What is everyone else's thoughts about this? There is so much talk about Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks being too expensive... what about Knoebels?
Factor in the cheaper food prices and shorter lines too; it doesn't sound like such a bad deal anymore, does it?
Heck Kennywood is only 32 and there is just as much charm, just as much cheap food (probably even better food than Knoebel's GASP!), and arguably a lot more overall to do there plus they have free parking as well.
*** Edited 6/19/2008 2:56:01 AM UTC by MagnumsRevenge*** *** Edited 6/19/2008 2:56:43 AM UTC by MagnumsRevenge***
On Sunday evening I spent about 3 1/2 hours at the park. Rode Twister 2x, Phoenix 3x, and caught 4 rides on the Flyers. I spent $15.20 on tickets. (Actually I spent $16, and brought 80 cents worth home to use another time.)
I could have added the Haunted Mansion, Bumper Cars, the Pioneer Train and the Thrill Coaster and it would have cost only $20.00. Plus if you buy ticket books on weekdays, those $20.00 in tickets cost only $18.00.
Other than PPP, I seldom opt to buy a handstamp @ Knoebels. I find using tickets is a more economical choice for me. Of course, YMMV.
There are also add-ons which can make your day more expensive such as The Haunted Mansion which was $1.20 I think two years ago, the Skyway at $3.00, and the Crystal Pool at $5.00 (these prices may have changed).
There are good bargains to be had though if you look through the calendar. I know the day after the Coasterbuzz event at Dorney, that the POP option was only $15.
And then there was a night where we hit Hershey during the day, and then hit Knoebels at night with a discount POP option (which stopped at 7 pm,). All I know is I'm not returning until The Flying Turns opens--whatever decade that is--and I'll be returning with my never-to-expire coupons.
Expensive? Sure...but worth every penny (and more, in my case), lol ;)
We go to Knoebels at least 15 - 20 times each summer. It is close to home here is Scranton, and although we can get to Dorney in less time, I just don't feel as good after a day there as I do Knoebels. We always opt for tickets, as two of us can ride as much as we want for $40 at the max. Add in around $10 for us both to eat at Cesari's Pizza (with drinks), and $4 for ice cream... that is still less than parking and admission to Hersheypark for one person(which was fun on Monday!)
I guess if you are expecting the coaster line-up of Hershey or Six Flags Great Adventure, then yes... comparatively Knoebels can be expensive. If you are looking for charm, a true family atmosphere, and value... Knoebels can't be beat in my book!
Having said that, the individual rides haven't gone up at that same rate. The Phoenix was $1.60 (now $2), the Twister was $2 (now $2.20) and the Flyers which I thought was scariest .70 you could spend is now $1.20.
I live about 2 hrs. south and I have made that drive an average of 4-6 times a year since 1999 (driving right past the Hershey area). Sometimes it may only be for 2 hrs., getting some pizza and riding the Phoenix and the ONLY bumper cars I care to even ride anymore.
In August, for the first time, we have rented one of the private cottages you see on your right as you drive in towards the parking lot. It's pricey, but everytime I go to Knoebels there is a certain peace I get. No rushing, laid back and while it has happened, very little line jumping.
I feel very similar to Mr. Mamoosh about the place however I wish I could change locales with him for a year or two. Disneyland Resort gives me the same peace even though crowd wise there may be a slight difference.
I love Knoebels, but $37? Its like they don't want you there all day.
My fiance and I have been there twice before, the first time was just for a night and the second was during a rainy PPP so we wanted to spend some quality time there and at the campground. We have only rode the coasters, Haunted Mansion, Sky Ride and the Antique Cars so I wanted the POP so we could get on some more rides and just casually enjoy the day without worrying about conserving tickets.
And while some of the food may be cheap, its not all cheap. I remember wanting a root beer float and seeing one for $5+. That's not cheap.
However, the amount of rides you WILL be able to ride in one day compared to most other parks I believe helps add to it's value. You live near Kennywood and they are one of the few parks that is close to Knoebels as far as atmosphere, cost and quality/value of food so you may not see what a gem Knoebels is in compared to way too many other parks.
If it's just two of you $50 in tickets will go a long way on a leisurely day at the park. A long way.
The Kennywood comparison was not directed to the original poster. *** Edited 6/19/2008 1:56:43 PM UTC by MrZero***
Unless you plan to do a really large amount of riding at Knoebels, use tickets. As mentioned earlier there is a 10% discount on them on weekdays when the POP is available. Also, there is a lot more to do at KG besides rides. You will want to spend some time strolling around the park, just relaxing, or enjoying the free shows and exhibits. There is also the good, reasonably priced food and the games including one of the few remaining Fascination games in operation.
When I visit for a full day, I too opt for the POP because of its convenience; although I would likely spend less in tickets. It's still a great deal.
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
You would think for $37 they could afford to maintain their rest rooms.
Admittedly they have a 'camp' feel to them. I'm sure there is no difference in sanitation on a regular toilet seat and the bare porcelain that you would sit on there but it just doesn't feel right.
And those spring loaded, cold only faucets are a joy to work with also. However primitive the hardware may be I never see them 'dirty'.
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