I recently got word that Knoebel's is going to be removing their 'Whirlwind" coaster next season. It shouldn't be a big suprise because "Whirlwind" hardly ever has a waiting line, and it doesn't disapoint me at all as long as they are getting something in place of it. The person also said that the Knoebel family is looking for a Wild Mouse or a SLC to replace it.
Anyone else know anything about this?
I haven't heard anything to this effect, but I'll start the chant now. Everyone, repeat after me:
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Depends on what kind of mouse it is.
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An SLC really would not seem to fit what Knoebel's is all about. Although Perhaps Whirlwind doesn't either.
Whirlwind is not a bad ride though. It is very smooth for the Vekoma Arrow Conglomeration and is quite unique.
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Heck, Id settle for a Reverchon Crazy Mouse but if any park was to build a Wooden wild mouse, Knoebels is the park. Don't know about that location though.
I don't see the Whirlwind going anywhere anytime soon. Knoebels wanted a coaster with inversions for familys to ride (a looping coaster that would be great for beginners). The Whirlwind is perfect for that. I think the only way they will get replace it is if they can find a good deal on a boomerang or other compact looper.
I don't see them getting a SLC or any invert either. It just doesn't go with their style. A Wild Mouse would be a great addition to the Knoebels line up though.
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Are wooden Wild Mouse coasters still made? and if so, who makes them?
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Well I consider LoCoSuMo a wild mouse if that counts.
In fact a VERY wild mouse.
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Don't forget about those rumors of a wooden flying turns ride that the park was supposedly working on, that could happen in the not-too-distant future if the people I spoke to are correct.
Here are their new attractions for this upcoming season.
I'd think Whirlwind is here to stay...but you never know what Knoebels has up their sleeves. Out of curiousity...who's your source?
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Pretty cool Kara...those Rockin' Tugs sure seemed to be one of the big winners at IAAPA. As for the Round-Up, anything that reduces the line for the flyers is cool by me...;) I'm also personally happy about the skyride, esp. since I'm not much of a skier...
Whirlwind is unique and cool, and pretty fun...not as rough as the other inverting sit-down Vekomas (Ninja at SFoG, Boomerangs). I'd be somewhat disappointed for it to leave, but if it were replaced by something good, I could live with it. A WildCat or JetStar would be excellent but, as noted, Whirlwind is THE inverting coaster at KG....isn't there a shuttle-looper still in storage after SFKK got ViperWave? I think it's an Arrow, but those could fit in virtually anywhere....of course, a mine train could work VERY well there too, near Skloosh! (the best-named STC I know of)....
I'm certainly looking forward to the Super Roundup and skyride -- I love both attractions.
I'd love to see Whirlwind stay where it is, as long as doesn't come at the cost of not getting another coaster later. I never want to see a coaster get replaced by a new attraction, but if that were the only way Knoebel's could install a new coaster, then I wouldn't complain too loudly.
I got my info from a buddy of mine that works at Knoebel Lumber. He got his info directly from Dick Knoebel.
Hmmmmmmmm, a wooden flying turns ride seems farfetched, but a ride like that would fit knoebel's atmosphere!
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As far as the flying turns ride, I agree that it does seem far-fetched, but then again, the concept of relocating a wooden coaster back in 1984/85 was pretty far-fetched as well. I care not to reveal my source, but it is said that Twister designer John Fetterman was working on the project and that it could become reality at some point in the future.
In a way, it makes sense because the original flying turns rides were relatively small and compact, making it a perfect fit for the Whirlwind site.
I have nothing against the Whirlwind, but I don't think that the coaster was a good "fit" (atmosphere-wise) for the park. Sure, it filled a need, but it seemed to lack the uniqueness of Knoebel's other attractions. The Jet Star that previously occupied the site was perfect for the park, but the deal that the park arranged with Vekoma did make good business sense and was probably too good for the park to pass up.
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