an antique car ride located right at the front if the park. Originally replacing the Laff in the Dark in 1966, this attraction originally debuted with gasoline powered cars and was sponsored by Gulf Oil. However, in 1987 these cars were removed and replaced with electric cars manufactured by Chance. The direction the cars traveled on the track was also switched to prevent the cars from drifting through the station. It required two riders. When it was created, it was a major investment for the park because the tracks could not be removed and the park owners did not yet own the land the park was built on. It originally had an old-fashioned Gulf Oil station complete with a working gas pump that was later re-themed to resemble a CO-GO's convenience store and a BP gas station. The price of gas at the Turnpike's gas station was read as "FUN", no matter what grade of fuel. Its last day at Kennywood was Sunday, August 16. The park stated in an official announcement that plans are underway to bring back the Turnpike within the next few seasons.
WipeOut 1993-2008 Chance Rides WipeOut A Topsy-Turvy experience, the WipeOut was originally purchased as a temporary ride to fill in for other rides as they were being overhauled. Its first year at Kennywood, it was located at the location of the Enterprise (now Volcano) while it was being rehabbed. The following year the WipeOut spent its time filling in for the Wave Swinger at the current location of the Kennyville Stage while the Wave Swinger was being rehabbed to be reinstalled as part of the new Lost Kennywood area of the Park that debuted with a new permanent location for the WipeOut the following year. In 2006, the Wipeout was moved to the former and now current location of the Bayern Kurve to make way for the installation of the Swingshot. Originally the Kurve was to be rehabbed over the winter, but do to issues with obtaining parts, the WipeOut was installed at its location and the Kurve was removed. 2008 would be the last season for the WipeOut since the Bayern Kurve was finally done with its lengthy overhaul and reinstalled at its former location for the 2009 season. The WipeOut was moved to Lake Compounce where it is currently operating in the location of the park's former Music Express.
Gold Rusher 1981-2007 Maurice Ayers Dark Ride Added to the park in the early eighties, it was a dark ride themed as a runaway mine car traveling through a haunted coal mine. It was bit frightening, yet comical. Originally designed with a spiral lift taking the cars from the ground to the second floor where the scenes were located, the station was rebuilt to be located at the top of stairs above the midway next to the Raging Rapids. This was done to eliminate the problems experienced with the lift. It was removed during the 2007 season to make way for Ghostwood Estate. Props from the Gold Rusher are used as part of Death Valley during Kennywood's Phantom Fright Nights as well as during Idlewild Parkmarker's Hallowboo!. The Ride System was originally to be donated to the same park as the Flying Carpet, but was eventually sold on ebay.
Flying Carpet 1988-2006 Zierer Flying Carpet Formerly located where the Cosmic Chaos is now, it was a high-speed ride that begins by rocking back and forth until the momentum rotates it right over the top. After a stop at the top, riders would be sent in the opposite direction. It was removed at the end of the 2006 season after a few overhauls were performed to try to increase reliability and decrease maintenance that failed to achieve the goal as the ride was continually plagued with down-time during its time at the park. It was donated to a non-profit amusement park in Costa Rica.

