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Riding the StratosFear at Knoebels

Sunday, as part of my family’s Mother’s Day festivities at Knoebels in Elysburg, my younger sister, brother-in-law and I took our first ride on the new StratosFear drop tower.

Wow.

I was surprised at how fast we went and how high it was. I literally thought as we were falling – “OMG I HOPE THEY STOP THIS THING!!!”

And they did. But it didn’t feel like they could, which, after all, is the point of the thrill ride.

Here’s my journey through the StratosFear. I secured my phone inside my jacket for the ride up and stowed it for the crash downward – see the note below.

[Disclaimer: Please don't be reckless with your smartphone or electronics while on the ride. Please secure your belongings. Seriously, it's really fast and you will lose things]

OK, so here’s the ascent. And from your vantage point, you have no idea when you reach the top. It’s like a fun, yet terrifying mystery:

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Knoebels opening day 2013: What did you ride?

Saturday, my fiance and I decided to brave the crowds and check out the opening day of Knoebels.

The weather was just so perfect for a day at the park.

It was pretty crowded, but not uncomfortable, maybe because everyone was just happy to be there.

Here’s what we saw:

The StratosFear was open and people were clamoring to get on, but not us. It was high.

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StratosFear being tested in anticipation of park opening

Keeping in their tradition of letting the public get an inside peek at the latest happening at the park, Knoebel’s Amusement Resort has been posting photos and video showing the set up and testing of the StratosFear.

Here’s a video from the park’s Facebook page showing “guests” – test dummies it looks like – testing out the StratosFear:

That drop …. looks …. intense. Wow. I’m getting really excited for the park’s April 26 opening.

The park also posted several photos of the set up of the StratosFear, providing a unique look for guests as to how a ride comes together.

Here’s some photos:

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Photos from the Front Lines: Knoebels Job Fair

My 16-year-old sister was in need of her first job, so we went to the place where I got my first job: the Knoebels Job Fair.

I wrote a preview saying they were expecting about 1,100 people.

Trust me, they got them.

It was packed.  Here are some photos to prove it, courtesy of Michael F. Gillan photography (aka my fiance’s cell phone).

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Drop tower – coming soon to Elysburg!

Yesterday, I was really missing for summer.

I wrote an article about some new rides coming to Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg and even thinking about rides and amusement parks made me yearn for hot temperatures and flip flops.

The new rides include a drop tower and a kiddie submarine – so I decided to look for videos of similar rides and pretend I was already on them, feeling the warm air in my hair.

So that you can share my enthusiasm, here’s what I found.

And let me know – what are your favorite amusement park rides?

Here’s a drop tower ride:

I couldn’t find a video of the kiddie submarine ride, but I did find this cool POV video of the kiddie coaster at Knoebels: