Knoebels' Flying Turns "close" to running

Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:01 PM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Cross your fingers, thrill-seekers and coaster enthusiasts. Knoebels Amusement Park officials are optimistic that Flying Turns - seven years in the making - could open later this year or early next season. Joe Muscato, director of public relations, said tests have been done continuously this summer and there is confidence that a vehicle that will work has been developed.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:34 PM
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Knoebels is a great family park with a wonderful sense of history and preservation of classic rides and atmosphere. I'm sure they are as capable as anyone to get this ride up and running. In the meantime, the park has continued to install new attractions and have continued to run the park with an excellence that is matched by few. I hope to be there the day the ride opens. Whether that's next month, next year or when ever it opens.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:37 PM

So when this thing opens it will bring long stalled projects down to just one right (new trains on Voyage.)


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:38 PM
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Has ring°racer opened yet?


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:27 PM
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No water dummies?


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:35 PM
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"While there was nothing in the cars on tests observed Tuesday afternoon, park officials have been running tests with water dummies that simulate weights and shapes of riders, and the results have been promising."


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:57 PM
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Jason Hammond said:

"park officials have been running tests with water dummies that simulate weights and shapes of riders"

So that explains all the delays.

It all makes perfect sense now.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:14 AM

Jason Hammond said:

Has ring°racer opened yet?

No.


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Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:24 AM
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7 years? That's excessively long. I was in 10th grade when they started and now I'm graduated from college....wow.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 8:49 AM
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sws said:
So that explains all the delays.

I was responding to janfrederick


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Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:56 AM
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Orphan Rocker has it beat. 25 years and counting...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 8:58 PM
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SEVEN YEARS? I am getting old..


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Friday, August 2, 2013 12:01 AM

^At least it hasn't been 8.3 years yet.

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Friday, August 2, 2013 3:47 AM
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Tyler Boes said:

^At least it hasn't been 8.3 years yet.

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Friday, August 2, 2013 6:41 AM

janfrederick said:

No water dummies?

Who do it with water dummies when diehard coaster junkies will work just as well? We'll do almost ANYTHING to ride something new!

(Runs & hides)


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Monday, August 5, 2013 1:34 PM
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The best thing about Flying Turns is that when it rains, they let you go down it on an inner tube.


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Monday, August 5, 2013 2:05 PM

You can tube down the whole park when it rains apparently.

Speaking of rain in the trough, how are they designed to quickly drain water? I figured everything was built at angles for drainage, but there appear to be some valleys.

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Monday, August 5, 2013 6:15 PM

1. Poke hole.
2. Wait for gravity to kick in.


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Monday, August 5, 2013 6:15 PM

"uh oh... Well, back to the drawing board..."

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Monday, August 5, 2013 7:58 PM

Saw the new trains sitting in the station on Saturday. They look nice and as the photos in the article show they have the logos on the side. If they took the time to do that I would think they really feel they are on the right path with these trains.

On a side note I always enjoy wearing my Flying Turns t-shirt I bought the first year of construction. Always a conversation starter at the park. "Where did you get that?" "Do they still sell these?" "Are they ever going to open that damn thing?".

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