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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:07 am

Knoebels

My family decided to take a roadtrip down to Washington D.C. The plan was to visit a beagle breeder and a few parks on the way. I did my part and found a top notch eatery on the way.

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Since we hit the road later than anticipated, we only had 3.5 hours at Knoebels. That’s far from ideal. Even with the lightning fast operations of Knoebels, there is a ridiculous amount of must-dos at this park.

So while it pained me to skip rides like the Flying Turns, Skooters, Flume, and Haunted Mansion, some Knoebels is better than no Knoebels. And the crown jewel of the park is Phoenix.

It’s the world’s best wooden coaster after all according to the Golden Ticket Awards. It seems perfectly logical to me that a ride from 1985 claimed the top spot only after CCI, GCI, Gravity Group, Intamin, and RMC wooden coasters became a thing. :lol:

The restraints, or rather the lack of restraints, make this ride. I cannot believe a ride with this much airtime can run without seatbelts and just buzz bars. What starts as nice floater air morphs into crazy ejector air from the double down onward. Every hill from that point launches you into the buzz bar.

There are definitely more intense coasters out there. But few coasters are funner than Phoenix. After a day at Knoebels, my face physically hurts from how much I smiled while riding Phoenix. And that’s not an exaggeration. 10 out of 10

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It's an oldie, but a goodie (Phoenix that is).

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So much airtime.


So next I went to a ride that genuinely terrifies me, StratosFear. I don’t know what kind of science-fiction voodoo Larson uses to make their drop towers so intense, but it works.

The aerial view of Knoebels is always a treat. It’s just so green. But then that drop happens. S&S towers give a strong jolt of air at the start of the drop, but you quickly slow down. On this tower, you get that jolt of air and never catch back up to the seat. It’s a rush! 10 out of 10

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Enjoy this photo from last year.


I have gotten some amazing rides on Twister the past two years. However, it wasn’t running too well on this visit. It was still quite smooth, but it just seemed to be running slow.

The finale, which usually has some very underrated air, was missing a lot of airtime. The hill after the tunnel still delivered an abrupt pop, but a lot of the other hills had less air than Kozmo’s Kurves.

The first drop and wicked pop of air on the turnaround were as great as ever though and I still love the layout. It compliments Phoenix perfectly. 7.5 out of 10

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Twister compliments Phoenix perfectly.


I think most of us agree the Knoebels Flyer is the best set of flying scooters out there. They’re fast and if you start snapping them, they’re one of the most intense rides on the planet.

However, this is one ride that is heavily dependent upon the operator. In the cycles before I boarded, I noticed the op was slowing the ride down if anyone got too wild. Whether or not the riders wanted to snap is up for debate since I’m convinced these things snap on their own.

My strategy with an op like this is to not go full tilt. The last thing I want to do is draw unwanted attention or worse, get kicked off. However, I ran into a problem.

I snapped once pretty early in the ride and the op requested me to stop. Well I tried. I let go of the rudder, but the darn thing still had enough momentum to snap again on its own. :lol:

Shortly thereafter, the operator slowed the ride down. When the operator sped the ride back up, I figured he’d be watching me like a hawk. So I definitely took it easy the rest of the ride. Even a relaxed ride on the Flyer kicks the keister of the others out there. 10 out of 10

However, it turns out I wasn’t the issue. When the operator sped the ride back up, I noticed a dude in a Steel Vengeance t-shirt almost do a complete 180. It appears he didn’t take the hint. After the ride, the op called him aside. All I overheard was “I wasn’t whipping the sails, I was just snapping.”

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Snapping was met with reprimanding on this day.


Impulse wasn’t a priority for me. It’s a fine ride, but at a park like Knoebels, it just isn’t a standout for me. But my sister had never ridden it and wanted to give it a whirl.

Since the main queue was long, we tried using the single rider line. The attendant said it was only for parties of 1. When we said we knew we wouldn’t ride together, she was still hesitant to break up a family but did let us use it.

And I’m ever so thankful since we boarded in less than 5 minutes. Impulse is essentially the Zierer Eurofighter. It has an awesome first drop and some great hangtime in the inversions. But most importantly, it has lap bar only trains. 7 out of 10

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It's still sort of weird for me to see a big steel coaster at Knoebels.


As night fell on the park, we started making our way back towards Phoenix. On the way, we hopped aboard the Grand Carousel. I went 12 for 12 grabbing the ring, but my sister (whose considerably shorter) really struggled. So when she got one, she was all jazzed up. 10 out of 10

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What the heck was I doing to that poor horse?!?


We also made sure to play a game of Fascination. And sure enough, I continued my lifelong losing streak at this game. But at least I had fun.

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Maybe one day I’ll break through. If the Buffalo Bills can win the Super Bowl…oh wait.


