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The Place
  Kennywood Park - West Mifflin, Pennsylvania USA
  "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park"

The Stats

Track Type Year Designer / Manufacturer
Flat Classic Whip Ride 1918 Fredrick Church / William F Mangels
Ride Statistics
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Number of Cars: 16 Length of Train:
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Cars per Train: Vehicles Designed by: W.F. Mangels Co, Coney Island NY

The Experience

* Arrangement: Each car can seat up to 2 comfortably or 3 squeezed for a total of 32-48 riders at a time.
* Notes: At one time, thousands of whip rides were located at parks all across the country; now only a handful still remain. William F. Mangels patented the ride in 1914.
* Structure: These cars, attached by a stout cable, travel along an oblong track. Grooves of two large discs are laid flush with the floor and rotated by a motor. Each car is attached to the moving cable by flexible arms, causing them to swing out at either curved end providing a nice whipping sensation.
* Features: The centrifugal force on the turns crushes the two people in the seat together. This was a favorite for dates in high school.
* History: This fairground classic was moved to an area of Kennywood called "Lost Kennywood" in 1995 which was modeled after the old Luna Parks of yesteryear and features old rides which are long gone.

The Verdict
The oldest ride, period, I have ridden. You never slide from side to side, always kept in the middle. More fun than a Tilt-a-Whirl.
I rate it 7 Star's

Before The Whip was moved to the Lost Kennywood section of the park, it resided in the back of the park next to the Log Jammer water coaster. After going on the Log Jammer, The Whip was a perfect way to dry off. :-) Probably the ride at Kennywood that I spend the most time upon.

Sadly, this day proves to be tragic for this great ride. A severe thunderstorm moved through the Greater Pittsburgh area today, and The Whip became a casualty to mother nature. The roof of the pavilion that the ride sits under collapsed, with people on the ride as the West Mifflin area was hit hard...possibly the storm was tornadic in nature. As of this writing, 1 girl died and at least 25 people were injured due to the roof collapse.

I hope that once all the damage has been cleaned up to the park and the area, The Whip will return to thrill us again...

- Ed S, Pittsburgh USA

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