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More details on Knoebels Impulse

knoebels2015Yesterday, I promised more details as we got them on the new “Impulse” at Knoebels.

So here they are, straight from the source:

You’ve seen the pictures, here’s a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride. Riders are seated in two rows of 4 facing forward with the back row seats elevated above the front row seats. Manufacturer Zierer. Bumper boats and boat tag will be removed to make space for the ride named Knoebels Impulse.

The ride will also be traditional chain lift, not launch as many people thought.

I went to Zierer’s website, and there doesn’t seem to be a direct product that matches this description, so it looks like it will be custom, which is awesome. Construction is expected to start this summer, with a finishing date of 2015.

Of course, I’ll be keeping you posted!

You know you’re from Danville when….

Last week I was looking at the Daily Item’s website when I saw something that caught my eye. I turned to city editor and fellow Danvillite Bill Bowman and said, “Well, you know how townie I am? I just saw the announcement that the Southside Carnival is starting next week and I thought, ‘Well, there’s dinner for next week.’”

The Southside Firemen’s Carnival is a tradition for those raised in the Danville townie lifestyle – it’s something those outside of the fold would hardly consider a “fair.”

But those in the know understand that the food can’t be beat there. You go, you see your fellow Danvillians, you gain 10 pounds, you listen to some great music, maybe play a game or ride a ride with the kids and you leave.

It’s great.

I had wings and french fries, followed by a funnel cake. I probably exceeded my monthly quota for cholesterol intake, but I don’t regret it.

Here’s a peek at what I’m talking about:

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This is in the cafeteria-style pavilion as we were getting started.

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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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Images from riding with a motorcycle ride

I’ve covered several motorcycle rides before – but I’ve never ridden with one.

That could be a number of things: A) I don’t ride motorcycles and B) People can’t answer questions when they’re riding.

But Saturday, before heading to Knoebels, I was inadvertently in the middle of the action when my fiance and I ended up driving behind the American Legion Ride for Ashley, which was held to benefit a young woman in Sunbury with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, “part of a group of inherited connective tissue disorders, caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen,” Wikipedia says.

Ashley Gay is looking to raise $70,000 for needed surgery and the Post 201 Riders – known for their charity rides – were happy to help Saturday.

It was a great cause, and I was happy to see the great turnout. Here’s my view of the ride:

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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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Knoebels’ new ride documented on Facebook page

Knoebels Amusement Resort has been giving the public a peek into the development of their new ride – the Stratosfear on their Facebook page, where they’ve been building up everyone’s anticipation for the summer.

Here’s a peak at some of the photos.

Here’s one of what looks like the painted tower:

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Here’s one of the carriage – the seats – being fitted onto the tower:

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Check out more on the park’s Facebook page!

Are you excited for the Stratosfear to open?

 

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: