Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:51 PM
I was at Knoebels today from about 12:30 to 6:30. Phoenix and Twister both seemed to be running smoother than the last time I was there, although I only rode the front of Twister and Phoenix only has one rough spot anyway. But the real highlight of the day was the Flyers. When I got there, there were two operators, an old guy and a young guy. It looked like maybe the younger one was being trained. A few rides ahead of me, the old guy gets in for a ride and proceeds to snap all over the place, not just a few times but constantly. Then on the next ride, something incredible happens: he starts telling people, while the ride is running, how to snap! The ride after that, he tells me that they've had to lower the speed of the ride 4 times in the last few years because they had someone spin 360 degrees and twist the cables. Then it's my turn, he asks me if I know what I'm doing, I say I've got the general idea, he gives me a few pointers and then says that I shouldn't worry, if it gets too bad he'll just slow it down a little. I had a pretty good flight, although when the wind picked up it didn't seem to take much effort. It was a very long ride too. I got some pretty good slack but didn't have any really violent snaps. The flyer behind me must have though, because as I'm walking out I hear him telling the rider that when they snap that hard he likes to check the cables before the next ride. I was pretty stunned at all of this after reading all the complaints about snapping being banned at PPP last year.
Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:25 AM
It wasn't banned at PPP last year. There was just one ride op in particular who complained about extreme snapping. That's cool that the ride op was giving pointers. Man, I wish I was at Knoebels this weekend.
Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:58 AM
Gawd! I remember the old guy at West View park that would threaten to evict you for life if you even accidentally got the thing to make a slight jump!
Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:49 AM
Anti-Theme Park Mentality! What a change from what happens at so many parks. This is another reason why Knoebels is so special.