For the seventh year in a row, the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) has named Knoebels Amusement Resort its favorite traditional amusement Park. Knoebels’s Phoenix also was named the group’s favorite wood roller coaster. Additionally, the Elysburg amusement park’s Hallo-Fun/Knoebels’ Phall Phunfest won for favorite post-summer season event.
Knoebels, the country’s largest free-admission park, tied with Tennessee’s Dollywood for second-place honors for most beautiful park.
Another Pennsylvania amusement park, Kennywood near Pittsburgh, received recognition from NAPHA as well. It came in second to Knoebels as the favorite traditional amusement park and its Holiday Lights came in as the second-favorite post-summer season event. Additionally, Kennywood’s Phantom’s Revenge was named favorite steel roller coaster and its Jack Rabbit came in second for favorite wood roller coaster.
In other categories, Anaheim, California’s Disneyland and Orland, Florida’s Walt Disney World tied for the NAPHA’s favorite theme parks. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, was named the most beautiful park.
The 33rd annual NAPHA Amusement Park and Attractions Survey was completed by its members, comprising 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 more than 120 different amusement parks and has ridden about 315 roller coasters.