Phantom's Revenge began its life
as the infamous "Steel Phantom", the world's first inverting coaster feature a 200+ foot drop. Riders were hurled down the side of a
cliff at 80 mph before being sent through a series of brutal inversions.
With a first
drop of 160-feet and a second of 225-feet, the ride achieved amazing speeds
before the final set of inversions, which proved to be a problem. The high
speed and rough track made the inversions too much for many riders to
The ride consistently received
bad press, being regarded as one of the roughest and least enjoyable coasters in the world.
While some still thought that Phantom was a great ride, the negative opinions
finally won over. In May of 2000, it was announced that Steel Phantom would
be removed, much to the shock of the coaster enthusiast community.
Kennywood kept everyone in the dark as to
Steel Phantom's replacement until later that
season, when it was announced that it would be "Phantom's Revenge".
At the end
of the 2000 season, Steel Phantom was transformed into its current state.
While Steel Phantom was originally designed and manufactured by Arrow Dynamics,
Morgan Manufacturing took over the task of re-profiling the ride into Phantom�s
The inversions were removed and replaced with terrain hugging bunny hops and
turns. The famous first and second drops were retained; track length
increased from 3000 to 3200-feet.
The trains were also modified; the uncomfortable over
the shoulder restraints were ripped out and replaced by lap bars and seatbelts.
Although the same bodies are used, the trains were highly modified with a
sleeker and lower profile design. The ride still runs 2 trains, with 7 cars holding 4
passenger each for a total of 28 riders per train.
ride begins by climbing the 160-foot tall lift-hill. From there riders make a
sharp dive to the right all the way back down to ground level. The track levels
off and travels down a straight away before climbing back above the station,
130-feet in the air. At this point, the train makes a slight curve to the right
before dropping 228-feet down a canyon wall.
The track passes right through the
Thunderbolt, Kennywood's #1 rated wooden coaster, providing some excellent
visuals. Now traveling at over 80 miles per hour, riders ascend up only to turn
and plummet back down into the canyon. The train once again passes right under the
Thunderbolt, and then climbs out of the canyon through a tunnel dug into the
the train pulls out of the tunnel, the ride levels off and makes a sharp curve
around the classic Turtle ride. Riders receive a sudden pop of airtime while
negotiating the pull out of the tunnel, and then are quickly shoved into their
seats by the turn�s heavy positive g's. Next, the train navigates a small
"speed bump" where riders are again treated to an abrupt pop of air.
then dives below the station and up into a double down, one of the most
disorienting elements on any ride. In this element, riders are popped out of
their seats, slammed down, only to pop up and then slam down all over again. Other variations of the double down can be found on other coasters,
but none are this extreme.
negotiating the double down, the train swoops below grade for a ground-hugging
turn around that sends the train back towards the station. Riders are treated
to a final bunny hop, which gives another quick pop of airtime, before the ride
The new and improved Phantom�s
Revenge is widely regarded as a success. It combines the older elements that
made the original Steel Phantom great, while adding many airtime-filled hills
and ground-hugging turns that thrill seekers love.
Revenge offers a wide array of elements that offer tons of airtime, amazing speed, and
intense forces. The ride is definitely among the elite when it comes to world
class coasters, combining all of the best attributes of other "larger" hyper
coasters with Kennywood's beautiful mountainous terrain.
Compared to other hyper
coasters, Phantom�s Revenge is fairly short, but the ride still packs a punch
that is hard to bear. Whether or not you enjoyed the former Steel Phantom,
you will most definitely enjoy Phantom�s Revenge.
Intense drops and amazing speed
Many pops of airtime
Very good use of terrain
Short for a hyper coaster