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You say in this that you had your first front row ride on Phoenix, that somewhat perplexes me as i assumed you were the Knoebels go to guy on the forum. Why so many visits without trying the front?

 

coasterbill is a poser - He has never even been to Knoebels. All photos of him at Knoebels are clearly photo shopped.

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Random question when we were crossing the bridge to get to Twister I noticed there are homes in the middle of the park. Are those offices? Do people really live there?

 

They are private vacation cottages. Some are owned by the Knoebel family, but I don't think anyone lives there all year around. At least I think that is the info Rick Knoebel gave us when someone asked the same question during a TPR event.

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Sorry for the double post but I just wanted to share a few thoughts from PPP yesterday.

 

1) This park continues to amaze. The threat of rain kept crowds manageable which was nice when compared to last year's event. It drizzled a little early in the day and again around 9:00 but at no point did it become an issue. We had an awesome time.

 

2) Phoenix and Twister are both absolutely killing it. Our ride on Twister last night was legendary. If this ride was in just about any other park people would flat out gush over it. It's overshadowed by Phoenix but it's really an absolutely spectacular coaster. We rode Phoenix in the front for the first time and holy sh*t. The airtime on this ride is unreal. Ops were obviously ridiculous, they often had the chain checked and clear so fast that the op had to wait almost 30 seconds before dispatch so it wouldn't block stop on top of the lift.

 

3) We rode the boats for the first time and that was a super cool old ride. That's a must ride for sure on every visit. Also, it's come to my attention that adults can ride the slide so that's absolutely happening today.

 

4) We did the haunted antique cars for the first time and were really surprised at how good they were. We had a couple of good scares. The line always kept us away in the last but it was only about 30 minutes last night. We did the train also which we'd never done at night during PPP. That was a lot of fun too though unlike the car ride it wasn't supposed to be scary.

 

5) Impulse was almost a walk on all day with 2 trains. We rode it 3 times and never waited more than 5 minutes. Phoenix and Twister were pulling longer lines than Impulse all day which is strange given the capacity.

 

6) The new Galleon looks great, we rode it and weren't blown away but kids seemed to like it and that's all that matters.

 

7) Sky Wheel is still in pieces but they said they expect it to be open next weekend.

 

We'll be back today for the festival and for a few rides. Come and say hi if you see us!

You say in this that you had your first front row ride on Phoenix, that somewhat perplexes me as i assumed you were the Knoebels go to guy on the forum. Why so many visits without trying the front?

 

Lol I'm that guy who goes to a restaurant, finds something he likes and never bothers to order anything else ever. That's me with Phoenix. We rode in the back, loved it and never bothered to try anything different. Honestly I can't say for sure which seat I like better after having some awesome back seat rides this weekend too but I'm glad I finally tried something new.

 

coasterbill is a poser - He has never even been to Knoebels. All photos of him at Knoebels are clearly photo shopped.

 

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The back seat makes the double-down terrifyingly awesome, but the front gives you great airtime on the tops of the three turnarounds and right at the end.

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Had an amazing time at the Halloween event last night. Our first night rides at the park - Phoenix, Twister, Flyer, et al were all tremendous after dark. Weather was great and crowds were out. Wanted to see the Antique Cars haunted drive thru but the line was pretty intense so we just kept doing Phoenix laps with 10-15min waits (ie line well into the plaza lol). They've got some great effects in the tunnel. And we got to check out the drive thru scenes from above.

 

Twister at night - Wow does this kick things up a notch. Back seat is a wonderfully wild ride, yet extremely comfortable!

 

Decorations were really fun. They had skeletons laying down with fishing line rigged up to pulleys and tied down in the Flying Turns station. The ops could pull the lines, making the skeletons sit up and drumming up some screams.

 

Sky Wheel was unfortunately not running. 1001 Nacht was the only other ride down, though Fandango did malfunction hilariously while I was waiting for it. Floors went down, ride started spinning, then stopped. Floors come up .... then go back down ... then come back up. Op gets on the mic, "We've had a fault. Please raise your restraints and exit. It will be about a half hour." Click.

 

Knoebels, please never change your ways.

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We're on a sky ride!

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Obligatory.

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Boo!

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"Resurrection" had AWESOME surprises waiting within.

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This weekend, for the first time ever, we had a ride op turn down the speed on the Flyers twice while we were snapping. At first I was sort of proud--that has to be some sort of achievement, right?--but I don't really like being yelled at, so then only got back on once and tried very hard not to snap, which it turns out is near impossible. He didn't yell or even point it out, but it was pretty clear that was what was going on. The worst part was that when the power was cut I had the flyer stalled and consequently dropped like a stone and started snapping worse, lol.

 

Has anybody else experienced this? I've been going for a few years and the older guys who run the ride never seem to care. I don't think I or anybody else was doing anything fantastic either.

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After many rides on the Knoebels Flyers and snapping and seeing many people snap, I've never seen anyone be told to stop or seen it slowed down in real life. I've heard many stories about it and have even seen some videos of people getting yelled at, but I never witnessed it once out of my 5 visits so far.

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Yeah I've never seen it before either and I try to go a couple times a year. He didn't say anything (honestly I would have been mortified if I was the problem) but the speed got turned all the way down twice. :/ It did make for a nice long ride though... so looking on the bright side. I definitely snapped one at KD earlier this year far far better than anything this weekend, so I'm not sure what was up.

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This weekend, for the first time ever, we had a ride op turn down the speed on the Flyers twice while we were snapping. At first I was sort of proud--that has to be some sort of achievement, right?--but I don't really like being yelled at, so then only got back on once and tried very hard not to snap, which it turns out is near impossible. He didn't yell or even point it out, but it was pretty clear that was what was going on. The worst part was that when the power was cut I had the flyer stalled and consequently dropped like a stone and started snapping worse, lol.

 

Has anybody else experienced this? I've been going for a few years and the older guys who run the ride never seem to care. I don't think I or anybody else was doing anything fantastic either.

 

This has been going on for years. Some ride ops on the flyers are horrendous and some are awesome. You just have to keep an eye on who's running the ride before getting in line.

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I've gotten both the speed turned down and banned from the flyers after a cycle. It happens. Just listen to the ops.

 

I've had pretty good results by talking to the dude afterwards asking if that was too much snapping or if that was an OK amount. One dude last year at Phall Phunfest basically said "Just go apeshit" and we sure did. Great time!

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Yea we have had them turn them down on a regular basis. We once got yelled at by a park employee walking by the ride . It really does depend on the op at the time. I haven't been there too much this year but they seemed to be getting more strict with it the past couple years.

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My only complaint about Knoebels (which is otherwise amazing) is the inconsistent snapping policy (or lack of policy). I never know what to expect. It would be nice if they would just allow you to snap all the time.

 

You know it's a good park when this is the only complaint.

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My only complaint about Knoebels (which is otherwise amazing) is the inconsistent snapping policy (or lack of policy). I never know what to expect. It would be nice if they would just allow you to snap all the time.

 

You know it's a good park when this is the only complaint.

 

They don't serve beer. Now there's 2 complaints. But yeah besides that it's perfect.

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