My wife and I decided we both needed a coaster fix, so we drove a couple hours to Knoebels after she got off work that day. That put us there a little after 5 PM... and the temperature was still in the mid-90's. Heat or no heat, coasters awaited us. We went in, paid our 17 bucks apiece for the Sundown plan... and headed right for Phoenix.
Gotta love the Phoenix. It's definitely my current favorite woodie. It sure doesn't look like much from the ground, but WOW, whatta ride! After three rides on Phoenix it was off to Twister. I enjoy this coaster too, love the headchoppers. A couple of rides on Twister and the Flyers and we headed off for some delicious eats.
After enjoying our food, the shade, and a parade of kids with kazoos (Kozmo's Kazoo Kalvacade?), it was back to riding. We hit some of the flat rides including the Whipper, Skooters, Swings, and Galleon. We caught a spin on the High Speed Thrill Coaster and just for kicks on the Whirlwind. (Although the train sounds like it isn't going to make it up the lift.) A few more rides on Twister and Phoenix, and it was time to go home, well... after getting ice cream.
Overall, a fantastic evening at the park. The waits were all very short, even with only one train running on the coasters. Many of the ride ops were extremely friendly and talkative. (Kudos to the kid operating the Galleon... Aaaarh, Matey.)
Here's the count:
Phoenix - 7 laps
Twister - 4 laps
Whirlwind - 1 lap
High Speed - 1 lap
...and lotsa flat rides
My favorite event of the night... seeing a security guard hovering over a kid cleaning up graffiti on Twister's exit ramp. If only more parks did that...
If you haven't been there, I recommend going!
88 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC Coaster # 100 in July.
Great TR! So far I never read a bad on about Knoebels.
I was there that night as well. I thought it was going to be very crowed but there were light crowds. I got there a little before 6 for the Bargain Night. I hit the Phoenix twice and Twister once. Bargain Night is when I do my Flyer / Bumper Car marathon. I think I was wearing a Leap the Dips 100th anniversary shirt.
Knoebels visits in 2002. 5
I don't remember seeing anyone in a Leap The Dips shirt that night. I wore a Navy shirt and a Philadelphia Flyers hat. Who knows, maybe next time we'll run into each other.
That Bargain night looks like a great deal if you're gonna do the flat rides. And they've got some GREAT non-coaster rides there.
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