Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Abbreviation: KW)
Park News - (9/15/17) As rumored back in July, Kennywood has made the announcement confirming that the park’s Log Jammer flume ride will be retired. To celebrate the Log Jammer’s 42 years, come down for one last ride on Sept. 17th, after which the ride will be closed and removed to allow for future expansion in that corner of the park. Kennywood says that no final decision has been made on what will replace it, if the rest of our rumors hold true, a station for a new proposed coaster will be build just behind where the Log Jammer sat, whcih will run into the new property next door purchased by Kennywood a couple of years ago.
For those unable to make it down in time for one last ride, enjoy the POV video below showing off the Log Jammer which opened in 1975.
(8/25/17) In addition to Kennywood's popular Phantom Fright Nights event, the park will put on a more family friendly event during the daytime (12pm to 4pm) on weekends Oct. 7 through Occt. 29, called Happy Haunting. Follow the link to see the official park page for the family friendly Halloween event.
???? - The Old Mill - Rumor - (7/29/16) The winds of the rumor mill have interesting things to say about the possible future of Kennywood in 2017. According to the phantom voices the revamp of Noah's Ark has been a huge hit for the park and has given them the needed inspiration to follow through on an old plan to finally renovate another park attraction that has been long overdue.
It's been mentioned on and off over the years as something the park really wanted to tackle... and this isn't the rebuilding of the old car ride... but it seems there is a good chance that they may FINALLY renovate and restore the park's classic Old Mill ride back to the way it should be... and kick Garfield’s Nightmare to the curb. Stay tuned!
???? - New Coaster - (7/14/17) What Kennywood may be up to for the 2018 season is still undecided at this point, as I'm hearing they are still waiting on some permit permissions to come in before they can build that long rumored coaster on the new land they bought. It could still happen for 2018, but nothing is set in stone yet apparently. That said, I'm hearing that we should keep an eye on park's Log Jammer ride and the surrounding area. If the rumors are right, the park may have already begin removing the "pavilions" behind the Log Jammer which is where they planned on having the station for the new coaster project.
While they don't need to remove Log Jammer to put in the new coaster, I'm told there is a chance that Log Jammer may be retired before too long as well as the old ride is simply showing extreme signs of age and is in need of a major overhaul if they want to keep it running for much longer.
(5/2/17) It's been awhile since I've heard anything about Kennywood's rumored new coaster project, but apparently they are still finishing up the deisngs. If all goes well, you could see the first signs of construction begin somewhere behind The Racer later this year.
(10/1/16) What is said to be plans showing off the location of a proposed 2018 new roller coaster for Kennywood are said to have been shown off at a local council meeting the other night. A quick photo snapped of the plans, as well as a couple of images showing the plans overlayed over photos of the park sent my way have been posted. (Sorry for no credit given, as I wasn't made aware of who created some of these images, but if you would like credit, please let me know.)
As rumored, the images show the coaster layout running down the hillside into Kennywood new unused property that lies down the hillside in the area behind the Racer and Jack Rabbit.
(8/15/16) I'm not sure how good this rumor is, but according to one reader Kennywood is seeking planning permission to run a coaster down the hill and into the new land they purchased a couple of years ago, where it might run through an existing structure. The existing structure would likely be the old train repair station building that is down the hill behind the Log Jammer and Racer. I wouldn’t expect this for 2017, this could be pre-planning for a year or two later.
(1/8/16) Screamscape sources tell us that Kennywood plan have begun long term planning for the park's next coaster. We don't know what kind of coaster it may be, but the location they are said to be looking at will be behind the pavilions next to the Log Jammer flume. This lines up with an older rumor I had posted a year or more ago that said the next coaster might end up replacing the railroad, which runs along this very path and turns around behind the log flume.