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Post by Tony Ovaher » Tue, 01 Jul 2003 02:04:17


    Just got back from Knoebel's yesterday, and I gotta say it was
most excellent, indeed! We got a late start due to a necessary trip to
the bank, and ran into a backup on the way to the park, so we arrived
about 2:20 in the afternoon. It was packed to the gills. The situation
was looking very bleek. What a great locale, though! Beautiful
tree-covered mountainside all around. This has gotta be where the
Smurfs are from...
    Noone's eaten yet, so we fight our way ro the first restaurant
where there's a 15 minute wait on a table. We eat. The food was great,
the service excellent, the people friendly. In fact, everyone was
friendly. The whole place just seems to put off good vibes. We very
quickly didn't care that it was so crowded. I heard someone say the F
word but once the entire time, and at no time did I feel compelled to
use it myself. More people just came right out and started talking to
us than every other park we've been to ever, combined, doubled, plus a
couple more.
   We promptly digested our food over the course of the direct beeline
to the Twister. At this particular stage in our family amu***t park
career, me and the boy ( 8 year old ) ride stuff while the wife and
daughter ( 8 month old ) sit on the bench and wait and drink bottles
and other such. Yes, I know it sounds unfair, but my wife really isn't
into riding anymore, and every time I try to take the baby on with me,
I end up having to leave her on the side.
    The Twister was pretty cool, but it really didn't bowl me over. I
just came back from Wildwood, so I'm spoiled by frequent nightly Great
White rides, which, when combined with the ocean air and unique
atmosphere of the place, really get down to the core of my being. I
was also still feeling the stressful drive and hadn't completely
unwound at this point, so maybe that's part of it. I'll have to give
it fair shake next time. I don't mean to***any fans of it off.
    We next traveled to the Whirlwind. I really just did not like it
much at all. Loops on this type of coaster work well, but this thing
consists of 2 corkscrews and back to the station. They just feel
complely unnatural and leave you laying on the OTSR. Am I alone in
this feeling? I've always liked Vekoma Boomerangs because ol the
backward drop and the loop, but the boomerang part just has that
"laying on the restraint" feel to it, and I think it's mostly because
you are laying on the restraint.
    On to the Phoenix! My son has quickly caught on in his brief
experience and darts straight to the back seat line. Now This is a
Kodak moment. ...<snif>...oh, excuse me. Anyhow, we get in, lapbar
goes down, and the next couple minutes have changed me as a person.
This is, hands down, the most thrilling roller coaster I have ever
been on. Pure exhilaration from start to finish. Sublime coasting
bliss. More time is spent out of your seat than in it. This thing
ain't playin' no games and it is too late to turn back. The super dark
tunnel in the beginning really gets you pumped up, and the relentless
fury afterward just blows your mind. Loose articles are history on
this sucker. Five stars, two thumbs, and three Hail Mary's. Can I get
an Amen?
    OK, then we went back to the ticket booth, back to the Phoenix,
back to the Phoenix, and back to the Phoenix. At this time I seem to
recall noticing my now impatient wife and daughter through my
coaster-induced haze, and reluctantly moved on to the rest of the
park.
    We hit the Super Round-Up next, and then went around to the
Haunted House. There was maybe a 20-25 minute, worth-every-second wait
for the best dark ride I haver ever been in. I have ridden through
many of the classic ones on the Wildwood boardwalk over the years, but
this beats any of them easily. We saw a total of no less than 3 kids
coming off crying while we waited in line, which is always a good
sign. I got my camcorder ready, and whipped it out just before we
crashed through the first door. I ended up getting some pretty freaky
POV footage, albeit pre***ly out of focus and noisy. The sound
inside the ride really draws you in and keeps you wiggin' out the
entire time. The 3-D skull room was completely awesome, as well as the
rotating cylinder - strobe - laser gag. You can feel the (love?) that
went into this ride.Three cheers for American engineering!
    We rode a few other rides. Some guy hurled big-time on the
Downdraft. Yuuuccchhh!!!!! The Scenic Skyride looks way impressive,
but the baby was starting to get fed up, so we snagged some souvenirs,
jumped on the Phoenix again, and headed for home.
    I am definitely going back.We didn't get a chance to check out all
of the rides, and the quality of those 2 in particular so far exceeds
any of their peers' that I have ridden, that I gotta go back. Long
live Knoebel's!

Tony

 
 
 

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Post by FlipFlopsS » Tue, 01 Jul 2003 02:44:01

 >>On to the Phoenix! My son has quickly caught on in his brief
experience and darts straight to the back seat line. Now This is a
Kodak moment. ...<snif>...oh, excuse me. Anyhow, we get in, lapbar
goes down, and the next couple minutes have changed me as a person.
This is, hands down, the most thrilling roller coaster I have ever
been on. Pure exhilaration from start to finish. Sublime coasting
bliss. <<

We were there yesterday too - Phoenix was Phyling!  Her crew is awesome, they
were dispatching trains almost as fast as riders could get into them. I was
literally standing up (unintentionally of course!) on the double up (yellow
train), got 9 rides in while we were there (at $1.60 a pop, you do the math :)
).  
Andrea....a day at Knoebels is better than most days elsewhere...

