Kennywood opens to season pass holders this weekend |

Kennywood opens to season pass holders this weekend

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Roller coasters are among the top attractions at West Mifflin’s Kennywood amusement park.
Marc Davis Jr., 5, has second thoughts after boarding the new Cranky’s Drop Tower ride in Thomas Town during the grand opening of the $8.5 million addition at Kennywood Park on Friday, July 27, 2018. Davis, who was visiting Thomas Town with other members of the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club in McKeesport, said the ride was scary.

Let’s ride!

Kennywood in West Mifflin begins its 121st year Saturday for season pass holders.

The park opens to the public on May 4. Daily operations begin May 23.

Guests will have to wait until later this summer for the opening of the park’s newest roller coaster, the Steel Curtain. The ride is expected to set several records when completed, including tallest roller coaster in Pennsylvania — 220 feet. It will be the park’s eighth roller coaster.

Kennywood’s 4-D Theater is also new this summer. It will showcase two short feature films. “San Andreas 4D Experience” is an action-packed adventure that stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a rescue-chopper pilot making a dangerous journey to save his daughter in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, the release said. It features special effects both on-screen and in-theater. It will also show “Thomas & Friends 4-D: Bubbling Boilers.”

Before the gates open, the park, the Heinz History Center, American Coaster Enthusiasts and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission will dedicated a new marker recognizing Frederick Ingersoll. Ingersoll created the first chain of Amusement parks called “Luna Parks.” It will be located at the entrance, according to a news release.

It will join existing tributes to Kennywood Park and Braddock’s Crossing in a new Historical Marker Garden at the park, the news release says.

Founded in 1898, Kennywood was named a National Landmark in 1987.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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