This article by Matthew Monroy first appeared on NEXTpittsburgh.com, a media partner of Kidsburgh. Sign up here for NEXTpittsburgh’s free newsletter filled with all the latest news about the people driving change in our city and the innovative and cool things happening here. Photo above courtesy of Kennywood.
The classic Allegheny County amusement park returns early this spring – and with a new look. Kennywood will open with renovated attractions and rides on Easter weekend, a week earlier than planned.
kennywood will open on Saturday April 16 for season ticket holders and on Sunday April 17 for the general public. The 2022 season will kick off with the park opening event, Swing in the springwhich will take place every weekend until May 22. The event will feature live music on the garden stage, family activities and food specials.
Speaking of food specials: it was just announced that the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival will return to the park on September 9th. Early bird tickets are on sale now.
West Mifflin Park underwent a multi-million dollar renovation project during its off-season to update the park ahead of its 125th anniversary in 2023. Among the changes is the return of an amusement ride fan favorite, Kangaroo.
The 1962 flying roller coaster ride was one of four attractions retired in 2020, much to the chagrin of Kennywood fans. It’s brought back this season with an updated look – a new concrete foundation, new coat of paint and LED lights.
But you have to wait to jump on the Kangaroo, which will open on May 28, Memorial Day weekend.
“The Kangaroo really is the centerpiece of this renovation,” says Rob Henninger, Kennywood’s assistant general manager.
The gift shop near the Kangaroo also underwent a complete renovation to feature merchandise celebrating the park’s 125th anniversary.
But that’s not the only change you’ll notice. Old Mill, Kennywood’s oldest ride, in operation since 1901, will feature an updated wooden facade to match the ride’s latest theme. love at first sight and The Ghost’s Revenge are also being repainted.
Other updates are designed to make getting around the park easier, including improvements to ticketing processes. New walkways will guide visitors around the car park and security checkpoints will be optimized to reduce waiting times at the entrance. The entrance tunnel has been repainted and fitted with new lighting to create a brighter walkway for people entering the park.
And if you need help navigating between Aero 360 and The Turtle, there’s new directional signage around the park.
Food venues, such as the Beer Garden, are also getting a makeover to modernize their appearance and increase the speed of service. The candy and fudge store, Kandy Kaleidoscope, has been revamped with floor-to-ceiling windows to show off the treats inside – and entice more people to stop by. Kennywood also added more self-serve drink stations and fast food options.
More information on Kennywood events in 2022 and season ticket ticket options can be found on the park website.
Meanwhile, Kennywood’s sister park, Idlewild and SoakZone, will also open early this year. Idlewild will welcome guests on Saturday May 7, with the SoakZone water park hoping for good weather on Saturday May 21. The season will run until Sunday, October 30, making 2022 the longest season in Idelwild’s 145-year history.
Looking for more fun places to go? Check out our April Events Guide and our Big Spring Fun Guide.