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  1. Will be heading to the park for the first time either this weekend or the next. Would Flash Pass be necessary to hit up all the main coasters- Goliath, TwiCy, Dare Devil, Superman, Batman, and Mindbender are musts for me. I know the park is only open weekends this early in the season, does that make crowds heavier or is it manageable without FP? Thanks in advance!


    Hit Dare Devil Dive first thing at opening, then make your way over to Twisted Cyclone. Dare Devil Dive has an awful capacity, so seemingly short lines can take 30+ minutes. Twisted Cyclone on the other hand has a good capacity, but will work up lines due to its New Hotness status. Goliath doesn’t build up a line until midday, when the GP have finished their faffing with the l*ckers at the ride entry— but when they finish, the line will be LONG. By midday, Twisted Cyclone, Goliath and Dare Devil Dive all had waits of at least 90 minutes. Mind Bender doesn’t have very long lines generally, longest I’ve ever waited for it was probably 20 minutes on a weekend in September. Superman will have long lines due to the agonizing loading process, but those can most likely be avoided by hitting it in the morning.

  2. I think it would be awesome if they themed the back area of the park to a lumber mill, because the real thing is just up the hill that Phoenix is at the base of. Also a GCI that goes up the mountain would be a dream come true! The two are only 26 minutes away, please make it happen!

    Knoebels doesn't really have themed areas. They don't really need themed areas. You can buy vanilla lattes out of a giant loaf of bread. You can crash boats under a purple roller coaster named after a bear. You're wanting to change the dynamics of the entire park. I think you're in the wrong place. I can help.


    Here you are, sir. Eat your heart out:



    Thanks, but Knoebels is my favorite park that I’ve ever been to. I get it’s out of their dynamic, but why not at least theme some of the back bit where their lumber facility is just up the hillside from Phoenix?

  3. Hey folks, Kw6 here with my first trip report on Theme Park Review!

    I bet some of you might have never heard of this tiny little place called Victoria Lake, located in the Carolinas. Back in the 1800s these grounds were an estate passed down from generation to generation of a wealthy American family of British immigrants, but it fell into disrepair. Then, someone down the line had the brilliant idea to turn it into an amusement park back around 1920. A side friction coaster was built, called Leap the Dips (original name I know), along with a carousel, slide, and paddleboats as a small family venture. However, the Depression took its toll on the park and it shut down, with all the rides being sold off to other parks. The grounds were left to rot once more; however, a coaster enthusiast who is obsessed with the grounds' history bought Victoria Lake. His blog reads, "At first, it was a great struggle; our park had no main draw or any major reason for guests to visit aside from a few carnival flat rides. We were close to foreclosure and bankruptcy. Then, I was able to secure a loan in 2015 and with that came our star attraction, Leap the Dips II! The Gravity Group did a spectacular job working with the terrain and incorporating the history of our park into this stellar family ride." Quite the writer he must be . Anyway, onto the TR itself!



    Some park staff were kind enough to let me fly my drone over the park entry. Here you can see the pathway from the 1920s still in use, with the Carousel (Sadly not the original) and Chance Wipeout to the right.



    Here's where the majority of the rides in Victoria Lake are located - right along the far end of the lake itself. Included are Lake Monster a Mondial Top Scan, the Swan Boats ride (Again, not the original), Victorian Tea a tea cups, Victorian Schooner a swinging ship ride, and the Victorian Wheel. Man, is this park obsessed with the Victorian era! And last but certainly not least, is the park's pride and joy Leap the Dips II!


    This spectacular Gravity Group wooden coaster offers lots of thrills on a small size. There's this one crazy pop of ejector air right before the brake run, and it caught me off guard on every single one of my 5 laps! Some decent laterals are also present in the second half (especially on that 70 degree overbanked turn), but nothing too much as this coaster is mainly intended for families.


    The park wasn't really THAT busy, save for Lake Monster and the Swan Boats. Even Leap the Dips II was only a one train wait! Some things that I didn't really enjoy, however, was that there is only one main food court at the front of the park and that there are only THREE - yes, three - bathrooms in the entire park. The park itself isn't too big though, comparable in size to Family Kingdom at Myrtle Beach (as are the high prices for ride tickets); except unlike Family Kingdom, this place has a bucket load of flat, open land ripe for expansion. Victoria Lake just acquired a parcel to the right of their Swan Boats ride, so I expect great things from them now! I'll leave you with this...



    70 DEGREES!!


    An update on the park's expansion plans is coming someday!

  4. What are you talking about? They announced their intentions to be a coaster there almost a decade ago. The government and locals near the park have been holding up the process for years.

    I was trying to point out that Grona Lund has always had that land. It’s not like they bought a new parcel or anything— this situation is most simply put, alike to Disneyland building a coaster over the entirety of Main Street USA. From what I have seen and gathered together this invert is going right over the entry street— no, not a front gate coaster like Fury 325 or Gatekeeper— but rather right over the shops and restaurants that make up Grona Lund’s entry area.

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