Knoebels Amusement Resort - Photo Journal
Elysburg, Pennsylvania – Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Back at Knoebels after the second morning of FREDx, this time we made getting a slice of Knoebels' famous pizza for lunch our first priority.
Although it's not a "theme park", small details like this abound throughout Knoebels that give every element of the park its own unique personality and backstory.
This pavilion roof slowly spins, which if you look closely you can see is powered by the water mill located behind it.
It was a somewhat busy Saturday, but even with the lines we had to try out the Skooter bumper cars.
There are any regular polls ranking the best bumper cars, which means that acclaims such as these make Knoebel's Skooters sort of the defacto best bumper cars in the world. I won't contest this claim, either.
Boat ride beneath the Cozmo's Curve.
This guy has a pretty laid-back job. If I recall, all he had to do was remind people to stay in the boat as they passed under the coaster.
Snitches get stitches!
Satellite, didn't ride it this time.
Kozmo's Kurves, which ended up being coaster #587 for me today. I didn't count Flying Turns from the previous day.
Balloon hat on the boat.
Kozmo's Kurves is the replacement for the High Speed Thrill Coaster. I appreciated the former title's wordy ambitiousness when juxtaposed against the coaster's demure size, whereas Kozmo's Kurves' simple mascot referencing I find somewhat klichéd.
I'll give them props that they did try to find a suitable replacement for the HSTC, something small enough to be kid friendly but still kind of violent to please the thrill seekers. Not sure if it's in the same league as HSTC... in part because I never got to ride the original at full speed before it was removed.
I personally don't find much reason to ride these flying chairs rides, but for whatever reason these rides have become associated with featuring good artwork, and Knoebels' Flying Trapeze is no exception.
My first time to try out Knoebel's Skyway chairlift.
Since there were no all-day ride passes available on a weekend, I figured I might as well give the rides that are normally extra charge a ride anyway. At $3.00 the Skyway is one of the most expensive single rides at Knoebels, but hopefully the long ride up the side of the mountain would be worth it.
Departing on the Skyway.
Crossing the entrance.
The Skyway is one of the first rides you see as you drive into the park, predictably.
Climbing the mountain
I'm guessing these zigzagging logs beneath the lift are for maintenance and emergency access?
Approaching the top.
The turnaround is quite basic.
It's not the destination that matters, but the journey there. Very true in this case.