For a ride where you always expect the biggest drop to be the first, which isn’t always the case, the signature drop on this coaster it’s pretty immense!
The Phantom’s Revenge is a steel roller coaster located at Kennywood Park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
Surprisingly the first hill is only 160 feet high, the second hill drops crazy riders 232 feet into a ravine and through the support structure for Thunderbolt. This ride uses the parks hilly landscape to the maximum and is definitely one of the coasters amazing features.
The Phantom’s Revenge, originally called The Steel Phantom was built in 1991 by Arrow Dynamics and was the first hyper-coaster in the world to feature what we love, inversions, but these soon proved to be the downfall of the 1st version of the coaster. Steel Phantom underwent huge changes by Morgan Manufacturing after the 2000 season where all the inversions were removed. This was done because of many riders complaining how rough the coaster was on their heads and necks. So, in 2001 the modified coaster reopened for its new season as the Phantom’s Revenge. It now has a top speed of 85 mph, this puts it in a three way tie for 7th place of the world’s fastest coasters, along with Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Titan at Six Flags Over Texas. Currently it is ranked as the 9th best steel roller coaster in the world and is ranked as the #3 steel coaster.
The signature drop through the “Thunderbolt” was kept for Phantom’s Revenge, but was extended to 232 feet from 225 feet. However, the ride now passes through the Thunderbolt a second time behind the Turtle ride.
During the 2001 season, Steel Phantom was renamed to the Phantom’s Revenge, and soon opened to the public with one only train in operation. The second was added once several brakes were put in place on the last hill to give the train a longer, safer brake run into the station. It’s good to know Safety comes first. Through the years guests are satisfied that the roller coaster is very unusual and a unique ride. Queue lines are also occasionally long like any other ride but becoming most busy in most early afternoons, especially the summer. It’s the ride to do first!
After the ride was remodeled it opened back up May 19, 2001. This coaster reaches a fast 85 mph and the rides duration last just under 2 minutes but during this time you will thoroughly enjoy 4.5 G force.
Current Coaster Name: Phantom Current Park Name: Kennywood Park Previous Ride Name(s): Location: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Status: Operating Links: http://www.kennywood.com/ Cost: N/A
Type: Steel Hyper Opened: May 19, 2001 Designer: Harry Henninger Features: Terrain Height: 160 feet Max Drop: 228 feet Max Speed: 82 mph Length: 3500 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 0 Duration: 2.10 Trains: 2 Capacity: N/A