Had a great time at Knoebels today, even though it was so heeeee-umid. I got six laps on Phoenix, once on Twister, once on Black Diamond, and twice on the Grand Carousel. I only missed one ring both times I rode the Grand Carousel, and the second time I got all of my ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings in the Lion's mouth. Pretty solid performance if I do say so myself.
Also, I have GOOD NEWS!!! Knoebels IS working on the Flying Turns!
No one was around for me to bother, so I did the right thing and just moved on. By the looks of things, we may have five-car trains. Also, there are three sets of brackets, so we may see three-train operation with this thing. That would help capacity a lot, as typical bobsleigh coasters only take two people per car.
I have MORE GOOD NEWS! Phoenix and Twister have gotten some new track!
It was difficult to get a good photo of Phoenix's new track because of the trees. The new track runs from the tippy-top of the lift to the tippy-top of the first turnaround. It really makes a difference; I can now ride in the back seat of the yellow train and not have my head rattled. Phoenix is still my number one coaster!
Twister's new track is in the bowl, around the outer ring. It really makes a difference as well; the bowl was a source of bitterness for me in the past because it shook me around so much.
Finally, we have some news from the Giant Flume.
They've switched around the entrances to the ride and the viewing platform. The queue now has a few switchbacks. This helps keep the pathway in front of the Giant Flume open - even on this humid day with the queue stuffed with people, it did not extend onto the pathway. A new section of bridge has been built so that guests can access the viewing platform from the new entrance.
Now, I realize Chris (Ccron10) confirmed everything I just said here already, but as usual I wanted to go see things with my own differently-prescriptioned eyes.
That is the end of the news. Great day at Knoebels, and I can't wait for Phoenix Phall Phunfest!