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Website: Knoebels Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.8052
TPC Overall Rank: #8 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 93
Last Review: 12/15/2015 12:03:00 AM
In User Top 10: 131 times.
User Tracker Count: 153 times.

Phoenix 1

Phoenix 2

Phoenix 3

Phoenix 4

Looking at the Tunnel

Looking up the Lift hill

Top Crown on the Phoenix

Phoenix in the Sunlight

The Station

The Hills

Around Back of the Phoenix
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5 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Jim58 on 8/19/2001 7:59:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
I cannot imagine any appreciable wait for this ride. However long the line is get in it. The ride ops set the standard for efficiency. This coaster is as perfect a woodie as can be found. Heres why. The turns are done at a fairly slow speed reducing the lateral G-forces. This is done by putting the turns at the top of the hills. Because of this I can take my 5 year olds on with me and they dont get knocked around. A dads elbow to the head is not good. Phoenix is basically a double out-and-back in a figure 8. In between the turns the hills use the potential energy to maximum effect. Bunny hops litter the ride giving generous amounts of positive and negative Gs. My favorite part is after the third drop, there is an unexpected bump in the track that gives incredible air. There isnt another coaster I am aware of that gives a good adult ride and yet is comfortable for small tikes. I have taken my girls on Twister but I had to watch that they did not bang their chins on the lap bar at the bottom of the drops. This is a family ride. If a kid can make the height requirement go for it.

5 Rating
+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up aleksh on 8/4/2001 12:21:00 AM - User's Top Ride #5
Whats not to love. A beautiful restored (by the owners of a lumber company) masterpiece of a woodie. Probably the ultimate proof that bigger isnt better. It looks like a mundane little rollercoaster in this absolutely gorgeous century old family owned park. But thats part of the beauty of it, the deception. the phoenix is the most aptly named ride in existance. No theming necessary. airtime is almost on a par with the Comet at GE and the drops are deceptively powerful. the ride from lift hill crest to station is just over a minute, but depending if you love coasters or was dragged on by a true believer, its the shortest or longest minute of your life. Recommended for those who love to fly. Six flags will never duplicate tyhis experience. Itd take tehm over a hundred years just to grow the shade trees! This park is well worth the trip from anywhere. Bring the kiddies and introduce them to a park that is still run like in the golden age.
No POP, you buy tickets for each ride. A side benefit is less lines everywhere.
BTW Knoebels operates the hands down best carousel in existance! Grab the brass ring!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up redzebrahe on 8/3/2001 12:13:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
My first coaster ride ever was on this, and this probably is my favorite coaster. Great airtime, although it sometimes makes me jam my stomach into the bars. Way better than Twister. Opening tunnel is good too. Worth the usually short wait.

5 Rating
+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 7/9/2001 12:32:00 PM
When I first saw Phoenix I thought that it looked rather small… and compared to the neighboring Twister, it does look rather unassuming. However once I rode it I quickly changed my mind. This is one incredible coaster. Designed by Herb Schmeck and opened in 1947 as the Rocket in Texas, it was relocated to Knoebels in the early 1980s and re opened in 1985. Right off the bat you are sent into a dark tunnel that takes you to the bottom of the lift hill. From the lift hill you are send down the first drop, into a fast turn around, and then back down through the structure again. The second turn around is taken at high speed and you then hit a double dip as you go toward the final turn. After the final turn you are flying over bunny hops back into the station. This coaster doesnt let up from the first drop until you hit the breaks at the end. This I rate as my favorite coaster. Recommendation: For everyone! Dont let the appearance fool you… this coaster really packs a punch!

(added on 7/22/2002) Believe it or not, there was actually something that could IMPROVE this great coaster... ride it in the rain! Talk about fast!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up friedfun on 7/5/2001 11:17:00 AM
It was an O.K. ride. I might have rated it higher if I was not expecting more. Some of the air-time on the coaster actually hurt me. And to me, I dont really like getting air time from bunny hills. I like getting it from going down a steep hill at a fast pace.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Jim Fisher on 6/30/2001 11:06:00 PM
Just a fantastic coaster. Proof that a coaster doesnt have to be huge or new to be great. Incredible ejector air. So much big air, its practically a stand up woodie! Best ridden near the front, but excellent ridden anywhere.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Shortcake on 6/24/2001 12:39:00 AM - User's Top Ride #4
Delivers a great ride from start to finish. It may not be the fastest wooden coaster, but the airtime is incredible. A must ride for all coaster enthusiasts that appreciate airtime.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up oldman on 6/15/2001 9:00:00 PM
A fantastic coaster -hats off to Herb Scmeck for the original design and the folks at Knoebels for saving this classic. Airtime and lots of fun. A coaster this great deserves a home like this great park. Dont miss the Flyer while there - you control this ride!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gaboon on 4/17/2001 4:37:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
In my opinion this is the greatest coaster on the planet. It is not the biggest but it has more air time than many larger wooden coasters. It tears throught the course with blinding speed. The airtime on the final camelback is the most intense air i have ever felt. Front seat is great but the back is better.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up william760 on 4/11/2001 10:52:00 AM - User's Top Ride #6
Along with the merry-go-round this is what makes knobles my favorite park

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