Food Vendors

Vendor Description Picture
Potato Patch It's famous for its Fresh Cut French Fries. At the stand's location in front of the Thunderbolt's helix turns, fries are cut fresh and served in a basket with an option of up to eight toppings. The Potato Patch Fries have become so well known that Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle grocery stores began selling frozen Potato Patch Fries in 2001. Lines for these popular french fries can have a longer wait than those for some of the park's rides. To alleviate the wait, another vendor of the famous fries, Small Fry's, was added to Lost Kennywood.
The Lucky Stand It's one of the oldest food stands in Kennywood and is known for its age and fun-looking appearance. It is located in the center of the Kennyville midway between the Potato Patch and Noah's Ark and features a variety of carnival food. It has a pastel color scheme of pink, yellow, and green.
The Pagoda It's another famous carnival food stand in Kennywood, located between the Parkside Cafe and the Olde Kennywood Railroad. It is noted for its Chinese pagoda-style of architecture. It also features a collection of wooden, hand-carved gargoyle heads that were once located on the front of a former fleet of boats that traveled through the Old Mill.
Kandy Kaleidoscope It's a candy store that sells homemade fudge, and other candies, and is located near the entrance of the park. It was formerly the home of the Rotor and is a popular spot to stop at before exiting the park.
Parkside Cafe It's a cafeteria located in one of the Park's oldest structures, a historic landmark formerly known as the casino. Dating back to 1899, it was one of the first buildings at the park.
Carousel Food Court It's located in the former carousel pavilion. Dating back to 1899, it was one of the first buildings at the park. In 1927, Kennywood purchased its current carousel (which is adjacent to the stand), which was too big for the existing pavilion and required the construction of a new one. At one point this was called the Soda Fountain.
Pizza Pavilion Located in Lost Kennywood, it pays homage to former competitor West View Parkmarker, bearing a resemblance to its carousel pavilion. Taking a page from the Carousel Court above, this stand specializes in pizza, hoagies, burgers, hotdogs and more.
Golden Nugget Located next to the entrance to Kiddieland, is very popular for its hand-dipped ice cream cones. Originally attached to the Dance Pavilion, one of the park's first buildings dating from 1899, it is all that remains after a 1975 fire destroyed the rest of the building.
Pizza Warehouse It can be found behind the Golden Nugget. Pizzas and hoagies can be purchased here.
Star Refreshment Stand Near the entrance of the Log Jammer, it gets its namesake from a ferris wheel that used to sit on the land (not to be confused with the Wonder Wheel, which was next to the stand and removed in 2000). A very large variety of food can be purchased here, including the popular funnel cakes and the batter-dipped deep-fried Oreos.
Dippin Dots These stands exist all over the park with a special stand next to the Racer that sells Dot sundaes, milkshakes, floats and more.
Midway Refreshment Stand This is the name of the vendor across from the Jack Rabbit and it sells all sorts of delicious foods like Philly Steak hoagies.
Pedro's Located in Volcano Valley, it's known for its Mexican-style offerings.
Pepsi Plunge Located in Lost Kennywood, its a refreshment stand, with items like Dippin' Dots, Icee, and soft drinks.
Big Dipper Across from Noah's Ark, it's an art-deco style ice cream stand attached to the rear of the Parkside Cafe.
Frying Saucer Located in Lost Kennywood, it serves funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos, and more.
U-Do-It Slush Factory It allows guests to combine any of 8 different slushie flavors in one cup.

Themed Areas

  • Kiddieland is the first children's ride area in the world, featuring all the rides in the park's diverse array of young child-specific rides in a compact area between the Auto Race and the Aero 360. It is located next to the edge of the cliff on the river-view side of the park. Rides include miniature versions of the Turtle, Wave Swinger, Phantom's Revenge, Cosmic Chaos, Pitt Fall, Whip, and Merry-Go-Round. It was originally located next to the Jack Rabbit.

  • Lost Kennywood, which was added to the park in 1995, was built on the old sunlite pool/pay parking lot area. The area evokes memories of Kennywood's long history, including its short-lived rival Luna Park (1905-1909), and also the illusion of yesteryear's dangerous rides, with modern safety features. The area includes the Pittsburg Plunge, the Whip, the Bavarian Wave Swinger, the Exterminator, the Pitt Fall -drop tower ride, and the Swing Shot. Older rides which have been removed from Lost Kennywood since its opening include the Phantom Phlyers, Roll-O-Plane, and WipeOut. The gateway to Lost Kennywood is a one-third scale replica of Luna Park's main entrance which spells Pittsburgh with no 'H', because in 1905-1909, Pittsburgh's name was spelled that way. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a spelling error.

  • Volcano Valley was created in the park in 2003 for the addition of the new ride that year, King Kahuna. Also, the park's Enterprise was re-themed as the Volcano during the transformation of this section of the park, which includes the Volcano, Pirate, and King Kahuna and features cement volcanoes that are capable of spewing smoke.


