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Website: Knoebels Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.8052
TPC Overall Rank: #8 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 91
Last Review: 3/8/2013 11:49:00 PM
In User Top 10: 130 times.
User Tracker Count: 152 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
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up teaj99 on 3/8/2013 11:49:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
Youll be hard pressed to find a wooden coaster with the perfect balance of air time and that out of control feeling than the phoenix.The pacing of this coaster is not to be missed. Its also the first wooden coaster ever moved

5 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up TheVipppppppper on 9/17/2012 10:57:00 PM
Well it had airtime and lots of it... So top ten ride it is? How though it just didn't have any substance or you know something special don't get me wrong airtimes great but that's ally your giving me than well great your a good coaster nothing truly exceptional . Example the voyage has some substance turns extreme hills yes and tunnnnnnnnnellllls 90 degree banking and roughness that gives you a great vibration without being unbearable ( maybe I'm a masochistic but all the rough rides Tpr or others squawk at are nothing bad pansies) not to mention a long ride.back to Phoenix it's good but not great don't miss it And don't forget twister for your dose of lateral Gs

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jenswa313 on 8/3/2012 12:53:00 AM
Everyone who clames to be a coaster expert pokes fun at wooden coasters. But wooden coasters, including the Phoenix, have something metal coasters lack! And that's gravity! The entire ride feels like a free fall! Your immediately cranked up a huge hill and the rest of the ride your being pushed, pulled, and dropped naturally. Its terrifying every time and I've been riding this coaster for fifteen years. Its the ride of a lifetime and there's none like it. Thrill seekers, the hunt is.over because this is the ride for you!!!

5 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up molemaster43 on 12/17/2011 11:52:00 AM - User's Top Ride #7
I don't care what people say. It may be small, it not be fast, but it has some of the best airtime around. Better than it looks with its nice little pitch black tunnel at the beginning. A nice small drop, not rough at all, and a true classic. A coaster to do not just for the credit, for the fun and the thrill!

2 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Johnny634 on 6/27/2010 8:52:00 AM
I didnt really care for this ride. the lift hill is small and the coaster is not really fast. in my opinion, i could be alot better.

4 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 7/1/2009 10:21:00 PM
A nice layout, good airtime, and good mixing of elements. Very enjoyable, and not too rough. Also very pleasant scenery.

4 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Lin48 on 11/8/2008 1:13:00 PM
Very fun! The best part, of course, would be the numerous bouts of airtime you get here. Looking at it, you wouldn&#39.t necessarily think so, but I had a great time on this one. I was afraid I was going to lose my tickets and/or my cell phone, but I didn&#39.t and wow, that airtime was great.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 10/5/2008 6:17:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
If you&#39..ve ever been lucky enough to experience the rare but wonderful phenomenon of a &quot..perfect day,&quot.. then you may be able to grasp more intuitively why the Phoenix is considered in a class of its own. In a perfect day, nothing spectacular happens, but the quotidian elements of existence nevertheless merge in seamless harmony. All those little tipping points that could send the day off track fall in your favor. Nothing happens to detract from your sense of well-being. You find yourself appreciating the company that you keep, the wind on your face, the sun on your back, the food that you eat. You feel optimistic and energized. You&#39..re living in the moment, neither regretting the past nor dreading the future. When it&#39..s over, the days again become a blur, and because nothing extraordinary happened, your perfect day will take its place in the continuum of life, barely a memory, neither a revelation nor a turning point. But you&#39..ll be saner, wiser, and kinder for having had it.

That&#39..s how the Phoenix affects me. It doesn&#39..t have any moments of extraordinary power, but at no moment when I&#39..m experiencing it do I wish it to be anything but what it is. The Phoenix has been exhaustively analyzed on this board, and the most extraordinary trait that emerges is its ability to appeal to critics of almost every conceivable roller coaster ideology. It is as close to a common denominator as we have in the subculture of the coaster-obsessed. We can argue about the one-trick ponies, the trophy coasters, the brilliance of brutality, rideability versus intensity, sublimity versus sterility, new versus old, wood versus steel. Our touchstone, however, is the Phoenix. Even if we all love it for different reasons, we all, by and large, still love it.

As for me, I favor the extreme. The signature moments in my roller coaster journey have tended to be those that leave their categories so far behind that they essentially create a new category of their own. Thus, I remember and celebrate Top Thrill Dragster&#39..s speed, Cyclops&#39..s airtime, Voyage&#39..s audacity, Son of Beast&#39..s aggression, Avalanche&#39..s intensity, Millennium Force&#39..s height, El Toro&#39..s steepness, Beast&#39..s organicity, Steel Phantom&#39..s scariness. Yet in all these instances, each ride&#39..s mastery of a certain indispensible roller coaster attribute only makes its shortcomings that much more pronounced. Each is a link in roller coaster evolution, but even as they advanced the species, their flaws doomed them to a certain marginal existence. Not so the Phoenix. It succeeds not because it pushes the characteristics of its genus into new territory but because it harmonizes them to a degree that may be unmatched by any other contemporary roller coaster. Nothing is missing, and no one atrribute exerts itself at the expense of anything else. Every serious consideration of traditional roller coaster design should begin and end with the Phoenix.

I&#39..m a tough grader, but I don&#39..t require perfection before I bestow a &quot..10.&quot.. On almost any other ride, this would be the paragraph in which I would mark down Phoenix for having seat dividers in its otherwise pristine, buzzbar-equipped PTCs. Nevertheless, and I may never say this again, seat dividers do some honest work on this coaster, at least for single riders. Were things otherwise, the solo passenger might have to spend so much time bracing for balance or for impact as to detract from the otherwise effortless, unselfconscious joy that Phoenix has to offer. I almost landed on the seat divider twice during my most recent rides in Phoenix&#39..s back seat, moreover, so I can hardly claim this feature neuters the ride&#39..s forces.

The Phoenix is not the only, or maybe even the greatest, ride of modest proportions still operating today. It is, however, the most unassuming. It exists to please, not to impress. After you have traveled the world and sampled the array of modern coaster marvels you may find yourself jaded or even nonplussed. If any love for the roller coaster still beats in your breast, however, a few rides on the Phoenix will reveal it.

5 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up skiier04 on 7/28/2008 1:25:00 AM - User's Top Ride #5
You can always count on the Phoenix for a classic ride that never gets old. While it may not be the biggest or most intimidating coaster out there, this is one that simply has to be experienced to believe. Like most woodies, I prefer the back seat for the fastest experience and the most airtime, and this ride simply never lets up. From the surprisingly fast first drop to the seemingly endless bunny hops towards the end of the ride, you wont spend more than a few seconds firmly in your seat. This ride remains the highlight of any Knoebels trip even after years of operation.

5 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ads102 on 6/28/2008 5:08:00 PM
One of the most re-ridable coasters out there. Sit in row 3 for great airtime.

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