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Kennywood’s Kangaroo ride returns with vintage logo and theme

by Susan and Simon Veness

Kennywood’s Kanagroo ride has come out of retirement, and the votes on its new logo are in, with an overwhelming victory for “vintage.”

Kennywood Kangaroo
Photos by Kennywood

Kennywood, Pennsylvania’s top amusement park in West Mifflin, has brought back its Kangaroo fairground-style flying coaster ride, which debuted in the park in 1962.

The pubic was given two design options and allowed to decide what the ride’s new theme and logo should be. When nearly 12,000 ballots were tallied after three days of voting, the winning choice, by a landslide, was to honor its history and keep the attraction “vintage,” with over 80% of the respondents choosing the classic design.

Kangaroo’s throwback styling will extend to the motif of each flying coaster car, and a new LED lighting package. The attraction will make its long-awaited return in 2022.

“Our guests asked for Kangaroo’s comeback, and we’re hoppy — happy — to make it happen,” said General Manager Mark Pauls. “Allowing the public to play a role in the ride’s exciting future is just the beginning of many exciting things to come.”

As the park prepares Kangaroo for its re-introduction, fans can keep up with its progress through a web series on Kennywood.com.

While the refurbishment is underway, the park is also “Pittsburgh’s Home for the Holidays” each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Dec. 24, with the Holiday Lights event.

Kennywood Holiday Lights

As part the festivities, guests can participate in “The World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party” on Nov. 26, toward a four-park attempt to set a new world record for multi-park sweater-wearing, along with sister parks Lake Compounce, Dutch Wonderland, and Castle Park. Those who would like to participate should meet at Kennywood’s 100-foot-tall Christmas Tree. The official count of all attendees will take place at 7 p.m. To add to the yuletide vibe, there will be live entertainment and a host of characters, including Kenny Kangaroo.

For year-round fun at Kennywood, guests can take advantage of the park’s Black Friday sale (through Dec. 5), featuring Gold and Platinum Season Passes for up to 30% off. Each pass allows unlimited visits throughout 2022, plus free admission to Holiday Lights in 2021.

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