rendering of Tornado ride at Knoebels _ 2020

Rendering of the new Tornado ride. Source: Knoebels

Elysburg, Pa. – Knoebels Amusement Resort has announced a new thrill ride that will be ready for operation when the park opens in April, as well as the closure of an older ride.

The 32-passenger ‘Tornado’ ride is expected to be ready when the park opens for the season on April 25, according to Knoebels’ spokesperson Stacy Ososkie. The ride will be located near the StratosFEAR drop tower and Kreepers Pumpkin Patch.

“Eight cars hold four passengers each in individual seats facing the inside of the car,” Okoskie said. “Once the ride reaches speed moving in a circle, it tilts 20 degrees and lifts the cars up to 15 feet from ground level.”

Park owner Richard “Dick” Knoebel said, “Controlling part of a ride provides a really unique and exciting experience. Riders will be able to spin the cars of our new ride themselves, choosing their thrill level.”

Visitors need to be 38 inches tall to ride Tornado with an adult, and 48 inches to ride alone. 

While there will be an addition to the ride lineup, 2020 will also see the removal of a ride that has been at the park for more than 20 years. Debuting at Knoebels in 1998, 1001 Nacht took guests on a magic carpet ride reaching 85 feet in height.

“The ride is nearing the end of its operational life and ridership isn’t strong, meaning it makes sense for us to remove it to help with future planning for the park,” said Ososkie.

More details on 2020 changes and additions will be made available as Knoebels’ 94th season approaches. Visit Knoebels for days/hours of operation.