2014 just started and Knoebels already announced their 2015 attraction! (No, this is not a joke!) Knoebels confirmed for 2015 they will receive "Impulse", a Zierer Coaster with a vertical chain lift at 98 feet tall reaching about 56 mph . The new steel Coaster will feature four inversions, a Cobra Roll, Loop, and an Inline Twist. The location will be where the current Bumper Boats and Boat Tag is located, which is near the front of the park near the Ferris Wheel. Expect the two rides to be removed sometime in 2014. That is all the information the park has announced at this time, and expect more news about the ride soon!
This announcement was ironic for me, as I was going to do a post within the next few days speculating 2015 Knoebels attraction. From the first looks, I think the Coaster looks great. I would've rather seen a new Wooden Coaster, but Impulse will be a great addition to the park to give it more diversity. Knoebels specializes in having Wooden, unique, and smaller Coasters, so a new Steel Coaster with inversions will give the diversity it needs. I am not shocked, as Knoebels has been receiving new Coasters every other year (Kozmo's Kurves in 2009, Black Diamond in 2011, Flying Turns in 2013, and now Impulse in 2015). The park does have a history of delayed opening for their Coasters (Flying Turns which took over 5 years, and I wouldn't think I would live to see it open), so hopefully Impulse will open in 2015. I'm sure it will, since it is not a special/unique/rare Coaster like Flying Turns.
There is only one negative response I have to this: I would've rather had Knoebels wait a little longer and build up more hype for the Coaster. Perhaps something similar to Project 2012, where Hersheypark set up a huge viral marketing campaign for Skyrush. 2014 just started, and I wished Knoebels just waited a little longer for the big announcement to keep everyone speculating more.
But I am very glad Knoebels is receiving Impulse, and I can't wait to ride it!
On a side note, since Knoebels has been getting a Coaster every other year, I think in 2017 they will invest in a terrain Wooden Coaster... But for now, let's get excited for Impulse!
Photo proved by Knoebels.
In other news, Cedar Point announced more new attractions for 2014! First, more improvements will happen along the Gemini Midway with the addition of Sling Shot, an upchage attraction that will blast you 360 feet in the air! I'm not totally shocked by this announcement, as I felt that Cedar Point should invested in something else in 2014, and now they have! Also, the point will renovate the Gameday Grill into Chickie's and Pete's. I'm also not shocked, as Dorney Park and other Cedar Fair parks have been making this change. Finally, Donut Time will become a full Starbucks!
More great news is coming out of Cedar Point!
Are you excited for Impulse at Knoebels and the new additions into Cedar Point?
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