Black Diamond at Knoebels opened today?

Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:42 PM

Seems from posts on their Facebook that Black Diamond opened today. Anybody ride it? Feedback, pictures or videos please!

Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:45 PM

Yes it did. See my post in the Golden Nugget/Black Diamond thread.

Sunday, October 9, 2011 5:48 PM

Good ride. I got my ride at about 9:30 last night. From my experience and a conversation with Rick Davis from DAFE, the park is still tweaking the ride. Some of the timing of the effects aren't synced with the trains quite right.

Monday, October 10, 2011 12:16 AM


Decided last minute NOT to go to PPP.

Monday, October 10, 2011 1:12 PM

Yeah, definite timing and pacing issues, which made the ride kind of confusing. Still pretty neat, though.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:07 AM

I rode once in the front row and didn't notice much problems with the timing. The braking is a little distracting from the flow of the ride. Hopefully they can find a way to make it more gradual and constant and not so "choppy".

The theming is top notch. Overall the ride reminded me of the amazing dark rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Big win for Knoebels!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:33 AM

DKNY6363 said:
Decided last minute NOT to go to PPP.

LOL, I'm signed up for PPP 2025 already - (and every year until then)! The only "complaint" this year was the weather left the foliage too much in the green/yellow hues and not enough orange/red. Even got a brass ring on my only carousel major bumper car time in this weekend.

Agreed on Black Diamond awesome theming and (lack of) pacing....but they'll have it worked out in time for next year's midsummer visit... ;)

Knoebels is K'fun!

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:37 AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:41 AM

I was pleasantly surprised to see that BD was open already, however, the line for the ride was always pretty long, and we decided against waiting for it. Will have to wait until next year's PPP to get a ride on it. Hopefully by then the line will be shorter and the capacity will be a bit better.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:43 PM

TiggerMan said:
the line for the ride was always pretty long, and we decided against waiting for it.

Both rides, we waited less than a half hour. I think it's deceptive on how long it looks.

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Last edited by Raven-Phile, Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:44 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:47 PM

Even when the line was wrapped around the back of the international food court and almost out to the midway, I was told the wait was less than an hour.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:24 PM

@Jason and @Raven

We got in the (long) line for BD, and after about 15 minutes, we'd hardly moved.

I agree that normally an hour wait isn't that bad at all for a new coaster, but considering that the PPP event on Saturday night is only 4 hours, that would have been a significant amount of the overall ride time for the evening. Personally, I would have waited, but I had friends with me that had never been Knoebel's before, and I wanted them to experience as many of the rides at night as possible.

Sunday was basically the same story. We checked the BD line twice, and both times it was still pretty long. We elected to ride more rides than to wait for it.

It's all good. I still have my "free ride" ticket from PPP and I'll hold on to it for next year. Maybe I'll use it as an excuse to make a non-PPP visit :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:43 PM

More visits to Knoebels are never a bad thing :-)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:25 PM

Somewhere down here in "The Swamp", I have a ticket good for one ride on Flying Turns...

Now THAT wait might be a bit excessive...LOL! ;)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:15 PM

It was a good ride.. It does fit right in with Knoebels and they did a great job not rushing it. Now I can say I only need to ride it once a trip and maybe not even that many times. It was nice it opened on PPP though!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:22 PM

Jason Hammond said:
More visits to Knoebels are never a bad thing :-)

Q: Why are Knoebels tickets better than money?

A: Because money can be spent anywhere, Knoebels tickets can only be redeemed at Knoebels! (ALWAYS have some tickets at home --> more return trips...). ;)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:48 PM

Glove box, man. Glove box.


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