Leanna Knoebel Muscato still loves to walk through Knoebels Amusement Resort in the early morning hours, before the hustle and bustle of the day, and before the park is open and guests begin to arrive. The early morning hours are hers to go check on her charges as she has done for many years.
Those charges are the family games in the park. They are traditional carnival games, many of which are made in-house. She has several toss games like the Cat Rack, the Block Party, Football Toss and Kozmo’s Big Mouth Toss. She has a Dizzy Darts game and Hoops Basketball. There are the Flying Frogs and the Hungry Frogs, the Fish Pond and the Fishin’ Hole. She has one water race game and five other race games. She also has two Big One cranes and a Hi-Striker. And there are others.
Muscato has been involved in various aspects of her family’s park business, but she has remained most devoted to the games. She has seen many changes in the games segment of the amusement industry, especially in the technology arena, including the cashless system.
“Gaming is an impulse,” she said. “If you have to go back to a kiosk and reload money onto your card, you just might not do it.” Muscato loves the simplicity of her games. She loves the fact that if something breaks, repairs are small.