How's Knoebel's Skyride?

Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:05 PM
I see that the Skyride isn't included in the Pay One Price plans and am curious if it's worth the $3.00 or not. If Lake Compounce's Skyride is a 10/10, what would you rank Knoebels' Skyride? Thanks.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:48 PM
It's worth it. It's a great view of the entire park and very relaxing.
Ride it towards evening and it's amazing.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:49 PM
7/10 It's enjoyable, It's not spectacular or as long as Lake Compounce but its enjoyabe.

Chuck

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:25 PM
It's a snoozefest just like the rest of the park! ;)

Not a bad ride. It's perfect if you want to take a 15-20 minute break from the rest of the park. You can see quite a bit of the park from it too.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 1:25 AM
It's pretty cool, it'd be much better if they took out some trees on each side opening up the view a little more, but it's still a nice ride if you want to take a break.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 7:38 AM
Agreed with the general consensus. Probably and 7 or 8 or so. The only downfall of the ride is that it inevitably gets compared to LC's.

Do everything at Knoebels! Part of the fun is discovering all the fun stuff to do.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 10:54 AM
And I wish that weren't the case. The two rides are fantastic in their own right. Knoebels ride isn't as long or as high or as "oh my God" but it's still great. The trip down the mountain gives a fantastic view of the park, whereas LC's skyride is on the extreme edge of the park and doesn't give you much of a view of the layout until you get down low.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 11:07 AM
Its a ski lift through the woods over a dirt path, nothing special at all IMO. I rode it once and I am over it.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 1:21 PM
^ True about the woods and dirt path. But then, most other skyrides are suspended above macadam and concrete. And evening is the best time to ride, just as the lights on the rides and buildings come on and the sun is just setting below the opposite hill.

Yeah, it costs $3.00, but it lasts much longer than it takes to drop $3.00 at a game. *** Edited 5/22/2006 5:23:37 PM UTC by RatherGoodBear***

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Monday, May 22, 2006 1:35 PM
How true.

You've got to give Knoebels credit for opening a transportation ride that doesn't serve any functional purpose- that's a rarity in this day and age!

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Monday, May 22, 2006 2:02 PM
No it isn't. Parks are full of transportation rides that serve no functional purpose. I'm always whining about that. I bet non-functional transportation rides outnumber functional ones (but I'm not going to check to see).

Nothing wrong with traveling through the woods on a dirt path, I'm often walking through the woods on a dirt path anyway.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 2:34 PM
Yeah, but when was the last time a park installed a transportation ride to nowhere? And I'm not talking antique cars or something like that, I'm talking a transportation ride that takes people on a scenic ride from Point A to Point A without stopping at passthrough Point B. Why does a transporation ride HAVE to go somewhere? If getting there is half the fun, why have somewhere to go? ;)
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Monday, May 22, 2006 2:36 PM
Many parks take you for a ride with the food prices ;)
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Monday, May 22, 2006 3:16 PM
^Michigan's Adventure's train ride (Timbertown Railway) used to be just a loop, until they expanded it this year to include a second station. But I believe it originally opened within the past 4 or 5 years.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 3:29 PM
Yes, indeed. Many parks do take you for a ride with their food prices and soak you with their drink prices. Happily, Knoebels and LC are two parks that don't do this.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 4:02 PM
It all depends on the train. Some trains (like Knoebels Pioneer Train) don't need two stops because no one wants to be dropped off in the middle of the woods. Others, like the ones at the Busch parks, need multiple stops because they circle the park and it makes sense. Good that Michigan's Adventure added a second station because it sounds like it made sense.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 6:44 PM
Park pricing also plays a part. Parks like Knoebels that use pay-per-ride extensively aren't going to see many people use rides just for transportation around the park unless the ticket is for a one-way trip only. The use of rides for transportation works best at parks where everyone pays admission to the park and the admission charge includes the rides.

An example of this is Disneyland's train ride. Years ago this ride required a "D" ticket (just below an "E" ticket in value). Everyone pretty much rode the complete circuit even though the ride had three stations. Now with one-price admission, more people use the ride to go between different parts of the park. Other Disney transport rides such as the former sky ride and the horse drawn streetcar on Main Street were more often used for this purpose because your ticket was good for a one way trip only.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 7:35 PM
9/10 for me....on one hand it's just a ski-lift, but it's a verrry long relaxing ride. It's nice to float through the nature and get a nice view of most of the park. I would reccomend it.
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Monday, May 22, 2006 7:44 PM
I don't know Rob, I kinda think it would be neat to hang out with all those squirrels in that feeding area on the Pioneer Train! :)

As far as the Skyride, as many times as I have been to Knoebels I have yet to ride it so I can't offer a valid opinion on that. It does look like fun though.

Tom

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Monday, May 22, 2006 7:47 PM
Another park that had a skyride up a mountian is the currently SBNO Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in North Carolina. Since the park was on top of the mountain but the parking was at the foot of the mountain, this ride did serve as transport.

Ghost Town is currently for sale. I believe that the growth and success of Dollywood on the other side of the Smokies was largely responsible for the park's demise under its old management.

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