|Impulse from the adjacent midway.|
|A unique view of the ride once the sun came out!|
|The first-rider auction winners on the first train out!|
|Riders heading up the lift hill.|
Scott was able to speak with Rick Knoebel about the process of selecting Zierer as the ride manufacturer, how Impulse's colors were chosen (simpler than you'd think!) and also more on the ride's cars.
|Taking the plunge!|
|Completing the vertical loop.|
|These riders appear to be having a blast!|
Naturally with such a large ride opening a representative from Zierer was on hand. Scott was able to speak with Martin Weichselgartner, Managing Director at Zierer:
|A close look at the trains.|
Impulse was exceptionally smooth, and with the comfortable restraint system the ride experience is top-notch - I can't stress that enough.
Another interesting item pointed out by Scott, the lift motor is mounted vertically instead of horizontally. The perimeter of Impulse is fenced off, but you can still walk the outside of it which allows for some neat views of the ride mechanics. It also doesn't hurt when you are taking photos of the ride - I posted on social media that Impulse loves to be photographed, and I meant it. When the sun is out the ride's bold colors pop beautifully.
|The cobra roll greets riders after the drop.|
|The vertical loop.|
|Comfortable restraints, even in this element.|
|The final inversion.|
Many thanks to Knoebels for having the NewsPlusNotes team on hand for the ride's opening - a perfect start to their 79th season. After taking a spin on Impulse we already know the park has a hit on their hands. This Summer is sure to be a busy one as word of Impulse spreads! This season also features other changes such as a new LED show on the Ferris wheel, the return of Power Surge, the 30th anniversary of The Phoenix and a 4th train on Flying Turns.
Knoebels recently debuted a new website, perfect for planning your own trip. Check it out!
|One final shot of Impulse at Knoebels.|