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.
2017 - Over the Top - (1/10/17) For those wondering, the new Over the Top ride coming to Knoebels has been identified as an SBF Wave Rider. A good video of it in action was posted to YouTube by the company, showing off that the riders actually stay completely upright during their journey up and Over the Top. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Knoebels has announced their new attraction for 2017 will be a new flat ride called "Over The Top". I'm not really sure exactly what kind of ride this is... but it is said to be the only one of its kind when it opens in 2017 and that it will send riders (who ride in a standing position) over the top in both directions. The park claims that they chose the ride because the ride experience reminded them of an old attraction that was at the park from 1964 to 1986 called the Flying Cages.
Look for Over the Top to be located near the Wipeout, Fandango and Cub Cars attractions.