It is fall in Pennsylvania and that means it is time for beautiful leaves, haunted houses, and Phall Phunfest at Knoebels! I took last year off from attending to visit Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion last year, but I made sure to stop by this time around.
For those who have never attended the event, especially if you love roller coasters and amusement parks, I highly recommend that you do. It is one of the few events out there that doesn’t require you to be a member of a particular group or organization and it is free to do (not including ride admission).
The park is always so festive when it comes to their Halloween event!
Phall Phunfest is technically an evening event, but it merges with the Covered Bridge Festival to make it an all-day activity. From 1pm to 5pm is a swap meet, which allows enthusiasts to buy, sell, and trade anything coaster-related from t-shirts, books, maps, pins, key chains, photos, and a bunch of other rare items. From the last three visits, there is usually a seller that has a lot of Geauga Lake items for sale and another that pretty much brings an entire amusement park book store!
The swap meet tent is located in front of the Phoenix.
You might be able to find a calendar with photos from your favorite park.
How about a keychain or pin from your favorite park or ride?
The rides are usually open until 5pm, which is the end of the Covered Bridge Festival, then close for an hour to prepare for the Phunfest event. This makes it a perfect time to use your coupon for two slices of pizza at Cesari’s (you get this with the ride wristband for the event). From here, the rides open in a select order with the major ones opening first and others starting up an hour later. The park also adds theming to some of their notable attractions from the haunted tunnel on the Phoenix, the scary Antique Cars that have scare-actors, the detailed queue for the Twister to the Pioneer Train that has a storyline to it.
Want to get your fortune read? You can do that while in line for the Phoenix.
Looks like the skeletons are enjoying the afternoon with a few lawn games.
You can bring any pet to Knoebels.
One of the best times of the year to ride the Flyers.
This is what happens when you ride in the back row in the dark on Twister.
Classic horror movies also are playing in Twister’s queue.
Last call for the afternoon session.
Both woodies ran with one train in the afternoon and added a second train for the evening. Flying Turns stuck with just two and dropped down to one later on when it got colder out.
Flying Turns has been open for exactly a year now and has been deck out for Halloween with lights.
The Pioneer Train has a storyline to it this year.
Skooter rides during Phunfest is always a fun time.
The rain in the morning really made both of the coasters run excellent.
You kind almost feel like you are transported to Cedar Point and riding the train with seeing all the skeletons.
The town seems a little dead.
They unfortunately haven’t added an ATM yet.
The aliens are attacking!
Skeletons versus aliens…sounds like something that would interest the Syfy Channel.
The night usually concludes with a costume contest and awards ceremony with the rides shutting down at around 10pm.
Phunfest might be over, but the park is still open on the weekends for their Hallo-Fun Nights event, which is almost the same, just with no enthusiast events.
To finish, if you are a coaster enthusiast, you MUST do this event at least once! You get to meet a lot of great people, make a lot of new friends, or even see friends you haven’t seen in quite a while!
As for Impulse, not much is different from last week. More survey stakes are up forming a grid-like layout over the construction area.