|The Racer-always fun to heckle the opposite train|
The Phantoms Revenge produced anticipatory fear during the slow rhythmic clicks climbing straight up with a view of the entire park before it dropped the famous 200 plus feet. On my first ride I shut my eyes but on the second, my hands were up and yes, I screamed both times. The park has two more coaster “thrillers”, The Terminator, an indoor dark twister and The Ski Rocket, that takes to you from 0-50 mph in 3 seconds.
I am not sure if it was the present thrill of these coasters or my memories that fueled my youthful enthusiasm to ride. My friend and I raced hand in hand from coaster to coaster, riding with our hands up, laughing and occasionally screaming.
Kennywood has plenty of spinning rides for those vertigo lovers. I enjoyed watching the screamers on the Aero (360 degree spinning arrow) and the Black Widow (huge round circle that also spins 360 degrees) safely from the ground holding my ice cream.
As my friend and I walked through the park, we each pointed out the placement of retired rides and shared our stories. I have been told that I am a horrible driver which seems to work to my advantage on my favorite ride, the Bumper Cars. The night ended with a ride on the peaceful and beautiful classic Merry-go-round as we made our way toward the park exit.
|My day always seems to end with a Merry-go-round ride|
The park continues to add rides and evolve with Thomas Town just opening but it also keeps its classic charm with walk through attractions like Noah's Ark that has been around in some form since 1936. Kennywood still thrills but more importantly, it brings us back to our past. A day at Kennywood encourages you to play, propelling you into your own personal “Super-cali -fragi-listic” Day!