I was fortunate enough to be at the park today for a ride on Black Diamond. The rides were scheduled to open at noon and a line started forming around Black Diamond soon after. I can't say exactly, but it seemed by around 1 pm, they were cycling trains and by about 1:30 or so Dick Knoebels was called over for the inaugural ride. Unfortunately, with just Mr. Knoebels and one other person in the front row, the train was not able to engage the lift and sort of stalled before the first lift. Long story short, he got his ride, they made some tweeks, he rode again, soon after many from the Knoebel's family were riding, then the ride ops, and by probably about 2 pm or so, the ride was taking it's first public riders. As you've all seen the TPR tour pics, I'll keep this review short.
-they were running 5 trains (two cars per train, up to four riders per car) -the restraints are just a single self retracting seat belt that goes across both riders -there is a stationary bar across the width of the train to give you something to hold onto -there are no seat dividers so larger riders can take a whole row if necessary
-the ride is surprisingly (and enjoyably) long -there is a TON to see, especially for how quickly you move through each scene, certainly, this is one of those rides that you will notice new details each time you ride -the ride has a mixture of very modern effects with old tried and true effects -the ride is very dark (physically), there's about enough light for you to see the scenes and that's it -while there is no musical score, there are a lot of sound effects throughout the ride as well as some dialogue -is the ride scary? not per-say, unless you have a fear of the dark, but there are a few moments that may make you jump (as well as a few moments that may make you laugh)
Overall, a VERY enjoyable ride and a perfect fit for Knoebels! So glad to see this attraction open and I could certainly see this ride making it's way onto some folk's favorite dark ride lists.
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