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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:41 pm

Have any of the Over the Tops been successful? The one at the Island had the accident and this one hardly ran.

They looked fun if they worked correctly and safely.
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Postby A.J. » Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:47 pm

As far as I know, those are (were) the only two installations.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:49 pm

Apparently Knoebels did a presentation today at an enthusiast event and revealed that Over the Top is being replaced by a kids ride that looks like the flat ride version of an SBF spinner.

More importantly, Downdraft is just being replaced with a newer model of the same ride (similar to what they did with Galleon).

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:58 pm

A.J. wrote:^ The good news is that the manufacturer still makes the Downdraft, so Knoebels could also be taking it down and refurbishing it (old ride, new parts), or replacing it with an identical model.

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As for the SBF ride, based on what Bill said, I think it's a Mini Break Dance, which debuted at the 2017 IAAPA Expo and was also at the 2018 expo.

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:14 pm

:lol: Yeah, that's it.

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterAuditor » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:58 pm

^SBF VIsa must be very pleased they came up with one of the simplest coasters of all time that’s selling like a new Apple product.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:42 pm

Yay! Downdraft isn't dead :D
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby Rai Fox » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:27 pm

I feel a little bit bad for Knoebels, after all the excitement over Over the Top. There must have been something pretty terribly wrong with the design for them to give up on it like that. I don't know the business side of parks all that well, but I would think that under circumstances like that, they're probably getting their money back from the manufacturer? At least the new ride will likely be a big hit for kids. As far as Downdraft being replaced with a newer Downdraft...well, I love that ride, so I can't imagine a better ending than that, personally!

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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:00 am

I think I rode one of those mini break dances in Lake George, except it had OSTRs instead of lap bars. It looked like a kiddie ride because of the compactness, but it had some solid spinning because of the tight radius.
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby MisterBrow » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:36 pm

JG-77 wrote:Yay! Downdraft isn't dead :D



NICE!!! Thank you for that news.
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