Canobie Coaster wrote: This is the motto of all the credit whores out there, so what does it matter if it's a slide?
Yeppp. I felt even better when a father walked his kid up the steps and turned around. TOO KIDDIE FOR ME HE THINKS.
coneyislandchris wrote:Agreed, great report Taylor! Echoes a lot of our own experiences from the weekend. My only complaint is even with the whole weekend from Friday night onward it still felt like there just wasn't enough time to experience everything that we wanted to do. We never got a chance to spend some time in the Fascination parlor, for example, and we didn't get a chance to check out the Scenic Skyway or train rides either. Guess this just means we need to go back again real soon!
Thanks for reading! It is just impressive how much there is to do. We really didn't wait in many long lines at all (Flying Turns was about 30 min, which is solid, and the train took me a while but that is to be expected), and it still took us every minute we had. We checked off all of the things, including a few new ones.
^Knoebels has always been one of those places where it just feels impossible to run out of things to do and see! Truly, I've only ever spend 1 day at a time at the park and it NEVER feels like enough time.
jynx242 wrote:^Knoebels has always been one of those places where it just feels impossible to run out of things to do and see! Truly, I've only ever spend 1 day at a time at the park and it NEVER feels like enough time.
Yep. I spent a /week/ there last summer with friends. We figured we'd spend maybe a day at the park and the rest of the week doing other stuff in the area, but ended up spending several days at the park itself, and I still need to get back for more ASAP.
Let us go back to August 11, 2018. It was a day. I had decided to visit Martin's Fantasy Island, because it was a park I had *some* interest in, but knew my girlfriend didn't. So I made the visit solo and bunched the Erie County Fair in to make it a whole day affair. It was a lot of driving for one day (from Pittsburgh), but it ended up being a pretty nice night!
Martin's Fantasy Island
This park is a mixed back, for sure. I wouldn't really ever feel the need to re-visit. But I didn't dislike my time there. Just seemed to lack in rides that would bring me back/charm.
This was actually a big struggle. I found cheap discount tickets online, but they actually needed to be printed, which I forgot to do. So I had to take a detour to a Staples to use their printer. A pain, but it all worked out.
Believe this is Buffalo?
A must-stop institution in up-state NY. My first time.
Man, it was pretty darn good! The baked beans, especially were unique and tasty.
We press on. Our final destination this is not, but we are headed this way.
We have arrived. It was a Saturday, so I didn't know what to really expect. The parking lot was practically completely full by the time I arrived, so I got a little nervous. Lines ended up being... *fine*
The park is kind of split into a couple different areas.
Silver Comet, which is practically the only real reason to visit the park.
This back section of the park really felt like a slightly more permanent carnival. Not a whole lot in the way of charm. All of the adult rides are nestled back along one straight midway path to the back of the park where the Crazy Mouse is.
I did enjoy Silver Comet and got a few rides on it. Operations were... rough. But it is a nice little ride. I wouldn't say it does a whole lot, but the layout is a bit quirky and I'll never pass on a woodie.
This was the biggest eye sore. One of those traveling bumper cars. I get they're much cheaper than a full-size installation. But...
Whatever these things are called... I forget. But they had one that would be open during limited hours. It is absolutely a novel idea. But... kind of stupid.
NEVER BEEN ON ONE OF THESE. I waited far longer than I would've liked for this. I think it is ridiculous that they can't have two lines: One for groups of 1-2 and one for groups of 3 or 4 and just match groups up. The lines would move SO MUCH FASTER.
There was a car show of sorts going on in the park, which I guess added something to the vibe.
The water park was a nice little thing and definitely seemed like the main draw.
Another eye-sore if you ask me. Just a concession stand like you'd see at a fair.
Big ole line available for Silver Comet.
So the front area of the park was actually quite nice. Really would seem like another park entirely. They had this nice little show for the kiddies.
And the kiddie area also had some charm. It was a bit rundown, but felt nice.
Maybe some of these are from the train ride. Nice little train ride.
They have a campground. Interestingly, the train stops and drops off folks there, which is nice.
Nice little pizza joint with space for a show.
Here we are.
Erie County Fair
I had two good reasons to visit: The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute) and I guess, credits. I find myself enjoying these larger fairs. It's a metropolis that gets puts up for two weekends. Loads of interesting food, lots of stuff to see and do. Doesn't always bring out the best people, but that's alright!
Here we are!
Let's explore a bit.
It was pretty crowded, but also was a pretty big fair, so no issues.
I thought this was funny. Seems legit.
Woo. A great credit.
Watched a bit of this Ninja show. Always find these little traveling shows interesting. These folks work their butts off and travel from fair to fair.
They had a bunch of these little 'freak shows' set up throughout the fair. Gimmicky as they are, there was something charming about it, especially because I'm sure they aren't making much off them.
I know I've seen this at other fairs. But I can't remember the name. But you just throw balls at the same time and play for BINGO.
Lots of permanent structures all around the fairgrounds. Really well-maintained.
Oh, just a clown.
Oh, just a bowl.
Oh, just a one-man band.
Oh, just a ketchup dispensing robot.
Oh, just a credit.
Oh, just a heart attack. I did not go for this, but I am sure it would be great.
This was the night's entertainment. Got there early enough to secure pretty great spot. And they were a lot of fun. I know it ain't nothing like the original. But for a free show, they're one of the best around Beatles tributes.
Sorry for the low picture quality throughout this report! But thanks, as always, for reading.
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