I hit up Phoenix Phall Phunfest this year. Last year I got rained out, so this was my first. I am no longer a Phunfest virgin. I have to say, I really had a blast!
I met up with Rich (coaster05), his wife Melanie (funkybadger), Rich's sister and her husband to which I believe are not registered here and for those purposes will remain nameless (correct me if I am wrong), Mike (who I don't know his screenname on here) and Larry (larrygator). We also ran into Derek and Nicole somewhere along the way, and Ted for the last few rides on the Flyers.
I woke up a little late, but I didn't think it would be that big of a problem as I was expecting smooth traveling all the way to Elysburg. Look! There is Dorney!
But of course, who was I kidding? This is Pennsylvania - state symbol: the orange cone.
Yeah I know. There was a sign 5 miles ago that say "Road Work 6 miles." I passed first grade thank you very much.
oooooo, my favorite!
Since I was itching to use my camera along the way, and didn't have any coasters in front of me, I took a picture of the hick's paradise, Cabella's. I figured it would fit in with the them for the day at...
... Knoebels! I made it! It's about freakin' time.
I had never seen the parking lot so full at this place. And then, all of the venders out front made it hard to find the entrance to the park. I just followed the ferris wheel.
Twister, from afar.
Since it was like, um, 3:30, I figured it was useless to get the stamp for the afternoon ride session so I just bought some tickets to hold me over. And where did I head first?
The Flyers. Duh.
That was where I was scolded thoroughly by this man. Apparently he didn't like the fact that I was snapping so much. "Tone it down! TONE IT DOWN!"
I know that there are road construction enthusiasts out there, but I'm sure that the coaster construction enthusiasts want a little action.
You could really get up close. You love it don't you? Want more?
Oh yeah. That is nice.
Wow. Just... wow.
Some lift hill action.
Curvy. Just the way I like it.
That's a lot of wood.
This photo rated NC-17 for nerdiness.
An exclusive POV.
So they let the nerds sign some of the wood.
You know that.
A little side...... trough?
Oh dear God. I think I might need to change my pants a little.
Still love it.
It is amazing to me that there have not been any deaths at this place.
Cheesy Halloween stuff.
Very nice painting. Yours for just $69.
Oh God. I think I just did it again. Guess I better go change again.
This dog gets my "Cutest dog of the day" Award.
Phhhttt. It's all about Hoffman's, or so I hear.
After saying that Hoffman's are better, these things decided to kick my butt, causing back spasms that haunted me for the rest of the night. Thanks sciatica!
No pierogies today. Guest relations will here from me.
At 5 the only things open were Haunted Mansion and some laser tag thing. This was the line for Haunted Mansion, and I am proud to say that I didn't come out crying like a baby.
While in line for the laser tag thing, there was an ungodly funk of a stinch that filed the air. We figured out it was Sir Scatch-a-Lot at the back of the line here.
We then found out that Sir Scratch-a-Lot was also Mr. Stinky Finger, which was the cause for the smell. And that wasn't the first time he did this either. I guess he didn't get the job done the first time. No laser tag for us.
Rich and Melanie are on this train and in the money seat nonetheless (first car, third row) which defies everything that I have learned about coasters over the last 2 years.
Twister ran very well today. I was impressed.
This member of X-Men was all about Twister.
Where else will you find a member of KISS taking a spin on a flyer scooter?
These dogs know what's up.
The haunted antique cars were great. Someone actually jumped on top of Rich and Melanie's vehicle and rode on top of it for 100 feet or so before crawling down and scaring the crap out of them. Larry's driving was scary enough for Mike and I.
What you might find along the way on the ride.
Those crazy Twister ops.
Poor 4. Nobody wants to ride you because we are all in line for row 3. Phoenix rocks.
Upon leaving there is only one place to stop. SHHHEEEEEETZZZZ!
Darn it, everyone told me to sit in the very front row of Phoenix for the very best ride. I have to admit I was not disapointed, but now from your Photo TR I learn that row 3 is the best? Nice Photo TR, I really want to get back to Knoebels sometime.
In my experience there's a little more airtime in the third seat than the first, but the real ejector experience is to be found in the very last seat. So much so that you have to be careful how you land. (For people who haven't been there, Phoenix has the classic very high, single-position lap bars.) The only time I haven't had a rough landing in the back was here at my first Phunfest. It wasn't that Phoenix wasn't running fast -- it was -- but for some reason every ride I had was smoother than every other day I've been there, and there was a lot more floating feeling between the expected pops. In fact, there were times I could swear I couldn't hear the top wheels on the track.
Joe - Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to ride the Skooters with Rich. However, I hear that he got a few good runs.
Side note: Reason I didn't make it to Dorney today is because I can't move. The Skooters screwed me up yesterday.
As for wait times, I think the longest I waited for anything other than the haunted antique cars (long line that moved very fast.... 20 minute wait)was for the Flyers at about 12 minutes. Phoenix was about a 10 minute wait at most and Twister was about a 2-3 train wait at most.
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