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Zamperla Giant Discovery

Kennywood has confirmed that its new attraction for 2012 will be named Black Widow, with the Zamperla Giant Discovery ride set to replace the recently-removed Pitt Fall at the park.

Black Widow is expected to open in time for the resumption of daily operations at Kennywood on May 17, 2012, although it is hoped that it could be up-and-running in time for the opening day of the 2012 season on May 5. The ride will be able to hold up to 40 guests, who will reach heights of up to 146 feet as the central gondola spins and swings like a giant pendulum.

At its peak, riders will be suspended on Black Widow at an angle of 120 degrees, leaving them hanging in a near-upside-down position. The ride will reach a top speed of 68 miles per hour as it swings back and forth. An official video from Zamperla of an identical Giant Discovery ride in action is embedded below:

The ride that previously occupied the planned site of Black Widow, Pitt Fall, was removed at the end of the 2011 season. An Intamin Giant Drop Tower, Pitt Fall was the tallest ride of its kind in the world when it first opened in 1997, standing at some 251-feet-tall. It saw riders carried to the top of a tower, before free-falling at 65mph back down to the bottom. It is expected to be rebuilt at another amusement park, although it is yet to be confirmed which.

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