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Hey Larry, you won that time!

 

I like the International Food Court and I know you can basically take your food anywhere but I prefer some of the places in the forested / seculded middle of the park like Cesari's, the round stand and The Old Mill.

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I am now in a deep depression knowing it will be quite a while before we go back to Knoebels. Emily and I had an incredible experience yesterday. I’m sure I’ll post a TR one of these years.

 

Thanks for all of the tips, guys.

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From July 5th to July 9th, my Mom and I had visited four amusement parks in the US Northeast, those being Great Escape (Six Flags), Six Flags New England, Six Flags Great Adventure (Day 3 & Day 4), and Knoebels. Below is my trip report for my first ever visit to Knoebels on July 9th, 2018. Going to Knoebels on the final day of our trip was an excellent way to end our trip! They have an amazing collection of roller coasters and classic and vintage flat rides. I greatly enjoyed Knoebels and definitely want to visit again one day soon!

 

IMG_2714.JPG After arriving at Knoebels and redeeming my all-day ride wristband I had rode the Flying Turns wooden bobsled coaster and the Log Flume. Both were very fun and enjoyable!

 

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Here is an on-ride photo of me on the Log Flume at Knoebels.

 

IMG_2602.JPG Once I had finished riding the Flying Turns and the Log Flume, it was time to go ride the legendary Phoenix. As many of us know, the Phoenix dates back to 1947 where it had opened at Playland Park of San Antonio, Texas as the "Rocket". It continued to operate there until the park closed in 1980. Thankfully, Knoebels had purchased and relocated this classic wooden double out-and-back Philadelphia Toboggan Coaster in early 1985. By June 1985, the Phoenix had opened at Knoebels and has been thrilling riders ever since. it sure has an abundance of airtime due to the combination of airtime hills and buzz bar restraints!

 

IMG_2603.JPG After a ride on the Phoenix and a few classic rides thereafter, it was now time to ride the Twister. As the name implies, this is one twisted wooden roller coaster! While many twisted wooden roller coasters can be rough, the Twister was very smooth as Knoebels takes pride in maintaining and preserving their wooden roller coasters.

 

IMG_2604.JPG The Twister is a high speed wooden roller coaster that is modeled after the defunct Mr. Twister at the original Elitch Gardens of Denver, Colorado.

 

IMG_2605.JPG I found Twister to be an amazing wooden roller coaster as it has 3,900 feet of twisted track consisting of two lift hills, a drop of nearly 90 feet, and a maximum speed of approximately 51 mph (83 km/h), making for a fast-paced ride!

 

IMG_2715.JPG Knoebels is home to many classic and vintage flat rides. One of them is the amazingly fun Allen Herschell Looper! Here I am pictured on it as the ride begins to spin.

 

IMG_2716.JPG Although I had to wait a while for another single rider in order to ride the Looper, the wait was definitely worth it! I had managed to flip upside down about six times, which is not bad for a first run!

 

IMG_2607.JPG After a few more classic rides, I went over to the Black Diamond. It was a fun and unique dark ride/ roller coaster, which I greatly enjoyed. I am glad that the Knoebel family saved this one of a kind Philadelphia Toboggan Company steel roller coaster from being scrapped!

 

IMG_2718.JPG Here I am taking a spin on the beautiful and classic 1913 Grand Carousel, which has been operating at Knoebels since 1948.

 

IMG_2608.JPG Here is the Grand Carousel under its shelter from a distance. It is very detailed and nicely maintained. Of interest, it is one of only a few carousels to have an operational brass ring dispenser which passengers can try to grab as they ride around on the Grand Carousel.

 

IMG_2719.JPG Here is another rare vintage thrill ride, the Satellite.

 

IMG_2721.JPG The Satellite is a Roll-O-Plane ride that was manufactured by Eyerly. Riders are loaded into one of four two-passenger cockpits. As the ride begins to operate, the arm holding the cockpits rotates in a vertical clockwise and counter-clockwise position, allowing the cockpits to swivel and dive-bomb without flipping upside down. After that, the arm holding the cockpits then positions horizontally to allow for more side-winding, dive-bombing fun. The arm the returns to its vertical position in order to unload and load passengers.

 

IMG_2609.JPG The Satellite is a very fun and somewhat intense ride which I would recommend to anyone who is into classic rides like I am!

 

IMG_2610.JPG Here is a look up at the 110 foot Giant Wheel. The gondolas are most definitely colourful!

 

IMG_2611.JPG In addition to the Log Flume, another water ride at Knoebels is Sklooosh!, a large splash boat ride that gets passengers and by-standers soaked! It was quite fun and sure cooled me off!

 

IMG_2612.JPG After taking a ride on the classic Merry Mixer, 1001 Nachts, and a ride on the modern Power Surge, it was time to slow things down a bit with a ride on the relaxing Scenic Skyride.

 

IMG_2613.JPG After taking a ride up the mountain in a ski lift chair, you crest the top of the mountain to turn around and head down again.

