New at Kennywood in 2018: Thomas Town!

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are coming to Kennywood Park to bring loads of fun to children and parents alike!

Kennywood has announced Thomas Town, a family-friendly expansion where guests can meet Thomas, Percy and their friends as they find multiple new rides and attractions for 2018.

At $8.5 million, this new themed area represents the most expansive addition to the park since Lost Kennywood in 1995. Thomas Town will allow guests to see many of their favorite characters from the Island of Sodor. Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, Flynn the Fire Engine and Devious Diesel each provide a new ride experience that guests of all ages can enjoy. At the center of it all, Thomas himself will now pull trains on the park’s classic Olde Kennywood Railroad. In addition to the new rides, guests will find an event pavilion, a new gift shop, games, a soft play area and new stage where Sir Topham Hatt and his engines will entertain.

To accommodate this addition, numerous changes have been implemented with surrounding rides and landmarks. Guests will now find the entrance to the Raging Rapids closer to Ghostwood Estate, where the ride had previously been visible but not directly accessible. The Around the World basketball game, the classic floral clock and even the beloved Laffin’ Sal each will find new homes elsewhere in the park to make room for Thomas Town.

More info on this exciting development to come! Feel free to discuss on the forums or on in our new Discord chat room!

Johnny Rockets Construction & 2014 Off-Season Tour

Last week, KPConnection was given a special look at some of the projects Kennywood has in store for 2014. The biggest news is the construction of Johnny Rockets, but our in-depth tour has a few other interesting things as well!

Click here to check out the full album on our Facebook page. Be sure to read the photo captions, as they contain information we’ve learned about the new Johnny Rockets and other things going on in the park. Also, be sure to join in on the discussion on our forums.

Special thanks to Kennywood’s Public Relations director Jeff Filicko for providing us with this opportunity!

Johnny Rockets Coming to Kennywood for 2014

JR_LogoJohnny Rockets, Kennywood’s first sit-down restaurant in 30 years, will be coming to the park for 2014. This coming season, guests will be able to sit down in a classic American restaurant atmosphere while enjoying many menu items such as burgers, melts, hot dogs, salads, appetizers, and desserts such as milk shakes! Johnny Rockets is known for their singing and dancing staff.

Johnny Rockets will be located in the building formerly known as the Carousel Food Court. The structure of the building itself will remain, but the interior has been gutted and is currently being transformed into Johnny Rockets.

Join the discussion on our forums and check back soon for more information!

Black Widow Opens! — June 8th, 2012

Kennywood Connection was fortunate enough to be at the Grand Opening of Black Widow yesterday! We were among the very first to ride, along with members of American Coaster Enthusiasts and various Pittsburgh media. The ride seems to be a huge hit! Everyone came off with a huge smile on their face, and everyone had something positive to say about the experience! Black Widow is sure to be one of Kennywood’s most popular rides for years to come.

We have a photo album and some video footage of the ride. Be sure to check it out!