K’NEX Amusement Park Sets – Rides & Roller Coasters! {Review} #KNEX

Disclosure:  I was sent the products below to review in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

When my brother was younger I remember he getting a K’NEX Roller coaster set and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.  I was either in later high school or college at the time so it wasn’t really something appropriate for me to own at the time nor did I have the time to build it!  I remember being jealous of him building it and then getting to play with it, while I was stuck working and preparing for adulthood.  Well now my own kids are getting older and they are quite master builders themselves.  I of course couldn’t wait to introduce them to K’NEX Roller coaster sets, and now K’NEX not only features a roller coaster but they have a few other rides as well!

Now I wish we would have had the time to build the roller coaster because it seriously looks amazing, but it is going to be a winter break project for my family.  We did however get the chance to build a few of the smaller amusement park sets though and they are super cool!

K’NEX Building Set: Amusement Park Series Assortment-Space #13408, #13409, #13410 

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Collect & build 3 space themed rides with the new Amusement Park Series assortment. Choose from the Star Shooter Coaster, Amazin’ 8 Coaster, or the Super Sonic Swirl! All three rides are motorized for exciting realistic performance. Each amusement park ride comes with over 400 parts including made in the USA rods & connectors. Collect & build them all and create your own amusement park—right in your living room! Each sold separately.  Suggested retail price is $29.99. Ages 7+. Available now on knex.com, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and at toy retailers nationwide.

Building these sets were fairly easy, but an adult is definitely required for younger kids.  I know for my boys they don’t have the patience or mentality necessarily to follow each step, but then again it also makes for some great parent-bonding with kids putting this together!  Some of the pieces are small and you really have to snap to push the pieces in for some spots.  You also could screw up the whole final creation if you mess up a step early on, so it is especially important to be diligent with the steps.  We actually missed a step early on and had to take some pieces apart to get it in.  Oh and the sets do require batteries because they actually do move!  Once together together I feel like it was held together tightly and not going anywhere.  The instructions are all visual, no words just pictures to show each step.  The sets worked like they should and it was not only fun to build them but then to enjoy the action of the ride afterwards!  My boys are literally amazed watching their creations go!  These sets are great whether you just have one or you have them all.  My boys can’t wait to have a whole K’NEX theme park going on in the corner of our basement!  They are uber-excited to open up the Thunderbolt Striker Roller Coaster set!

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Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster Building Set

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Build a shocking K’NEX coaster classic just like you remember!! You can build with over 850 all-classic K’NEX parts & pieces including rods, connectors and original tube style track to create this motorized storm that sends the coaster cars and 2 K’NEXmen figures hurtling through over 17 feet of heart-pounding excitement! All K’NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA! Ages 9+

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This set is 893 pieces which is double the smaller sets and I want to make sure we have the time and room to work on it, especially because once its together I know my boys are not going to want to take it apart!  It is also for ages 9 and up, which is above my boys right now – so definitely my husband or I will be needed for assembly.  My boys have been excited for this ever since we headed to Cedar Point Amusement Park over the summer and saw the giant K’NEX creation they have there on display that kids had built, its amazing how huge it is and how it all works!

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  1. We love the carousel.

  2. e michelle says:

    anything that is fast and turns a bunch! he love all the roller coasters at busch gardens esp the sheirka!

  3. Gina Ferrell says:

    My daughter loves the Tilt-A-Whril or the Zapper ride.

  4. roller coasters

  5. Harry Barbee says:

    chairlift at Carowinds is his favorite

  6. Crystal Brummett says:

    My kids haven’t been to a amusement park.. They love our county fair rides though.. (all of them)

  7. The roller coaster

  8. Stefany Meyer says:

    My son loves the kiddie rollercoasters!

  9. Two of mine like the rollercoasters and the younger one likes kiddie cars.

  10. My son likes Space Mountain

  11. Their favorite ride is the roller coaster

  12. My daughter loves the water rides best

  13. Tower of Terror at Disney World

  14. My grandsons like the water log ride.

  15. Lisa Vanhook says:

    roller coaster

  16. My daughter loves bumper cars, so do I!

  17. They have not yet visited an amusement park

  18. Melanie Montgomery says:

    He likes Rollercoasters

  19. cassandra says:

    We like Nitro at six flags.

  20. mine love to ride roller coasters

  21. Linda Vertin says:

    Cool toy

  22. erin dear (@mummadear) says:

    my kids love the ferris wheel.

  23. My kids like the merry go round

  24. Beth McAlpine says:

    rollar coaster

  25. Michelle Brown says:

    She doesn’t have one yet but her favorite ride so far is Daddy’s bouncy walks!

  26. ria clarke says:

    The bumper cars are always a big hit!