  • Entertainment is a focal point of Kennywood. Strolling musicians, live shows, and costume characters truly evoke Kennywood's rich history. For the park's 100th anniversary in 1998, the park had side shows, magicians, and other events in their "anniversary midway." During the 2008 season, the Kennyville Stage offered an act by Jason Pipatone - Master Entertainer as well as all day viewing of "Kenny TV", a closed circuit TV network displaying various videos and trivia. "Kenny TV" can also be viewed at various other locations throughout the park. The Scheer's Lumberjack Show had a one year run in 2008 replacing the "Pirates of Kenny Cove" high-dive show. In 2009, this location featured a show called Maximum Velocity, a BMX stunt show based on audience participation. The park also has strolling musicians and roaming mascots including the park's mascot, Kenny Kangaroo, who debuted in the early 1970s. From 2001 up through the end of 2008, the comic characters Garfield and Odie also could be found at the park.

Nationality Days

  • Nationality Days are several annual events, each spotlighting a different local culture. These include, but are not limited to, Irish Day, Greek Day, Serbian Day, Croatian Day, Polish Day, Slovak Day, and Italian Day. On these days some of the park's many picnic pavilions will be in use for entertainers of the particular day's nationality, including ethnic dancers.

Kennywood's Historic Windmill showing it's nighttime charm
View of Lost Kennywood from the Phantom's Revenge showing off the fountains
The fountain in front of the Garden Clock with the Clock peeking out behind it


  • The Lagoon is a stunning water feature in the heart of the park featuring the paddle boats and the Skycoaster. Several carnival games and food huts are adjacent to the Lagoon, as well as the Log Jammer, Aero 360, Jack Rabbit, and Racer. For decades there were twice daily circus acts performed in the middle of the lagoon on the Lagoon Stage, however the shows came to an end when the stage was converted to a loading platform for the Skycoaster.

  • The Windmill is a large decorative scaled-down windmill structure that stands in the front of the park. At night, the four spinning blades are illuminated by hundreds of lights. The windmill is a wooden structure built on a stone foundation and is one of the oldest structures in the park. Formerly located in the middle of the lagoon, it was moved to the front of the park to make room for the Traver circle swing, better known as the Rocketships.

  • Dancing Waters is the water fountain located between the Grand Prix and the Windmill, in what is probably the most beautiful and serene part of the park. Formerly located in front of the Wonder Wheel at the location of the Aero 360, It was originally created as a scaled down replica of the fountain at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and was choreographed to lights and music.

  • The Lost Kennywood Fountain is a spectacular fountain located in front of the Pittsburg Plunge that features a light show in the evenings. One part of the fountain is designed to look like one that existed in almost the exact same place in the former swimming pool.

  • The Mushroom Fountain is a vintage drinking fountain shaped like a giant mushroom featuring four spigots, each at different heights for guests of all sizes. It is located between the Merry-Go-Round and Parkside Cafe.

  • The Clown-Headed Garbage Cans are a collection garbage cans usually located within Kiddieland that are topped with a colorfully-costumed fiberglass clown head cap. Each clown has a hole in its wide open mouth through which, guests deposit their garbage. Also, each clown has its own unique name painted on a tag on its hat such as Bobo.

  • The Garden Clock Plaza is a small area in front of Raging rapids and the Olde Kennywood Railroad where the old Garden Clock is located. The Garden Clock has graced the midway for decades and the floral designs on the face of the clock change annually and range from images of sunbursts to Kenny Kangaroo's head. In front of the clock is a very unique spherical-shaped fountain reminiscent of seeding dandelion flower that has seating located around it. For a long time Cowboy Joe found a home on his bench in front of the fountain in this area of the park.

