Knoebels Amusement Resort is a big attraction here in the great state of Pennsylvania. Folks come from all over the country to enjoy the goodness Knoebels has to offer. Free parking. Free admission. THE BEST food you’ll find at an amusement park and offered at a reasonable price too. It really is hard to beat some family time at Knoebels. During the pandemic though? We weren’t so sure.
Is the park clean and what are they doing to maintain a reasonable level of cleanliness? What is the mask policy? What is even open right now? Is it worth the trip with all of the restrictions? We needed to know all of those things too. So, we made a trip out to the park to scope it out for you, and this is what we found.
Some Things You Need to Know Before You Go
*Knoebels has the ability to be a very populous place. Even at limited capacity, there are still a considerable number of people wandering around. It was not difficult at all to keep our distance, but it’s worth some consideration if being somewhere people-y right now will take away from the experience for you.
*Masks are a requirement. The original signage at Knoebels stated that “If a guest is not wearing a mask, we respectfully assume it is due to a medical condition.” They’ve taken that blip off now and EVERYONE is required to mask up.
*The mask requirement was a non-issue. Do you need to wear them? Yes. Are they going to get nasty with you about it? No. There were several security stations around the park (along the main, paved walkway and also at the medic station) whose workers seemed to be there primarily to remind you to put your mask on right. It does take away from the whole “fun, food, and fantasy” experience, but they weren’t pushy about it, so I wouldn’t consider it a deal-breaker.
*We found the Knoebel’s grounds to be very clean. The rides are stopped periodically for long enough to hose them down with disinfectant. So, in addition to a number of the attractions being closed, you’ll have to work around that as well. Again, not a deal-breaker and everyone was kind about it.
*The cleaning solution they are using to spray everything down is called Peroxide Multipurpose Cleaner and Disinfectant. A link to the stats on that here. I’m putting that out there because Amelia had a strong enough reaction to it to dig the skin clean off her legs. My throat was terribly scratchy and Samantha said she didn’t feel quite right either. Was it the disinfectant? I don’t know. I only know that it was an issue for us while we were there and no longer an problem after we left. So, it could have been anything I guess, but I thought I’d put it out there for folks who are sensitive to that kind of thing, so you can come prepared with some benadryl or whatever you might need to counteract that.
*The counter service dining locations are decked out with numerous sanitation stations, plexiglass to protect the workers in the kitchen, and half of the tables in the dining area have been removed. It looked a little sparse in there but we didn’t have an issue finding a seat and the food was tasty.
*Ride-All-Day passes are available now through July 31st. They are available EVERY day (weekends included!) Sundown plans and bargain nights are also being offered.
So, was it worth the trip? We think so. Even with the new regulations and procedures, we still thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Knoebels….enough so that we’re planning another trip out there when our oldest comes home and again for our extended family day at the end of the summer.
If you’ve been on the fence about a trip to Knoebels Amusement Park, but weren’t sure you were up for dealing with all of the nonsense, you should go! I had, personally, worked it up in my head to be a much larger issue than any of it turned out to be. It was a great afternoon and I’m glad we decided to give it a try.
If you don’t go out and support these things, especially during these crazy times, they will cease to exist. There have already been too many wonderful places that have closed their doors forever due to the lockdown. So, if you can get out and enjoy it, you really should. 🙂