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Kennywood Wins Awards from and NAPHA

West Mifflin, PA, USA /PRWEB/ —  The annual Readers’ Choice Awards named Kennywood Holiday Lights the Best Theme Park Holiday Event of 2011. Kennywood Holiday Lights wowed guests during the inaugural season in December 2011. The event featured nearly one million lights displayed throughout the park and a host of festive activities including seasonal food selections, choir performances, and, of course, pictures with Santa Claus.

In addition, the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) released the results of its 26th Annual NAPHA Amusement Park and Attractions Survey and named Kennywood as Favorite Traditional Amusement Park. NAPHA members are experienced riders who have visited countless amusement parks and have ridden a diverse assortment of roller coasters and other rides. The average member has been to more than 100 amusement parks and has ridden more than 300 roller coasters. The NAPHA survey results list their favorites.

“We are honored to be recognized by both our guests and industry experts like NAPHA,” says Kennywood’s General Manager Jerome Gibas. “This season marks our 115th summer and our continued commitment to giving our guests new and exciting experiences while maintaining a traditional, family friendly atmosphere.”

Kennywood opens for the 2012 season on May 5. Following opening day, Kennywood is open May 12, 13 and daily starting on May 17, 2012. For complete details on dates, times and prices, visit  

Now in its fifth year, the Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers. To view the Best Theme Park Holiday Event of 2011 award and all award winners, please visit

National Amusement Park Historical Association  

The National Amusement Park Historical Association, founded in 1978, is an international, educational and enthusiast organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of the amusement park industry, past, present and future. For more information about the survey or about NAPHA, please contact Marlowe McClasky Futrell, Survey Coordinator, at (412) 831-6315 , marlowemmc(at)gmail(dot)com or go to

Kennywood is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks.
Palace Entertainment owns and operates 40 theme parks, waters parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood and Idlewild. Palace entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the nation.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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