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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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According to Screamscape (which means it must be true), the 2015 project involves revamping the entrance for a new "sense of arrival." Screamscape has been wrong many times before, and this is far from a confirmation, but I though it was an interesting idea. http://www.screamscape.com/html/knoebels.htm

 

This must mean they are building an entrance with an RMC woody key-holing over the entrance with a Zero G Stall

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In all seriousness, I've never really thought of Knoebels having a true "entrance" because of all the development surrounding it. I don't think you could really have a sense of "arrival" at Knoebels because of how many sides you can "enter" the park from - it sort of just "ends" in certain places.

 

I feel like if Knoebels really wanted to send a "you've arrived" message to guests they would have to completely fence off the surrounding area and filter all guest traffic through a single main entrance.

 

...but that's just my own thinking, you know how far that always goes.

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As much as I love the unique quirkiness of almost everything about Knoebels, I think it would do them well to have some form of a main entrance or ticket booth very close to the main parking lot. If you are not a local, it's slightly confusing to find things in Knoebles as their layout is unique. I know they don't offer POP everyday, but it's a nice convenience for guests, especially out-of-towners, to have a main ticket booth right at the main entrance. If they aren't offering POP that day, the area could still serve as a nice information area for things such as maps, price lists, and guest services.

 

First impressions to a park or any business are everything. Simple things like a guest getting mixed up on where they get their ride tickets can actually start a day off pretty negatively; especially when they are carting around a bunch of excited kids. I even have experience with this as my park of employment is in the process of relocating ticket booths so they are right at the park entrances from the parking lots, because a common negative first impression is guests getting mixed up finding where to pay for rides.

 

I'm all about small park quirkiness, but some things need to be adjusted so that the average guest is comfortable and getting the perfect "Welcome to Our Park!"

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^But that's half the fun of Knoebels--exploration!

 

They seem to do just fine with their current, quirky layout.

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Maybe a Chance Hyper GT-X like the one that's being installed at KK? I think that's the closest the park will get to a mega lite.

There's a few used Schwarzkopfs out there. Maybe some of those?

 

OK, I'm done speculating. I'll just be patient and wait till the announcement.

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A Schwarzkopf would be a great addition, I had originally hoped they might buy Laser when it was removed from Dorney and with it for sale again, they could still get it or some other Schwarzkopf looping coaster.

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^I think a B&M wingrider would be a bit weird as they don't have a tradition of steel coasters and this type of ride tends to be quite big which would make things even stranger, but who knows...

A RMC would enable them to keep their wood tradition and have a modern ride at the same time.

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Maybe Mega-Lite would be too "modern" to fit in the park?

 

Mega-Lite... let's see. They've never worked with Intamin. It would be very expensive. Not very reliable. They have no place to put one. It has not even the slightest whiff of nostalgia, no connection to the past whatsoever. One doesn't exist in the US, meaning they wouldn't have found one by traveling to "at least three states". And it would have absolutely nothing that's marketable other than "trust us, it's a great ride". Why would it even be mentioned in this thread? Every time the words "Mega-Lite" is mentioned on this site, in the context of "speculation", I feel like there's sand being rubbed in my eye. But this would be one of the more ludicrous examples.

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Maybe Mega-Lite would be too "modern" to fit in the park?

 

Mega-Lite... let's see. They've never worked with Intamin. It would be very expensive. Not very reliable. They have no place to put one. It has not even the slightest whiff of nostalgia, no connection to the past whatsoever. One doesn't exist in the US, meaning they wouldn't have found one by traveling to "at least three states". And it would have absolutely nothing that's marketable other than "trust us, it's a great ride". Why would it even be mentioned in this thread? Every time the words "Mega-Lite" is mentioned on this site, in the context of "speculation", I feel like there's sand being rubbed in my eye. But this would be one of the more ludicrous examples.

 

I agree with some of your points but not others.

 

Knoebels is positioning this as the fourth generation stepping out of the shadow of the third generation, so I wouldn't completely rule out something that is not traditional. And it'd easy to market since the existing models are so highly revered by enthusiasts. Also I don't recall any of the Mega Lite being unreliable. Lastly, Knoebels owns plenty of land.

 

With all that said your comments about the three states rule out an MegaLite.

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2015 - New Project/Attraction - Rumor - (2/3/14) We know that a lot of the credit for the successful trains being used on the Flying Turns goes to former GCI mastermind (and now apparently retired) Mike Boodley. But if the latest wild rumor is true, it is hard to keep a good designer down and Boodley (and possibly GCI) may be involved in the attraction aspect of whatever Knoebels has up their sleeve for 2015.

According to one Screamscape source, a couple of years ago during one of Boodley’s many trips out to Knoebels to work on the Flying Turns, it’s said that he made it known that he would love to design a terrain coaster for Knoebels sometime that would run up the same hillside that the park’s chairlift goes up. With the Flying Turns project finally finished… could it be time to make this dream a reality?

Again… just a wild rumor this time… nothing even slightly concrete about it… yet…

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Yeah, I agree, the Phoenix is the same way. It has history and the [well-deserved] awards, but I think to the "average" guest Twister seems more appealing because it's a taller, faster and longer coaster.

 

EDIT: Now that I think about it, a Mega Lite would technically be Knoebels' tallest coaster by a tenth of a foot, so there's that.

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2015 - New Project/Attraction - Rumor - (2/3/14) We know that a lot of the credit for the successful trains being used on the Flying Turns goes to former GCI mastermind (and now apparently retired) Mike Boodley. But if the latest wild rumor is true, it is hard to keep a good designer down and Boodley (and possibly GCI) may be involved in the attraction aspect of whatever Knoebels has up their sleeve for 2015.

According to one Screamscape source, a couple of years ago during one of Boodley’s many trips out to Knoebels to work on the Flying Turns, it’s said that he made it known that he would love to design a terrain coaster for Knoebels sometime that would run up the same hillside that the park’s chairlift goes up. With the Flying Turns project finally finished… could it be time to make this dream a reality?

Again… just a wild rumor this time… nothing even slightly concrete about it… yet…

 

Wow! I feel clairvoyant! I totally said that last week! Now hopefully it will happen next year!

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I definitely think this is going to happen. I'm pretty sure this is what Brian and Rick Knoebel have up their sleeves. And, I also spoke with Mike at length at the Golden Tickets day at CGA lunch in September, and although he is technically retired I could tell that he still had the passion to continue working and designing in some capacity. He actually let it slip a little that he had a vision for that mountainside at Knoebels.

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2015 - New Project/Attraction - Rumor - (2/3/14) We know that a lot of the credit for the successful trains being used on the Flying Turns goes to former GCI mastermind (and now apparently retired) Mike Boodley. But if the latest wild rumor is true, it is hard to keep a good designer down and Boodley (and possibly GCI) may be involved in the attraction aspect of whatever Knoebels has up their sleeve for 2015.

According to one Screamscape source, a couple of years ago during one of Boodley’s many trips out to Knoebels to work on the Flying Turns, it’s said that he made it known that he would love to design a terrain coaster for Knoebels sometime that would run up the same hillside that the park’s chairlift goes up. With the Flying Turns project finally finished… could it be time to make this dream a reality?

Again… just a wild rumor this time… nothing even slightly concrete about it… yet…

 

Wow! I feel clairvoyant! I totally said that last week! Now hopefully it will happen next year!

 

I've been calling for this since like 2004; needless to say I'll be a little excited if it comes to fruition.

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