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Website: Kennywood Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.2540
TPC Overall Rank: #99 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 71
Last Review: 12/11/2011 6:36:00 PM
In User Top 10: 56 times.
User Tracker Count: 203 times.


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+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up aleksh on 8/3/2001 5:01:00 PM
Wold ride. Hits the track running, the first drop i right out of the station. A good, long, terrain hugging ride with powerful laterals and decent air. Did I mention the drop at the station?? If you like the GE Comet or the Phoenix Jumpo on put your hands in the air and say aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamen

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Alfungus on 7/25/2001 11:43:00 AM
Everything you need in a woodie

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 7/9/2001 12:53:00 PM
(Updated 6/29/2002)

Two years ago when I first rode this, I did not think very much of it. It must have been because I was beat up by the Steel Phantom earlier, or because of the heavy crowd, or because of the hour + wait for this coaster.

However, after my latest visit, Thunderbolt has redemed itself! This coaster has what I like... drops, and lots of them. And on top of most of them is air... not ejector seat quality, but the floating kind. From its first drop out of the station to its final, largest drop before re-entering the station, this ride does not leave up. Even the lift hill after the first two drops doesnt slow things down... rather it gives you enough time to catch your breath before hitting that pseudo helix around the station.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up oldman on 7/3/2001 10:41:00 AM
I would give it a 9.5, if I could. If they took the trim brake off it just before it goes back into the ravine the second time, it would be a 10. It shakes you, rattles you, and pops you out of your seat, and the start is a big surprise.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up psu1240 on 6/4/2001 9:31:00 PM - User's Top Ride #10
One of the best wooden coasters out there!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DanHolland on 5/23/2001 3:45:00 PM
This is my second fav wooden coaster next to the wildcat at HERSHEY PARK 100% thrill!!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ViperAKL on 5/15/2001 6:23:00 PM
One of my all-time-favorite woodies. Next to the Phantom, this is the parks best rides.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Jim Fisher on 4/10/2001 1:14:00 AM
A grand old and unique woodie. Even when youve ridden it before it surprises you.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up APC11 on 4/9/2001 1:23:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
Very unique and very fun! The classic trains make the ride even more enjoyable.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Laotzu on 3/28/2001 12:13:00 AM
Unique is the first word most people visualize when they hear of the Thunderbolt. The remains of the old Pippin have yielded a wild ride that is unmatched in terms of pure surprise. However, dont expect to jump in loving it; it took me 5 rides and 2 trips to finally "get" the Thunderbolt. But once you recognize the bolt for what it is, you will love it forever. Backseat, Frontseat, anywhere on a 3 bench NAD is just fine with me.

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