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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby Rai Fox » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:23 pm

prozach626 wrote:Hah. Sounds like typical camping, I guess. I'm still really surprised more people here haven't taken a chance in the cottages, but they do look pretty run down.


I have one booked for this summer, I'll make sure to do up a report and get pictures there, but I won't be there until the end of August, so it won't do anyone much good for planning anything this year!

I have to say, they don't really look run down to me. A bit "rustic", maybe a little dated, but at least in the pictures they look decent enough. It /is/ Knoebels...I trust them!

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:28 am

Philrad71 wrote:
You might want to avoid this place then. LOL

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Lmfao! I can always depend on you to point me in the right direction, Phil! Your report just sealed the deal. I think I actually remember reading your TR in my days of cubicle work at a plastics manufacturer I used to work for.

We originally planned on hitting Knoebels on a Saturday, after driving most of the way Friday. Emily and I discussed it last night and she told me she didn't take off work that Friday, since she was off all of the following week. Apparently taking off on that Friday would be a bad idea, since she's heading the way for a new operating system at her work. FML. At least for once I had an opportunity to tell her "We talked about this!!" Instead of the other way around.

I think our plans are finalized and we're going to book in a week or so:

Saturday: Home to Pittsburgh in 9 hours.Overnight stay in Pittsburgh using our free Hyatt night.

Sunday: Leave before 6am and hit Knoebels from 11-7.

Monday: Hit Pottsville for the Yuengling brewery tour and hang around the town a bit to let our couple of beers wear off. Drive an hour to Hershey Lodge. We plan on buying the 2-day stay and play pass, with an extra night, being check-in night. Maybe catch dinner somewhere around the area. Possibly visit the park at night, but I don't want to get burned out.

Tuesday: Visit the park and Chocolate World. Probably hit an early dinner somewhere in town and return to the park at night

Wednesday: We'll likely get a fast pass premium and ride whatever we want, whenever we want, because screw waiting in line even if it's for 15 minutes. 'Binge and Ride Day' with multiple visits to Beer Man starting in the afternoon and plenty of riding.

Thursday: Long miserable 12 hour drive home.

I know people are going to say we should spend more time at Knoebels, and I would like to, but I think I'll be content with 8 hours as a nice little introduction to the next few days. We're both looking forward to Knoebels, but Hershey seems way more suited to our Midwestern hoosier American characterless basic bitch corporate desires, so our main focus will be Hershey. I'm really looking forward to this trip. Thanks again for all of the help.

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:47 am

Yes, while you should spend more time at Knoebels (because Knoebels), you don't NEED to spend more than a day there. In eight hours, you will be able to get on everything you want at least once, and still be able to relax. As Hersheypark is the focus of your trip, just let Knoebels be what it is for most people - the best no-commitment, humble, relaxing amusement park in the mid-Atlantic, if not the entire United States.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:08 pm

you should spend more time at Knoebel's. . . but I'm wondering why you aren't swinging by Kennywood while you are in Pittsburgh?

even a "quick" stop for spins on Jackrabbit, Racer, Thunderbolt, Phantom, Bayern Curve, Black Widow, Kangaroo, and the nuts Paratrooper program (ok, and Skyrocket on the way out). . make the trip to Kennywood worth it.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby michaellynn4 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:10 pm

I think eight hours on Sunday is enough for you to be able to get a good Knoebels experience. You may not get the chance for several re-rides, but you should be able to do everything at least once.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:06 pm

^We're not big on flats, so re-rides on anything except Phoenix is not a priority. Aside from the coasters, my only ambitions are the boat ride, the flume, the whip, and the haunted house.

bert425 wrote:you should spend more time at Knoebel's. . . but I'm wondering why you aren't swinging by Kennywood while you are in Pittsburgh?

even a "quick" stop for spins on Jackrabbit, Racer, Thunderbolt, Phantom, Bayern Curve, Black Widow, Kangaroo, and the nuts Paratrooper program (ok, and Skyrocket on the way out). . make the trip to Kennywood worth it.


It's really tempting. Our original plan was to include Kennywood into the trip. To be honest, I'm looking forward to the quirkiness of KW more than any other park. That said, I didn't want to burn us out of one park after another. We plan on taking a trip to KW later in the year. Either later in the summer or something in the fall. We'll see if plans change later on, but for now it's a no-go.

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby Myself » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:27 pm

^Don't miss the Carousel, the Skooters or the Flyers either. Trust me on this.

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:44 pm

prozach626 wrote: re-rides on anything except Phoenix is not a priority.

Spoken like someone who has never been to Knoebels. Don't worry, Kozmo can fix that for you.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:49 pm

Honesty I think your plan is fine. If you were trying to cram it into a few hours I would try to change your mind, but if you're not into flats then that plan works. You should really ride the bumper cars (Scooters) and flyers though.

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:46 pm

After looking at Phil's old TR, I think the Scooters and Chair lift are also mandatory. Maybe the carousel, but it's not priority, brass ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings or not. Flyers don't do much for me and it's a little too much spinning for my tastes. My main concerns are Phoenix, Twister (x1), and Flying Turns. If I don't get to do Impulse, I won't be upset. Our main priority is not running around in a hurry.

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