Worth a 3 hour drive to Knoebel's?

Monday, January 27, 2003 6:52 PM
HSTC is actually an amazingly fun ride. Especially with a train full of enthusiasts.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 6:52 PM

thats it :)

Ron C....the greatest ride op of all time ;)

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Monday, January 27, 2003 6:53 PM

yes it is Apollo, couldnt agree with you more.....amazing little airtime machine:)

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Monday, January 27, 2003 6:55 PM

Slightly off-topic:

Knoebels sounds like a really neat place, but how the heck do you pronounce it?!

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Monday, January 27, 2003 6:59 PM
In my head, this Knoebel's is similar to Indiana Beach...can someone compare/contrast the two?
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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:00 PM
Kuh-no-buls
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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:07 PM

Yes, YES, Yes

3 Hours drive? thats nothing. My coaster trip this summer will take me 20 hours from home.

But anyway, Knoebels is my favorite park. The Phoenix is a legendary must ride(major air) and the Twister run hard too. The park has a large selection of flats. It has a great carousel that lets you grab the brass(steel) ring. The setting is beautiful in the hills. It also has a mining museum, a carousel museum, haunted house and the best selection of merchandise. Don't miss this park.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:11 PM

While we're extolling the joys of Knoebels let me mention three other classic gems of the park: the Whipper, Dodgems, and the Haunted House. I can only think of two bumper cars better than Knoebels [Rye and El Dorado @ Coney Island] and their Whip is top-notch.

However its their amazing Haunted House that blows me away each year. The guy standing in the Strobe room last PPP scared the sh** outta me!

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:13 PM

Prounounced Ken o bells

And while having the same charm as IB it is absolutely nothign like IB or any other place in the world.

And Gator that is exactly where I am talking about Seat 2. Most amazing coaster moment I have ever expeienced. Got about 25 rides on Phoenix and Twister.

The collection of flats at Knoebel's is second to none.

Can you say world's greatest Flyers?

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*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 1/28/2003. ***

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:17 PM

'Moosh; I probably shouldn't be talking ('cause I've never been there), but the Dodgem is actually the one thing I've seen that doesn't make me want to go there. That was a median in the middle I saw, right? *shudders*

EDIT- Oh, and thanks on the pronunciation key, guys!

*** This post was edited by (SF)Great American on 1/28/2003. ***

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:38 PM
The median makes things even better.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:40 PM

dawnmarie, I'd need a lifetime, and I've only been to each place once.....so far! Here's the *quick and dirty*, you can always get more from people who realy KNOW the places... IB: On Lake Shafer, about 100 miles from Indianapolis, just head North, turn off the Interstate, and wander around for about....forever. It was amazing top walk across the bridge and see all these rides twisting and turning inside each other...Cornball, Tig'rr, the car ride, the flume, Hoosier Hurricane....it's like a big salty pretzel of lakefront beachside coasting goodness! There's all the stuff you expect to find at a beach, kind of like an oceanside pier without the waves...the night ride-session is the WAY to go, cause a lot of the rides sit on the waterfront....the lights, the atmosphere, the old-time Den of Lost Thieves shoot-em-up dark ride, the bumper cars, it really is the best parts of the Jersey shore that I only vaguely recall...Cornball, defies explanation. I was TOLD what to expect, and then I saw it. It ran kinda fast through the course for such a "smallish" coaster, as we could see from the Hurricane. But it also was obvious that it DID have the familiar snaps that CCI mastered in getting riders to *stand up and take notice*, LOL. When we queued, I was pretty excited. We got in and went up the lift, and that sucker just TOOK off from the lift....ZOOM, airTIME....I didn't fail to mention the buzzbars, did I....

