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I went to Knoebels in August 2017 (Favorite park of all time, by the way— I came in expecting a permanent fairground setup with some decent coasters and came out shocked) for around five hours, and I didn’t even visit Kiddieland with its extensive collection of rides or the Black Diamond area with the Mining Museum. Also, I am ashamed that I missed out on 3 sets of antique cars, as just two days post-Knoebels I started a love of antique cars after riding Blue Ridge Tollway at Kings Dominion. It’d be easy to spend an entire day at the park to be honest, and maybe check out the waterpark too, I know I would never be bored for a second.

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^Plan to stay longer next time haha!

 

I can go to Knoebels for 3 days and still want more. THAT is how an amusement park should feel. You might want to check out PPP (Phoenix Phall Phunfest) around the first weekend of October. Some coaster/park people complain it's overcrowded, but I disagree as they open the whole park up for it nowadays. I'll usually get there on Thursday and leave Monday. Great time!

 

Or just go anytime and plan to spend a minimum of an entire open-close day. I have more fun on the skyride, skyslide and Satellite alone than I have at most "big" parks.

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^Plan to stay longer next time haha!

 

I can go to Knoebels for 3 days and still want more. THAT is how an amusement park should feel. You might want to check out PPP (Phoenix Phall Phunfest) around the first weekend of October. Some coaster/park people complain it's overcrowded, but I disagree as they open the whole park up for it nowadays. I'll usually get there on Thursday and leave Monday. Great time!

 

Or just go anytime and plan to spend a minimum of an entire open-close day. I have more fun on the skyride, skyslide and Satellite alone than I have at most "big" parks.

 

we did, I think 14+ hours on the TPR trip last year. . and it still wasn't enough.

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I can ride Skyride 3 times a day, easily. Almost everything needs about 3 rides a day. And that's not even getting to the food or just resting in the endless charm spots on the grounds. Or socializing if I'm there for PPP.

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The only problem is figuring out what to get with the tickets...

Toaster Oven is the only acceptable solution to this problem.

 

That's where I got mine! Now I can claim that anything I make in it is at least a little bit "Knoebels food."

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^^^Heck the next time I get to Knoebels I might just have to dedicate a day to playing Fascination... That is addictive.

I just didn't understand the... fascination with this game. We played about ten games, scratched our heads, and left. I completely have no problem with the concept of its popularity being strictly associated with the fact that it's in Knoebels. I can't help but to think that's the case. Knoebels is the good/favored child that doesn't gett into trouble for breaking a window in the garage. Knoebels is the cool kid in school that can walk around with a black eye and get complimented for it. Not hating. Just saying.

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Sorry you didn't have a great experience with Knoebels.

 

I think for me, what was so compelling about Knoebels was a feeling that I hadn't gotten since summer camp when I was a kid. Maybe it's that I did camp while I was there, but it's also the pool and the mini golf and the food and the haphazard layout. It all just works in a way that was emotionally resonant.

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^^^Heck the next time I get to Knoebels I might just have to dedicate a day to playing Fascination... That is addictive.

I just didn't understand the... fascination with this game. We played about ten games, scratched our heads, and left. I completely have no problem with the concept of its popularity being strictly associated with the fact that it's in Knoebels.

Its not a Knoebels thing. They used to have Fascination on the Wildwood boardwalk and it was always insanely popular.

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^Ah. Fair enough.

 

Sorry you didn't have a great experience with Knoebels.

Oh, that's not the case at all. We had an incredible time! The carefree atmosphere is hard to put into words and I think it's a place you truly have to experience to understand it. It was the most innocent fun I've had in years.

 

Scooters, Phoenix, Black Diamond, Haunted Mansion... so fun! An afternoon refreshing swim and great food. There's really not much to dislike about Knoebels. As far as fascination goes, I just didn't get the hype. Maybe it was because there were some kids just schooling everyone and winning every single prize... It was hard to spend more than a short period of time in there without wanting to go back into the park.

 

I still need to post a short TR.

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^Ah. Fair enough.

 

Sorry you didn't have a great experience with Knoebels.