  • Laffin' Sal is a mechanical laughing woman sculpted from paper mache who greets guests with her cheerful gap-toothed smile and haunting laugh through a window in the Olde Kennywood Railroad train station. She has been a Kennywood tradition since the opening of Laff in the Dark during the Great Depression to boost visitors' spirits. Before she moved to the train station, she was located at the entrance of the park's old Le Cachot dark ride. While her location and outfits change occasionally, she herself has retained the same looks as well as her original cackling laughter soundtrack. During Phantom Fright Nights, she is dressed as a witch and an even creepier and evil-sounding laugh soundtrack is played. Many people believe her to be the scariest attraction at Kennywood.

  • Cowboy Joe is a famous Kennywood "visitor" who has been occupying his special bench in the park for decades. There is a sign behind him that reads "Swappin' yarns with Cowboy Joe at Kennywood." and park goers have been getting a picture taken with him since he first stepped foot in the park. In reality, this classic icon is but a fiberglass statue of a cowboy with glass eyes (replaced with paint-on-fiberglass eyes in 2009), mounted to a wooden bench. He used to hold a cigarette in his right hand, but quit smoking cold turkey after being stripped of his paint, patched, and repainted during 2008. His costume consists of a brown hat, boots, and vest; red button down shirt; and blue jeans. Also, he has gray hair and brown eyes. While his location within the park has changed, he himself remains very much the same.

Phantom Fright Nights

Phantom Fright Nights is a Halloween event held at Kennywood on Friday and Saturday nights during the month of October. The park typically opens at seven in the evening and closes at one in the morning. The event began in 2002, though the concept of theming an amusement park for Halloween is not new. "Phantom Fright Nights" received third place in the Golden Ticket Awards for best Halloween event in 2007.

Labor Day traditionally marked the end of the season and the park would shut down until the spring. In 2002, Kennywood decided to break the long-standing tradition and turn almost half of the park into a giant Halloween extravaganza. The park's initial trial of Phantom Fright Nights in 2002 consisted of four traditional haunted houses, with only a few rides and roller coasters in operation. Despite the relatively limited scope of the opening year, the experiment proved to be a success, and new areas of the park and rides are opened for the festivities every year. In 2004 Kennywood debuted Gory Park, a haunted zone in Lost Kennywood. The following year, 2005, the park managed to have 3/4 of the rides and attractions operable due to high demand and record-breaking crowds. The park has reported attendance greater for one Fright Night than they have on a good normal operating day.

In the spirit of Halloween season, the park itself is given a complete make-over, with costumed actors roaming the paths, spooky music filling the air, and fog blanketing the park and every light bulb in the park is changed to a different color—even the restroom windows are covered in colored films. The merry-go-round horse normally found in the fountain by the entrance is replaced by a giant Phantom-like figure with glowing red eyes hovering over bubbling red blood (dyed water). In some places sheets are hung up and classic horror movies are played, such as the original "House on Haunted Hill". Several areas of the park, including Kiddieland and Lost Kennywood, are turned into open-air haunted attractions. Other buildings, such as the Penny Arcade and the Parkside Terrace Cafe, are converted into more traditional haunted houses. Some rides are given entirely new lighting and fog effects including strobes and blacklights, or in the Exterminator's case, an absolute absence of light. In the case of the Musik Express, Halloween-themed music is all that is played. Even the entrance tunnel is affected; massive amounts of fog are pumped into the passageway and chainsaw wielding characters stalk unsuspecting guests as they enter. These ghouls are also found throughout the park when least expected.

Kennywood discourages children under the age of thirteen from attending the park during Phantom Fright Nights as the atmosphere may be too intense for some younger children, but letting children attend is solely at the discretion of parents or guardians. Many children go to Fright Nights anyway, even with the suggestion since Kennywood will admit attendees of any age.

