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Kennywood! Ticket! Giveaway!

We didn’t take big vacations when I was a kid. But one thing we did each summer? A trip to Kennywood! My entire gigantic extended family would gather in the pavilion next to the Jackrabbit with our coolers and fried chicken and Doritos (I always remember Doritos) We would eat lunch as fast as we could and then RUN to the nearest ride line to start the day. The Racer! The Kangaroo! The Parachutes! The Log Jammer!

I love them all. Still. Especially the roller coasters. I love roller coasters.

We first took Maggie to Kennywood when she was 15 months old. Even though she could only ride a few things, she had a blast. Of course we had to take a picture with Kenny. And play some games.

picture with Kenny the Kangaroo



I haven’t been on any Big People Rides in two years. Last year when we went to Kennywood, I was approximately 7,289 months pregnant. It was the merry-go-round, the train, and funnel cakes for me (I was okay with that last part. WOO!) So needless to say, I am VERY MUCH looking forward to our trip to the park this year. It’s like I’m 9 years old again, dancing in my chair at the breakfast table, counting the minutes till we can leave and count the Kennywood signs on the drive. SKY ROCKET, HERE I COME!

Because I love that place so much, I am thrilled to be able to give one of you a family 4-pack of tickets to Kennywood! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite ride at the park- or, if you’ve never been (TRAVESTY!), your favorite type of amusement park ride (roller coasters? spinny, make-you-puke rides? dark, spooky rides?) I’ll be picking a random winner from the comments on Monday, July 18! Good luck!


  1. Jen Bailie

    I’m reading with Nick standing behind me so I’ll ask him what his favorite ride is. He says: My favorite ride is the Phantom’s Revenge!!

    Jul 12 8:54 pm

  2. My favorite ride is and has always been the racers! What is not to like…its a coaster and you get competition all in one ;)
    I have so many memories from Kennywood…from loosing my shoes on the swing to my Dad following behind (way behind!) so that I could be a big kid with friends and go out solo! haha

    Jul 12 8:57 pm

  3. Angela

    I love the Sky Rocket! The speed and the twists and..oh I just love it all!!

    Jul 12 9:04 pm

  4. Always the thunderbolt!!
    Even after working at kennywood in the rides dept many years ago. Still the thunderbolt!

    Jul 12 9:13 pm

  5. We have not been to Kennywood since we just moved over this way from the Poconos a few years ago. We haven’t had the funding to go. We are a family of four. My son and I love roller coasters. My daughter loves the merry go round. My hubby likes anything low to the ground. LOL TY!

    Jul 12 9:14 pm

  6. Corrie

    Whoo-Boy. I am now old and any ride that goes in circles makes me want to hurl. Seriously. I loved and always will Noah’s Ark. It is fun and won’t make me puke. We are planning to take the kids soon and I would love to ride the Sky Rocket!

    Jul 12 9:36 pm

  7. Melissa

    I’ve never been to Kennywood but my dad’s family in western PA (they live in New Castle, Cranberry, and a few other places around there) all love it.

    Also, I have not been on a roller coaster anywhere since I was 18. That’s probably even MORE sad, huh?

    Jul 12 9:36 pm

  8. Love Kennywood, even after working there for 2 summers in college. Thunderbolt is my favorite ride!

    Jul 12 10:04 pm

  9. What a cool giveaway! My husband and I used to go to Kennywood when we lived in Pittsburgh, but then we moved away in late 2003. *sad Jenn* Now that my daughter is almost seven and just a quarter of an inch shy of being able to ride almost everything, and my son isn’t far behind her, I would LOVE the chance to gather up my husband and kids and head out to Pittsburgh (we’re just a few hours away) and spend the weekend there!

    With that said, my absolute FAVORITE ride at Kennywood is Phantom’s Revenge! It’s such a delicious rollercoaster. :D

    Jul 12 10:13 pm

  10. shannon farabaugh

    My favorite ride is probably, um, well it has to be, uh, i’d have to say its the…there’s just so many! The kangaroo, the pittfall, all the roller coasters, the log jammer, and I loved the haunted hideaway before they messed with it and the la chalot (or wahtever it was called) before they got rid of it. Oh, and the whip is a fan favorite as well!

    Jul 12 10:31 pm

    • Jen

      The Haunted Hideaway!! Was that you I rode on with some boys at one point? I don’t even remember who the boys were, is that bad? LOL That was the ‘tunnel of love’ ride ;) So sad that they turned it into some Garfield thing. I’ve never been on that one.

      Jul 13 8:15 am

  11. My favorite is the water rides,but I also like the roller coasters,but I don’t like the rides that spins you around (OH NO!!!!!) I used to go to Kennywood when I was a kid now I’m a senior citizen as well as my husband. we now have two grandaughters who lives in SC.&we live in wv. they are comming to visit this year & we would love to have the oppitunity to take them to one of our favorite places.we had so much fun at when we were children. I hope this will make it possible for us since we are on a fixed income.

