Chuck, who will gladly go in your place.
Knoebels is, however, a rare gem of a park. I'd describe it as a campground with rides. I'm not going to even get into all that makes Knoebels great.
I do have a question, though. How can anyone who considers themselves a rollercoaster enthusiast (or whatever the popular term is these days) not like Knoebels, or at least the 2 wooden gems they have there?
As much as I go to other parks, Knoebels has a charm about it, something that reminds us of a simpler time. For me, it is being a family, going on our annual outing to the park, and just enjoying a long summer day. That for me is better than any Kinda Ka or Top Thrill Dragster.
But this is just my opinion.
Still, if someone posts something like that, my first thought is, "So what?"
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I don't particularly care for the park myself.
That's not to say it's bad and I do think the initial post was trolling, but rather than close it, let's save it with some good opinion discussion. :)
It's not even just the 'small park' thing either. LC and IB are two of my favorite parks ever. There's just something about the place that didn't do it for me.
As far as the coasters, according to my ballot in Mitch's last wooden coaster poll, I apparently have 14 wooden coasters that I find more enjoyable than Phoenix or Twister.
Heck, I'll even go a step further down the enthusiast's balsphemous road to hell and admit I don't give a crap about the Flying Turns they're building either. It just doesn't interest me one bit.
I found this in my PM folder. It's from July 2004 in a reply to TeknoScorpion (who I still miss around here) in response to his inquiry of whether I planned on attending PPP that year -
As far as PPP, I'm about to commit the ultimate blasphemy and I will deny I said this until the day I die, but...
I don't really care for Knoebels. We made it there last year and I probably won't be back anytime soon. It's about 4 hours from me now and I have at least 5 or 6 other parks in that range that I much rather visit. Never been to PPP and I've yet to hear of anyone not having a good time there, but it's still not on my agenda.
I'm weird :)
Just my opinion and no more or less valid than anyone else's.
(I even thought that Kosmo, the mascot, looked like the critter from Herrs Potato Chip Bag). I collected some of the brocuhres from the rest - area tourist bins and never thought it would be ok enough to go to or to visit.
Two things changed my mind: The frequent comments on this board - and my son's height last summer (he just hit 42 inches last August and he was tall enough to go on both of thier "Big kid" coasters.)
I ended up loving it, as did he, and my wife who is really a non-rider didn't have to pay.
I was anticipating great food, but found what I ate (Pizza mostly) passable with the potato wedges outstanding, and I thought the rides would be weak, but some of them were outstanding.
We are not camper-type of people, so I can't comment about the cabins because we stayed at a hotel about 20 - 25 minutes away.
The crowds were not overwhelming and quite well behaved.
Deffinately (In my humble opinion) not a snoozefest.
The two woodies, the Skooters, the Flyers and the Carousel with the brass ring keep us coming back, not to mention the nice atmosphere. Still, we like other places too and can understand others feelings.
I happened to thoroughly enjoy Knoebel's. To me it was the atmosphere. Feeling like I was back in the 1920's. I didn't care for Mister Twister. However I really liked Phoenix. I really enjoyed the Pioneer train, the haunted house, and just being in a park in the middle of the mountains.
The Flying Turns does have me interested. I actually really enjoy the metal bobsled coasters alot. Especially the Mack version (only been on the one at PKD). Getting to ride one of the old wooden trough ones has me personally really excited just because of the uniqueness.
EDIT - somehow my last word got truncated. ODD. *** Edited 4/27/2006 10:34:29 PM UTC by beast7369***
Coastin Reimer said:
People say if you like lots of high tech steel and high tech thrill rides etc etc then Knoebels isnt for you. But ya know what, what about Kennywood?
Your argument doesn't work. Kennywood has high tech steel and high tech thrill rides!
I'm not sure I buy any comparison to Kennywood. When's the last time they built something "classic" like a wooden coaster. Like 80 years! What have they built? Steel Hyper, giant freefall, enclosed mouse, sally dark ride, new high tech flats, etc. The only "classic" thing they semi-recently build was faux-classic: Lost Kennywood. That's like Disney's Main St. USA. (I'm not bashing it...I love it!)
Knoebels is chosing to stay classic and "old fashoned" ...kind of the real deal.
It's like comparing a classic old historical house that has been preserved mostly as it was 100 years ago vs. a classic house that gutted and redone on the inside and full of modern stuff, plasma TVs, modern furnature and decorations, etc.
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