December 10, 2007
West Mifflin, PA -- Members of the Great Ohio Coaster Club were the first to learn about Kennywood's newest attraction during a holiday party this past Saturday. During the party, Kennywood revealed the scary details about Ghostwood Estate, a state-of-the-art, interactive, haunted dark ride that replaces one of the park's older dark rides.
"Ghostwood Estate is clearly an indication of Kennywood's commitment to dark rides," explains Jerome Gibas, Kennywood General Manager. "It combines the newest technology available - a trackless conveyance system with cars programmed and monitored by a computer and includes over 200 interactive targets and numerous CGIs (Computer Generated Images)."
Armed with blasters, guests will have the opportunity to compete with others in the vehicle by targeting haunted characters throughout the estate. Each vehicle is equipped with four individual scoreboards.
Ghostwood Estate will also use a new trackless ride system with sensors located in the floor to guide each vehicle through the attraction. The trackless system is being created by ETF Ride Systems, Holland.
According to Kennywood, the laser blasters in each vehicle are a product of Florida-based LaserStar. Halloween Productions Inc. (HPI) of St. Louis is responsible for all of the haunted effects in the eight room haunted house.
Kennywood started working with Larry Kirchner, HPI president in 2001 when the park purchased three walk-through mazes as a based for its now hugely successful Phantom Fright Nights.
"He's extremely talented and knowledgeable - certainly one of the founding fathers of today's Halloween industries," said Jeff Checcio, Director of Maintenance Administration at Kennywood.
Kennywood says the project will cost about $2 million and is expected to complete for the parks opening in May 2008.
Ghostwood Estate replaces the Gold Rusher, a 25-year-old dark ride removed from Kennywood at the close of the 2007 season. Members of the Dark Ride and Funhouse Enthusiasts (DAFE) were among the last to ride the Gold Rusher.
DAFE has voted Kennywood their favorite Dark Attraction Park for the past six years.
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