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Knoebels is adding a Wisdom Tornado next season!

 

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According to Knoebels’ Spokesperson Stacy Ososkie, Knoebels Amusement Resort is celebrating the new year with the announcement of a new ride for their 2020 season.

 

The park announced a new ride named “Tornado.” The 32-passenger ride is expected to be ready for the park’s April 25 opening day.

 

And, in addition...

 

While there will be an addition to the ride lineup, 2020 will also see the removal of a ride that has been at the park for more than 20 years. Debuting at Knoebels in 1998, 1001 Nacht took guests on a magic carpet ride reaching 85 feet in height.

 

“The ride is nearing the end of its operational life and ridership isn’t strong, meaning it makes sense for us to remove it to help with future planning for the park,” said Ososkie.

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Knoebels is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit. And it would take a lot for me to be steered away from returning (ie- ripping down Phoenix, and Twister, replacing the bumper cars with stand

It's definitely not for this season.  There are pictures of it on Reddit and it's in extremely rough condition.  I don't see any way it's operating this year.  Hopefully that means Knoebels is plannin

Apparently a Bayern Kurve attraction on a trailer was spotted at Knoebels over the weekend. Has anyone been to Phunfest this year and knows anything more?

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Kinda bummed they're going with another generic carnival ride, especially since you can find Tornado's all over the place. Happy to see them adding more rides to that dead area of the park, hopefully it will help spread out the crowds more. Love the paint scheme!

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the woman and her husband, may they both move onward and upward from these treacherous times.

 

Glad I got to ride it while it was still around! I wonder if Knoebel's is going to figure out how to run this new ride unnaturally well. Looking forward to next season!

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Let's think positive, it just says it's leaving the park. Maybe it's going to move in with her. Or they'll gently let her know her husband's leaving for more open space, perhaps it's off to live on a farm where it'll have all the space it needs to spin around whenever it wants that she sadly can't visit.

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I'm not a /huge/ fan of Tornados...they just don't seem to spin nearly as well as a good teacup ride...but it's replacing about the only ride at Knoebels that I won't mind seeing go, so...sure, that's fine. And as has been pointed out already...it's going to be the best Tornado in the world anyway.

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I can now say I think a Tornado is a decent addition. I used to find them boring and generally avoided them. A couple of years ago I rode one again on a whim, and now I spin them so fast that random adults laugh at me from the sidelines. (I'll never know if I truly rode some lesser ones in the past, or if I'm somehow getting more easily impressed with age....)

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Yeah, I was about to say... anyone who finds these lame is cordially invited to ride one with me and Brit. My guess is that parks can probably adjust the level of resistance but I don’t think we’ve been on one where we didn’t spin it so fast we were seeing stars.

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It's also at Lake Compounce so I'm not even a little surprised that they made it as lame as humanly possible.

 

 

I have full confidence Knoebels will have this thing running as best as it possibly can considering their track record.

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The comments are pretty solid on that post, too. This is certainly a valid criticism of the park. If all bathrooms were modern and nice like the ones they put in near Impulse, Knoebels would be a better place.

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Yeah it's a problem but they seem to be fixing it. We go out of our way to use the ones by the ferris wheel or (at the very least) the carousel museum.

 

This one is kind of out of the way but it'll be nice for guests using the picnic grove and cooking their own inferior food for some insane reason and for the covered bridge festival.

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The comments are pretty solid on that post, too. This is certainly a valid criticism of the park. If all bathrooms were modern and nice like the ones they put in near Impulse, Knoebels would be a better place.

Agreed. It's the only thing that they really need to improve. It's otherwise perfect.

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My annual comparison (aided by the wayback machine) of ride prices. Around 1/3 (23/64 at my quick count) of the rides saw a 25 cent increase this year.

 

Skyride is $4.

Coasters are $3-3.50 (Flying Turns is 3.50, the rest are 3)

Flats are mostly $2-2.25

Exceptions: Ferris Wheel and Stratosfear are $2.50, Carousel, Roto Jets, and Tea Cups are $1.75

Kiddie Rides are mostly $1.25-1.50 (most at $1.50). A couple exceptions: Track based rides and the kiddie coaster are $1.75-2.00).

 

For Taylor, personally, about 5 rides that we would typically ride (Bumper Cars, Looper, Paratrooper, Stratosfear, and Whip) went up 25 cents. We buy tickets at the Weis Market. So $1.25 increase in our cost for a visit with 20% discount on tickets is $1 increase. Yeah, that seems pretty solid compared to most parks admission increases.

 

Overall:

 

$1.25: 8 rides

$1.50: 13 rides

$1.75 8 rides

$2.00 18 rides

$2.25: 8 rides

$2.50: 3 rides

$3.00: 4 rides

$3.50: 1 ride

$4.00: 1 ride

 

Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk and sorry if I bored you all!

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Totally forgot about the skyride! Whoops. Yeah. Updated.

 

One more thought I had:

 

The Motor Boats and Antique Cars stayed at $2 for a driver, but the passenger price went up from $1.25 to $1.50. I assume folks will just drive themselves if they want to drive themselves. But might there be more people opting to do that, as opposed to going together as the cost difference between these two decreases? This would lower the rides capacity... If Knoebels could send out each car/boat with two people, they would prefer that right? I know this is... really getting into the weeds. The economics of Knoebels fascinates me, is all.

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From their FB:

 

The #1 wooden roller coaster is receiving some extra attention. In addition to our usual commitment to maintaining the coaster itself, Phoenix is receiving upgrades to its façade and queue!

 

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