    Jul 13 12:31 am

  12. Amy

    My favorite ride at kennywood was the laser loop. Now it’s the thunderbolt.

    Jul 13 6:02 am

  13. Jen

    My absoloute favorite ride is the Exterminator!!! I absolutely LOVE it….of course I haven’t been on it in four years since, well, you understand! David’s favorite is the Log Jammer, he laughs the entire time and as soon as it is over he says, “Let’s do it again!” For this reason I forget all about not being able to go on my favorite ride!!! : )

    Jul 13 7:25 am

  14. Jen Zangardi

    I haven’t been there in so long, can’t wait to go back. I love the Thunderbolt, and the Racer, and can’t leave out the Jack Rabbit (my first roller coaster!) And if you win, you HAVE to go buy a new outfit for Kennywood Day, right?!?! :)

    Jul 13 8:46 am

  15. I miss the Thunderbolt and being impaled upon the side of the car.

    Jul 13 9:29 am

  16. BeckyD

    The Jack Rabbit, although it’s over too fast!

    I really want to go to Kennywood this year, but after the baby is born so I can ride stuff!

    I went when I was pregnant last time and got to go on Noah’s Arc and the Turnpike. Wooo hooooo.

    Jul 13 9:31 am

  17. Sunshine

    I haven’t been to Kennywood in over 10 years. If I think about it I can smell the potato patch fries. Would love to get back there with (FREE!) tickets!! I love the Jack Rabbit. And The Whip. And the Thunderbolt. And an easier question would have been which ride do I not love (Musik Express).

    Jul 13 9:32 am

  18. Irene

    Hey there!!! I have been there (a billion years ago) but my kids have not. I can barely remember any of the rides, but almost any and all coasters are my favs!!!!!

    Jul 13 9:39 am

  19. Glenn

    My favorite ride is the Thunderbolt!

    Jul 13 9:39 am

  20. MrsWoy

    Oh! I used to use all my tickets on the Enterprise, Bumper Cars, and the Turnpike!

    Jul 13 9:42 am

  21. Oh man. I haven’t been an adult ride in years, either! I miss them. I haven’t even been on the new big one! I always liked the Thunderbolt. And even though I only did the sky coaster once, it has remained one of my best memories EVER.

    Jul 13 12:01 pm

    • Jen

      I rode that too, with my brother in law and sister. So scary but SO AWESOME!

      Jul 13 1:07 pm

  22. Erica Nagy

    I always loved the log jammer!!! Alex loves the kangaroo! We would love another trip to Kennywood this summer!

    Jul 13 1:13 pm

  23. How fun! I love the thunderbolt!

    Jul 13 3:01 pm

  24. Diana

    I love the Jack Rabbit, I still remember the first time I rode it, and hiding my eyes at first–just peeking through a little at first.
    My big sister took me on it and I was so excited and felt so grown up. I think I’ve ridden on it 500 times since then and it is still thrilling. Love Kennywood <3 it!

    Jul 13 6:55 pm

  25. Athena

    is it weird that i don’t have a favorite ride? people watching is quite entertaining though…

    Jul 13 8:27 pm

  26. Roller coasters. Roller coasters. Oh, and roller coasters.

    I haven’t been to Kennywood since Kate was about 18 months old. We didn’t ride coasters (because, hello, what would we do with the children) and I ran and ran and ran after Kate.

    We’ve been doing Idlewild the past couple of years. That’s about our speed with the kids these days. So if I win these tickets? We might be taking a babysitter to watch the kids while we ride the roller coasters.

    Jul 15 11:58 am

  27. Lexi

    Phantoms revenge :)

    Jul 16 7:31 pm

  28. I love the Racers! That has been my favorite since I was a kid. We took the kids two years ago to ride them and they loved it too! Would love to take them again this year!

    Jul 17 3:34 pm

  29. shelley

    jack rabbit and thunderbolt!

    Jul 17 6:07 pm

  30. Weird – I left a comment before, but it’s not showing up.

    Anyway – my favorite is the Pitfall and I am SO SAD that they are getting rid of it!

    Jul 18 8:19 am

    • Jen

      bah just checked, it was in spam! ?? Stupid filter.

      I didn’t know they were getting rid of the Pitfall?!?!? Is it still there this year? I’ll have to ride it one last time if so :(

      Jul 18 8:22 am

  31. Chad Clark

    I like everything there is about Kennywood. I just moved my future fiancee and two kids from OH to the pittsburgh area and they have never been yet! This would be AWSOME as we just bought a house so money is tight :-)

    Either way thanks for the oppurtunity!! I think it is GREAT what you are doing!!

    Jul 18 8:23 am

  32. The Whip is my favorite. Definitely the Whip. I don’t know why, but it calls to me every time I am there. :-)

    Jul 18 11:46 am