^Do it! It really is the bomb, Knoebels outdo themselves every year. They spoil the heck out of us. I would also suggest the PPP Facebook page… That’s where you can find out when and where to sign up for the Friday night event. If you are in almost any coaster/park club, you can sign up and bring a friend. I had bacon on a stick for the first time last night!
Had a /fantastic/ time today, as always. PPP (and Knoebels in general) is always a great time. Props to the flyers ops for letting us get away with murder! They were only slowing it down if you were in danger of colliding your tubs.
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Nrthwnd wrote:^and....how was your first bacon-on-a-stick? I still can't imagine what it looks like. Haven't seen any pix of this version of it....yet.
It was very good! I’m kind squeamish when it comes to gristle and meat in general, but damn that was tasty. In fact, tonight I was trying to locate where they had it in the park. Was it just a special for last night? I know where all the rides are at Knoebels, but not the food.
Some thoughts on my first PPP. No pictures, but I think there are plenty to go around elsewhere. My girlfriend and I arrived at the park around 2:00 PM on Friday and spent the day exploring the Covered Bridge Festival. An overwhelming (in a good way) number of craft and food vendors. Was really neat how it was all set up (even overflowing throughout the park this year). Had some yummy Iron Kettle Ham and Bean Soup ($3) and grabbed a few other things from the festival. Also enjoyed the pierogies from the proper stand ($5.75/6) and a KFC bowl knockoff ($5.50) (much better than KFC). This was all before the Friday Night preview was to start. The event description had listed "light refreshments" so we filled up a bit too much before the event started only to realize that there was an abundance of food to be had at the event. In the back of my head, I figured "light" was an understatement. This included: round-stand pierogies (fried without butter or onions, still yum but not AS yum), hash browns, bacon-on-a-stick (incredible, but they ran out pretty quickly), hamburgers, hot dogs, candy apples, cake, kettle corn, and roasted corn on the cob. Got practically all of that and scored 7 laps on Phoenix, 2 on Flying Turns, and a quick walkthrough of the mini fun house they brought in for the Halloween Season. Dick Knoebel sang with the band and they auctioned off a bunch of cool stuff with proceeds going to GKTW.
So then Saturday. Started our day right with breakfast at the food court. Shared a platter of 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, toast, ham, and home fries for $7, before grabbing our hand stamp and coupon book for the day. This was my first time not using tickets and we kept track of what we rode out of curiosity to see if we would come out on top (accounting for Weis Markets discounted tickets). Rode a bunch of rides we had never really ventured to (Satellite, Whip, Ole Smokey, Loopers) and got re-rides on the Flyers and Skooters. I loved seeing the park all decked out for Halloween. Literally everywhere. A highlight that I didn't capture in time was a lone skeleton riding the Skyway. A really clever little touch. Used my coupon and got our pizza for lunch. We made it a few more hours before craving food again. We shared the pork chop on a stick with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut ($6) which was really yummy. Played some fascination (and won!) and also noticed a really strange happening on the motor boats. Folks were kinda getting stuck in the current and using supports for Kosmo's Kurves as leverage to propel themselves forward. There were multiple boats kinda all bumped together. Later on, we visited a pop up shop right near the Round Stand that was selling soup and picked up a bowl of Chili ($5). Oh my goodness, this was the best chili we have ever had. I can't recommend it enough. Ventured right around the corner and we shared a neapolitan ice cream waffle sandwich ($4). Another new one for us, it was so, so good. Honestly, the food is every bit as much a highlight as the rides every year and it is great to experience new things every time and revisit old favorites like the Sweet Tea Slushes ($2.50) and Pierogies.
Phoenix was running better than ever and we experimented across the train, settling in in row 2 and 3 mostly (I still give an edge to row 3. The tunnel was nicely spookified and the ride was hauling. Twister was a bit rough, especially in the back, but still a quality ride. The train ride being all decorated was great and was done in such a charming way. Our night ended with a real highlight, the Haunted Antique Cars. My girlfriend was skeptical because the line was so long at dusk, but we waited it out and returned around 9:30 and got on in 20 minutes or so. This is an incredible experience. There were countless sets and lots of good scares along the way. I honestly felt like I was getting a haunted house level experience but for a fraction of the price. All said and done we rode about $60 in rides for our $42 wristband (plus coupons for food), which is like $48 in discounted ticket books. I can see why the park doesn't normally allow wristbands to be purchased on the weekends, because even if with a lot of Phoenix re-rides and a pretty full day of riding, it is hard to break even.
I think this will become our annual visit, because of how wonderful Friday Night was, coupled with the Covered Bridge Festival. Crowds were manageable for rides, in spite of the parking lot being filled to capacity.
For those of you who have been to Knoebels, you know that 2 train operations on Phoenix or Twister is pretty rare. During Phoenix Phall Phunfest, I got to see the Twister crew transfer on the second train. It turns out a transfer on is done by hand without the help of a computer. The attendants actually push the transfer track into place and then push the 2nd train off the storage track. In fact, the ride does not have a computer system at all (according to the ride attendants). It only features a basic safety system to keep the trains from colliding. Once both trains are on the track, the ride attendants begin cycling the ride empty to establish a consistent cycle time between the two trains. For proper timing, the train in the station is dispatched when the other train is halfway through the rose bowl.
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