The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 9, 2013

148-foot drop tower ride coming to Knoebels this spring

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— ELYSBURG — Two new rides at Knoebels Amusement Resort should be ready for guests when the park opens in April, according to park officials.

The biggest new addition to the park’s landscape, StratosFear — a drop tower ride — will be open for thrill-seekers when the park opens April 27, said park spokesman Joe Muscato. The two new rides will bring the park’s total to 57 rides.

“We’re doing prep work on the site right now, and we are told it should be here for opening day,” he said.

The new ride, manufactured by Ohio-based A.R.M., at a staggering 148 feet will be taller than the Phoenix roller coaster, at 78 feet tall, the Giant Wheel, which reaches 110 feet, and the Twister roller coaster, which measures just over 100 feet tall.

The StratosFear — which can reach speeds of up to 47 mph — will be located across the street from the bridge leading to the Twister, near the Flying Turns, Muscato said.

The park is still working on the Flying Turns, a bobsled-style roller coaster which has been under construction since 2006, he said.

Also coming to the park for the 2013 season is the Crazy Submarine, a family ride similar to the park’s Rockin’ Tug. The Crazy Submarine will be placed near the Rockin’ Tug, Muscato said.

“They have a similar appeal,” he said.

The park won’t be taking down any rides to make room for the new ones, Muscato said, although sometimes that needs to happen due to limited space in the park. However, the park remains committed to its old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing rides.

“You have to choose carefully,” he said. “Sometimes you end up swapping out a ride ... but we certainly intend to keep our classic, traditional rides. It’s about judicious use of space.”

In addition to the new rides, the park is adding additional log cabins to its campground area, Muscato said.