The price is the same as last year, and they're still billing it as "with a Twist and anything else we can come up with"...
New this year is a marshmallow peep contest.
The event begins at 6pm, ends at 10pm.
By 6, the flat rides will have shut down except for certain favorites. (Chief among these are the bumper cars and flyers, of course.) What's left will run til at least 9. The wooden coasters will run til 10. Phoenix will run in the dark, the tunnel will probably be smoked and possibly haunted. Twister will probably run dark and the station may be decorated. If it's like other years, the antique car ride won't open til dark (7ish) and will be extensively decorated and haunted. (It will also have a ridiculous line.) You can see some of the haunted car course from the double-double hill on the Phoenix, which adds a nice touch in the dark.
At 8 will be the costume parade and judging. The winners will be announced after 10, there will be closing remarks from Dick or some senior official, and then everyone heads to the campground for the bonfire and roasting of hotdogs and marshmallows.
You can just show up anytime and ride with tickets if you want (probably even from 6-10, which annoys some people who are used to having private events), or you can buy armbands good from 12-6, 6-10, or both. If you buy the 6-10 option you get certain benefits. Definitely Cesaris pizza and a drink, usually a free ride on the skyride (only time it's worth riding), free ride on the haunted house (ridiculous line again), and free game coupon.
There are a lot of diehard coaster enthusiasts (and bumper car enthusiasts and flyer enthusiasts) who come every year even if not in costume for the sake of being among like-minded people for one last time before winter. Sure, the big parks run weekends up til Halloween, but they're aimed at bringing in the masses, whereas PPP is more like an unofficial coaster club convention. (Although every year more and more of the craft fair attendees figure out that the rides are open too.)
Don't be afraid of the "ridiculous lines". Some of them are easily avoided depending on your timing. The only one I've ever had a problem with is the antique car ride, but even that is only about 25 minutes. As long as it's dry, the park runs two trains on the woodies and the Phoenix wait is only about 10 minutes and the Twister wait is only about 5 minutes. The flyers are VERY popular at the event. It's by far the best time to see tons of expert pilots doing their things and the weekend is bound to result in a couple of cable-hookings. :)
Then there is Sunday, known as "Hangover Day". It is a blast as well, because the park tends to be very dead, but still full of hardcore Knoebels fans hanging around the coasters, bumper cars and flyers all day. I usually spend most of the day at the flyers myself.
Wow, Moosh...that's hardcore!!! The fact that you would travel all the way out here for this event makes me want to do it even more. I will definitely be clearing my calendar.
What Moosh is doing should tell you something about this incredible event!
"The flyers are VERY popular at the event. It's by far the best time to see tons of expert pilots doing their things and the weekend is bound to result in a couple of cable-hookings. "
Please forgive me ignorance, but what is a cable-hooking and how does it work and is it dangerous?
Id go but I have a better time on normal operating days and the cycle times are much longer on the flyers than the 30 second cycles we got two years ago.
Chuck, who thinks the event rocks but theres some things just not as good and a 600 mile drive is quite expensive for a one dayer.
-Tambo (counting the days)
Actually I just booked my motel room. :) The fall weather, Phoenix, the skylift, the friends, the food.....it's heaven! The lines can get long but it really doesn't matter. Everyone is having fun regardless!
Oh, and the flyers. That's the MAIN reason why I go. There is nothing more orgasmic than snapping those babies during the (sometimes) cool fall weather at night! :) They can get insane! There have been a few times where I was literally scared for my life (PPP 2005 I think....where it was raining and the winds were on CRACK!)
It's just an all-around great event and a chance to catch up with peeps that you only see a few times a year. :) I can't wait!
<---who is going to Kennywood before and Dorney afterwards!
*** Edited 8/13/2008 1:12:14 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
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