Top New Roller Coasters of 2015

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015 The giga coaster in my backyard has drawn me out of my “retirement”. While I’m back, I thought I’d take a look at the new roller coasters opening this year. I’ve essentially been “living under a rock” and have been completely out of the theme park world since I stopped posting last May. So, this will be an interesting first ...[Read More]

Knoebels Announces Impulse, New Roller Coaster for 2015

This week Knoebels (Elysburg, PA) announced a new roller coaster for 2015. Impulse will be a looping roller coaster designed by Zierer. RCDB has it listed with a 90-degree drop and four loops: cobra roll (2), vertical loop, and in-line twist. Its layout is reminiscent of the compact Gerstlauer Euro-fighters like Untamed and Iron Shark. According to Coaster101, the tease or announcement was made vi...[Read More]

Flying Turns Finally Opens | POV Video & Reviews

After more than 7 years of construction, Knoebels opened Flying Turns earlier this month. I’m sure the queue (pictured to the right) was quite a beautiful sight for the many that have waited for this ride’s opening.The roller coaster is a throwback to the wooden bobsled coasters and was inspired by similar coasters by the same name from the 1930’s. Flying Turns was built in-house...[Read More]

The Cleanest & Friendliest Theme Parks

Amusement Today’s 2013 Golden Ticket Awards were announced last month. If you’ve been following them for a few years, then you’ll already know most of the results. You may not know the winner, but you’ll likely know much of the top 5 for each category. Year after year most of the same theme parks and rides are chosen. They just shift in order a bit. Having said that, I̵...[Read More]

11 Rumored Roller Coasters & Attractions for 2011

UPDATE – See my Top 10 Picks for the Best New 2011 Roller Coasters: Part 1 & Part 2 Also, for a recap of previous year’s new roller coasters, check out my New for 2009 | New Roller Coasters for 2010 page. It’s the time of the year when theme park fans turn into detectives. We scour the Web for documents from public hearings, take pictures of pavement and dirt and proudly uplo...[Read More]

Roller Coaster For Sale: Still No Buyers for the Big Dipper

Big Dipper is the sole survivor of the now defunct Geauga Lake Amusement Park in North Eastern Ohio. In 2007, Cedar Fair closed the amusement park while keeping the adjacent water park, Wildwater Kingdom, open. Several of the park’s largest roller coasters found new homes and others were scrapped. Thunderhawk migrated to Michigan’s Adventure, Head Spin transformed into Carolina Cobra a...[Read More]

Top 3 Scariest Roller Coasters (X-Men Edition?)

Reader, Merle, suggested that I list my Top 3 Scariest Roller Coasters for Top 3 Thursdays. After riding so many roller coasters, I don’t typically get scared. Even on coasters that I’ve never ridden I generally know what to expect. But, as I thought about it I remembered a few moments that stuck out in my mind as pretty scary or unnerving. As I compiled my list I noticed an unintentio...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters for 2010 Part 1

With the start of the 2010 roller coaster season underway, it’s time for my annual top picks for the best new roller coasters. This year was tougher than usual as there weren’t many new coasters opening in the States. Also, there were a few attractions with very little information for me to go on. After much deliberation and repositioning here’s Part 1 of my Top 10 New Roller Coa...[Read More]

Theme Park News Round Up

I don’t typically do general news updates, but there’s been a lot of developments in the past few weeks that I haven’t written about due to all the traveling. Here’s a brief theme park news round up. Cedar Point Teases 2010 Attraction – Possible 18th Roller Coaster On the Way Somehow Cedar Point has found some room for another attraction on their crowded peninsula on ...[Read More]

Knoebels Removes High Speed Thrill Coaster, Adds New Ride

Knoebels is a Central Pennsylvania park that’s small, but beloved by enthusiasts for its old school traditional feel. This winter, the park removed the ironically-named High Speed Thrill Coaster. I skipped the coaster when I was at the park, but from the looks of it, it wouldn’t be a high speed thrill for my two year old. I know that parks need kiddie and family attractions, I just thi...[Read More]

Knoebels Amusement Park | Theme Park Reviews

Historic Park Surprises With Two World-Class Coasters Knoebels Amusement Park Elysburg, Pennsylvania Google Satellite Map Tickets & Pricing Last Visit: August 2003 Knoebels is small amusement park located in the middle of Pennsylvania. It’s a homey park with a very traditional feel. Like other independent amusement parks, admission is free. Guests pay for ride tickets per ride or buy a p...[Read More]

Knoebels Flying Turns Construction Photos

Flying Turns at Knoebels | Constructions PhotosLoyal reader Judy supplied some great shots of Flying Turns in the snow at Knoebels. As you’ll see in the slide show below, Flying Turns is a wooden coaster that features a trackless wooden chute similar to a bobsled. When it opens it will be one-of-a-kind as these types of coasters have been extinct for many years. Thanks for the photos Judy. W...[Read More]

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