Kennywood will close Thunderbolt for Phantom Fright Nights to begin 'extensive' track replacement work
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Kennywood says it needs to start working on the Thunderbolt for next season, and the roller coaster won't be running when the park transitions to Phantom Fright Nights later this month.
"The Thunderbolt will not operate during Phantom Fright Nights this fall, so our team can get an early start on the more extensive track replacement work the ride needs to be ready for opening day 2020," Kennywood said in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Thunderbolt is scheduled to be open on Saturday and Sunday, the final days of Kennywood's 121st season. It'll be the last time that visitors can enjoy the historic wooden roller coaster under the lights at night.
Kennywood says the Thunderbolt will also be open for "Brews in the Park," a 21-and-over event on Sept. 21, and the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival on Sept. 22.