The crowds were very light, normal for a Tuesday, and we went right back the Phoenix. One stop to buy tickets, since it was already after 7:30 and I knew we would not need a sundown handstamp. A four train wait for the front row, and it was running great!
We then made our way to Twister, waited two trains, then one more dispatch before we were to embark. Then the sky opened up... and it poured! They still loaded us in, seeing that there was not yet any lightning, and off we were. As much fun as this coaster is in the dark, nothing compares to a downpour in complete darkness. I could not open my eyes, and the rain drops stung, but it was amazing. The coaster never let up, not even through the tops of the helicies.
The sky really let loose, and rides went down left and right due to lightning. We witnessed the Italian Trapese shutting down in mid-cycle, something normal in heavy rain. Seeing as we had not yet had supper, we headed to the international food court. Very good food, and a lot for the money. We killed about half an hour waiting for rides to reopen, and watching the park become a ghost town.
Just as we were going to make our last walk by Phoenix and leave it started to run again. Quickly we bought some dry tickets and RAN to the front row. Just us and three kids with wristbands. The ride was AWSOME!! I have not gotten an after rain ride in years, and nothing is better! The best part was returning to the station, loading the rest of the train, and the ride-ops asking if we wanted to go again. We asked if it was OK since we didn't have handstamps, but they said this one was on them. We tore through without the lights on, and I was happy to end my night with back to back front row rides. But it didn't stop there. FIVE MORE TIMES! Each time seemed more intense, and every time we stopped just long enough for the ops to ask if anyone wanted off. That has to be hands down the best time I have EVER had at ANY park! This is absolutely why Knoebels continually wins acclaim for being the best park! *** Edited 7/6/2005 12:09:18 PM UTC by phoenixphan :-)***
Jim, there is no sign of the Looper yet. There is just a sign up in the site of the former Whirlwind saying that the coaster is now in Costa Rica and that the Looper will be taking it's place. I only glanced at the site briefly but it looked like all of the footers for the former coaster were still in place. I would think that they would get rid of these before placing a new ride on the site.
A number of the "Panther" cars in use now came from the same park, as well as the kiddie hand carts. It would be a real kick if the Looper were the same ride I knew and rode when I was a little tyke. I'll just have to see whether I can handle it as well this time around.
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