November 3, 2020 – When Kennywood opens next spring, four rides will be gone. The suburban Pittsburgh park announced on social media that the Kangaroo, Bayern Kurve, Paratrooper and the Volcano Enterprise are being retired. The empty areas will be temporarily used for additional seating and green space. The park plans to add more attractions eventually, but will wait until the Coronavirus pandemic is over.
“While these attractions have created countless special memories for our Guests and Team Members over the years, we have determined the best path forward at this time is to say goodbye,” part of the announcement stated. “We hope you will join us in cherishing the memories with these rides, and we look forward to adding new attractions that create new moments to treasure in future seasons.”
The classic Kangaroo (pictured) was introduced in 1962 and was the last of its kind in operation, which made the decision to retire it even more difficult. The Paratrooper was added in 1976, and the Volcano opened in 1978. The Bayern Kurve has come and gone several times, operating from 1994-2004 and, following a lengthy rehabilitation, was brought back in 2009.
The Steel Curtain roller coaster opened in 2019, however the surrounding Steelers Experience remains on hold due to social distancing restrictions because it’s an interactive, touchable attraction. Nearby sister park Idlewild will also retire certain attractions and plans for the Bombs Away water slide at Sandcastle water park, which was supposed to open this past summer, are now on hold.
Six Flags also recently stated on their quarterly earnings call that they would remove 15 rides from their parks before 2021. While we understand that parks are looking at how much attractions cost to maintain and operate during these challenging times, it’s a shame that we have to see them go.
See what our members are saying about the ride removals in our Forum discussion.