Watch Out For Persuasive Talk!

My husband and I enjoy going to amusement parks, especially the one located just an hour amusement rides 8 and some minutes away from us, Knoebels. No, we are not coaster freaks,( the people who can’t get enough roller coaster rides.) We do have friends like that, though. These days, we choose our rides carefully, going on the merry-go- round, both the steam and electric trains, the Ferris wheel, water boats and maybe the bumper cars. As teens, we went on nearly everything. The one that stands out in my mind is the mad spinning boxes that pin you to the wall with centrifugal force. I felt so helpless, just hanging there. So what did I do, I laughed through the whole ride.

Maybe it’s laughter that attracts people like us to amusement parks. It’s enjoyable to see amusement parks 6other people having fun and forgetting about their troubles and problems. Getting older, though, has affected the way we ride attractions at the park. Even the Bible addresses this situation. ” When I was a child, I did childish things, but there comes a time when I have to put away childish things and seek new experiences,”  even at an amusement park.- I Corinthians 13:11.  Going on rides, followed the next day by a trip to the chiropractor, is best to be avoided.

Older people are not the only ones to change the type of rides they choose. Weight limits

Here's a notice you will find at Knoebels.

Here’s a notice you will find at Knoebel’s, “Flying Turns.”

and waist limits do not present a problem for us, but it does for some people. This warning appeared on a park’s website and is directed to “guests of exceptional size.” It reads: “Guests of exceptional size may not be accommodated on some of our rides. This may apply, but not limited to men who exceed 6′ 2″ or those who exceed 225 pounds, have a 40″ waistline or 52″ chest or females who exceed 200 pounds or wear size 18 or larger. Each person has different body proportions so it is not possible to list exact size and weight.” If a safety bar won’t attach in place because of a huge waistline, that ride may have to be scratched off a person’s ride list.

Do you know that there are more than 400 amusement parks and attractions in the United States and approximately 290 million people visit them yearly. The industry provides jobs amusement rides 9for more the 600,000 year-round and seasonal employees. I’ve always wanted to go to Coney Island. My parents made it sound like it was an amusement park, but actually Coney Island (which is actually NOT an island, although it once was) is located at the southern tip of Brooklyn, at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. While Coney Island itself is not an amusement park, it has amusement parks in it. I don’t think my parents ever got there and thus far neither have I.

Coney Island became an amusement resort as did many other towns along the ocean shore. These parks developed at a frenetic pace at a time when there was no running water at home and people welcomed a swim in the ocean. Other attractions began to develop, like hamburgers, shredded wheat, Cracker Jack, Juicy Fruit chewing gum and pancakes made using Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix.

Getting back to today, actually last weekend, we had been hearing much talk about the

Here we are waiting in line for our turn.

Here we are waiting in line for our turn on the Flying Turns.

newest ride at Knoebel’s, the “Flying Turns,” and how smooth it is. We had talked ourselves out of the Phoenix and the other coaster rides and although this ride is considered a coaster, it is more like the bobsled wooden roller coaster from the early 1900’s, so we were told. There is no track and it rolls down a U shaped wood trough that resembles a bobsled course. Repeatedly, we were told how smooth the ride is and guess what, we talked ourselves into trying it. Really though, there’s no just trying it. Once we were settled into the car we were committed and that was after waiting 45 minutes in line.

I will say it was an amazing ride. We were told it goes only 24 miles per hour but going through eight turns while being sideways on the wall, it feels a whole lot faster. Certainly we are old enough not to be influenced by what others say, but we listened, were tempted, and fell for it. Oh well, neither one of us needed the chiropractor the next day so we can say we survived the “Flying Turns.” although, one of us has a very sore rib. Now, we’ll return to our sensible way of visiting an amusement park. By the way, as we were sliding into one of those bobsled-like turns, I was aware of a flash of light, a camera had taken our photo. So, as they say, we have “proof of the pudding.” See below.

Here we are pictured during the ride we were persuaded to try.

Here we are pictured during the ride we were persuaded to try.




13 thoughts on “Watch Out For Persuasive Talk!

  1. It looks like you had a great time at Knoebel’s. It has been many years since I have been to that Park. I live about 25 minutes from Six Flags, which is located in Jackson, NJ. This park boasts at least two world record holding roller coasters. I have rode on the world’s largest/highest wooden coaster, but I have not rode on the one that they say is the world’s tallest roller coaster. I do like roller coasters, but for some reason, it has been quite a few years since I have been to an amusement park. Roller coasters are my favorite ride. Knoebels’ is a very nice park because much of it is shaded. One of these days, I need to make the time to go to Six Flags. I enjoyed looking at your pictures and reading your blog!!


    • Hi Colleen: Most people would say you are fortunate to live so close to Six Flags. I have never been there. I say we like Amusement Parks but that should be singular. There are none like Knoebels. So sometime when you are back home, visit there. By the way, there is no other ride like “The Flying Turns”, anywhere in the world. Guess that’s another reason we just had to ride it.


  2. Shirl, this made me think about the Chip Ingram message we heard in Sunday School this morning.

    Romans 12:2

    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    Sometimes, we get talked into things that we shouldn’t even be considering! I’m glad you survived the ride to write this.


    • I love Romans 12:2. It makes it perfectly clear that we needn’t be conformed to the ways of the world, but instead renew our minds with the things of God. Actually, Joan, we were quite clear-headed when we decided to take this plunge. I’m glad that you’re glad we made it. How about you? Are you going to give it a try?


      • I’m not as adventurous as you, Shirl. I gave up most amusement park rides years ago. LOL!


  3. I can remember being persuaded to go on a ride at Willow Grove Park near Philadelphia when I was a teenager and could not wait to get off it made me dizzy because of my ear problem. I have never gone on that ride again.


    • Hi Gladys: I wonder if Willow Grove is still operating. Looks like one ride was enough for you. Certainly, your ear problem would make some rides bad for you. Sometimes we learn the hard way, don’t we? Thanks for writing, Gladys.


  4. Willow Grove Park has been the Willow Grove Mall for some 30 years or more. My husband used to go to the park all the time. And knowing Allan I’m sure he may even know Gladys or her family…he may know her by her maiden name. I’ve gone to many of todays parks…Hershey…Six Flags…Dorney and off course Knoebel’s…we are having our 66th or 67th Ryan reunion there the end of July. Other parks are Ghost Town in the Glen Francis Slocum (don’t know if that park had rides)…Hanson’s @ Harvey’s Lake and one that closed down long before my time…Croop’s Glen…but research shows that Croop’s carousel (Stein Gould-Stein)…the whip…the candy cotton stall…and the baby station were all bought by Knoebels in 1926 and all remain in use at Knoebels today.


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