Haunted attractions

Indoor Haunts

  • Villa of the Vampires in the Penny Arcade
  • Mortem Manor in the Parkside Cafe
  • The Haunted Ark in Noah's Ark
  • Captain Skully's Curse in 3-D in the former Whip Pavilion (Pavilion 23)

Outdoor Haunts

  • Kennyville Cemetery in the grassy Dancing Waters/Gazebo area
  • Dark Shadows in the back of Kiddieland
  • Voodoo Bayou in the Raging Rapids trough

Haunted Midways

  • Gory Park in Lost Kennywood
  • Death Valley Haunted Ghost Town in front of and leading up to Ghostwood Estate
  • Fear Festival surrounding the area usually occupied by the George Washington statue

Past/Changed Haunts
  • Creeper's Crypt in the Penny Arcade
  • Fort Despair in the back of Kiddieland
  • Terror Vision in 3-D in the former Whip Pavilion (Pavilion 23)
  • Fear Festival once was part of Gory Park.
  • Dark Shadows once was located in Pavilion 5.

Kennywood in the mass media

Kennywood's world renowned reputation and nation-wide popularity has led to its mention and appearance in many forms of media including TV shows, movies, books, records, and has even warranted a reason to film a documentary about the park's history.


  • Kennywood was mentioned in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "Turning of the Screws", which dealt with a Las Vegas roller coaster derailment. CSI Supervisor Gil Grissom, who is a roller coaster enthusiast, tells the park engineer that he holds the marathon riding record on the Steel Phantom in Kennywood Park, Pennsylvania.
  • In the pilot episode of Disney's Even Stevens, the camera pans across Kennywood, most likely, from the upper parking lot or the top of the shopping center. The Pirate Ship, Swings, Noah's Ark, Thunder Bolt, and Steel Phantom are clearly visible.
  • Kennywood was also mentioned on an episode of Without a Trace. They showed the park, but the name of it was not the same. It had the famous Steel Phantom in the park also.
  • Singer/Actor Micky Dolenz, former drummer for The Monkees, often fondly tells audiences at his live shows that Kennywood was the location of his first ever public appearance. He appeared at Kennywood with his elephant in the 1950s when he was known as Circus Boy. The television series featured Micky as Corky, a boy who grows up on the road in a circus.



  • Kennywood also served as the inspiration for "Joyland Park" in LJ Smith's teen horror novel The Forbidden Game: The Kill.


  • Rock 'n roll singer Freddy Cannon recorded a slightly remade version of his 1962 hit "Palisades Park" called "Kennywood Park", featuring attractions at Kennywood [20769]. The song was released on a limited-edition 45 vinyl pressing and sold as a $1.99 fundraising item for Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital through the now-defunct National Record Mart. The record is considered by some to be a collector's item today.


  • On September 28, 1988, the local PBS station, WQEDmarker, first aired Kennywood Memories, a one hour documentary about Kennywood. Rick Sebak narrated. Though twenty years later, many of the rides talked about are gone, the historic information about the park is still quite relevant. WQED has made the entire program log available on their website.

