Knoebels Amusement Resort is actually getting a steel looper, scheduled to open in 2015. Manufactured by Zierer (Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Cobra at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom among others), IMPULSE will feature four inversions including a cobra roll, loop and in-line twist. With a maximum vertical angle of 90 degrees and height of 98 feet, this will be the most extreme coaster in the park as well as an interesting addition. I suppose it’s a sign of the times but interesting or not, this type of coaster seems somewhat out of character with both the two wonderful wooden coasters (Phoenix and Twister) and down-home ambience of Knoebels. It would seem similarly incongruous if Holiday World were to add a steel looping coaster to their ride lineup. Anyway, that’s progress! What do you think? Photograph courtesy of Knoebels.