 

IMG_2614.JPG As you go back down the hill on the Scenic Skyride, the views only begin to get better...

 

IMG_2615.JPG Since my Mom doesn't like heights, I made sure to get some great views of Knoebels from above for her to check out safely on the ground! Here is the Twister from the Scenic Skyride.

 

IMG_2616.JPG To my left you could see the compact and fun Impulse steel roller coaster with the Giant Wheel standing prominently behind.

 

IMG_2617.JPG To my far right you could see a bit of the Phoenix poking out above the surrounding trees.

 

IMG_2618.JPG Also from the Scenic Skyride you could see the 1001 Nachts ride rise high above the trees, before it lowers, providing some stomach flipping fun!

 

IMG_2620.JPG In addition to classic rides, Knoebels is home to some more modern thrills such as the StratosFear. This drop tower, manufactured by ARM stands 130 feet tall and drops without warning. While on the smaller side, it still provides a great amount of airtime!

 

IMG_2621.JPG Knoebels also has some very nice landscaping, including these planters placed along the fence of Flying Turns.

 

IMG_2622.JPG Another unique attraction at Knoebels is the Christmas Cottage, a gift shop selling various types of Christmas decorations. Out front is an 'authentic North Pole' made using real ice! I just had to make sure my Mom got a photo with it!

 

IMG_2623.JPG The Flying Turns was my first roller coaster ride at Knoebels earlier that day. The Flying Turns is a fun and unique wooden Bobsled coaster that no one should miss when visiting Knoebels!

 

IMG_2624.JPG Here is the truly amazing Flyer, one of the fastest Flying Scooter rides in operation! You sure get a lot of swooping and diving one these ones! The Flyer is definitely a classic and iconic ride at Knoebels. Speaking of iconic rides, be sure to check out the Lusse Auto Scooters (Bumper Cars) during your visit to Knoebels! They are the most violent bumper cars around! You won't be disappointed!

 

IMG_2625.JPG Here is a look at the Zierer manufactured steel roller coaster, Impulse. The Impulse opened at Knoebels in 2015. It features a 98 foot tall vertical lift and drop and four inversions within its compact layout.

 

IMG_2626.JPG While the vertical lift hill may seem intimidating to some riders, the first drop on Impulse is quite intense and filled with some airtime!

 

IMG_2627.JPG As the sun started to go down, the park came alive with many lights on the rides and buildings.

 

IMG_2628.JPG Shortly before this photo, I had met up with some friends at the park and rode the Twister together. After my second ride on the Twister, we got a photo of ourselves in front of the Twister.

 

IMG_2629.JPG Another unique attraction is the Sky Slide, a Spiral Slide that has operated at Knoebels for many years. It gives a nice ride on a mat as you spiral down towards the ground.

 

IMG_2630.JPG Here is a look at the night life at Knoebels with the Downdraft and 1001 Nachts two of the many rides that stand out after dark in the park.

 

IMG_2631.JPG Here is the fun and thrilling Power Surge. This ride flips passengers heads-over-heels many times throughout the duration of the ride. The Power Surge also has a very nice light package.

 

IMG_2632.JPG Here is the Twister with its chaser lights turned on full tilt! Watching them made it seem as if someone had hit the fast-forward button!

 

IMG_2633.JPG With only 40 minutes left before closure, my Mom and I made our way over to the Phoenix so that way I could get a night ride on it before heading out! Here is the iconic neon Knoebels sign found along the path.

 

IMG_2634.JPG After catching an amazing night ride on the Phoenix, it was time to leave and head to our hotel for the night. The chaser lights definitely make wooden coasters look like true classics!

 

IMG_2636.JPG On our way to the parking lot, I captured this fast moving shot of the Impulse in the dark! The car was just a blur as it passed through the loop! I hope you enjoyed looking at our first visit to Knoebels!

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wonderful report from Knoebel's. . I'll be there in just over a week, and it gets me even more excited about the visit!

 

and how great to see 1001 Nachts running. . . the only prior visit I had, it was sitting in pieces and looked like it would never operate again.

 

yay!

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Great report and pics!

 

Thanks! I greatly enjoyed my time visiting Knoebels and taking photos of the park as it is quite photogenic!

 

wonderful report from Knoebel's. . I'll be there in just over a week, and it gets me even more excited about the visit!

 

and how great to see 1001 Nachts running. . . the only prior visit I had, it was sitting in pieces and looked like it would never operate again.

 

yay!

 

Thank you! It's awesome that you will be going again in a little over a week. Yes, 1001 Nachts was running great. Unfortunately during my visit, Fandango, Over the Top, and Italian Trapeze were down for visible maintenance as they were partially taken apart. But, there were reports that Over the Top (new for 2017) was up and running earlier this season. Maybe it'll be running when you visit!

 

Great report! I never get tired of seeing photos of Knoebels and it always makes me want to immediately drive on down there.

