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Park’s 125th Celebration, New Swing into Spring Festival to Begin Easter weekend

Opening Day at Kennywood just got a week closer. Pittsburgh’s Premier Destination for Thrills & Entertainment announced recently that it will open on Saturday, April 16, for an exclusive Passholder preview. The park will be open for the public starting Easter Sunday, April 17.

Kennywood’s 2022 season starts a multi-year celebration of the fun that first began in 1898.

“From the moment Guests arrive in our parking areas, they will be greeted by a completely refreshed experience,” says Kennywood & Sandcastle General Manager Mark Pauls. “Inside the park, Guests will find major enhancements, all designed with their enjoyment and improved service top of mind. Just as it will take multiple visits to enjoy all the new events we have planned, Guests will need several visits this year to take note of all the upgrades made since the end of last season.”

Kennywood’s enhancements begin in the parking lot, where changes will make navigation easier and the lot areas more attractive. Heading into the entrance plaza, a massive carousel horse will greet visitors along with vividly painted buildings. The ticketing and security screening process will be seamless: Guests will wait less for entry, giving them more time to enjoy everything Kennywood has to offer. The walk to the tunnel will feel brighter and bolder, thanks to upgraded landscaping and a nostalgic mural of past and present park staples.

Inside the park, the Kandy Kaleidoscope is currently undergoing a complete top-to-bottom makeover. Guests will find new floor-to-ceiling windows to look in on the shop’s delicious treats and homemade fudge. The inside of the shop is being reconfigured, making ordering and checking out quicker. To top it all off, a whimsical, larger-than-life candy theme will bring signature sweet treats to the midway for even more unique photo opportunities. 

The Old Mill, Kennywood’s oldest ride in operation since 1901, will see a new façade that better fits the attraction’s overall theming. While there, look up: new, color-changing lights will illuminate the midway all the way down to the Jack Rabbit’s grand entrance.

Perhaps the most exciting update of all is the return of the Kangaroo which will open on May 28, during Memorial Day weekend.   “The Kangaroo really is the centerpiece of this refurbishment,” says Rob Henninger, Assistant General Manager. “With its spectacular new backdrop, the Kangaroo looks better than ever and will soon be ready to bring its family-friendly thrills and excitement back to Kennywood!”

Elsewhere, new directional signage is being constructed to help Guests better navigate the park, the Beer Garden is undergoing a full refresh, and operational upgrades at several food stands will increase the speed of service this season. Guests will also find self-serve drink stations and grab-and-go food locations in high traffic areas. The re-painting of the Thunderbolt and Phantom’s Revenge rollercoasters is nearly complete, with painters preparing to shift their attention toward the Jack Rabbit and Racer as the weather improves.

For more information about Season Passes, and the 2022 Season, visit


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