Kennywood Offered a Unique Hyper Coaster in Steel Phantom
Phantom’s Revenge was originally known as Steel Phantom. It was Kennywood’s entry in the Coaster Arms Race of the 1990’s. Theme parks around the world were trying to one-up each other in boasting the tallest roller coaster in the world. Coaster designer Arrow had a large part to play in the Race. In most cases they were brought in to build coasters with a tall first hill that broke the current world record. Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point, Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s Resort, and Pepsi Max Big One at Pleasure Beach were some of the major players.
Steel Phantom was One of a Kind
Unlike those hyper coasters, Steel Phantom was not technically taller than 200 feet, but it did take riders down a breathtaking 225′ drop down a ravine and through Thunderbolt’s support structure. After the intense drop, Steel Phantom unleashed 4 loops including a boomerang (2), vertical loop, and a corkscrew. Unfortunately, I was never able to experience Steel Phantom before it was transformed into Phantom’s Revenge. As Phantom’s Revenge it was given a traditional hypercoaster make-over and the four inversions were replaced with airtime bunny hills. I really like terrain coasters and looping steel coasters. I think I would’ve loved Steel Phantom.
Check out this onride coaster video of Steel Phantom. It’s from a news story in 1991.
Note – This video was filmed by professionals with permission from the park. For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.
What’s Your Take?
Do you have any memories of Steel Phantom? Do you like Steel Phantom better or do you prefer Phantom’s Revenge? Leave a comment below.Image & video courtesy of CoasterImage.