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2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:47 pm

Gather round ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of year again. I've decided since I will be visiting many parks this summer (Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Kings Dominion and Disney World to name a few) I will just post the trip reports right here to make it easy for everyone.

First off let me start by saying...Is there a better park to start a trip report off than freakin Knoebels? This place is just pure bliss, cheap fun rides, delicious cheap food and free parking? Sign. Me. UP. I first came to Knoebels four years ago and have made a point to come back every year since. This past Friday I was off along with Nick so I met up with him at his house and off we went gallivanting westward towards an eventful day. Lets get on to the rides now shall we?

Phoenix 4x: As soon as we parked and purchased our tickets we made a B-line to the legendary Phoenix. Let me tell you all something, the airtime buffet was open for business today. I've never had an average ride of Phoenix let alone a bad one but on this day I had the best rides I've ever gotten on this beast. Seriously, I think it contends with any wooden coaster on the planet when it comes to airtime. It gives El Toro a serious run for its money. The return run is filled with some of the most insane air I've ever gotten on a coaster.

After a quick spin on Phoenix we decided to just dive in to the awesome foods Knoebel's has to offer. I did not eat until I was full on this day, I ate until I hated myself. We started off at backyard BBQ where I got the always tasty Pork Chop on a Stick and roasted corn doused in Garlic Butter 10/10 would eat again.

Log Flume 1x: After the chops and corn we went to take a spin on the Log Flume. Yea....Its a flume and a fun one. I usually find all flumes fun but Knoebel's flume has a really fun drop. Does anyone know what company built this ride? Just curious.

After the Flume we went to surprise......Phoenix. After our second lap we headed over to the International Food Court where I partook in some eating in the form of a Bison Burger and Gator Bites. I will admit after both these I started to feel a little stuffed around the gullet. Before we went to hit some more rides we paid our respects to the American Eagles in the back of the park.

Haunted House 1x: Okay wow, this thing. Im not one to be nervous in Haunted Houses but what the hell man, literally everything on this ride is a jump scare. Pitch Black and filled with jump scares. I was white knuckling and humbled upon exiting this ride. I tip my hat to you Dick Knoebels.

From the haunted house we walked around an area of the park I never really took the time out to appreciate. This was the wood shop and blacksmith. It is very cool that they have some nice items for you to purchase if you must. Reminded me of Dollywood a lot. We made our way over to the chairlift to digest a bit before we headed over to Impulse.

Impulse 2x: I love this ride. It is not stop intensity from start to finish. A vertical drop with great air straight into a cobra roll is nothing to sneeze at. The layout is quick but intense and fun. They really hit a home run with this ride. I can't believe it's in its fourth season already.

Twister 3x: Twister is nothing but pure fun. It has some of the best laterals on any ride I've ever been on. I enjoy the front seat on this coaster, it really enhances the feeling of speed. When Im tearing when we hit the breaks I know it did its job.

Stratosphere 1x: Larson Arms are evil. I am genuinely scared of them but I keep going back for more. It is the equivalent of an abusive relationship. The drop is ridiculously intense since it never really stops at the top to allow you to ponder what is going to happen. The momentum gives you crazy air. Also I hate the restraints they give me the hibijee-bees. Nothing to hold on too so you kind of just have to death grip it. Yikes.

The highlight of the day was riding the train with Basset Hounds. You heard me right...Basset Hounds. I love that Knoebels is so dog friendly, they deserve to have fun if they're there too. Knoebels is for everyone...Man, Women, Children and Beast. After the train we made haste over to the perogies and my God are they magical. Butter and Onion....Nice and simple but so damn tasty. I wanted to hit Sheetz on the way back to grab food because I have no self control so we decided to hit Phoenix and Impulse one more time as well as Flying Turns.

Flying Turns: It really is amazing that Knoebels constructed this thing. Kudos for them because that is no small feat. It is a super fun ride, I just wish it was a bit longer.

Overall it was just another amazing day at Knoebels..Nothing new. If you haven't been get out there it is always worth it. Next up in a couple of weeks is Busch Gardens Williamsburg...Stay tuned!
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We have arrived and my lord is it as beautiful as always.
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Always Quaint, Always Fun. They should make that their slogan.
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If I could only ride one coaster ever again for the rest of my life it may be Phoenix.
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Chops on a stick.
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I housed this corn Im not gonna lie. It wasn't a pretty sight.
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Gator Bites. Best way to describe is a cross over between fish and chicken.
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Had to work in some Buffalo meat to pair with the Gator.
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Let Freedom Reign!!!!
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Pure Terror.
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I really liked this bench. For 250 dollars it is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
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I wonder what Louisville Slugger thinks of this?
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Blacksmith
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More Pennsylvania shenanigans.
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We played this shooting gallery game. It was okay but whatever it only cost a buck.
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All this really did remind me of Dollywood.
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Impulse really hauls. it is a great part of the park's lineup.
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The Ride is Twisty.
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This electronic organ things are cool but also really creepy.
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The Lateral Monster. It really is a massive ride.
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If you want to see a grown man weep watch me ride one of these.
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Take me to Carb heaven baby!
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There was no turning back after what we ate at Knoebels so of course we had to make a stop at Sheetz. Sorry Wawa people, I prefer Sheetz.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:09 pm

I love everything about this report. :lover:
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:43 pm

I don't know what looks better... The food or the rides!! I'm still kicking myself for not going this year... But come hell or high water I am going in 2019!! I've put it off for too long, and it's reports like yours that make me realize what I'm missing.

Thanks for sharing!! The park looks great, and the food looked AMAZING!! Can't wait for the next part of your awesome tour trip report! :br
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby boldikus » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:09 am

Off to a great start! I really need to get to Knoebels... :(

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:26 am

DoinItForTheFame wrote:I don't know what looks better... The food or the rides!! I'm still kicking myself for not going this year... But come hell or high water I am going in 2019!! I've put it off for too long, and it's reports like yours that make me realize what I'm missing.

Thanks for sharing!! The park looks great, and the food looked AMAZING!! Can't wait for the next part of your awesome tour trip report! :br


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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby bert425 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:31 am

love the report and the pics.. gets me excited at going back to Knoebel's in just about a month or so!

love that place, and only been once, and SO ready to go back.

thanks for sharing!
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:09 pm

Awesome report! Glad you had a fun time! =)
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Skittles » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:25 am

Really good photos! Enthusiasts tell me Knoebels is what every theme park tries to be, and I can see why ;)
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby prozach626 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:46 pm

Sounds like you had a good time. I'm excited for my trip next month.

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby jynx242 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:38 pm

I freakin' love Knoebels! Thanks so much for posting! I'm looking forward to the rest as I always enjoy your reports.

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