Posted by on January 10, 2020 4:39 am

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Looks like the honeymoon is over.

On Thursday, Knoebels Amusement Resort announced a new ride to the park for the 2020 season. But in doing so, it’s getting rid of a ride that one woman, in particular, really liked.

We mean REALLY liked.

Knoebels Replacing 1001 Nacht Ride

If someone dared Amy Wolfe “If you like 1001 Nacht so much, why don’t you marry it,” she took them up on it.

In 2009, Wolfe decided to marry — that’s right, marry — the 1001 Nacht ride at Knoebels. Sadly, that’s the ride they’re dismantling to make room for a new one, called Tornado. More on that in a bit …

According to a report from UK’s The Telegraph from back in 2009, Wolfe (now Weber, changing her last name to match that of the manufacturer of the ride) rode 1001 Nacht thousands of times before deciding she just had to marry it. She first rode it at age 13.

amy miller 1001 nacht knoebels

(Photo: BARCROFT MEDIA via The Telegraph)

Wolfe tells The Telegraph back in 2009, “I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we’ll be together forever. I was instantly attracted to him sexually and mentally.”

Odd? Yes. But not as uncommon as you think.

OK, it’s not like every other person you meet is going to have physical and mental attraction to inanimate objects like Wolfe (sorry, Weber) does.

Wolfe has what’s become known as objectum sexuality, true love of lifeless objects. In a report from TheProvince.com in 2009, Wolfe also revealed that she’s married to other objects, including a banister and a pipe organ.

It’s believed objectum sexuality results from an inability to form human relationships. The idea first came to be when a German woman married the Berlin Wall.

Weber apparently sleeps with a picture of the retired Knoebels ride close by, and she even has some spare nuts (of course) from 1001 Nacht.

What is the 1001 Nacht Ride?

Honestly, we don’t really care what people do. Different strokes for different folks, but we’re not sure (and don’t really want to know) how that applies here.

But why this ride? Of all the rides at Knoebels, 1001 Nacht is more likely to turn your stomach than it is to light your fire.

Here’s a narrow perspective of what the ride is like on 1001 Nacht. See if you can find the part that’s so sexually gratifying:

1001 Nacht is the ride also known as the Magic Carpet ride. According to our research, there was a similar ride called Moby Dick at one of the popular Jersey shore amusement parks. But that’s not standing anymore.

For 1001 Nacht, a bunch of people sit in a ship-like structure. The ride goes round and round, reaching heights close to 80 feet. If you’re looking down when you drop, there’s a good chance you’ll deposit those French fries you just ate on the people below.

The New Ride at Knoebels for 2020

The 1001 Nacht ride had been out of service here and there over the last couple years, based on the online commentary about it. In a release from the amusement park Thursday, they’re saying it’s getting near the end of its riding life. Basically, it’s been ridden hard over the last 20 years or so at the park.

Talk about an understatement.

So, in its place, they’re launching Tornado.

knoebels tornado ride

(Image: Knoebels/Twitter)

The new ride is described as 8 cars with 4 people in each. Tornado spins in a circle until it hits top speed. It’ll tilt 20 degrees and go 15 feet off the ground. What’s unique is that riders can actually control what their car does.

Tornado will open in April 2020 when Knoebels opens for the season.

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