That wierd little park in Elysburg, PA

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Saturday, August 3, 2002 3:41 PM

On July 19, after spending a couple of hours at a history museum in Carisle. We went back to our hotel and there was some thunder and lightning. My brother was afaired of thunder so there was no way to get him out of the hotel room. So, what does this have to do with Knoebel's?

Earlier in the day, my mom had mensioned that we might go to Knoebel's. While the weather was less than perfect, it looked like our only chance to go. So, off we went, and thank god for the directions because we would never have gotten there.

From Carlisle (near Harrisburg) it took an hour and a half to get to Knoebel's. On the way there we encountered on and off rain and even some lightning. (lol) We felt like the Griswalds going to Wallyworld. I don't think I have been excited about going to a park in a long time.

We pull into the "parking lot" which is a grassy field. When we finaly get into the park I think "what.. why is this so special?" Mom and I both aggred that we were glad that we didn't take rest of the family here. Anyway, we hunted for a ticket booth. When we found one we bought a $9 ticket book.

The first ride we went on was the High Speed Thrill Coaster. It was a Kiddie coaster what else can I say.

The next ride was the Haunted Mansion. It was chezy but it was fun.

As I walked back I could begin to see what was good about this place. It doesn't just have carny rides, but there was a lot of old timey stuff.

Next up was the Phoenix. I liked the tunnel and it had lots of airtime! It has probably the best type of lap bars (what are they called) and no seats beats!

The next ride was Whirlwind. It wasn't as bad as I was led to believe. It still wasn't exactly smooth. After the Whirlwind I bought more tickets.

The next ride we went on was Twister. While we were in line it was rain and being from California I was afraid that they would close the ride. It was raining cats and dogs and they still didn't close the ride! Soon it was our turn to ride and all I have to say is: That was crazy! I had a hard time keeping my eyes open.

After that, it was still pouring and I even heard thunder and they still didn't shut down the rides. What kind of park is this.

I decided to try the Phoenix in the rain. Goddammit! now I can not decide between the two.

We wondered around the park after that and shopped too. They sell the best t-shirts!

After that we had dinner at the Alamo. It was a good restaurant.

We wondered some more and left and I wish I had done some other rides too.

I'm sorry to say that the park is a tad overated, but I still had a good time. I would still go there again if I was in the area.

*** This post was edited by Coaster File on 8/4/2002. ***

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Saturday, August 3, 2002 4:09 PM
The buzz bars for Phoenix actually are good for there air time I think. Rolling Thunder at SFgadv have the same. I think they are good for that ride but I still like ratcheted lapbars better.

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-Sean
*** This post was edited by SFgadvMAN 6/2/2003 7:24:17 PM ***

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Saturday, August 3, 2002 7:48 PM
For an airtime machine like Phoenix is, the buzzbars are the way to go! Nice trip report.. But yeah, I agree.. I prefer racheting lapbars more for some reason. It actually just depends on the ride.
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 10:52 AM

Wow! I can't believe anyone wouldn't love the old buzzbars over ratcheting lapbars! To each his own, I guess.

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Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 8:19 PM
Buzzbars are definately the way to go..

Excpet when they get stuck and the ops can't figure the problem out.

bzzzzzz, "try it now".. bzzzzz, "how about now", bzzzzzzz, "now?", bzzzzzzz... bzzzzzz, bzzzzzzz, bzzzzzzz...

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 8:38 PM

Buzzbars rock. I don't know why anyone would prefer individual ratcheting bars. Look at how fast Phoenix dispatches with only Buzzbars. You aren't in the station for more then 15 seconds.

Twister is truly magnificent isn't it? From the split lift turnaround to the double helix it just doesn't let up. An amazing amazing ride. IMO it blows Phoenix away.

As for the park being overrated Heck No. This place is underated. Great food, Great rides, Great Atmosphere, Clean, great employees and pretty darn cheap.

The trees are awesome and at night this park is the most beautiful park I have been too. Ther atmosphere is amazing.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 8/5/2002. ***

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 8:56 PM

I mostly aggree with you, I think the carny rides just didn't do much for me. The park deffinatly had friendly employees. It was still a nice place none-the-less.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:07 PM

Knoebel's is one of my phavorite parks and it seems that every time I go it rains. This just makes my phavorite woodie (can u guess?) even more better. Seat 1.2 is air time heaven for me.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:13 PM

Perhaps Feenicks? ;)

Yes I know I spelled it wrong

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All I need is 4.5 million bucks and a half a mile long sliver of land and maybe someone could build me my very own Shivering Timbers. ;)

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 10:20 AM

A trip to Knoebels and no rides on possibly the two greatest examples of their kind! The Auto Skooters and Flyers. No trip to Knoebes is complete with out a ride on these two gems a lap on the Grand Carousel (to catch the rings) and their French Fries near the Power Surge.

Wet rides on the Phoenix are the best!

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Knoebels visits in 2002. 6

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 11:03 AM

MagnumForce said:

Twister is truly magnificent isn't it? From the split lift turnaround to the double helix it just doesn't let up. An amazing amazing ride. IMO it blows Phoenix away. is

I share that feeling MagnumForce. Twister is non-stop speed from the minute you leave the station, and the forces generated are just unreal. It's the coaster that dethroned Millennium Force as my #1 overall ride.

As for the park being overrated Heck No. This place is underated. Great food, Great rides, Great Atmosphere, Clean, great employees and pretty darn cheap.

Of the few parks I've been to this summer (SFWoA, Conneaut, Erieview, Knoebels, LeSourdsville Lake, and CP), I had the best time at Knoebels. I think everyone can find something they'll enjoy here, and yes, the food is actually quite good (except their pizza.... that is definitely over-rated).


ray p.

*** This post was edited by ProgRay on 8/6/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 11:23 AM

Keep the old bars the way they are on the Phoenix. You didn't try for the ring on the Carousel? or ride the skooters? Coasterpunk, I like the Flyers, too, but when Kennywood had their's a few years back, they were better. The flying things were made out of wood, not plastic. Makes you able to catch the air a little better. And, if anyone's wondering which coaster I think's better, though twister's awesome, I have to go with phoenix.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 11:27 AM

Is it October yet? Phoenix, cheese-on-a-stick, pierogies, the corn nugget things....

God, I can't wait.

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"When will you stop all your buzzing?" - The Flaming Lips "Oh My Pregnant Head"

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