Knoebels hopes to have much of park open this weekend after record flood

Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:12 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Despite serious flood damage, Knoebels Amusement Park hopes to have most of its facilities open this weekend.

“It was really bad,” spokesman Joseph Muscato said about the flood. “It was worse than 1972. Parts of the park had never had water before. Buildings were moved.”

Read more and see photos from The Patriot-News.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:59 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

The website says to expect an update late tomorrow.

It's amazing to me that they are recovering so fast. They didn't even apply for the Pepsi Refresh Project! ;)


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:25 PM
kpjb's avatar

Yeah, the gills obviously helped out in this situation.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:27 PM

Bravo! seen video of the flyer up and running on FB

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:34 AM

One of the local TV stations reported that the Kiddie Carousel was damaged beyond repair. I hope that isn't true.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:43 AM
rollergator's avatar

^Lord I hope that it's not "beyond repair" (but I fear it is, considering the location in the park). The mechanics at KG are the best there is, but that was the worst-hit area of the park by all accounts... :(

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:05 PM
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When was the last flood? Wasn't it two years ago?


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:33 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

They should just close the park and remove their Facebook page.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:58 PM

From the pics I've seen of the Kiddieland carousel it looks like at least the centerpole is bent,and there might be cracked sweeps. Could be a whole lot more. Irreparible? No. Inexpensive fix, definitely not. I'd say it will be back, but not anytime soon. All five organs that were out in the park have sustained water damge and are not usable at this time. They do have a few smaller organs in their collection that may have escaped the waters. It's going to keep Dave Wynn real busy for a while.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:57 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
They should just close the park and remove their Facebook page.

They just don't listen to you, Gonch. They posted on their Facebook page that they're going to be open this weekend.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:12 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Well, all the other cool kids are doing it.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:34 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Rides that will be open


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:52 PM
LostKause's avatar

I love the cross-thread reference jokes! Hilarious.

I also love that Knoebels works extra hard to recover from a flood in a time where another park can close early in the season, unscheduled, just because they are having mismanagement issues.

On the other hand, I wonder if we will see Knoebels' "new for 2011" dark ride open at all this year?


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:09 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Or their "new for 2007" ride too, for what it's worth. ;)


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:06 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

Class act. If we had a few more parks like this. Or companies, period.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:55 PM

As an aside, the Bloomsburg Fair board announced that for the first time in its history, the fair is cancelled this year. PPP and the Covered Bridge festival were always scheduled the week after the fair to avoid a conflict.

Interesting that places like Knoebels who just rolled up their sleeves, got out the shovels and started cleaning up are back in business within a week. People in NEPA waiting on FEMA to go through their procedures have been told they may be out of their homes and businesses for months.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 2:27 PM
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If the fair is canceled, I wonder if that will cause PPP to be even more crowded than usual.


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Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:00 PM

The craft fair for sure. People will have the extra money they didn't spend eating and buying tchotchki at Bloomsburg.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 11:03 PM
rollergator's avatar

Knoebels FB today showed video of Grand Carousel turning for the first time since the flood. Would be surprised if it's not added to the list of operating rides.

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Friday, September 16, 2011 1:03 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

rollergator, the Grand Carosel is listed in between the Merry Mixer and the Motor Boats. It will be open!

~Rob

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