 
 
 

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Post by CoasterKit » Tue, 01 Jul 2003 22:04:45

Quote:

>     On to the Phoenix! My son has quickly caught on in his brief
> experience and darts straight to the back seat line.

Wait til you try the Schmeck seat (third row, first car)

Quote:
> This is, hands down, the most thrilling roller coaster I have ever
> been on.

It's a mighty cool ride hands *up* too <g>

Five stars, two thumbs, and three Hail Mary's. Can I get

Quote:
> an Amen?

Amen, brother!!  After our first trip to Knoebel's I told my hubby I
could just hug*** Knoebel for saving Phoenix' life.  No, actually I
said I could kiss his feet.  It's that bad.

Kitty
Not sure I can wait til middle of August to get back... :::looking at
July calendar and wondering how far out of the way it would be to go
to Elysburg on the drive back from Pittsburgh to DC:::

 
 
 

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Post by FlipFlopsS » Tue, 01 Jul 2003 22:19:22

Quote:
>>Kitty

Not sure I can wait til middle of August to get back... :::looking at
July calendar and wondering how far out of the way it would be to go
to Elysburg on the drive back from Pittsburgh to DC:::<<

About 3-4 hours give or take :)  Not out of the way at all!!

Andrea
It's all about the Ride

 
 
 

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Post by Tony Ovaher » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 10:47:33

Quote:
>Wait til you try the Schmeck seat (third row, first car)

What makes that seat different?

Quote:

>> This is, hands down, the most thrilling roller coaster I have ever
>> been on.

>It's a mighty cool ride hands *up* too <g>

LOL

Tony

 
 
 

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Post by Sandy A. Nicolayse » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 11:14:20

Quote:

>>Wait til you try the Schmeck seat (third row, first car)

>What makes that seat different?

Tony:  You gotta be kidding me!  The Schmeck seat is the best seat on
the train.  Absolutely to most ejector airtime you will find on any
wooden coaster.  Watch out for the double down and the third turn
around.  You may have to actually hold on!

- Sandy "fugetaboutit" Nicolaysen

 
 
 

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Post by Jim Westlan » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 11:18:35

Previously on RRC, CoasterKitty wrote...

Quote:
> Wait til you try the Schmeck seat (third row, first car)

Hmm....we usually refer to it as the "Herb seat," or ""Herb's seat."

Whatever you call it, it is my favorite seat on quite a few coasters,
wood and steel.  Phoenix was the inspiration for the name, though.  
Whenever Andi and I ride a coaster (designed by Mr. Schmeck or not) with
3 bench trains, we always try out the Herb seat.

Jim "1.3" Westland

 
 
 

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Post by Charles Nungest » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 12:53:29

Id take one crowded day at Knoebels over a empty CP any day.
Charles Nungester
SOB rides 220 Papa 1115
Count now 199 coasters.
Lesourdsville Lake Closed for 2003!
 
 
 

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Post by Sarah » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 14:31:04



Quote:

> >>Wait til you try the Schmeck seat (third row, first car)

> >What makes that seat different?

> Tony:  You gotta be kidding me!  The Schmeck seat is the best seat on
> the train.  Absolutely to most ejector airtime you will find on any
> wooden coaster.  Watch out for the double down and the third turn
> around.  You may have to actually hold on!

> - Sandy "fugetaboutit" Nicolaysen

This discussion reminds me of my first experience with this seat a few weeks
ago on my first trip to Knoebels. We had ridden the Phoenix a few times in
the front and back and various open seats. We happened to end up in 2.1 and
as I saw the guys in front of us nearly go launching out of their seats over
and over again, I thought "ejector seat!" and remembered reading about it
here. Needless to say we ran right around again and got it line for that
seat, and it didn't disappoint!  My most memorable ride though, was after
dark, when I was riding in the last seat by myself. I had my hands up and
was screaming and laughing, and on one of the last drops, I flew up and into
the lap bar, with a very audible and involuntary "ugh!". I was still
giggling uncontrollably when I got off and could barely tell my mom what
happened. Good times.
 
 
 

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Post by CoasterKit » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 21:57:42

Quote:

> Previously on RRC, CoasterKitty wrote...
> Whatever you call it, it is my favorite seat on quite a few coasters,
> wood and steel.  Phoenix was the inspiration for the name, though.  
> Whenever Andi and I ride a coaster (designed by Mr. Schmeck or not) with
> 3 bench trains, we always try out the Herb seat.

It's also my favorite seat on many coasters too.  Once in awhile, the
wheel seat ends up a bit too rough for me, but 1.2 is usually a decent
ride as well.

And Tony - the answer to your question is **AIRTIME**!!

Kitty
Gotta get my hubby on Yankee Cannonball I think he'll love it

 
 
 

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Post by Tony Ovaher » Thu, 03 Jul 2003 10:47:35

Quote:
>We were there yesterday too - Phoenix was Phyling!  Her crew is awesome, they
>were dispatching trains almost as fast as riders could get into them. I was
>literally standing up (unintentionally of course!) on the double up (yellow
>train), got 9 rides in while we were there (at $1.60 a pop, you do the math :)
>).  
>Andrea....a day at Knoebels is better than most days elsewhere...

Right on! I am now a believer....It's like a trip through time

Tony