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All aboard for Kennywood don't miss out on the time of your life at the nation's greatest picnic park hurry hurry hurry all aboard for Kennywood there's always lots to do lots to see something for everyone in the family Kennywood located in West Mifflin around 8 miles from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Sits on the site of the 1755 Battle of the Monongahela it later became a popular picnic grove for locals after the American Civil War 1898 saw the Monongahela Street railways company looking. To increase their fair profit. And turn the land into a trolley Park with a carousel casino hall and dance pavilion at the end of the line it eventually grew to become. The Kennywood phim Park its. First roller coaster was added in 1902 a figure-eight toboggan 88 years later the idea of a new roller coaster came to president of Kennywood entertainment company harry Henninger during the late 80s he wanted to build something record-breaking the only issue was he was unsure how to fit something. So large into such a small Park which was surrounded by a river housing and a steel mill making Park expansion impossible from 1980 a small Schwarzkopf shuttle loop called laser loop had been situated in the park but the popularity of this common type of coaster was reducing the ride which hits a speed. Of 54 miles per hour took riders through its single loop and then once again backwards one of the many shuttle loop coasters around the world it was removed in 1990 and reopened in 1994 down in Mexico City where it still operates to this day what replaced it in Kennywood. Though was something much bigger welcome to the steel phantom working together with. Aerodynamics to fit the new ride into the park Kennywood announced in July 1990 but their new steel roller coaster will be called steel phantom and it would use the same station as the laser. Loop the park would use the hillside location a fundable to create something unique the steel bent as of this taping is the. Coaster with the longest run 225 feet and the ride opened on the temp of May 1991 and it was the fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world it would also be. Classed as the hyper coaster a term coined by aerodynamics meaning a roller coaster with a drop of higher than 200 feet with the release of Cedar Point's Magnum X out 200 the first hyper coaster in 1989 which had a drop of 205 feet still. Phantom though would be something different with a drop of 225 feet it would be the right second drop that will be its tallest the right height would actually only reach 160 feet but use its location to its advantage the other unique aspect was that it. Was the first hyper coaster with. Inversions 3,000 feet of track took riders to a top speed of 82 miles per hour diving under the wooden structure of the funderbolt roller coaster it began by heading up a 160 foot chain lift hill before a banked right drop taking riders up to 65 miles. Per hour it was here the ride would fly up a hill and reach the now iconic 225 foot drop heading down to the river next it would head straight into a tight vertical loop while still traveling at his top speed followed by a boomerang. And a corkscrew before it headed back. To the station still phantom was fast too fast in fact the results of heading straight into. The tight vertical loop while thrilling caused the right to receive many complaints about the roughness and headbang injure in the inversions riders on. Opening weekend repeatedly reported issues of neck strain just days after opening it was closed for two weeks while park officials and aerodynamics investigated why it was travelling even faster than the intended top speed of 80 miles per hour. Through the inversions they were not concerned though as. Viper in California a magnum at Cedar Point had also been closed for adjustments after they debuted aerodynamics sent a team out to install trim brakes on the ride aiming to reduce the speed. Before it hit the inversions these trim brakes though did little to reduce the pain riders were reported eventually ridership dropped off due to a word of mouth of the painfulness of the right the first half was highly praised well the second let the experience down for many despite the wry gain in a loyal fan. Base over its wreck or break in nearly decade in the park the people from aero said you know I have to be careful this is a wonderful mark you don't want to overcrowd it and we agree with them we're cutting back on our advertising and we're not making a still Panamera geitman Kennywood announce 2000 would be the final year. For the still phantom and it was to be removed at the end of the season to make space for something new Kennywood stated that in their quest for the best rides and the best use of space they decided to pursue a new rollercoaster while many believed it just to. Be to the roughness and lose. In popularity some reports also stated that the inversions who were beginning to get stress fractures straight after. This announcement complaints began to pour in from fans of the attraction to oppose its closure so many so that it convinced Kennywood to change their mind in August 2000 they announced instead of building a brand new coaster they would renovate still phantom. It closed in September 2000 and work began 228 speeds up to 82 miles an hour three terrifying passes through the Thunderbolt young and a few other surprises deh Morgan manufacturing were brought in to work on the ride the company was founded by Dana Morgan the son of arrow development co-founder ed Morgan whose company had created the original still phantom. Dana Morgan had previously worked on the design of Walt Disney World working at arrow and leaving to form his own company they will remove all of the. Inversions and replaced them with airtime Hills and completely changed the second half of the coaster while keeping most of the first half intact the. First half actually continued to use the original arrow track while from the second hill it would feature all-new morgan track slightly increase in the height of the second drop by around five feet and increase in the ride length by around 200 feet the ride now aimed to reach speeds of. 85 miles per hour with the removal of the inversions also came the removal of the over shoulder restraints with its new hybrid of Morgan and arrow trains using the original arrow chassis while the rest will be rebuilt the new lap. Bar and seat belt system would aim to further increase rider comfort and airtime finally the track was repainted green. From the original all black the new ride was named Phantom's revenge and it was a huge hit with the complaints of roughness gone this new version became one of the best steel coasters in the world it reopened on May 19th 2001 ten years after the original debuted for the first. Season the right operated with just one train until the following year magnetic brakes were added so a second train could be used 2009 saw more of the arrow track replaced with the first drop leaving only the station and the lift Hill of the original track before reopening as phantoms range Kennywood. President Harry Henninger said that he expected current phantom lovers won't be won over by the new speedier smoother ride. But it would appeal more to the masses while. Fans of the original remain to miss the original inversions and high-speed headache-inducing ride the replacement was a huge hit and at least kept some of the best parts of the original that iconic second drop each year the riders in the top 20 steel roller coasters and the golden ticket Awards since its opening taking the best parts of the original. To create a manufacturer hybrid of a roller coaster can. You would set out to not reclaim its world records but to just make an iconic roller coaster. A better one Phantom's revenge remains one of the best steel roller coasters in the world nearly 20 years after it was reborn Phantom's revenge the Thunderbolt the racer are about to welcome a new member. To the Kennywood roller coaster family Kennywood says it will be its biggest wildest ride the Steel Curtain debuts next summer but it's black and gold themed. Car debuted today this is the biggest coaster that kennywood's ever done even bigger than the steel phantom back in the early 90s thank you for watching this episode of expedition weekly if you enjoyed it make sure you subscribe to join the expedition what's your favorite still roller coaster you have written let me know in. The comments below. And we will see you next time.

 


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