Location: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Years Active: 1898 – Active
Kennywood is an amusement park located in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (just southeast of Pittsburgh). The park first opened on May 30, 1899, as a trolley park attraction at the end of the Mellon family’s Monongahela Street Railway. It was purchased in 1906 by F. W. Henninger and Andrew McSwigan, who later formed the family-owned Kennywood Entertainment Company.
The company later sold Kennywood, along with four other parks, in 2007 to Parques Reunidos, an international entertainment operator based in Spain. The amusement park features various structures and rides dating back to the early 1900s.
Along with Rye Playland Park, it is one of only two amusement parks designated as a National Historic Landmark. Kennywood is also one of only thirteen trolley parks in the United States that remains in operation.
Why is it called Lost Kennywood?
Lost Kennywood is an area within the Kennywood amusement park located in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. It is called “Lost Kennywood” due to its nostalgic and vintage atmosphere that recreates the park’s earlier days. The area is designed to resemble the original Kennywood layout and features classic rides, retro architecture, and a timeless ambiance. It offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the park as it was in the past, hence the name “Lost Kennywood.”
Who currently owns Kennywood?
Kennywood is currently owned and operated by Palace Entertainment, a subsidiary of Parques Reunidos, a Spanish-based leisure park operator. Palace Entertainment acquired Kennywood Entertainment Company in 2007, which includes Kennywood Park along with other amusement parks and attractions in the United States. Kennywood continues to be a beloved destination in the Pittsburgh area under Palace Entertainment’s management.
What movie was filmed at Kennywood?
Kennywood served as a filming location for the 2010 science fiction film “Adventureland.” Directed by Greg Mottola, the movie starred Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and was set in a fictional amusement park. Although the park in the film was called “Adventureland,” many of the scenes were actually shot at Kennywood, making it a recognizable backdrop for the movie’s storyline.