ELLISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Many rides have come and gone at Pennsylvania amusement parks. Some rides will be removed as they have reached the end of their useful life, and some will be moved to other parks across the country.
But there is one roller coaster that called Pennsylvania home for more than a decade before leaving the state for another part of the world.
of whirlwind roller coaster The coaster, located at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Ellisburg, operated at the park from 1993 until the end of the 2004 season. This ride opened at a New York theme park called Playland Park in 1984 before it was built in that park. The ride was Knoebels’ first coaster with an inversion feature, according to the National Amusement Park Historical Society.
This ride opened during the 1993 season. It was 64 feet tall and 1,148 feet long. The tracks are white with green posts and feature his single seven-car train.The train is red and yellow. The layout of this ride is fairly simple, featuring two corkscrews separated by a large curve. Besides the inversions, the coaster was gentle and had a top speed of about 60 miles per hour.
The coaster itself was manufactured by Vekoma, which also made famous coasters such as the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Jolly Rancher Remix at Hershey Park.
After the 2004 season, Whirlwind was dismantled and reopened at Parque Divertes in San Jose, Costa Rica.The coaster received a new paint job with yellow tracks and blue supports and was renamed Bokalaka, is a type of pit viper. At the entrance to the vehicle, big snake head The ride opened at the park in 2005 and remains in operation to this day.
https://www.wkbn.com/news/pennsylvania/this-defunct-pennsylvania-roller-coaster-now-operates-in-costa-rica/ Originally located in Pennsylvania, this roller coaster now operates in Costa Rica.