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Website: Knoebels Homepage
Ride Type: Flat Ride
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.0500
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 25
Last Review: 8/4/2012 4:39:00 PM
In User Top 10: 2 times.
User Tracker Count: 59 times.


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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 8/4/2012 4:39:00 PM
The Downdraft is a flat ride. It is average speed, it is fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 7/1/2009 10:34:00 PM
Entertaining...good air and a fair cycle. It does get old quickly though...the sensation continues to be fun but you wish it would do something else. Not for after dinner.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/22/2007 10:44:00 AM
Best version of this type of ride Ive been on! This ride looks very clean and it had a pretty long cycle. Also, the ride spun very quickly and the swings outwards were great and gave some good air and strong laterals as well.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Gareth on 8/19/2007 12:19:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
I love this ride. One of my favorites at knoebels. Almost never has a line, usually can walk right on. I dont see why this ride makes alot of people sick, because it does nothing to me. Its a very fun ride, i love this one better than the carnival versions. No smashing into eachother thanks to the individual seating and lapbars, its much faster and doesnt take so long to power up. I just love this thing. Definitely ride it several times in a row.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up alliu23 on 8/17/2007 12:46:00 AM
I love the Downdraft. Its a great thrill shooting you up and back in. Definitely not for the people who have weak stomachs though!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up taylorb251 on 1/23/2007 1:35:00 PM
A good flat ride at a park with tons of good flat rides. ITs fast and intense, made me feel a little sick. But I would ride it again.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 10/12/2006 10:44:00 AM
A very good, mildly nauseating, extremely intense flat ride. I actually rode it twice so I could watch Larry ride with his hands up. The Gs at the bottom of the circle are very forceful. Overall a very well run and fun flat.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 10/7/2006 1:07:00 PM
Downdraft was a thrilling flat ride at Knoebels much more intense than I had anticipated. Located at the front of the park, Downdrafts vibrant yellow cars fly above the midway. On the backs of the cars are red flames. Because of Downdrafts high capacity its generally a walk-on. When you board one of the 6 available cars, you can either ride in the front row (seating 3) or back row (seating 2). I enjoyed the front more because it provided a much better view of the rides nearby and I got more air-time. Restrained by a lap bar, Downdraft is loaded quickly by the operators. Once Downdraft begins, it starts rotating slowly around the tower and its elevation and speed increase at a steady pace. At Downdrafts max elevation and max speed there are some very powerful laterals forcing you to the side of the car. Then the rides arms extend allowing the cars to fly into the air, bouncing up and down. During these fun motions, Downdraft reaches amazing speeds of up to 14rpms! Best of all you get some floater air-time during the bounces. The freefalls after being thrown into the air were entertaining and provided a brief tummy-tickling sensation. Also, you get a decent ride cycle. Overall, this was one of the most dizzying rides I have ever been on and it was quite disorienting. Only those who enjoy spinning rides with very strong stomachs should ride Downdraft.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/28/2006 10:25:00 PM
This was a good intense flat ride. It was fun to feel the difference in forces as the ride went faster when the arms were brought the center and you sort of floated out as the arms were extended. A good ride.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Park on 5/14/2006 10:53:00 PM
A neat little ride. Shoots you out like a cannon. Then glides you through the air. Some of the best airtime I have got on a non coaster.

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