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Flying Turns cars

Yesterday, my fiance and I went to Knoebels to meet some friends who are back in town for a visit. We went to get dinner and ride a couple of rides, and our attention came to the Flying Turns, which I wrote and article about two weeks ago.

The cars that the park said could be the key to opening the ride were on the dock, and I took a couple of pictures to show the cool toboggan-style ride.

Check them out:

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When the Flying Turns opens, it’s probably going to be chaos for the first couple of months as everyone heads to ride them – but it really looks like it will be worth the wait.

This ride will be the only one like it out there and I plan to enjoy it!

Conquering a fear of heights?

Yesterday, Daily Item photographer Rob Inglis and I went to Knoebels in search of people to talk about what makes the park one of the best in the nation, as documented on the Travel Channel’s new rankings which puts the park at #2 in the country.

We were having fun and enjoying a day out of the office when it came down to crunch time, aka when Rob was force to confront his fear of heights on the Ferris Wheel in order to get an arial shot of the park.

It wasn’t pretty for a minute there.

Here’s the journey, which of course I had to capture on film:

Here he is preparing for ascent;

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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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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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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: