Welcome back PPPers, how WAS your ride?

Saturday, October 5, 2002 5:54 PM

I see a lot of first-time Knoebels visitors on the meeting calendar, and last year was our only trip to KG thus far. Some got landmark rides, others just the thrill of a lifetime on Twister or Phoenix. Post your short but sweet comments and observations, and welcome back! Hope someone got me a birch beer, BTW....

edit: was anyone not *enthused* to ride real BUMPer cars, grab the brass ring, or experience HSTC for the Phirst time....

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 10/5/2002. ***

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Saturday, October 5, 2002 7:55 PM
Well I just got back and it was a great time. I got 11 night rides on Phoenix. Lots of foxs and haloween light ups on it. Also lots of hand slapping from the people standing in line and teh people on the lift hill. Twister was pretty good today but no airtime. I saw a few CoasterBuzzers there. They did a great job this year. You can see my Trip Report now.

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-Sean


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Saturday, October 5, 2002 9:57 PM

I just got back as well, and I had a blast!!!

I met a lot of coasterbuzzers (many briefly) including Greg(Leg), Elissa and Rob (from whom I bought 2 videos), Kara, Brett (CstrFrk), Joey (Atlantis104), Bart (whose handle I don't recall), Sam Marks, Brad (ArrowGuy) and I'm sure I'm forgetting more. Twister was good, but Phoenix was incredible. Totally gave Boulder Dash the boot as my #1 woodie. The flyers were totally fun and I got a couple really good snaps over my four or so rides. We got 14 trips on HSTC, which was actually really fun. Thanks buzzers and other for making it such a memorable event!

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Saturday, October 5, 2002 10:03 PM
It was great. Prefect weather! :) Too tired to type.....

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- Peabody

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 7:56 AM
I got back as well. As always it is fun, but at the same time it has also gotten to a point where it's also not as fun anymore. If you ask me 1,674 people was a bit much. I do have to give Knoebels credit for trying to keep most of the park open for all of us to enjoy, but the atmosphere has also changed over the years as compared to past years. Maybe it's because there's too many general public people in the park. When I first started going just about everyone that went was a coaster enthusiasts. Now it seems to be a mix between the two. I hate to say it, but I had more fun getting more rides in at smaller coaster meeting than this one.
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Sunday, October 6, 2002 11:20 AM
I didn't know there was any differences in people that attend parks, funny;).

Anyways, small is always a friend of mine, but the more, the merrier, the more they can give you. Good things come from numbers.

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 11:29 AM

I was doing great grabbing the rings on the carousel last night! I grabbed 14 rings on 7 passes then they ran out for the last 3 passes!

I also got a few cheers from the Plyer Phans for a few of my snaps! :)

The Super Round up was confirmed and another ride "thats gonna give you a great view of the park" by Dick Knoebel last night at his post PPP speach! He did state it won't be a new coaster.

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Visits to Knoebels in 2002: 10

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 11:32 AM

Hmmmm, could they be getting a little S&S tower too? That would be cool!

I also had a good night on the carousel. My first ring was the brass one. I never got it before!

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- Peabody

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 11:59 AM
Thanks for the info coasterpunk, that sucks about the new coaster...

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87 different coasters for this year and counting... 149 total!

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 12:20 PM
No airtime on Twister? Really? Weren't any of you riding in the back seat? When I rode it in the summer of 2001, the back seat was giving ejector air like KW Jack Rabbit's double dip. I'd hate to hear the ride has slowed down due to poor maintenance or whatever. How can this be?
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-Matt in Iowa
195 coasters ridden -- Faves: Shivering Timbers, Ghostrider, Twister, Hershey Wildcat, Lightning Racer
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Sunday, October 6, 2002 5:53 PM
Coasterpunk: Were you the one in the metalhead hat and the leather jacket? If so, you were totally rocking the flyers!

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 6:24 PM

So Peabody, you had a great time, I am assuming??? I am glad. At least somebody I know had fun without me! LOL!

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Some call me............Titan!

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 6:26 PM
I had the spikey black jean jacket with patches, Goliath hat, and facial jewelry! That may have been me you seen on the Flyers!

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Visits to Knoebels in 2002: 10

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 6:48 PM

I was there. I didn't really have a costume but eventually adopted my clothes as an Enqique Iglesias getup because that's what everyone was calling me all night long, LOL! BTW, I was the tan guy with the black bandanna on his head, tinted sunglasses, black sweatshirt, and jean jacket outfit on. I'm sure you couldn't miss the bandana!

I did alot of socializing, some riding, some eating, and just had a really great time, especially during the Phyler Fest. I'll make top 10 next year, dammit.