For the last half hour of operation, I kept throwing more and more money at Phoenix. I think I spent over half my ride tickets on Phoenix alone and I have no regrets. This is one of the best coasters in the world.

I rode Skyrush the next day. And I rode Twisted Timbers and Intimidator 305 the day after. But without question, Phoenix was the superior ride. It truly is one of the best coasters in the world.

Outside of Lightning Rod, nighttime Voyage, and Steel Vengeance, there may not be another coaster I’d take over Phoenix. And that’s because of how well Knoebels runs and cares for this coaster.

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Is there any other way to end a night at Knoebels?


Maybe I’m just a Knoebels novice, but unfortunately I left some rides on the table. While the ticket booths closed at 10 pm, the rides continued running past that time. Something I’ll keep in mind in the future.

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Note to self, the 10 pm closing time is when the ticket booths close and not the rides.


Knoebels doesn’t have the theme of Disney or the coaster lineup of Cedar Point, but I have just as much fun at this place. It’s a textbook classic amusement park with some really unique attractions and a bonafide star in Phoenix.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Dombot » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:15 am

Awesome report! The more I see of Knoebels the more I'm sold on it. And not just the rides, either- the food looks absolutely incredible. Every picture I see of their offerings is just straight up food porn.
Canobie Coaster wrote:However, it turns out I wasn’t the issue. When the operator sped the ride back up, I noticed a dude in a Steel Vengeance t-shirt almost do a complete 180. It appears he didn’t take the hint. After the ride, the op called him aside. All I overheard was “I wasn’t whipping the sails, I was just snapping.”

Most of the time I want to like the enthusiast community but this makes it hard to. :roll:
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:22 am

Knoebels truly is one of the best parks.

Like I enjoy snapping, but if you're told not to, you simply don't do it.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby CenturyFlyer » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:28 pm

I must've lucked out on my visit this year, as the Flyer op was just sitting back in his chair and eating Chex Mix!

Nice Paratrooper shot, as well. Knoebels really does rule.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby larrygator » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:31 pm

I got very lucky a few weeks ago on my visit, 3 rides on the Flyers without a snap nazi ride op. First time I've done that in years.

And there is a difference between whipping the sails (which can cause the sails to tear) which is prohibited and snapping (which is not prohibited).
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:28 pm

I love that turning the speed down on the Flyers is downshifting on the tractor, haha.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:20 pm

CenturyFlyer wrote:I must've lucked out on my visit this year, as the Flyer op was just sitting back in his chair and eating Chex Mix!

Nice Paratrooper shot, as well. Knoebels really does rule.


Thanks! I've definitely gotten ops like that in the past, but not on this visit. My favorite was the dude who turned his back to the ride and didn't watch anyone. It's like he didn't want to know if we were snapping.

larrygator wrote:I got very lucky a few weeks ago on my visit, 3 rides on the Flyers without a snap nazi ride op. First time I've done that in years.

And there is a difference between whipping the sails (which can cause the sails to tear) which is prohibited and snapping (which is not prohibited).


I agree whipping the sails and snapping are two different things, but the fact that whipping the sails can be a way to get snapping sort of blurs the line. I use smooth movements, but I notice others really slam it to the side at the bottom of the arc.

PKI Jizzman wrote:I love that turning the speed down on the Flyers is downshifting on the tractor, haha.


It's so Knoebels. :lol:
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby coneyislandchris » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:58 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:On this tower, you get that jolt of air and never catch back up to the seat.

You absolutely catch back up to the seat. It's when your ass slams back down on the seat with the fury of a thousand suns as soon as reach the ground. This thing has bruised my tailbone more than once. Funny thing is, I never seem to learn my lesson!

CenturyFlyer wrote:I must've lucked out on my visit this year, as the Flyer op was just sitting back in his chair and eating Chex Mix!

Mental note: next time I visit Knoebels, bring a bag of Chex Mix for the Flyer op.

Great photos and writeup as always, Canobie! Making me more and more anxious to get out there again soon.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:22 am

God, those pierogies.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:07 am

coneyislandchris wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:On this tower, you get that jolt of air and never catch back up to the seat.

You absolutely catch back up to the seat. It's when your ass slams back down on the seat with the fury of a thousand suns as soon as reach the ground. This thing has bruised my tailbone more than once. Funny thing is, I never seem to learn my lesson!

CenturyFlyer wrote:I must've lucked out on my visit this year, as the Flyer op was just sitting back in his chair and eating Chex Mix!

Mental note: next time I visit Knoebels, bring a bag of Chex Mix for the Flyer op.

Great photos and writeup as always, Canobie! Making me more and more anxious to get out there again soon.


Thanks! I love that drop tower, but I can see how it could be a rough landing for some. And I'm totally stealing that idea to bring a bag of Chex Mix. :lol:

coasterbill wrote:God, those pierogies.


Oddly my family didn't like them. Something about there being too much butter. More for me. :lol:
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