 

I have always enjoyed looking at other people's photos of Knoebels over the years. It is awesome to have finally visited! I really want to try to get back this Fall as I can only imagine that the foliage surrounding the park is truly beautiful and very photogenic.

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Hey everyone, I'm sure this question gets asked ALL the time, but what would be the best pricing option for me. I'm planning on going with my girlfriend on a weekday in August, and both of our dads are retired military (but we're still young enough to have a military ID and get discounts). We want to ride as much as we can, so what would be the best option for us? This system is a bit confusing for me especially with the potential military discounts thrown in and the site doesn't clarify much. Can any Knoebels experts help us out? Thanks!

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Agreed. The discount on ticket books is really only worth it if you're only going to use a single book in one visit, such as if you were a local dropping by for a few hours.

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Finally made it to the park. We banged up the three hours arriving at opening and departing at about 7. Overall it lived up to the billing. It is just the right size being able to cut back or get anywhere without issue. On a Thursday there were just enough people to feel festive with the music and the food smells and the trees without having much in the way of lines. Flying Turns turned out to be the longest wait at 30 minutes. Everything else was maybe a train or two. Dispatches with one train on Phoenix were top notch.

 

Last year I posed the question here about the top five foods and I used that as my checklist sampling Cesari's, the pierogies from the good place, sundae under the rotating umbrella, waffle ice cream sandwich, pickle on a stick, real iced tea, birch beer, and the apple cider and green apple slushes. I could return just to eat the rest of the stuff. The pierogies were definitely not Mrs. T's but it was the slushes that got me as I stood at one point holding both flavors trying to decide which I liked best.

 

- Love a carousel that actually has the brass rings

- Downdraft. That ride is sneaky.

- We missed a bunch of other rides because we kept reriding the The Flyers. Good long ride cycle and speed. Snapping at the trees. There were many involuntary sounds of joy riding these.

- Flying Turns is great for what it is, but not worth a wait

- Is there a better Haunted Mansion?

- Several rides on Impulse. I think I'm doing something right as a parent when my 13 year-old can turn and say I really like how these restraints hold your whole leg rather than just clamp down on your thigh and too bad this drop isn't higher.

- Trying to figure out where Phoenix falls in the top 25 list. The air is great and so smooth. Reriding is like eating chips: just one more.

- Not much time to look around from the top of the Stratosphere. Up up up drop

- We didn't reride Twister, but liked the how the overall ride builds

- Several people in front f us balked at the ticket price on the Skyway. Go for the bracelets.

- World's best bumper cars? Yup.

 

We rode many others but didn't hit everything and could easily have made it a two day park without swimming or playing golf. Parking was a breeze, the park is clean and kept up, and there was plenty of friendly staff.

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real iced tea

 

This is the only amusement park I have found that serves real brewed iced tea. I try not to drink soda or sugary drinks and I find is silly that most parks do not offer real iced tea. Its one of the cheapest drinks they can sell and still make a profit with a mark up. Plus, in the hot summer its definitely more thirst quenching to drink un-sweet drinks then sugary ones.

 

Awesome report by the way too!

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I'll post some photos and a quick TR eventually, but I wanted to thank everyone for the tips. I didn't expect Emily and I would enjoy this park as much as we did, from the lack of many modern attractions and no beer man. However, this was the most innocent fun I've had for years. It's truly hard to explain why this park differs so much from the usual formula and why that makes it so fun. I wasn't really looking forward to this park, but I left completely blown away. That's the first time I think I've ever used that phrase. This will be one of the first parks on our radar when we hopefully have a child.

 

Hey everyone, I'm sure this question gets asked ALL the time, but what would be the best pricing option for me. I'm planning on going with my girlfriend on a weekday in August, and both of our dads are retired military (but we're still young enough to have a military ID and get discounts). We want to ride as much as we can, so what would be the best option for us? This system is a bit confusing for me especially with the potential military discounts thrown in and the site doesn't clarify much. Can any Knoebels experts help us out? Thanks!

As cool as the tickets are, we just saif F-It and just went with the wrist bands. I wanted to spend our day care-free at a care-free kind of park without worrying or calculating how many tickets we had left. I did buy four tickets to take home as a souvenir, though... The ticket lady looked at me like I was an idiot for buying four .25 cent tickets just to take home. She has good intuition.

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Glad you enjoyed it! Knoebels is incredible and it's not really apparent why. They do exactly the opposite of what just about every other park does, and I think that's what makes it work. Knoebel's is the only place to experience what they offer. Big corporate parks can be exhausting, but despite going from one thing to the next all day for two days straight, I never really felt tired at all. A park is a place to relax and have fun, and Knoebels does that in ways that other parks can't match.

 

Looking forward to your report!

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Knoebels is closed today. I don't want to jump to conclusions but it's noteworthy because they rarely close for weather, there's a flash flood warning in Elysburg with more rain in the forecast and it's been dumping rain all weekend so I could see the water level being higher than normal. Hershey is having flooding problems, hopefully everything's okay at Knoebels.

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