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Kennywood’s 123rd season kicks off on May 8

by Kayleen Padron

Historic Kennywood in Pennsylvania will reopen to guests and celebrate its 123rd season May 8. 

“We can’t wait to begin a new year that brings us closer to the typical Kennywood experience,” said General Manager Mark Pauls. “The 2021 season offers a lot to be excited about, and we’ll keep the safety of our guests and team members as top priority as we welcome everyone back to the park.”

Voted 2019’s top roller coaster, the Steel Curtain, will be making a comeback alongside other popular attractions. After 17 years, The Old Mill will be making a comeback, and will resemble the iconic ride it once was.

Winners of the 100 memories contest will have their first chance at riding the fifth-oldest operating coaster, The Jack Rabbit. Early season school picnics, community and heritage days, Celebrate America and the Fall Fantasy Parades will all be returning to the 2021 season.

In June, Kennywood announced something new coming to the park: The Bites and Pints Food Festival. Collaborating with regional Chef Brian Pekaric, guests can enjoy samples of different dishes with signature drinks and live entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June.

“With Bites and Pints, Kennywood thrills are no longer limited to riding–they’re coming for your taste buds too!” said Pauls. “Chef Pekarcik developed a dynamic menu celebrating cuisines of various cultures that will pair perfectly with a day of fun.”

Millie’s Hometown Ice Cream will be taking over the Dipper Ice Cream stand and will feature an all-new Kennywood-Exclusive Eat n’ Park Smiley Cookie lemon custard flavor. Kennywood’s three indoor-dining restaurants will also reopen to guests.

Safety signage to enforce social distancing along with required face coverings and sanitizing stations will be implemented throughout the park. Attendance will be limited to 75%, and restaurants and shops will also enforce limited capacity regulations. Kennywood has also given guests the opportunity to make an optional reservation online. Season passholders and guests with date-specific tickets don’t need to make reservations.

New this year, Kennywood will be enforcing a chaperone policy for guests 17 and younger. Beginning at 4 p.m. younger guests must be accompanied by an adult 21 or over. Each chaperone must be a parent, and must remain in the park during the entirety of their party’s visit.

For more information on Kennywood’s 2021 schedule, season pass information and new guidelines, visit Kennywood.com or call (412) 461-0500. 

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Cathy May 5, 2021 - 7:29 pm

Can’t wait to head back to Kennywood! Ride N Slide pass is burning a hole in my wallet, lol!

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