  27. sarahmarie jerome says:

    the tilt a wird or bumper cars

  28. susan smoaks says:

    our son loves to ride splash mountain at disney world

  29. Mihaela Day says:

    My kids love the bumper 🙂

  30. This looks cool!

  31. Beverly searles says:

    my daughters favorite ride at the amusement park is the tilt-a-whirl

  32. My children are into building things now a days, weve never tried any knex but im sure they would love to try out and start building.

  33. my daughter loves roller coasters! We had season passes at Great Adventure and she was thrilled with Batman coaster – me? I had my eyes closed

  34. Kathy Shriver says:


  35. abedabun dawn says:

    What is my child’s favorite ride at an amusement park! We do not have an amusement park near us so we have never been to one. But I will just say those little merry-go-rounds that you find outside stores.

  36. My kids like the roller coasters

  37. Natalie yeoman says:

    Diamondback at kings island

  38. Denise B. says:

    We all love rollercoasters.

  39. sheri blessing says:

    My kids favorite ride is the log ride.

  40. Kat Emerick says:

    My granddaughter loves the Merry -Go-Round.

  41. Our kids LOVE the GIANT slide where they get into a burlap sack (with me, of course)!

  42. Dusty Schnur says:

    My boys love the carousel! We must ride it 10 times when we go.

  43. Nicole C. says:

    My kids love them all, especially roller coaster!

  44. Elizabeth Fenter says:

    My son loves the carousel. He probably isn’t old enough for more than that anyway.

  45. Teresa Thompson says:

    Im not sure of the name but it looks like a pirate ship.

  46. mary renshaw says:

    I have 3 kids and they all like something different. My oldest LOVES roller coaster and thrill rides. My middles isnt a fan of rides and my youngest likes mellow rides.

  47. he likes the bumper cars.

  48. Space Mountain is a fave.

  49. The ferris wheel is our favorite.

  50. Michelle Coles says:

    mine love most rollercoasters

  51. Jodie Rosenblum says:

    My daughter is still little, but her favorite rides for now are monorails so she can see the whole park.

  52. My children love roller coasters (my oldest prefers one that does not flip upside down, have huge drops,

  53. Carol Mclemore says:

    My kids all like water rides.

  54. Patrycja Chudziak says:

    My son loves the carousel.

  55. My son loves the bumper cars

  56. mary gardner says:

    my kids love the bumper cars!

  57. they love the kiddie roller coasters

  58. Shea Balentine says:

    they love the bumper cars/go karts

  59. My son loved the Superman at Six Flags.

  60. Anastasia says:

    I’d have to say the haunted house ride 🙂 rolling on the slow moving car through the creepy rooms is always fun 🙂

  61. Monica Kirkham says:

    My kids are just like mom and dad… they love anything stand up or sit down, loops, twists, turns and breathtaking thrills!!!

  62. krystal wethington says:

    roller coaster.

  63. The carousel

  64. Does the bounce house count as a ride?

  65. My kids like the carousel.

  66. Danielle Wood says:

    He likes the bumper cars and the swings

  67. Always the roller coaster!!

  68. Melanie Comello says:

    My daughter loves riding on the ponies!

  69. The roller coaster for the win.

  70. kelley roach says:

    my son loves the bumper cars

  71. It would be the carousel at Disney

  72. Steve Singer says:

    They love the tilt o whirl

  73. Sara Giresi says:

    he is 2 but i am sure he will love roller coasters just like his mom

  74. tina reynolds says:

    mine love the carousel and the swings

  75. My grandson likes the bumper cars.

  76. They love the small rollercoasters

  77. beth shepherd says:

    My son loves the Diamondback. Its a big scary roller coaster.

  78. My son is still very young he is only 4 but he loves the “teacup” ride for toddlers at the bi-yearly fair we have here in town, I would love to help him play with this set (supervised of course!)

  79. Paula Tavernie says:

    He loves the Ferriswheel!

  80. Richard Hicks says:

    They love the roller coasters!

  81. wacky shack

  82. Lisa Garner says:

    My son loves Mr. Freeze the ride.

  83. Michelle Little says:

    My kids’ favorite park ride are the swings.

  84. danielle lima says:

    My daughter likes Tea Cup rides.

  85. Jill Myrick says:

    My sons favorite rides have always been the roller coasters.


  86. My daughter likes rides like the teacups.

  87. sarah tracey says:

    my son loves the big slide

  88. wendy rozema says:

    my kids like the roller coasters!

  89. Rebecca Peters says:

    my oldest loves the gravitron

  90. natalie andrews says:

    Roller coasters, of course!

  91. Deb Esling says:

    My son’s favorite ride is the log flume. My daughter’s favorite ride is any roller coaster.

