KNOEBELS Amusement Resort
Park News - (10/24/16) Wow, tons of readers out there have been quick to chime in on the Sky Wheel story at Knoebels from last week. Unfortunately I wasn't able to update until now, but from the assorted stories all sent in the Skywheel arrived at the park and was intended to be up and running for the annual Phoenix Phall Phunfest event, and set up on a grass lot across from the Phoenix. (Fun note: the ride is rumored to be owned and restored by GCI co-founder Mike Boodley.)
In any case, the ride was unable to open for whatever reason, but on the Knoebels website it was also listed as a new temporary attraction for the Hallo-Fun Weekends, but according to the various readers reports, it has yet to run. Finally, a reader sent in a picture to me of the ride taken at dusk on Friday, and not only was it not running, but all the seats taken off the wheel, and appeared to be in the process of being taken down.
Knoebels has updated their Facebook page with the official notice that unfortunately, "due to circumstances beyond anyone's control", the Sky Wheel will not operate this year. Easy come... easy go. Maybe next fall it will return.
(10/20/16) According to a Tweet sent my way, Knoebels reportedly posted a few images of a Skywheel on their Snapchat. What's a Skywheel? It's what I would describe as a Double Ferris Wheel, where you have two independantly moving Ferris Wheels attached to opposite sides of superstructure that also spins like a Ferris Wheel. The resulting movements can be quite disorienting as the normal smooth sensation of a Ferris Wheel will suddenly double in speed when you find yourself in the right spot at just the right time. For example if you are at the top of your wheel, which is also on top of the double-wheel structure, as you move forward to rotate down to the bottom of your own wheel, the entire super-structure also spins to drop you at twice the speed, or shoot you to the top, or front to back, etc, etc...
So the question is... is Knoebels just teasing everyone with these images, or are they actually planning on adding a Skywheel to the park for 2017?
(7/23/16) According to the latest update regarding the death of a young boy at Knoebels, while the coroner believes that the boy may have had a medical condition that led to his death before he was found unresponsive in the water, the results of the initial investigation have been inconclusive. They will continue to investigate and conduct testing to determine the cause of his death.
(7/20/16) Sad news for Knoebels, as an 8-year old boy has died after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool at the park on Saturday. It has not yet been announced if he drown, or if he suffered from another medical condition before going under.
2017 - Nothing is known at this point...