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.
Impulse Roller Coaster Rendering - Knoebels - 2015
According to Coaster101, the tease or announcement was made via Twitter with a link to a number of renderings of the ride. You can see all of the images here: Renderings of Impulse at Knoebels.

I’ve been hoping to return to Knoebels one day as it’s been about 10 years. The park’s added quite a few attractions including Flying Turns, Kozmo’s Kurves, and Black Diamond. Add to those rides the park’s world-class one-two punch of the airtime-packed Phoenix and thrilling and unique Twister. And then top it off with one of the best dark rides around in The Haunted House and you’ve got quite a lineup. Best of all is the park’s old-school, homey atmosphere that contrasts greatly from the larger regional parks.

I’d love to head up to Knoebels in 2015 for a number of reasons, Impulse just gave me another. How do you think Impulse looks?

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5 Responses

  1. DRU

    Oh boy!
    Phoenix and Twister were worth the trip alone. With This and Flying turns it will be Awesome!

  2. John Rexroad

    Wow! What an exciting development! Roller coaster construction is such a challenging and thrilling endeavor. Looking forward to follow up on how this one turns out.

  3. Kurtiss 13

    Here is how I look at it. Knoebels does not have to add any new rides, but in the last few years to add rides such as Flying Turns (in house build) Black Diamond (in house build) Twister (in house build 2000) refurbishing old rides and adding Stratosfear plus others is truly remarkable and ambitious. Knoebels adding this new coaster shows a committment to their customers and the will to make Knoebels the best family park in the country

  4. Matt McIrvin

    Looks good, and speaking as a fan of Untamed and Fahrenheit, it’s probably something I’d like. On the other hand, it seems like a less unique attraction than the old-school and one-of-a-kind rides Knoebels has specialized in.

    Still, it’s probably good for them to diversify like this; some people only really like modern steel coasters.

  5. Matt McIrvin

    …Rides like this do tend to have kind of low capacity, though. Untamed does well enough for Canobie; Fahrenheit is criminally low-capacity for Hersheypark. I guess Knoebels would be somewhere in between, closer to Canobie end.


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