Looper - This was the 1st time I got to ride this. I was in a rush at last years Phunphest, and didn’t get a ride. One you get the rhythm its pretty easy to keep it flipping over the whole ride. My son and I both had a blast. We made sure to get another ride in before we left for the day.
We then headed to The Phoenix. One train operations made for longer then normal waits but that’s to be expected on opening day. Front seat ride! Gotta love it. The Phoenix always delivers! 2nd ride was a backseat ride. Good ride, but I prefer the front.
Fandango - I like this ride, but wish it would rotate more like Delirium does. Think they are more fun then the Claw(Chance model) that Hershey and Dorney have. It is definitely a good addition to Knoebels.
Haunted House - This is just a classic, and a must ride. I love how well they maintain this ride. What’s not to like about it?
Twister - I only rode it once to today in the backseat. It gave a good, powerful ride. I like how their woodies compliment each other. Definitely 2 very different rides, but both good.
We took a little break from riding to check out the gift shops, and eat some Cesari’s Pizza. Then we went and took rides on the Downdraft, Pioneer Train, Cosmotron, Scenic Skyway, The Flyers, Bumper Cars, Power Surge, Tilt & Whirl, Roundup, Merry Go Round, and a few re rides.
All in all a great inexpensive day. $21 for 2 all day ride bands. What a bargain, and plenty of fun to be had. The Log Flume was the only ride that was broke down when I wanted to ride it. No big deal I’ll get that later in the season. I noticed Dick talking to the ACE group at their pavilion, and would have liked to have heard what he had to say, but I am not a member of ACE. I didn’t want to crash the party. All those rides and we left the park at 6:35.
*** Edited 4/30/2006 1:35:43 AM UTC by Coasterfantom2***
Actually, it was cool being able to get up close to the construction site of the Flying Turns, and talk to Dick Knoebel, and some of the other construction crew about it's progress.
The 2 for one deal was actually better than the ACE day rate.
Coasterfantom2 said:We then headed to The Phoenix. One train operations made for longer then normal waits but that’s to be expected on opening day. Coasterfantom2***
Funny how nobody ever has a problem when knoebels does this, but if any other park does this God Forbid!
And THAT is why Knoebels does not get knocked for single-train operation.
Not only does it lead to wonderful ride (God what I would give to go back in time to relish Raven with buzz bars again) but the dispatch times at Knoebels have never been short of insanely fast.
But yes, the best part is not having to reach under my ass to retrieve a seat belt that always seems to be set for Malibu Barbie sized riders.
You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!
But it is not a big deal. Lines are never prohibitively long.
The trains are maintained either way, the staff is in place (just standing around between rides - other than main op), the lift chain doesn't stop between lifts, the brakes might wear a little, but from an operation standpoint there is extremely limited cost.
The park does so many things right that this is minor, but why not bother to fix it when it is so simple to make the crowd happy at no cost.
SFGAdv, the wait might be 15 or 20 minutes long with single train op. Late in the afternoon/evening, the line will be even shorter. I don't see that as a good reason to stay away. Do you?
The good news - no one was waiting for The Flyers and never waited more than one cycle for Skooters.
The Looper seems to be a big winner - it had the longest line all day.
*** Edited 5/2/2006 7:22:12 PM UTC by larrygator***
It's rare but there are some days they do run two trains on POP days. In the last 5 years I may have seen it two or three times.
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