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Facelift for the (very) Old Mill K


ennywood, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, has restored its iconic retro western-themed “The Old Mill” wooden boat ride, replacing its


“Garfield’s Nightmare” theme with a new spooky western theme. One of the oldest amusement park dark rides, and 119 years after it first opened it has a brand-new look and feel that draws upon the incredible history of Kennywood and this storied attraction itself.


Tunnel of Love “Based on guest feedback we knew they wanted to see a change from Garfield to something more retro,” explains Marie Ruby, Kennywood’s director of ride operations. “The ride was originally the Old Mill and has seen many theme changes through its journey, but it always seems to reset back to the Old Mill. Our goal was to bring back some of the familiar elements from the most recent Old Mill. Those who grew up with the ride will see the return of some nostalgic favourites, although new and improved. The Old Mill will still be the same classic boat meandering through a narrow channel, powered by a paddle wheel. However, the bright cartoon feel of the ride will be gone. You will also not need to use 3D glasses to experience the new theme. Most importantly the Monday-hating orange cat and friends will no longer be hanging around. You will be going on a comical journey into the Old West following the story of


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North American editor, Paul Ruben reports on the changing face of one of Kennywood’s most iconic rides


cowboy Harold and all the bad luck he is having along the way.” A classic Tunnel of Love, this five-minute wooden


boat ride has been taking visitors through a 1000- foot (305 m) dark narrow channel since 1901, with the current version built in 1926. In it, the six- passenger boats rise to four feet, then gravity and water propulsion from a wheel in the façade move the gondolas throughout. Hourly capacity is a modest 350. Originally built as “Old Mill,” it has been refreshed


and undergone seven name changes, with the latest transformation coming in 2004 when the children’s- themed Garfield’s Nightmare 3-D experience was born. In its first two decades, the ride underwent


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