Knoebels: woodlands of Central PA, middle of nowhere with no good roads. Just leave Allentown and head west until you're absolutely CERTAIN that you're lost, then you'll find the clever billboards that are fun, if not too helpful, LOL. Should take about an hour (based on distance, but plan on at least twice that). Now that I think of it, aren't most of the GOOD small parks hard to get to.....but they're always worth it.... So anyhow, the leaves and trees, the hilly terrain, EVERY small city in Eastern PA, the creeks and rivers....I guess the roads aren't all THAT windy after all. Once you get there though, you'll know you have ARRIVED. Phoenix, reborn from the Rocket....Schmeck was INSANE dawnmarie, and this is the ride to prove it. You WILL know why! Twister is a more-twisted version of Elitch Gardens original. John Allen apparently didn't want his legacy to be SOLELY that of a "family-coaster" guy, and so we have this demented piece of twisted trackage to prove it. Knoebels' kept the concept, and a couple baubles (a brake lever and *The Golden Bolt*), which they proudly display, and rightfully so. But the old-tyme feeling carries through WELL, from the train ride in the pitch black...I *did* mention PPPPPPP right..., to the Flyers, a ride whose insanity cannot be described. Everyone snapping those cables, it's a MIRACLE that whole sucker doesn't just flip over on its side....The dark ride! The Carousel.....brass rings, dawnmarie! There is QUITE a sweet selection of flats, got myself kinda nauseous on the Loop-O-Plane (think that's the one, hard time keeping those straight)....

Guess that wasn't SO quick, but I am PUMPED....need to get back up North.....will you guys go ahead and THAW already!!!

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*** This post was edited by rollergator on 1/28/2003. ***

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:43 PM
Since that was *its own thing*...the "median thing" is necessary when the cars are HEAVY and move FAST....momentum is your friend...:)
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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:49 PM

I think thaw was the word you were looking for Bill.

And Knoebel's reminds me of a county fair. there is no entrance, you just walk in. There is always a craft show or somehting going on. The atmosphere is what makes the place. Amazing old rides, Beautiful Mountains, trees everywhere, covered bridges, brass ring carousel, the amazing Haunted Mansion, and two of the best woodies on the planet.

Its my mecca.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:53 PM

'Gator: Wow...thanks so much for the awesome descriptions...I will go to sleep with a big smile on my face. Really, you were darn near poetic, reminded me of myself in one of my very first (sappy, chick flick style) posts http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=24361 ('Playa approved self-promotion)

Hope you didn't do all the IB detail just for me-I know the place inside and out. I'm pretty sure you enjoyed writing it though, can just sense it in your style, and I've no doubt that many others will also appreciate it.

Knoebel's is definitely on my must-do list for this season

*** This post was edited by dawnmarie313 on 1/28/2003. ***

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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:02 PM

Brent...whoopsie...thanks, fixed...

dawnmarie, honestly, even I *couldn't* say ENOUGH about IB....well, maybe ME, but as Brent would remind ya, I'm kinda wordy...

Anyone else reading and thinking about Knoebels....read 'Moosh's post near the top...I concur wholeheartedly, and my sister had better stay married to this guy FOREVER for making me miss PPP this year... j/k, he is a really good guy...but c'mon....it's PPP we're talking here....ROFL....

edits: I see someone *outed* someone else in that thread....not a sexual reference mind you, but more *cross-forum* identification...LMAO.

Dawn, glad you've *stuck with us*...(to us?), we seem to be scaring some folks off these days, LOL. Also, since I had NO posts in that thread about IB, this *epistle* is proper penance...;)

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 1/28/2003. ***

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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:05 PM

ASIANCHIX said:
No, I am from Hong Kong and I do not think that the english version of wood rollercoaster is worth a three hour (?) commute. Please keep to the nearest rollercoaster because of the safety laws.

Am I the only one completely baffled by this post?

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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:15 PM

Magnum Force said:


The median makes things even better.


Are you kidding me? At whatever bumper Cars/Dodgem-esque thing we have at Greta America, we had a median for a few seasons. Only one thing to say about it: Blech!! We just went around and around, occasionally rear-ending the person in front. And, of course, only getting hit from behind. How boring. Bring on head on collisions, sideswipes, big messes of jambed cars, speeding across the whole floor before ramming, and (in general) just total chaos!! If the cars are so heavy that they need to be regulated like that, I don't care how classic they are: They've got to go.

(SF) Great American, who takes his bumper car action somewhat seriously.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:23 PM

Oh ye of little faith.

The Knoebel's bumper cars are so fast and there are so many of them in such a little area that is doesn't matter.

Best bumper cars I have ever saw.

Has anyone saw Dick Knoebel's bumper car that he drives around the park? What a riot.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:40 PM

SFGAdv lover said:
I'm considering taking a trip this summer to Knoebel's, just wondering if Knoebel's is worth a 3 hour drive. Are Pheonix and Twister really that good?? Thanks

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Yes, the Pheonix and Twister are that good. They are worth a three hour flight. Then again I rode them in the rain. When you are there do more then just the coasters because you will regret that.

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