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Last week, Kennywood announced plans for a new multi-million dollar roller coaster, the amusement park's first ride addition since Ghostwood Estate in 2008. The ride will be complete for the 2010 season.

The still-unnamed coaster will be Kennywood's seventh. Others include the Li'l Phantom, Exterminator, Phantom's Revenge and classic coasters the Jack Rabbit, Racer and Thunderbolt.

Kennywood spokesperson Jeff Filicko promises the new ride, a 2,100-feet-long Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) launch roller coaster, will be unlike any other coaster at the park. It will go from 0 to 50 miles-per-hour in three seconds, and offers Kennywood's first upside-down experience since the Steel Phantom.

The new coaster will be built on the site of the current Turnpike ride, which has been at Kennywood since 1966. The Turnpike will return to Kennywood in an upcoming season, just at a different park location.

"Kennywood has made a name for itself blending the best traditional rides with the best modern rides. This new coaster speaks to that," says Filicko. "We're launching the coaster in the shadow or Noah's Ark and the Turtle, and the Turnpike will be back in future seasons. A lot of parks choose to remove the older rides and go with a more modern pace, but Kennywood provides a mix."

Kennywood, located in West Mifflin, began as a small trolley park in 1898. Together with Idlewild Park in Ligonier and Sandcastle Waterpark in Homestead, it attracts more than 2.1 million visitors a year. Kennywood was recently used at the filming location for the 2009 film Adventureland, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Twilight's Kristen Stewart, which grossed more than $16 million at the domestic box office.

Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Jeff Filicko, Kennywood

Photo courtesy Kennywood
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