Ride/Attraction timeline

  • 2010: Name TBD, A New Steel Roller Coaster [20770], Turnpike Removed and placed in storage with intent to be reinstalled.
  • 2009: Bayern Kurve**** [20771], WipeOut removed, original Phantom drop and second hill retracked.
  • 2008: Ghostwood Estate [20772], new Kiddieland games building.
  • 2007: Cosmic Chaos, SS Kenny, roofing over the escalators to lot 2, Gold Rusher removed.
  • 2006: Swing Shot
  • 2005: New front gate structures built, Bayern Kurve*** and Swing Around removed
  • 2004: Garfield's Nightmare (theme change from Old Mill)
  • 2003: King Kahuna (formerly Top Spin from Lake Compounce), Ham-on-Rye (removed in 2005), Volcano Valley themed area, Volcano (theme change from Enterprise), Roll-O-Plane removed, Miniature Golf removed
  • 2002: Garfield's Pounce Bounce, Phantom Fright Nights debut
  • 2001: Phantom's Revengemarker (rebuilt from Steel Phantom), Crazy Trolley
  • 2000: Aero 360, Dancing Waters relocated across from Grand Prix, Garfield and Odie added as park mascots
  • 1999: Exterminator, Wonder Wheel removed.
  • 1998: Kennywood celebrates its 100th anniversary, Centennial Midway (one season), Le Cachot removed
  • 1997: Pitt Fall
  • 1996: Lil Phantom (Kiddieland), Kenny's Parkway, Noah's Ark remodeled, Phantom Phlyer removed
  • 1995: LOST KENNYWOOD expansion in former location of Sunlite Swimming Pool - Pittsburg Plunge, Phantom Phlyer (Removed in 1996), moved to Lake Compounce), Roll-O-Plane*** (removed in 2003), Whip and Wave Swinger moved to Lost Kennywood, Great Balloon Race removed
  • 1994: SkyCoaster, Bayern Kurve*** (Removed in 2005)
  • 1993: WipeOut (removed 2009)
  • 1992: Tri-Star (lasts only one season, moved to Idlewild), Old Mill (Haunted Hideaway renamed)
  • 1991: Steel Phantommarker (quickly tops top 10 list, rebuilt as Phantom's Revenge in 2001)
  • 1990: Great Balloon Race (removed in 1995, moved to Idlewild), Laser Loopmarker removed, original facade on Racer loading platform restored
  • 1989: Swing Around** (removed in 2005, Monster removed
  • 1988: Flying Carpet (removed in 2006), Rotor*** (removed in 1994, eventually moved to Lake Compounce), Tilt-A-Whirl removed
  • 1987: Musik Express, electric cars added to Turnpike and directions cars face on track reversed, Kennywood designated National Historic Landmark
  • 1986: Wonder Wheel (removed in 1999), Bayern Kurve** removed, geysers and waterfall added to Raging Rapids
  • 1985: Raging Rapids, Super Round-Up removed
  • 1984: Wave Swinger, Swing Around* (removed at end of season, but returns five years later), Bayern Kurve** (original replaced), Dipper removed
  • 1983: Ranger (lasts only one season)
  • 1982: Pirate, Wonder Bread trains on Racer replaced by new PTC models
  • 1981: Gold Rusher (removed in 2007), Paddle Boats
  • 1980: Laser Loopmarker.(Removed in 1990)
  • 1979: Monster***, renamed Monongahela Monster (removed 1989), Garden Stage (removed in 2006)
  • 1978: Enterprise (renamed Volcano in 2003), Rockets removed
  • 1977: Monster**; Nearby West View Parkmarker closes
  • 1976: Tilt-A-Whirl*** (removed in 1988, moved to Idlewild), Round-Up*** (moved to Idlewild 1985), SkyDiver replaced with new model and renamed Paratrooper
  • 1975: Log Jammer (first multi-million dollar ride in the park's history)
  • 1974: Hardheaded Harold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway (theme change of park's Old Mill), Kenny Kangaroo makes his debut as park mascot
  • 1973: Gran Prix, Sunlite Swimming Pool removed
  • 1972: Bayern Kurve*, Le Cachot Name means "The Dungeon" in French, replaced Safari dark ride. (removed 1998), Monster* (removed 1974)
  • 1971: Roll-O-Plane** (removed 1985)
  • 1969: Noah's Ark remodeled, Loop-O-Plane** (removed 1983)
  • 1968: Thunderboltmarker, rebuilt from Pippin. The four drops in the ravine and the lift hill remain intact from the original coaster. The new Thunderbolt track had a small hill in the inner helix that was removed in 1969.
