Knoebels plans new ride for 2023 and scraps 40-year-old attraction | Entertainment

Elysburg, Pa. — Knoebels Amusement Resort looks ahead to next season by announcing it will be adding Bayern Kurve to its lineup.

According to Knoebels spokesperson Stacy Yutko, the 32-passenger ride should be ready for the park’s 2023 season.

“Sixteen cars lined up front to back each carry two passengers,” Yutko said. “The ride travels a circular track, reaching speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.”

Three asynchronous electric motors provide 663 lb-ft of torque to accelerate the seven-ton train to top speed in seconds.

This will be one of only three examples of operation of this existing carousel. It was originally made in 1963 for the German carnival circuit by A. Schwartzkopf, which is the same company that designed the Jet Star roller coaster that once operated at Knoebels, according to a press release.

“We are this traditional amusement park,” said Brian Knoebel, 4and generation member of the Knoebel family. “Our niche is to take a ride from the past and use our very talented team to bring the ride back to life for a whole new generation to enjoy and appreciate.”

Parts of two Bayern Kurve rides will be refurbished to create the Knoebels ride. One was from Fun Spot Park in Angola, Indiana, and debuted at Expo 67 in Montreal. The other toured Europe and the United States on a carnival circuit. Both rested for decades in Rodessa, Louisiana, before being transported 1,315 miles on four tractor-trailers to Knoebels.

The height requirement should be about the same as other Knoebels thrill rides. It will be located at the former location of the 1001 Nacht ride near the Merry Mixer, Sklooosh and Pioneer Train.

While Knoebels plans to add new rides, they are also eliminating an attraction for the 2022 season. to be eliminated.

“Some rides are permanent installations at Knoebels. Ball Crawl was not one of them and has just reached the end of its time here at the park,” Yutko said.

Details on the park’s 2022 season are available at

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