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    The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

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    The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Ccron10 on Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:16 pm

    It's official. Kennywood is getting a new coaster for 2010:
    http://www.palaceentertainment.com/kennywood/NEWfor2010.html

    Here are some key facts:
    - 50 mph launch
    - 95 foot top hat
    - inverted top hat
    -barrel roll
    - twist up to an MCBR
    -second drop
    - highly banked fan curve
    - corkscrew
    - zero gravity hill
    - a series of wave turns
    - returns to the station

    The Turnpike will close August 16, 2009, but will return in the future in Kennywood-style at a different location in the park.
    Here's the press release:
    http://www.kennywood.com/docs/KennywoodCoasterRelease081209.pdf

    This sounds like Kennywood is trying to build a remake of Maverick at CP. The coaster will be manufactured by Premier Rides which sounds interesting since they haven't built a new launched coaster lately that I know of.

    The name hasn't been announced yet either, but more info is expected to be released in the coming weeks.


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Ccron10 on Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:38 pm

    Update:
    Somone at TPR has posted two videos of the park's press confrence and a POV of the Turnpike.
    There's also news of where the station and queue will be. It seems the station will be built near the Gran Prix bumper cars causing a path to be removed and it would need to go over the park entrance tunnel. Luckly the are won't loose too many trees.
    http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=40437&start=350
    I wish I could see the drawings on how everything will work and be laid out. Smile .
    Here's a NL rendering of the coaster made by a member:

    The coaster supposedly will hold you at the top of the top hat for a few seconds before you drop 90 degrees.
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    Post  Ccron10 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:28 am

    Yesterday was the last day of operation for the Turnpike and now you know what this means! Break out the jackhammer, shovels, and construction walls, time to build a coaster! lol. Thankfully they plan on bringing the ride back in the future.
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    Post  Ccron10 on Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:06 pm

    Word has it that most of the center rails have been removed and are going to be scrapped. The cars will be kept and when they rebuild the Turnpike they will buy a new center rail.
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    Post  ChiefRedskin89 on Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:19 am

    After seeing animations and pictures this looks awsome! This looks like you get a lot of bang for your buck and this is what Kennywood needs.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  HPCrazy on Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:43 pm

    That looks like a good ride. Can't wait until they release the name! Too bad they didn't go with Intamin to do more of a Maverick-style of a ride. Maverick was really worth the ride all the way when I rode it.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:17 am

    It looks like it would be a good ride. My only problem with it is that it looks like it has low capacidy. It is also placed in the historical part of Kennywood that I dont think that they should be messing around with. Again, it looks like it would be a good ride, but not right for Kennywood.


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    Post  Ccron10 on Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:33 pm

    At least they are going to preserve some trees in this project. I also kind of felt like the park needed a brand new steel coaster to make it a mix of old and new rides.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Ccron10 on Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:10 pm

    We now have a name...
    In 2010 get ready for...

    Decent name, but I just wish the track was a little more curvy and the top hat to look like one.
    Here are some photos taken by someone over at KPConnection:






    Looks like terraforming the land and pouring footers is next.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:37 pm

    The name isnt that impressive, but its ok. I wonder if they plan on theming it at all. They have another space themed ride, Cosmic Chaos, that they did a good job theming.


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:47 am

    I know we already knew the name of Kennywoods new coaster. I found out yesterday that the park officially annouced it.
    http://www.vindy.com/news/2009/dec/10/kennywood-unveils-coaster-name/


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Ccron10 on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:31 pm

    Word has it that since Phantom's re-tracking is finished, work is supposed to restart on Sky Rocket. At this point, it seems like it might not open until the middle or end of the 2010 season.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:33 pm

    Check out Screamscape for some pictures of the Sky Rocket track on site.


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Ccron10 on Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:22 pm

    I was out in the Pittsburgh area on Friday and along the turnpike I saw a billboard advertising Sky Rocket. I've also heard that vertical construction could start as early as this week.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:29 am

    According to another site (KPConnection) vertical construction has started.


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Ccron10 on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:27 pm

    From what I saw from the pictures, it seems like the section that have added is the part right after the corkscrew.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:53 am

    I heard that Sky Rocket will be opening in June.


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  coasterbilly on Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:16 pm

    Any idea when in June?? I haven't seen or heard anything in a while I'm anxious to see this thing running!
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    Post  Ccron10 on Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:22 pm

    ^I've heard that they got the trains a few weeks ago, but I haven't heard any word on testing. Most likely it will open towards the end of the month.
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  coasterbilly on Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:41 am

    Better late then never! With the Intimidators this coaster has honestly been wayyy under the radar, but I think it's the most unique looking coaster coming out in the states this year and will give an awesome ride!
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  GreatBearHP on Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:20 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=581708734222&comments

    Link to a POV of Sky Rocket! Looks like a nice addition to the park. Smile
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  coasterbilly on Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:47 am

    what a sweet looking ride this is, definitely excited to hear reviews once it's finally open, its such a unique layout and the transitions between elements look solid and smooth, Kennywood is definitely back on the radar with this one! Very Happy
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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  Stormwinder on Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:10 am

    For anyone who has missed it, Sky Rocket is now open.


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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  HPCrazy on Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:35 pm

    Old news....I've already heard about it at various places.

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    Re: The Official Sky Rocket 2010 Coaster Discussion thread

    Post  coasteral on Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:01 pm

    Kenny wood is an old park. They dont realy put anything big or extremly huge in. This coaster looks like something I would ride. Smile

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