  • 1967: Road Runner (Cuddle Up), Ghost Ship (Replaced Tornado, Both rides destroyed in fire on June 19, 1975)
  • 1966: Turnpike (Electric cars added in 1987)
  • 1965: Rotor** (removal date unknown), Popover (removed in 1976), Laff in the Dark removed
  • 1964: Tornado dark ride (from defunct Freedomland, removed 1966), Round-Up** (replacing original Round-Up; damaged by the June 19, 1975 fire and replaced with Super Round-Up)
  • 1962: Kangaroo (only Flying Coaster flat ride in existence)
  • 1961: Bandshell destroyed in fire, Calypso (removed 1987), Old Mill gets new boats
  • 1960: Wild Mouse removed, facade on Racer loading platform redesigned
  • 1959: SkyDiver
  • 1958: Wild Mouse (removed 1960), Little Dipper remodeled and renamed Dipper
  • 1957: Round-Up* (replaced with new model in 1964)
  • 1955: Rotor* (removed 1958), Sunlite Pool reopens after rehab, Kiddie Cadillacs, Daffy Klub removed
  • 1953: Sunlite Pool closes to swimming due to maintenance problems and turned into U-Drivem boat concession
  • 1952: Octopus (removed 1965), Tickler removed
  • 1950: Roll-O-Plane* (removed 1969)
  • 1949: Tilt-A-Whirl** (removed 1963), Tumble Bug renamed Turtle
  • 1948: Little Dipper (remodeled in 1958, removed in 1984), hills removed from Auto Race and car bodies replaced with current style bodies, Tumble Bug cars replaced with turtle-looking versions
  • 1947: Teddy Bear removed
  • 1946: Original facade on Racer loading platform replaced
  • 1945: Olde Kennywood Railroad
  • 1941: Daffy Klub (replaces 13 Spook Street)
  • 1940: Rockets (Traver circle swing added to island in lagoon, removed 1978)
  • 1938: Ridee-O (removed 1959)
  • 1937: 13 Spook Street, Kiddie Old Mill (Swan Boats, removed mid-70's)
  • 1936: Noah's Ark (re-built in 1996), Loop-O-Plane* (removed 1950)
  • 1935: Teddy Bear (roller coaster, removed in 1947), Skooter (removed 1979)
  • 1931: Tickler (roller coaster, removed 1952)
  • 1930: Auto Race, Laff in the Dark (removed 1965)
  • 1929: Dodgem removed
  • 1928: Brownie Coaster (removed 1953 or later), Tilt-A-Whirl* (removed 1934)
  • 1927: Merry-Go-Round(T.M. Harton carousel replaced by current William H. Dentzel model), current Racer, Tumble Bug, larger 16 car Whip**, Kiddieland** (moved from near Jack Rabbit coaster to former location of original Racer coaster)
  • 1926: 1910 Racer removed
  • 1925: Sunlite Swimming Pool (removed 1973)
  • 1924: Pippinmarker (converted to Thunderbolt in 1968), Kiddieland* (located near Jack Rabbit coaster)
  • 1923: Speed-O-Plane removed
  • 1922: Dodgem (removed in 1929)
  • 1921: Jack Rabbitmarker, Gee Whizz Dip the Dips removed
  • 1918: Whip* (replaced in 1927)
  • 1914: Old Mill (re-themed Panama Canal)
  • 1913: Merry-Go-Round** (original G.A. Dentzel carousel replaced by T.M. Harton model)
  • 1911: Speed-O-Plane (removed 1923), Panama Canal (re-themed Old Mill)
  • 1910: 1910 Racer (original version, removed 1926), Dip-the-Dips Scenic Railway removed
  • 1906: Fairyland Floats (re-themed Old Mill), Figure Eight Toboggan renamed to Gee Whizz Dip the Dips
  • 1905: Dip-the-Dips Scenic Railway (removed 1910)
  • 1904: Steeplechase removed
  • 1903: Steeplechase (removed 1904)
  • 1902: Figure Eight Toboggan (park's first coaster, removed 1921)
  • 1901: Old Mill (converted to Garfield's Nightmare in 2004, also formerly named/themed as Hard Headed Harrold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway and Panama Canal)
  • 1899: Merry-Go-Round* (G.A. Dentzel carousel), Casino restaurant (now Parkside Cafe), Dancehall
  • 1898: Kennywood opened by Monongahela Street Railways

Asterisks (*) indicate number of times a ride was replaced or re-introduced.

See also



  1. Hahner, pg. 9
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