Tulsa, January 31, 2024 -Hampton Creative, a branding agency known for its innovative environmental design and theme park work, has helped the renowned Pittsburgh theme park, Kennywood, land a spot on USA Today’s 10Best Awards list with their newest attraction, Spinvasion. The ride is the first multi-action spin ride of its kind in the U.S. and revolves around the story of Pittsburghers joining forces to defend their city— and their beloved theme park—from an alien invasion.
“The concept and storytelling behind Spinvasion differentiates this attraction and provides a unique experience for Kennywood’s guests,” explained Nate Olsen, Creative Director, Hampton Creative. “Kennywood is a wonderfully quirky theme park that has thrilled generations of Pittsburgers for over 125 years. This new attraction allowed us to tell an experiential story that was unique to the city of Pittsburgh and Kennywood and one that both locals and guests could embrace.”
Hampton Creative has been collaborating with Kennywood and their ownership group, Palace Entertainment, since 2019. Their primary focus is to reimagine and elevate the guest experience at several theme parks nationwide.
“It is an honor to receive national recognition from industry experts and guests alike for our massive park enhancements,” says Rick Spicuzza, Assistant General Manager. “Our goal for 2024 is to continue to elevate and innovate the park experience while always keeping tradition top of mind.”
Kennywood also received the 2023 Renaissance Award from the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards for bringing renewed energy to the park experience. This recognition honors Kennywood’s and Hampton Creative’s collaboration and continuation of its massive multi-year transformation project to upgrade the guest experience.
USA Today's 10 Best:
Best New Theme Park Attractions (2024)
No. 10: TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom Park
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
No. 9: Serengeti Flyer at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
No. 8: Spinvasion at Kennywood
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
No. 7: Big Bear Mountain at Dollywood
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
No. 6: Whispering Pines Haunted Hotel
No. 5: Zambezi Zinger at Worlds of Fun
Kansas City, Missouri
No. 4: ArieForce One at Fun Spot America Atlanta
No. 3: Pipeline: The Surf Coaster at Seaworld Orlando
No. 2: Wildcat’s Revenge at Hersheypark
No. 1: Primordial at Lagoon Amusement Park
Founded as a recreational playground far away from the hustle, bustle, and smog of Downtown Pittsburgh, Kennywood’s idyllic site overlooking the Monongahela River has transformed over the past 12 decades into one of the world’s greatest amusement parks, featuring rides and attractions fit for all ages. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, thrill-seekers will find three roller coasters that date back to the 1920s, each as fun as the day they opened nearly a century ago: Jack Rabbit, Racer, and Thunderbolt.
About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment is one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States, with 24 major entertainment and educational venues across 10 states offering a wide range of family-friendly rides, attractions, and educational experiences at some of America’s most unique and historic venues.
About Hampton Creative
Hampton Creative is an independent branding agency known for world-class creative, marketing, web, and environmental design that inspires people and moves brands forward.