Twister (Knoebels)

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roller coaster
Knoebels Amusement Park
Location Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since July 7, 1999
Cost $3,000,000 USD
Height restriction 42 inches (107 cm)
Designer / calculations John Fetterman
Type Wooden
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height101.6 feet
Drop89.6 feet
Top speed51.5 mph
Length3900 feet

Twister is a wooden roller coaster located at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA. It is a recreation of the famous 1964 Mr. Twister design by John C. Allen.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1998, Knoebels began a new wooden roller coaster project. Seeking to preserve another classic ride, the park looked into acquiring the abandoned Mr. Twister, which had been left when the park it was in, Elitch Gardens, was relocated in Denver, Colorado, USA. Space constraints however made physically relocating the ride impossible, Knoebels purchased blueprints of the ride and set out to rebuild the roller coaster from scratch, modifying the design to fit the space available.

For the new Twister, ride designer John Fetterman created a modified mirror image of the original Mr. Twister layout, compacting the ride but preserving the highlights of the old design and Allen's original mathematical model. These highlights included the large double helix, which now wraps around the ride's curved station, and a large swoop curve at the top of the lift hill. To keep the swoop curve in the new design, Fetterman created a unique split lift hill. The train climbs halfway up the structure on one lift hill, makes a 180-degree turn and finishes the climb on the second lift. While several roller coasters use more than one lift hill in their layout, Twister's zig-zag lift is unique.

The new Twister opened on July 24, 1999. The first rides were auctioned off, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making over $8,000. The ride is taller and more intense than the Phoenix roller coaster, and enjoyrs high ratings among polls and enthusiasts.

Design[edit | edit source]

The design itself is very cool. The Coaster is always going through, under, and around the coaster itself. It has two chain lifts that once they let you off you guy flying around to the next one. There are two drops, the second one actually being the tallest. Then after you are fringed into to helixes. You go flying through these. Then there is an airtime hill that hurts when your sitting in the right seat. After that you go into another helix, and then through a loud tunnel. Then you re-enter the station.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. The trains were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc..

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