And the weather was absolutely gorgeous! Anyone recall PPP '01 and '00? Brr.... :)

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 7:11 PM

I'm back. This was an amazing weekend -- Kennywood Friday night (with Brad, Jess, Joe, Chris, and Lori), PPP Saturday (primarily with my brother, sister, Lori, a different Joe, and also with a HUGE number of various friends on and off all night), and Dorney *AND* Knoebels Sunday. I'll write up larger trip reports after some much-needed sleep (nutshells -- Phantom's Revenge after a rainstorm is THE most insane roller coaster I've ever ridden; Knoebel's is still just as magical as Holiday World; and Talon is worth the trip to Dorney by itself)

One added comment I do have to make -- although PPP has gotten even more crowded in just the 3 years I've been attending, it is still VERY MUCH worth going. I look at events like this as much for the social aspect as for the rides. If I wanted to just rack up the laps, I'd go on a midweek day early in the season. However, I saw a TON of familiar faces last night, and had a blast talking with everyone, even if just briefly.

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--Greg
"Now all I want is to find a way home, to warn Earth -- look upward, and share the wonders I see..."
My page

*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 10/6/2002. ***

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 8:13 PM
Coasterpunk: I was definitely part of your cheering section on the Phlyers. You made us all look bad! ArrowGuy a had at least one really really good run as well. It was my first time on flyers, and I could only get two or three good pops a trip. How long did it take you to get that good?

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 9:11 PM

I started to put this in the "How was your weekend?" thread, but realized it would get killed soon...

Here's the Reader's Digest version of my PPP weekend:

1. Visited my family in Pittsburgh.

2. Had a great (but wet) night with Greg, Lori, Brad, Jess, and Joe at Kennywood, and got to share Joe's 100th PR lap with him. PR was really out of control Friday night.

3. Spent a wonderful day at Knoebel's with Mamoosh and his goons, and lived to tell the tale. :) Thanks again, guys!

4. Wished with Moosh that Nasai and Gator could have made it to PPP with us.

5. Hit all the adult coasters at Dorney Park twice in 45 minutes.

6. Almost went back to Knoebel's like GregLeg did, but I decided to go ahead with my quest to ride an Intamin Hyper at SFA. I made the right choice. :)

7. I drove a lot, and now I will sleep a lot.

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Sunday, October 6, 2002 9:25 PM

How does one summarize the PPP? Well... one can't! If you are trying to figure out why words can't describe the event, then you obviously have yet to attend!

IMO, Phoenix was running incredibly well. Those rides, in fact, might have been the best Phoenix rides I have ever had since I started attending the PPP a dozen or so years ago. Just when I thought that Boulder Dash had finally knocked the Phoenix out of my number one woodie spot, the Knoebels legend gave some outstanding rides and once again proved that it is my absolute favorite coaster. Twister was also superb, as always, and for those who complain that there is no air, I have two things to say: 1) The Twister is about laterals, not negative-Gs and 2) try sitting in the back seat!

Despite how wonderful the night was, I have to agree with Coaster Ken on one point: the amount of people that attended, which grows by leaps and bounds each year. I have no problem whatsoever with more and more people enjoying a "little secret" that a number of enthusiasts have known about for years, but I remember a time when it seemed as though half the crowd showed up in costume. It was hilarious seeing trainloads of Storm Troopers, witches, chain saw maniacs, drag queens and ghosts departing the Phoenix station. Now, it seems as though you're lucky if you see three or four people in the train that made the effort to dress up. And with so many people, it is very hard to see everyone that DID dress up, and when the prizes are announced later in the evening, very often you see a winner that you had no idea was even there! Like I said, I love that people enjoy the event so much... seeing so many people appreciate Knoebels and the PPP for what they are is truly heartwarming, but there was something to be said for the "smaller" crowds of years past.

But, all in all, it was a fantastic day... one which I will be thinking of for weeks to come, as I count the days until next year's event :)

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Monday, October 7, 2002 5:41 AM

chris said:
6. Almost went back to Knoebel's like GregLeg did, but I decided to go ahead with my quest to ride an Intamin Hyper at SFA. I made the right choice.

Hehe. We originally had planned on staying at Dorney until mid-afternoon, and then driving straight back to Pittsburgh. During lunch at Red Garter, though, we decided to take the long way home and stop back at Knoebels again to use up the tickets we still had. If we didn't all need to be home for various reasons, I think SFA or SFGAdv would have been considered



7. I drove a lot, and now I will sleep a lot.

Oh yeah, I know that feeling.


I have to agree with Rob about Twister. There most certainly IS airtime in the back of that beast, but it's more about laterals. While I prefer Phoenix, I also love Twister (13 laps on Phoenix vs 5 on Twister this weekend)

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--Greg
"Now all I want is to find a way home, to warn Earth -- look upward, and share the wonders I see..."
My page

*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 10/7/2002. ***

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Monday, October 7, 2002 6:52 AM
I got about 10 rides on Phoenix vs 3 on Twister... I usually ride Twister a lot more, but Phoenix was running so fine that I couldn't resist!
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