Knoebels to Resurrect an Extinct Wooden Coaster
Keeping with Knoebels’ theme of classic wooden coasters, the park is currently working on Flying Turns. According to Wikipedia, Flying Turns was the name of a specific type of wooden roller coaster. They feature a trackless wooden chute that was twisted like a bobsled course and had toboggan-like cars. There hasn’t been one in operation in over 30 years, so it seems like a great move by Knoebels to resurrect this type of coaster. It will help to put the small park on the map, just as the airtime-packed Phoenix has, while still keeping in step with the homey old school amusement park feel.

Knoebels may literally be in the middle of nowhere in Elysburg, PA, but its definitely worth the trip for the true coaster enthusiasts. The airtime on Phoenix is insane and seems borderline dangerous, Twister is one of my favorite wooden coasters, and the Haunted Mansion there is one of the best dark rides in the country.

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Are you looking forward to Flying Turns? Leave a comment below.

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3 Responses

  1. Alton

    Flying Turns look completely insane and fun! I'm looking forward to this opening and reading the reviews (as well as riding it someday). Knoebel's is one of several parks high on my must get to list.Great blog!

  2. The Coaster Critic

    It does look like fun. And I love the fact that Knoebels is going back to the history books for this one. It's nice to see some diversity out there on the roller coaster landscape. One can only take so many state-of-the-art thrill machines.

  3. Kristen

    me and my family have gone to Knoebels every year for the past 5 years. we love it and my sister and i can't wait to go on Flying turns!! we have been waiting for so long. but since this post is from 7/6/10 i cannot find anything anywhere to see whether it's open or not this second. does it have high drops or anything? let me know!


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