Knoebels' Attractions Receive Top Marks in 3 Categories

The National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) released the results of its 26th annual NAPHA Amusement Park and Attractions Survey.  The NAPHA survey is the oldest of its type.

NAPHA named Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA) as the Best Park for Families.  In addition, its Phoenix roller coaster was voted by NAPHA members as the Favorite Wood Roller Coaster, and its Black Diamond roller coaster/dark ride was the Best New Attraction.  Members also called Knoebels as their second Favorite Traditional Amusement Park.

"This may be the first time that a single amusement park has captured the top spot in three separate categories," said Marlowe McClasky Futrell, NAPHA's Survey Coordinator.

NAPHA members are experienced riders who have visited countless amusement parks and have ridden a diverse assortment of roller coasters and other rides.  The average member has been to 101 amusement parks and has ridden 101 wood and 203 steel coasters.  These NAPHA survey results list some of their favorites.

BEST PARK FOR FAMILIES

For the past six years, Knoebels Amusement Resort has finished as one of the top two parks in the category, and has been voted as the top Park for Families nine times in the past 12 years.  For the first time, three parks tied for second place, Holiday World, Idlewild (Ligonier, PA) and Walt Disney World.

 

BEST PARK FOR FAMILIES

1

Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA)

2-tie

Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN)

2-tie

Idlewild and Soak Zone (Ligonier, PA)

2-tie

Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, FL)

 

FAVORITE TRADITIONAL PARKS

Two Pennsylvania amusement parks, Kennywood (West Mifflin, PA) and Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA), have been neck and neck in the standings since 1996 with each in holding one of the top two positions in this category.  This year Kennywood was voted number one, a position it held in 2009 as well as 2008.  


 

FAVORITE TRADITIONAL PARKS

1

Kennywood (West Mifflin, PA)

2

Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA)

 

FAVORITE WOOD ROLLER COASTER

The Phoenix, once again was voted by NAPHA members as Favorite Wood Roller Coaster.  The Voyage secured the second position.  The two wood coasters have been named as either the Favorite or Second Favorite since 2006.

 

FAVORITE WOOD COASTER

1

Phoenix, Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA)

2

Voyage, Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN)