Knoebels Pricing questions

Tuesday, March 4, 2003 6:24 AM
I live in Albany, NY and I am finnally going to go to Knoebels this summer. I looked at their website and I get the whole ticket deal. I was just wondering how many tickets the coasters are. And how much do you usually spend in a day on rides.
I would like to go during the week and just pay one price, but is that cost effective? They have lots of kiddie rides that I am not going to ride.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 6:34 AM
Tickets at Knoebels come in 10-cent and 25-cent denominations (if memory serves me correctly), and each ride requires a certain dollar amount in tickets. I believe Twister is $2.00 and Phoenix is $1.60, so be sure to have the proper amount of tickets ready. The Vekoma Whirlwind coaster is $1.20. Really, these prices aren't bad at all, and both phoenix and especially Twister are worth every penny of that admission fee.

If you go on a pay-one-price day, I HIGHLY recommend getting one of those with the "Wood Coaster Option". You'll want to ride Phoenix and twister more than once. Also note that the incredibly cool Haunted House is not included in the pay-one-price plan and is $1 extra. It's the best $1 you'll spend all day.

ray p.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 8:09 AM
The tickets come in 50, 20, and 10 cent denominations. ProgRay was right with the prices of the coasters though he forgot to mention the High Speed Thrill Coaster which is 70 cents. High Speed looks like a kiddie coaster, but it is definitely not one. I usually spend no more than $15 on a day there with just the tickets.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 10:22 AM
Definitely get the wood coaster option. Besides the coasters, you'll get a log flume, a shoot-the-chutes, both vintage and modern flat rides, the bumper cars, and the carousel with brass rings to catch. And don't forget that haunted house (pretzel ride) for $1. Knoebels looks on paper like a park you woudn't spend an entire day at, but trust me, you probably will like I did.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:16 AM
I'm willing to bet that since the Wood Coaster option price went up, the coaster prices will too. I'm guessing to see the prices increase by at least $.20. While not much, that really adds up if you're using tickets. :(

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:20 AM
You will definitely want to spend all day there. An don't forget to stuff yourself on their great food.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:22 AM
Yes you will. Also try to hit there Power Surge, Bumper Cars, Haunted House, Flyers, Carousel. They are all great rides. When you go on Haunted House watch out for the truck;)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:26 AM
I will back up that comment about spending an entire day there. Near the end of last season my wife and I arrived when the park opened (around noon) and I was rushing around to get in one last ride on Phoenix as it shut down for the night (either 8 or 9pm). The park was fairly busy that day as well... but in those 9 hours we got in a lot of Phoenix and Twister rides, plus we spent a good bit of time just walking around.

What I can't understand is this... HOW can Knoebels charge so little for Phoenix and Twister on their ticket options while their nearest neighbor, Hersheypark, charges several times that amount for their coasters during Springtime in the Park and Hersheypark in the Dark (their pay per ride events). Doesn't really bother me... I always get the wrist bands at Hershey (the old home park) for those two events... but still... Talk about a price difference. Either Knoebels is just breaking even, or Hershey is making one heck of a profit.

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:36 AM
It most likely has a lot to do with things like coast of living and the local government. Knoebels is literally in the middle of nowhere. Hershey is not. Hershey probably has a much higher operating cost all around, in terms of salary, utilities, taxes, ect.

Just to note, I was talking to someone from up at Knoebels last season, and she said that while people from outside the area find Knoebels to be very cheap, the locals think it is expensive. Go figure.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:41 AM
LOL! Like you said, in the middle of nowhere, so everything is a bit cheap on the wallet. Knoebels might seem expensive to the locals either because the locals dont get out much, or they just do not realize that knoebels many operating costs.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:50 AM
Your best bet is the handstamp, especially if your going to spend the entire day at the park. There's plenty of flats to keep you busy at Knoebels. Flyers, bumpercars, Grand Carousel, Power Surge, Galleon, Whip, and Sattelite to name a few.

If you go on the weekend you will need to buy tickets since they don't offer a handstamp then. Somtimes you can blow thru a book of tickets $5 or $10 in no time.

On of my favorites is Wednsday night bargin night. For $6 or $7 you can ride the flats from 6 till 10. Thats when I do my Flyer, and bumper car marathons all night with occasional laps on the Phoenix and Twister.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 1:07 PM
Oh yes, the new rides too, like the round up/ scenic skyway/ Rock N Tug. Im curious as to where they will be (Round Up and R N T. Hopfully they will make them somewhat permenent with maybe some landscaping. Oh, dont forget about the Crystal Pool, with the new waterslides and stuff, that only costs under $20 for the Swim/Slide all day, and under 10 for the evening special . (i never pay just for the pool/individual slides, seems kind of pointless to me)
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