Saturday, June 24, 2006 3:44 PM
This is my first experience on going to Knoebels Amusement Park. I want to ask you what I should go on and any helpful tips you can give me. Write Back.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 3:54 PM
Umm... Ride them all?
You also may want to slow down on starting topics.
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Saturday, June 24, 2006 4:04 PM
Other than Phoenix, Twister, and High Speed Thrill Coaster make sure you ride Haunted Mansion, Whipper, Dodgems, Flyers, Sky Ride and Looper.
Stop by the fascination parlor and find out when the next "cover-all" game is; start playing 30 mins prior...expect to drop $5-10.
Play a round of mini-golf.
Eat some tri-taters, chicken fries, and pirogies and stop by the Old Mill for some ice cream.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 5:12 PM
/\ agreed, and also Id reccomend eating dinner at the Alamo as well. Also if you're into flyers, the ones at Knoebels aren't to be missed. Pretty much enjoy yourself and ride what you want/are interested in. Take time to just stroll around the park and take it in.
Also, if you want, take some pics as well. I can't wait to get to Knoebels this year, Im curious about seeing the FT construction in-person as well as checking out the new XD Theater. *** Edited 6/24/2006 9:18:09 PM UTC by P18***
Saturday, June 24, 2006 6:17 PM
I'm also a huge fan of their train ride and the sky ride ain't bad either. The dodgems are ridiculously good. Do not miss.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 7:58 PM
Ride the train in the daytime, A good view up though twister and a surprise at the turn around.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 11:16 PM
It was my first Power Surge. For that alone, I give Knoebels my money:) And oh yeah, Phoenix and Twister are awesome too.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 11:20 PM
Power Surge is a cool ride, though if you don't have a riding partner, you will end up unbalanced even more and falling to one side. Phoenix and Twister definitely rock. I also like the log flume, but we can't catch this during PPP, and I've only caught it once or twice during my one summer visit.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 12:34 AM
I was there last Monday. Got a lot of pictures of the Flying Turns that will be posted to my site soon. Phoenix is flying this year! I couldnt stay in the seat! Make sure you go on it!
Sunday, June 25, 2006 12:53 AM
If you're able, try to hit the sky ride right around sunset. You get a spectacular view of the lights of the park against the dusk sky as you come down the hillside. The Ferris wheel is another good ride for night.
The XD theater is pretty cool. It's a small theater, only 10 seats. I think they show one film repeatedly for an hour, then change to another show.
One thing they added to the flume ride are a pair of geysers. People on the deck can spray riders as they enter the turn right before the second lift. Costs a quarter, but it's fun to hit unsuspecting riders.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 7:29 AM
Interesting that you mentioned Fascination. This is a ball rolling game that is played like bingo. The object is to get 5 lights in a row. KW and CLP used to have this game years ago as did the now defunct West View Park. There was even a Fascination parlor in Times Square back in the 1970s. Many other parks and beachfront areas had this game as well.
One reason for the decline of Fascination was the reduction in the number of parks with a free gate. Fascination depended heavily on repeat players that often came to the parks to play the game. Knoebels, of course, still has free admission.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 10:23 AM
Almost everything has been mentioned that is a must do but I'll add a few things.
Another ride not to miss is the Grand Carousel! It's one of the very few places you can still grab for rings if you sit on the outside row! Even get a free ride if you catch the brass one! It's also one of the largest carousels and features hand carved horses and 3 band organs.
The Looper is a ride not to be missed, that is if you like spin and pukes! It's the only one I know of at a park and you need two people per car!
The one new food I saw last week was Alligator Bites located at the International Food Court in the world section. Since I'm on food you can't forget the Sweet Potato Fries also in the World section. Sweet Potatoe Fries + Brown Sugar + Butter = Great!
Monday, June 26, 2006 10:28 AM
The best Knoebels advice I can give is slow down, allow enough time and enjoy EVERYTHING. There isn't anything in the park that will make you think, "we shouldn't have wasted time on that."
Monday, June 26, 2006 10:50 AM
Huh, guess the park ISN'T a snoozefest after all! :)
Monday, June 26, 2006 11:29 AM
Well, that Downdraft ride isn't quite as good as you'd think it'd be...
Monday, June 26, 2006 12:55 PM
If you could go back in time on your trip to Knoebels I'd recommend trying to "Go Over The Top" on the Cages. For my own info, what year were they pulled out? Also I can't reiterate more emphatly that the Flyer, Bumper Cars and Haunted Mansion are tops in the country - and food too. I do wish they would reopen the fresh squeeze lemonade stand by the pioneer train.
Monday, June 26, 2006 2:23 PM
Besides the obvious, the Grand Carousel and Haunted Mansion were some things I was going to mention as well, and that awesome sky ride that goes up into the mountains. The fall colors are especially beautiful to see from the sky ride as well. Nightime rides are also nice.
I love that thing!
The Looper was too much work for me, but once you get it going it's insane! Next to Phoenix, the Flyers are my favorite ride there.
Like the others said, just take it all in and take your time and enjoy all of it....the rides, shops, food, scenery, etc. If you rush you will miss A LOT.
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Monday, June 26, 2006 2:51 PM
The Cages were removed sometime between '86 and '89. I know it was a year or two years after they built the Phoenix. They used to sit where the handstamp booth is now.
Monday, June 26, 2006 3:35 PM
Oh, the memories - coming down over the people playing mini golf.... Though this is off topic, I wonder if there are anymore cages anywhere..... Coasterpunk, how Knoebels been holding up with all the rain in Central PA? I was concerned when I saw a forcast for another 8 inches in the area on yesterday's forcast.