Oh, that's not the case at all. We had an incredible time! The carefree atmosphere is hard to put into words and I think it's a place you truly have to experience to understand it. It was the most innocent fun I've had in years.

 

Scooters, Phoenix, Black Diamond, Haunted Mansion... so fun! An afternoon refreshing swim and great food. There's really not much to dislike about Knoebels. As far as fascination goes, I just didn't get the hype. Maybe it was because there were some kids just schooling everyone and winning every single prize... It was hard to spend more than a short period of time in there without wanting to go back into the park.

 

I still need to post a short TR.

Ah gotcha. Well, then I'm glad the trip got better after Kennywood. And yes, please post your TR whenever you can. I say as I'm about 2 months behind too....

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^Ah. Fair enough.

 

Sorry you didn't have a great experience with Knoebels.

Oh, that's not the case at all. We had an incredible time! The carefree atmosphere is hard to put into words and I think it's a place you truly have to experience to understand it. It was the most innocent fun I've had in years.

 

Scooters, Phoenix, Black Diamond, Haunted Mansion... so fun! An afternoon refreshing swim and great food. There's really not much to dislike about Knoebels. As far as fascination goes, I just didn't get the hype. Maybe it was because there were some kids just schooling everyone and winning every single prize... It was hard to spend more than a short period of time in there without wanting to go back into the park.

 

I still need to post a short TR.

 

Fascination is very much a game of skill. Having won well over my fair share of tickets on it the best thing I can say is to simply understand how the ball will act in certain conditions and be able to aim for general areas on the board. It is difficult to aim for a specific hole outside a handful of them but with practice you should be able to comprehend the physics behind the chaos that is the wonderful game of Fascination.

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I tend to think of it this way. I don't get the obsession with bingo or casinos. But, If a bingo hall, a casino, and a pinball machine all had a one night tryst, The resulting love child would be..... Fascination! It's a fun little game, with bonus oddball prizes. Anyone remember Cedar Point's cool Fascination area ? From 1955 til sometime in the early 2000's.

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^I do remember Fascination at CP, but I never played it there. I was a bit younger then and didn't care about games, just wanted to hit the rides. I think that is part of the reason I am... wait for it... fascinated... with the game now. I only had 1 day at Knoebels so I didn't spend to much time on it, mainly rain delays, but it was hard to tear myself away.

 

 

Scooters, Phoenix, Black Diamond, Haunted Mansion... so fun! An afternoon refreshing swim and great food. There's really not much to dislike about Knoebels.

 

How was the pool and the slides? I know the pool was huge, and I think they only had a couple of water slides. We were going to check it out but then it started raining. I think it was around $15 to have all day access to the pool, so I'm assuming it's a good deal.

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^^ I liked that they put "the fabulous Funway" in the caption!

 

We had something like Fascination, called Pokerino at the PNE. But it was an individual game to play.

And relied on putting poker hands together, from where the balls fell through. I was actually good at it, lol!

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Might take a few visits to Knoebels, though, considering I haven't even gotten to all their thrill rides...

 

I've been to Knoebels three times now, and I am still missing some rides ... and snacks.

 

Anyone remember Cedar Point's cool Fascination area ? From 1955 til sometime in the early 2000's.

 

Yep. And now it's a Johnny Rockets.

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Anyone remember Cedar Point's cool Fascination area ? From 1955 til sometime in the early 2000's.

 

Yep. And now it's a Johnny Rockets.

 

. . but. . . .

 

they STOP TO DANCE !!!

 

(while you're hungry and waiting for your food, and you have to stop and wait to watch them dance, while your burger sits under the lamps until they are done so you can get your mediocre burger).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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but hey, at least the shakes are great, and the dancing is fun and they are talented enough to pull it off in every case I've seen.

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How was the pool and the slides? I know the pool was huge, and I think they only had a couple of water slides. We were going to check it out but then it started raining. I think it was around $15 to have all day access to the pool, so I'm assuming it's a good deal.

It was great. I didn't want to get in the pool, but my wife really wanted to. We only swam for about a half hour or so. It was enough to cool us off. It ended up being really refreshing, since it was very hot outside. We didn't do any of the slides.

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