Knoebels, Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
My sister may have roped me in to helping move to Indiapolis or short notice, but dang nabbit, I WAS gonna hit a park at some piont on the trip. (2000 miles over a 5-day trip between NH & Indy!) I had SO many choices between the two points. Quassy, Lake Compounce, KI, or even CP. I wanted somthing DIFFERENT!
Well, in dawned on me I could hit a park for a couple of hoys and not break the bank: Knoeble's. On my way back, I stopped at the PA Info stop on the Ohio boared to get more info. It soon occured to my the this park is off the beaten path a bit.
I arrived about 1:30 PM after leaving Indy at 3:00 AM and proceed to grab some of the best honkin' fries EVER!!!! $2.5) for a regular was well worth the price!
After that, I figured I needed to get some road rage outta my system, so I hit the dodgems. They totally rock! They were better than the YouTube vid lead me to belive they were!
Next, I headed over to the Pheonix. I waited It was about a three train wait for the front, and was it worth it! I loved the sick air throughout the ride and the nice start with the tunnel.
Then it was on to the Twister. I didn't know a thing about this ride until I saw it on the park map. It was about a 20 minte wait for the front row, but well worth it. While waiting, I asked one of the ride ops about the best way to get back up to I-80. He was very friendly AND helpful. The staff get an A+++.
Okay, the TWISTER!! I didn't think crazy stuff like that was possible with wood! The start of the ride with the steep drop out of the station was a fun start, and only got better from there. The split with a U-turn tween the two chains is the mildest thing on the ride. From then on, you don't know left from right or even what's ahead! It hurts, but hurts so good!
Bottom line: You gotta go. Even it's for Pheonix, Twister, and Flying Turns (if they ever get the thing open :) ).
I was wondering the same thing. We were at Knoebels on Saturday & yesterday. When we were there on Saturday it was crazy busy and we only had 3 hours. In that time we only got 1 lap in on KK, Phoenix & Twister plus a gaunt through the Haunted Mansion. Maybe that is where Knoebel's Grave is :).
Unfortunately we did not get to ride the flyers on Saturday & they were down yesterday.Last edited by DaveStroem, Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:08 PM
I'm thinking he meant Knoebels Grove, not Grave.
I think you do find the grave by accident. :) And you'd be pretty "gaunt" when you do. ;)
J/k, hopman and Dave. Glad you had a good time at my homepark. I'm kinda surprised they have info on Knoebel's all the way out at the Ohio border. BTW, what day were you there, Hop?
I love Twister a lot! It seems to not get enough enthusiast love.
Bear, I stopped into one of the "Visit PA" vistor centers right when you get into PA at MM 1 or 2 on I-80, plus I saw the bilboards on the way out.
I was there on Tuesday, 8-18, and only wish i had a full day to check it out in detail. Plus, I'd been driving since 3 AM and needed a shot of adrenalin. Caffiene just wasn't cutting it anymore. :)
While we liked both Phoenix & Twister, I would have to give a slight nod to Twister.
Although I've only ridden each of them twice, I also like Twister a bit better than Phoenix.
Yeah. Can we call Twister a "hidden gem?" A big, wooden adrenalin-inducing hiden gem?
BTW, I didn't mean to call to call it Knoeble's Grave. I probably did that because I was DEAD tired after five days on the road in a truck with NO AC!
five days on the road in a truck with NO AC!
OMG, you didn't put your hands up, did you?
No. It was ARMS DOWN! all the way.My left arm did get quite toasted, however.
I'm kinda surprised they have info on Knoebel's all the way out at the Ohio border.
Knoebels has been advertising more than I ever remember this summer, after the season started out dead due to the cold wet spring. (Unfortunately for us, it seems that as a result the season is going to end up packed. A 20-minute wait for Twister? I haven't seen that for a while.)
The thing which I find surprising is the amount of advertising that DelGrosso's has been doing. They have ads running almost constantly on the Williamsport radio stations. Why would you go to DelGrosso's when you could go to Knoebels? Unless you really really need to ride a spinning mouse. (Actually that's not a bad thing, but what else are you going to do while you're there? After you ride the mouse and eat some potato salad, you might as well spend the rest of the day at Lakemont on the coasters.)
This time of year, you could always see a game at the Little League World Series.
DelGrosso's isn't in Williamsport. It's halfway across the state in Altoona. That's why I thought it was weird that they would be advertising in a market that includes Knoebels.
I recall seeing a billboard for Knoebels along I-99 one exit above Lakemont when I visited there four years ago. I also know of people who come to Knoebels from DuBois and Clearfield. Which I guess is no different than people coming there from northern Jersey or The Philly burbs-- who I've seen lots more in the past few years.
I don't see anything wrong with DelGrosso's advertising in Knoebels' "territory." Even if they get a fraction of the people, and they only go there one time, they've made their money's worth on the advertising. Even in our local supermarkets, you can find jars of DelGrosso's sauce with a discount coupon for the park on the label. You gotta spend money to make money.
Also, on this trip, I was watching the local news in Indy and saw an ad for CP, even though Sandusky's about 3.5 hours away.
Didn't see a damn thing for HW, though.
Bad spellers of the world UNTIE! LOL
I have to say I am a bit biased when it comes to best coaster at Knoebels. I will say that the two are a perfect pair. As far as advertising, most people who are regulars at Knoebels will not go to Delgrossos once looking at their website. We did the trip to Altoona earlier this year, and the only redeeming part was the fact we went on a Wednesday and Lakemont was $3, and Delgrossos had their spaghetti dinner. Fun parks, but not really worth the 3 or 4 hour drive, especially considering a large part of the Knoebels market already drives close to two hours to get there.
Glad to see another person who enjoyed the park, and once Flying Turns and Black Diamond open it will only be better! :-)
Oh yeah! Next time I drive out to visit my sister, i'll have to stop and check out Flying Turns.
Aww heck, i might as well plan an extra day into the trip and stop for thw whole day!
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