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 KennyKon XXIX

Saturday, July 21, 2018 · Kennywood · West Mifflin, PA



Join us in celebrating the 50th year of Thunderbolt, which was named as the result of contest on WTAE's "Adventure Time" television show with host Paul Shannon. That show promoted backyard carnivals that raised money for Muscular Dystrophy.  During KennyKon, we'll hearken back to that era. Following morning ERT, the games midway near Thunderbolt, will be open with all proceeds from the first hour benefiting Give Kids The World! In addition, we're attempting to gather those who have ridden Pippin for a photo op and perhaps a ceremonial ride. If you've ridden Pippin (prior to 1968), and attending the event, please email us in advance at and let us know.


During morning registration, you’ll be able to enjoy a tasty ice cream breakfast and simultaneously support a great cause. The ice cream is generously donated by Kennywood and served by ACE volunteers in exchange for donations with 100% benefiting Give Kids The World (GKTW), a non-profit “storybook” resort village in central Florida, close to the theme parks, that exclusively hosts families of children with life-threatening illnesses for cost-free vacations. For more information, visit


Thunderbolt 52"
Turtle 46" (unless accompanied by a responsible person; no infants)
48" Phantom’s Revenge

For height requirements for all other rides, click here.

is free in designated areas.

Preferred parking is available for an additional fee.

are not permitted on rides at any time.



A printable PDF with mail in registration form
is available here.

Get event updates, and information on the KennyKon XXIX Facebook event page.


8:30-9:15 a.m.

8:45-9:15 a.m.

9:30-11 a.m.

11 a.m - 12 noon

11 a.m.-Closing

6-7 p.m.

Closing Time

Registration at Kennywood main entrance

Ice Cream for Breakfast (proceeds benefit Give Kids the World)

ERT on Thunderbolt and Turtle

Backyard Carnival on midway games near Thunderbolt, with all proceeds benefiting Give Kids The World.

Kennywood open for ACEers and the public to enjoy (the park’s closing time varies depending on the crowd and weather conditions, and is usually between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.)

All-you-can-eat picnic dinner

45-minute ERT on Phantom's Revenge

*Note that the park gates open to the public at 10:30 a.m. (rides regularly don't open until 11 a.m.) and the public will be permitted on rides open for ERT.

ACE Western Pennsylvania’s famous ITOTs (Informal Take-Over Times) of rides will be scheduled throughout the day, and will include Racer, Jack Rabbit, and other classic Kennywood rides.

Registration aside, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.





Ages 3-11 Ages 55-69

Ages 70+

Season Pass

    Advance Registration by mail (must be postmarked by July 12)

ACE & NAPHA Members










Online registration through July 14:
Additional processing fees apply.

    Late Registration after July 14 - register at the event

ACE & NAPHA Members










The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants releases and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc. and its Officers, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives and other reprentatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities.


Smoked Beef Brisket ∙ Penne Pasta with Marinara

Pierogies with Caramelized Onions ∙ Cole Slaw

Baked Beans ∙ Macaroni & Cheese ∙ Fresh Fruit Salad


Friday evening, July 20, 2018

Fun Fore All Fiesta

Fun Fore All

Cranberry Township, PA

Visit for more information.

Sunday & Monday, July 22-23, 2018

NAPHA's Keystone State Adventure

Idlewild & SoakZone · DelGrosso's

Member rates for ACE members - Register for one or both days

Visit for more information


· To register by mail, tear off or photocopy the registration form at the bottom of the page. Fill it out completely, and mail with appropriate payment to the address listed on the registration form.

· To attend, you must be a member of ACE or NAPHA or be accompanied by a member who is also registered to attend the event. If only non-members are listed on the registration form, please indicate the name of the registered member of whom you are a guest.

· DO NOT MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION AFTER JULY 12; instead register at the event (or register online). Late registration fees will apply. Late registrants must arrive by the end of the scheduled registration time on the day of the event. No exceptions. At the event, checks (from members only) and cash are accepted. 

· ONLINE REGISTRATION is available through July 14 at Additional processing fees apply.

· SEASON PASS DISCOUNT: Please note that if you register as a season pass holder, you are responsible for bringing your valid season pass with you to the event and using it to be admitted into the park, as admission tickets will not be provided.

No materials will be sent to you in advance. All materials (admission ticket, etc.) will be provided to you at the event.

· If you provide an email address, an email with information about attending the event, will be sent to you shortly before the event and no later than July 15. E-mail if you register, but don't receive such an email by that date.

· If you have registered in advance and arrive after the scheduled registration ended, your registration materials will be left at the guest relations office at the park's main entrance. Note however that the guest relations office and/or park gates may not open until the park opens to the public, and therefore arriving late may cause you to miss morning ERT.

· Personal checks are accepted from ACE members only. All others may pay by money order. Do not send cash in the mail.

·Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued less a $5 per person processing fee through July 13, 2018. To cancel, contact or contact Dave Hahner at 412.734.3922. No refunds will be issued after July 14.



Holiday Inn Express at The Waterfront

658 East Waterfront Dr

Munhall, PA 15120


Located only three miles from Kennywood, this is the closest hotel to the park. The park offers a 24-hour fitness center and a complimentary full breakfast, and is located in the Waterfront, a dynamic shopping and entertainment complex. All rooms include complimentary high-speed internet, coffee makers and 32” televisions.


Rate is $119 per night (plus 14% tax) for up to four persons per room and includes a full breakfast. Rooms are blocked for the nights of July 20, 21 and 22.


Deadline for reservations is July 1, 2018 to guarantee the rate. Rooms are limited and subject to availability. The discounted rate may be honored after the deadline if rooms are available.


To reserve, click here and enter the dates of stay (has to be within July 20 check-in and July 22 check-out), leave the Rate Preference as (default) “Best Available” and the reservation will populate with our group code, providing the $119 rate and prompting you to choose a room type. You can also call the hotel directly and identify the group name “ACE of Western PA.”


If you encounter any difficulty making reservations, please contact Bill Linkenheimer at or by phone at 412.725.7499

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