Old Mill dark ride at Kennywood Park gets reimagined by ScareHouse

by Attractions Magazine Staff

One of the oldest amusement park dark rides, Old Mill at Kennywood Park, is back in operation this season with a brand-new look by the creative team at ScareHouse.

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The Pittsburgh haunted house attraction, which is regularly ranked as one of the best haunted attractions in the country, developed, built and installed this eye-popping new design and humor-filled story.

After 15 years as “Garfield’s Nightmare,” the Old Mill returns to its roots as the oldest operating version of a chute-style, water-based dark ride with a new twist.

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Through its 119-year history, most fans knew the attraction best as “Hard Headed Harold’s Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway,” the name it used form 1974-1991. For the first time, the Old Mill now features Hard Headed Harold himself — a blue-eyed skeleton who lives in the Wild West and loves causing a ruckus.

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Old Mill riders will get to enjoy a new twist on the classic five-minute attraction that floats along 1,000 feet of a water-filled trough through a series of black-lit scenes — including the return of a “train gag.”

The Old Mill retheme is the biggest project ScareHouse has taken on outside of its own attraction. You can check out a ride-through POV below:

Old Mill Water Dark Ride POV at Kennywood by Scarehouse

To learn more about Kennywood Park, visit Kennywood.com.


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1 comment

Mary July 24, 2020 - 11:10 am

Thanks for the great article and ride through from Kennywood! I live in Pittsburgh and grew up going to Kennywood so I’m glad they finally updated this classic ride.


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