Flying Turns at Knoebel's, a ride 7+ years in the making is coming "very close" to opening, which was quoted directly from a park official that spoke to us today.
Official inspectors also have been spotted on-site, and a slew of carpenters and electricians are putting finishing touches on the ride. As well as continued testing by the park. In total, there were at least 8-11 people working on the ride today.
Lighting is being wired in the station, queue, and brake run. Station gates are also going up, and inspectors are being seen on-site. An interesting screen system has been added to the loading platform, which is covered below in our photo report...
After proving that the first prototype train worked, Knoebel's purchased TWO new trains, for a total of three trains (currently) on the track. One is green, another is pink, and the third train is yellow.
Official inspectors spotted:
These two gentleman are inspectors. One had a polo shirt that read, "Tri-County Inspection Services", and we believe the man in the dress shirt is a PA State inspector.
This may be the most interesting part of the update, since it is the loading platform of the ride. These screens will inform queuing riders, using a scale in the floor, whether or not they can ride single, double, or at all. Confirmed directly by one of the engineers working on the ride, this system will NOT display your weight.
Carpenters hard at work.
As you can see, the entire site is VERY busy with various types of people working diligently on this one-of-a-kind coaster.
Will 2013 be the year Flying Turns opens? The staff working directly on the ride told us they are hopeful that the opening will be sometime before the end of this year.
"very, very close"!
Be sure to keep tuned here, on All-American Thrills, for the latest news and updates on this coaster...and of course, eventually, live opening coverage