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Knoebels prepares a new ride, originally planned for 2020, to finally open this year
Patriot-News - 4/7/2021
The start of warmer weather means amusement parks are planning to open once again, and Knoebels Amusement Resort is one of several that will resume business in the coming weeks.
The Elysburg park was among the many that were forced to delay their planned opening in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. And even after reopening, the pandemic continued to effect the park’s ability to finish construction and maintenance on some rides, including a brand-new ride planned to debut that year.
But the long wait for the Tornado is over, as Knoebels staff stated that the ride is expected to be open at some point this season.
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A post on the Knoebels Facebook page shared images of construction beginning for the new ride, promising more updates in the weeks to come.
An email from the public relations staff confirmed that “our new ride, Tornado, was set to debut in 2020 but did not due to project time constraints with our team at home during the shutdown. We plan to open the ride this year.”
More specific dates for the ride’s completion and opening to the public have yet to be confirmed.
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Knoebels Amusement Resort is scheduled to open on April 24, operating on Saturdays and Sundays through May 16. The park then opens for Fridays starting on May 21, and daily on May 31. There is no admission for entry. For more information, visit the Knoebels Amusement Resort website.
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