I expected a hillside parking lot like Idlewild, but was suprised to see a former airfield converted to parking lot. They must need it with picnic capacity for 11,000 at once. Very impressive.
Food. Had pieroghies, fries, pizza, pulled pork. All excellent. 8/10. Played about 6 games. Is there an arcade here? 7/10. Great retail shops. No two buildings are alike. Plenty of selection and friendly staff.
Here is what I rode. Pioneer Train? Long ride past Phoenix. If a bear ate the engineer, we wouldn't stop. Phoenix. Much longer ride than it looks. Very smooth. Fast. 9/10. Giant Flume. Long, and great rapids section. 9/10.
Walked through the Carousel Museum. Like this Trading Post gift shop. Toy guns. Excellent. Pool looked beautiful. Only about 6 people there due to rain.
Rode Roto Jets. Great. 8/10. Haven'r rode them since Cedar Point in 1980. Rode Looper. 8/10. I weigh more than my engineer brother, so he didn't think it was as funny as I did. 7/10. Haunted House. Quite long for an in house project. Everything worked. 9/10. It lived up to its legend.
I intentially skipped attractions for the next visit. Next time, I will hit the Giant Wheel, Skyride, Bumper Cars, Coal and Knoebels Museum, and the coal fired train. Also thought the guy cutting wood for fuel, and the speed boats were worth a second look.
Rode the High Speed Thrill Coaster. Crazy ride for kids. 6/10. Finally, did the Twister. VERY POWERFUL. The ride's lateral turns are strong, the split lift has a great curve, the drops are steep. The double helix totally destroys the Beast's helix set up. This ride is relentless from start to finish.
Placing the station inside the helix was genius, giving the show to soon to be riders. Hitting the brake run hard and fast, and the fact its friction brakes makes it smooth. No stupid seatbelts either. Powerful ride indeed. 10/10.
I rank it in the top three with the Thunderbolt, Georgia Cyclone, and Villian. But ahead of the Great White and CLP Blue Streak. Wow. Worth the drive. I want to visit this place again soon. 9.5/10.
Even though that map is very out-dated (Knoebels REALLY needs to update the map on their site) you can see the 2 trains. The Pioneer is the one near the pool and goes off the map to the left. The Ole'Smokey goes around the top left side of the park. *** Edited 9/6/2006 5:03:41 PM UTC by P18***
Glad you enjoyed your first trip to Knoebels. It's always interesting to hear someone's reaction after years of hearing how great the place is. Too bad you missed the bumper cars but as long as you're planning on going back...
I'll never forget my first trip to KG and a marathon on Twister...that ride is more comfortable in water than most ducks...*pure* genius...great to hear it's "ready"... :)
Is it time to start the PPP clock?
*** Edited 9/7/2006 5:42:41 AM UTC by rollergator***
Agent Johnson said:
Is there an arcade here?
Finally, did the Twister. VERY POWERFUL. The ride's lateral turns are strong, the split lift has a great curve, the drops are steep. The double helix totally destroys the Beast's helix set up. This ride is relentless from start to finish.
There is an arcade called Playland. It has a few skeeball lanes, DDR, some pinball machines, and a bunch more popular games. Its located next to the Grand Carousel.
Good TR, I'm glad to hear that you liked me! ;) Twister seems to be running much smoother and with more force than in previous years. The turn into the helix is awesome... crazy negative and lateral G's simultaneously!
Twister is also one of those rides where there there is a striking difference between a front and back seat ride.
Is it time to start the PPP clock?
You didn't start October 9, 2005??? :)
Personally, I like the walk down the ramp. If you time it right, you hit the landings just as the next train makes its two passes through the helix.
Unfortunately, it seems the bigger impediment to a quick re-ride is the fact that too many people have no clue how many tickets they need for the ride. (And they're not locals, because we know it's $2.20!)
I forgot that no POP was offered on Labor Day. We ended up buying $100 worth of tickets which gets you 10% off and 4 of us had a hard time using them over the course of 7 hours, even though lines were generally light.
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