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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:44 pm

bert425 wrote:if you stay for more than a few hours, also hit up Exterminator, the Whip (and most everything in "old Kennywood") plus Noah's Ark . . Ghostwood Estates, turtle (if you've never been on this classic. . it's a great break in the day and a throwback ride), and of course, re-rides on JackRabbit. .that double down is amazing.


There is nothing special about the Kennywood Whip, but the Kangaroo, that's a must ride! and don't skip the Bayern Kurve (although some think it is too intense)

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:05 pm

larrygator wrote:
bert425 wrote:if you stay for more than a few hours, also hit up Exterminator, the Whip (and most everything in "old Kennywood") plus Noah's Ark . . Ghostwood Estates, turtle (if you've never been on this classic. . it's a great break in the day and a throwback ride), and of course, re-rides on JackRabbit. .that double down is amazing.


There is nothing special about the Kennywood Whip, but the Kangaroo, that's a must ride! and don't skip the Bayern Kurve (although some think it is too intense)


yep. . but I recommended Kangaroo, Bayern Kurve, the coasters (other than Exterminator), and the nutso program on Paratrooper in my 1st post to him telling him to stop by "for a quick vist"

I only added the above if they are able to visit for more than a few hours :)

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.

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:31 pm

Noah's Ark is an absolute classic, Ghostwood Estate is a quality shooter with fun effects, and Garfield's Nightmare is a trip (not necessarily a good one). The ride system is unique and a classic, the theme is just off. Auto Race isn't necessarily thrilling since they slowed it way down a few years back, but another classic ride (neat just to watch). If you hit Exterminator early or late, you can avoid a line usually.

Some good food to check out... Golden Nugget dip cone, Potato Patch (some are not fans, but it's worth investigating the hype). The Parkside Cafeteria is your other best bet for food, as they have the most variety. Thanksgiving dinner all day every day comes with mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, roll, cranberry sauce, and turkey for like $11.

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:43 am

I once flew out, in 2011, from Korea to see some friends in Canada at Niagara and then went on to stay with some friends in Pennsylvania. They offered to drive me to Cedar Point for 2 days or we could have hit Hershey's (pre-Skyrush) or Knobels for a day instead. Under the assumption I probably wouldn't be back for a good long time to the U.S. I picked Cedar Point but every-time I check on this thread, it always makes me think I may not have made the right choice.

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:14 am

Knoebels is re-tracking major sections of Phoenix again even though it's running perfectly because they're Knoebels and that's how they roll.

It looks like the double up - double down and turnaround before the final run of airtime hills are all being worked on.

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From the park's Facebook page.

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:18 am

Man, this park really treasures this ride. I need to get out there and ride Phoenix in the next few years!

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:36 am

Wow, that looks like a full rebuild. Awesome. Whatever they're doing, it's working. That ride's for real.

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:49 pm

After further planning, we've decided to push the trip back to July. We want to go to Cedar Point's campout in the park in late May. We pushed our PA trip back in order to space out our fun trips. (CP in May, KI 'guys trip' in June, PA parks in July, Pensacola, FL in August, with others thrown in the mix)

Our initial reason for going to the PA parks so early in the year was to beat the summer rush at Hershey, since they had no unlimited skip the line pass. Luckily, that's changed to allow us to be more dynamic with our planning! The good news is that this will give us more time at Knoebels, even if we go in Sunday. The down side that I see is that we won't be able to ride all of the classic wooden coasters after their fresh re-tracks, but I'm sure they'll still be plenty smooth compared to most parks. Of course we all Knoebels is great at their wooden coaster maintenance, but I've heard KW is also top notch.

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:37 pm

prozach626 wrote:The down side that I see is that we won't be able to ride all of the classic wooden coasters after their fresh re-tracks, but I'm sure they'll still be plenty smooth compared to most parks. Of course we all Knoebels is great at their wooden coaster maintenance, but I've heard KW is also top notch.


Phoenix and Twister run like they're brand new every single day of the year. You're fine. There's no such thing as a rough ride on either of them unless you're a complete bitch and think Twister is rough (believe it or not some people actually find it rough... actual, honest-to-god real people that live among us). It "is" aggressive, but not rough. Phoenix is B&M smooth on a classic wood coaster. :lol:

Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:35 pm

^^
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.


You are going to LOVE the brewery tour, Zach - we certainly did!

And this is coming from someone that doesn't particularly care for Yuengling beer. The nostalgia of this old brewery is fascinating, the tour is great...and they give you plenty of samples in the end.

Can't speak for what else there is to do in Pottsville around the brewery though. In driving in and out of town, it appeared to be your typical blue-collar, redneck coal-mining Pennsylvania town. IE: settled in hilly terrain with a lot of lower to middle income housing, lots of Dollar General/Dollar Tree stores & a couple of Sheetz stores/gas stations sprinkled in for good measure.
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