Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:17 pm
michaellynn4 wrote:What else is there to say about Knoebels that hasn't been said already?
Great photos! Glad you had fun.
Thanks. It's still my favorite park after Disneyland!
Are you talking about that fifth drop into the tunnel? I didn't get that effect when I rode it in May, but that drop was great and gave good air.
Yes, that's the one. It's been a couple of years since I've visited, so the park may have smoothed out that awesome kink halfway down the hill since then.
Also, I REALLY need to get back to Knoebels!
I was only planning on going to Knoebels one day, but I decided it was worth driving to again the second day. It was only a 1.5 hour detour which is closer than it usually is for me.
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:48 am
I haven't been following your trip report until now, but I just went back and ready your visits to Clementon, Hershey and Knoebels and I really enjoyed it. I like your writing style, it's well written and contains a good doze of humor. You also have a very good balance between text and pictures. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this thread from now on!
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:54 pm
Thanks! I'm hoping to keep the updates rolling so I can get caught up on my park visits before going overseas later this year. Plus everything is fresh in my mind still.
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:26 pm
DelGrosso's Amusement Park
DelGrosso's Amusement Park is a cute little family park in central Pennsylvania. It's often passed over in favor of Kennywood or Knoebels, but this park has carved a niche market among families and it definitely seems to be doing better than the closest park in Lakemont. The park is probably best known for its food, but the park is well-run, clean, has a solid flat ride collection, and a decent water park.
If you come to DelGrosso's for coasters, you'll likely be disappointed. The park has a standard Crazy Mouse (5 out of 10) and a Wacky Worm. The former is the only attraction on the ride side that pulls any sort of line and even still it was no more than 15 minutes. As far as spinning mice go, it's pretty average. I'll still take a non-spinning mouse over a spinning one since a few of the turns on the spinners aren't the most comfortable.
X-Scream is by far the best attraction in the park. Really all you need to get me to like a park is to have a Larson/ARM tower...unless you're Clementon and manage to be so bad everywhere else that you can cancel out the awesomeness. X-Scream absolutely towers over everything else in the park and there's really nothing in the park that comes close to providing thrills anywhere close. One thing I noticed from my trip is that the towers with the circular seating the whole way around provide just a smidgen better of a ride (something I was able to piece together after riding 5 different versions of these towers in a week). Like the other towers, this one had great ejector air and a great stomach dropping sensation. Just not quite as good as Knoebels's version. 10 out of 10
The rest of the park's flats are considerably tamer in comparison. I think the most disappointing thing from my visit is that the Space Odyssey was removed in favor of a garden variety magic carpet flat. Space Odyssey was a classic caterpillar that operated without the canopy, but instead of the canopy they enclosed it and threw a rave with lights and music. I didn't realize they had removed it so I was pretty bummed out to not find it there.
It wouldn't be a DelGrosso's update without the food. Because of the DelGrosso family's Italian background, I knew I had to get something. I went with the basic pizza. I thought it tasted good, but it wasn't quite as good as Cesari's at Knoebels. The sauce was better than Cesari's, but the Knoebels had better cheese and crust.
DelGrosso's water park, Laguna Splash appears to be the bigger draw than the ride park. While the ride said had almost no queue lines, the water park side had 10-15 minute waits for all the slides. The water park made the park's Italian roots even more obvious.
The two most noteworthy slides at the water park are Twin Twisters and Gravity Groove. Twin Twisters is a racing mat slide. The slide starts slow, but the double down at the end gives some fantastic air for a water slide and feels completely out of control. 10 out of 10
Gravity Groove starts off as a standard tube slide, but midway through there is a gigantic drop. That's not too uncommon, but it's what happens after. There's a unique uphill section. Unfortunately it provided no air and was pretty slow, but it was interesting to experience on a non-water coaster. 6 out of 10
DelGrosso's was fun to stop into for just a few hours, but it's definitely not a full-day park. If the park does expand and continues to maintain their current level of quality, I could see the park putting themselves on the map. They just need a noteworthy coaster like a Gravity Group woody.
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:26 pm
Pennsylvnia has a lot of neat small parks. Delgrosso's and Waldameer come to mind.
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:36 pm
I absolutely loved Waldameer. They have one of the best rain policies I've ever seen and I had a full day there with no lines. It was amazing.
DelGrosso's is a nice park, but I wouldn't really be able to spend a whole day there.
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:06 am
Great report! I'm loving that new entrance.
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:15 am
Thanks for the update. I know very little about the little PA parks even living so close to many of them, and while I'd heard of Delgrossos had never really looked into the place.
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:04 am
I wasn't planning on hitting DelGrosso's, but had a few free hours and it was only 20 minutes away. Since my last visit, it seems the park has focused heavily on general park improvements.
It's too bad they couldn't build Libertyland's old loop-screw since they are in dire need of another coaster. I know these coasters aren't popular with enthusiasts, but when the only adult coaster is a Crazy Mouse, that would definitely fill a niche.
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:39 am
Did what actually happened with that ever come out? I always wondered if the coaster was just too far gone to be worth saving, or if it was an issue with the land, or something else entirely?
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