Kennywood announces Pitfall replacement

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Thrill-seekers will have one more thing to scream about at Kennywood Park in 2012. The new Black Widow will swing a circle of 40 riders back and forth like a pendulum while at the same time rotating them counter clockwise. At its peak, riders will hang 146 feet off the ground -- upside down -- while moving at 68 mph.

Black Widow replaces the Pitfall, which before it was sold earlier this year was the park's tallest ride at 251 feet and whose deconstruction was completed yesterday. Park officials expect the new ride by Zamperla to go vertical in the Lost Kennywood section in March or April, and be ready for riders by the start of the park's daily operation on May 17.

Gretchen McKay: or 412-263-1419. First Published December 15, 2011 5:00 AM


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