The Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania will soon have an exciting new ride for their guests to enjoy. Called the ‘Tornado’, the 32-passenger ride should be ready for opening by April 25, 2020.
The family-owned and operated Knoebels is America’s largest free-admission amusement park, featuring two wooden roller coasters, a picnic grove and campground. It is located in Elysburg about 70 miles north of the Pennsylvanian capital, Harrisburg.
The new ride is especially exciting as it will feature interactive elements so guests can enjoy a truly unique experience. They will be able to actually control parts of the ride by spinning the cars during certain moments.
Knoebels’ spokesperson, Stacy Ososkie, said: “Eight cars hold four passengers each in individual seats facing the inside of the car. Once the ride reaches speed moving in a circle, it tilts 20 degrees and lifts the cars up to 15 feet from ground level.”
While 2020 will see this new ride introduced, it will also see the removal of another. The 1001 Nacht ride features a ‘magic carpet’ that takes guests up to 85 feet in the air. The ride has been at Knoebels for over 20 years having first been introduced in 1998, but is now nearing the end of its operational life.
Ososkie also stated that 1001 Nacht’s popularity with guests isn’t what it once was and that it ‘makes sense’ for them to remove it to enable future development of the park.