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KennyKon XXXIV

Saturday, July 15, 2023


Back to July & Ghostwood Estate's 15th Anniversary!

After occurring in October in 2022, owing to Coaster Con 44 being co-hosted by Cedar Point and Kennywood in the summertime, and after being held in June in 2021, when it was a pre-Con event for Coaster Con 43 that began the next day at Hersheypark, this year KennyKon is back to its usual month – July! While the haunt season doesn't occur until autumn, this year's event will have a little spooky flavor. You see, KennyKon is always known to celebrate Kennywood's ride anniversaries, and this is the 15th year for Ghostwood Estate, the park's beloved interactive dark ride. Before the park opens, attendees will enjoy the opportunity to both walk through and ride Ghostwood Estate. Morning ERT will include The Steel Curtain in addition to Thunderbolt, which is appropriate since it wasn't operating during Coaster Con. Nighttime ERT will include the brand new Spinvasion with its awesome light package and The Phantom's Revenge, which is undoubtedly one of the best night rides out there! Registered attendees will also enjoy a catered all-you-can-eat picnic dinner and other surprises as well! 

Height Requirements & Policies

Thunderbolt 52"

The Steel Curtain 52"

Ghostwood Estate none

The Phantom's Revenge 48"

Spinvasion 48"

For height requirements for all other rides, click here.

is free in designated areas.

Preferred parking is available for an additional fee and to those with appropriate season passes.

are not permitted on rides at any time.

Tentative Schedule

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. - Event check-in at Kennywood main entrance

9:30 - 11 a.m. - ERT on Thunderbolt

9:30 - 10 a.m. - Ghostwood Estate walk-through experience

10 - 11 a.m. - ERT on The Steel Curtain

10:30 - 11 a.m. - ERT on Ghostwood Estate

11 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Kennywood open for ACEers and the public to enjoy

6 - 7 p.m. - All-you-can-eat picnic dinner featuring penne pasta with marinara, BBQ boneless chicken, hot sausage with pepper & onions, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, fresh fruit salad, ice cream novelties and soft drinks

10 - 11 p.m. - ERT on The Phantom's Revenge and Spinvasion

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

Event check-in aside, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Registration Fees


Sorry, but mail-in registration is not available.


Registration is available through July 5, 2023


ACE Members - $65

ACE Members (Ages 3-11) - $59

ACE Members with Season Pass - $32

Non-Members (all ages)- $75


Non-Members with Season Pass - $42

*Non-members may only register as a guest of an ACE member who is also registered to attend this this event.


In an effort to provide attendees with the best experience possible, there will be no late or on-site registration, so please be sure to register by the appropriate deadline.

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 representatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities. The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants acknowledges that an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in public places where people are present and that attendees voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to Covid-19 and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc. and its Officers, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives and other representatives from any and all illness and injury.

Registration Directions

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

· To register, click the Register Now button below. Online registration is available until July 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

· 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.

DAFE (Dark Attraction & Funhouse Enthusiasts) members are welcome to attend this event at member rates. Members of DAFE, who are not ACE members, should indicate "DAFE" in the membership number field. All memberships will be verified.

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

· After registering, you will receive an immediate email confirmation through Universe, our third-party registration/payment service. Within 72 hours of registering, one will receive a second confirmation from ACE Western Pennsylvania's regional representative, which will be sent from blinkenheimer@aceonline.org. A day or two before the event, those registered will receive an email with detailed information about the event and what to expect. This email will be sent from eventregistration@ACEwesternPA.org. We suggest adding those email addresses to your contact list and/or safe-senders list, to avoid having them go to spam or alternate email folders. Note that emails will only be sent to the email addresses entered by the individual performing the registration. If you register friends and family, we suggest that you forward any informational emails along to them.

· Note that you do NOT need to print tickets or have mobile tickets available when you check in on the day of the event. 

· If you have registered in advance and arrive after the scheduled check-in time, 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.

· Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued less a $10 per person processing fee through July 5, 2023. To cancel, contact eventregistration@ACEWesternPA.org or contact Elena Marziale at 412.337.3813. No refunds will be issued after July 5, 2023. Processing fees for online registration may not be refundable.

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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 $175 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 14 and 15.

Deadline for reservations is June 14, 2023 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, call the hotel at 412.205.3904 and once you give the dates for your stay, identify yourself as being with the group "ACE" to receive the special rate.

Cancellations: Room reservations made at the ACE rate may be cancelled up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of arrival. No deposit is required.

If you encounter any problems making reservations, please contact ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Representative Bill Linkenheimer at blinkenheimer@aceonline.org

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