  92. carousels

  93. my son likes the flying swings

  94. My son loves carousels 🙂

  95. My daughter is 3 and she loves the merry-go-round!

  96. Mary Hockley says:

    My daughter loves the carousel.

  97. Brandi Price says:

    Our son is only 4. We haven’t taken him to an amusement park yet.

  98. Melissa Shirley says:

    My son loves the bumper cars!

  99. Birdie Skolfield says:

    my kids love the Tilt o Whirl

  100. Besides the roller coaster, the bumper cars are lots of fun!

  101. Dawn Monroe says:

    My teen agers like any roller coaster and my grandkids like the bumper cars and giant slide.

  102. My older boys like the roller coasters, my youngest like the spinning rides that you sit inside of.

  103. Monique Rizzo says:

    My daughter’s favorite ride is the matterhorn.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  104. Tammy Hayden says:

    She’s only 6, still scared of roller coasters, but loves the Carousel and the Bear ride that you sit in and it spins around (not sure what its called)

  105. Stephanie MacDonald says:

    Bumper cars and the ferris wheel!

  106. kelly willis says:

    my son loves roller coasters and bumper cars

  107. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    My son loves the swings. He loves rides and can’t wait to be tall enough for roller coasters.

  108. The roller coasters

  109. My son is six, so we’re still riding the mini coasters and the log flume!

  110. raquel perez says:

    they love the Ferris wheel 🙂

  111. jeannine s says:

    My 7yr old loves roller coasters

  112. terry maigi says:

    My daughter loves the carousel!

  113. Diane Hamel says:

    awesome toy!!!

  114. My girl’s favorite ride is the roller coaster.

  115. My kids aren’t that into roller coaster rides yet, we still pretty much stick with the little kid ones…My daughter this year did ride the corkscrew and seemed to like it!

  116. My kiddos are pretty mild. They always enjoy the carousel and picking out their favorite flying horse to ride!

  117. jennifer wexler says:

    the merry go round is a favorite

  118. My son loves the toy story ride at Hollywood Studios.

  119. Sara Wagner says:

    My kids love the Ferris Wheel.

  120. Melissa Kitley Potter says:

    My daughter loves Superman at 6 flags or rock and roll Rollercoaster at Disney’s Hollywood studios

  121. Virginia Rowell says:

    My kids always love the roller coasters. I can’t handle the fast rides myself anymore.

  122. Brooklyn Dutson says:

    they are not picky they love all rides

  123. carol roberts clark says:

    the ferris wheel

  124. thia Beniash says:

    The biggest, fastest, loopiest, roller coaster they can find!

  125. My son loved the elmos fish ride at sea world

  126. Trisha Burgess says:

    My daughter loves the log ride!!

  127. Katie Morris Crider says:

    Ferris Wheel

  128. Angela Newsome says:

    My son’s favorite ride is The Big Dipper!

  129. Barbara A. Ramirez says:

    My granddaughter’s favorite ride is lt-a-Whirl..:)

  130. She hasn’t been to any amusement parks but she does love watching the roller coaster rides on tv. I don’t think she is old enough to actually get on one at the time though.

  131. Sam Simpson says:

    Have never heard of it. Have two little boys and sure they would enjoy.

  132. The ferris wheel and roller coaster. The grandkids live in Spokane Washington where they have a working carousel that is over 100 years old.

  133. Jessica Kaufman says:

    My kids like Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World.

  134. Francine Anchondo says:

    she loves rollarcoasters

  135. My child’s favorite ride at an amusement park is the roller coaster.

  136. We like Wicked at Lagoon.

  137. My son likes the frogger ride that goes up and then drops. Thanks for the chance.

  138. My son’s favorite ride is the Roaring Rapids.

  139. lissa crane says:

    My son’s favorite ride is the Roller Coaster of course-that’s why this would be so great for him!

  140. Would love to win this for my son

  141. My niece loves roller coasters (not me!).

  142. Susan Chester says:

    My son loves the roller coaster!

  143. Gale McCarron says:

    Our entire Family enjoys a good rollercoaster ride. Even the old wooden ones 🙂

  144. My son loved the Toy Story ride at Disney World.

  145. My kids like the tame rides…

  146. The Ferris wheel

  147. My kids love the roller coaster

  148. Heather Dawn says:

    My son loves roller coasters!

  149. courtney b says:

    we like its a small world at disneyland ! 🙂

  150. My granddaughter is a little nervous about rides at the Amusement Park but she will ride the carousel.

  151. april yedinak says:

    My kids love the Scrambler.

  152. tara darity says:

    they love all of it!

  153. Victoria Carlson says:

    My nephew’s favorite ride is the ferris wheel! He loves being able to see everyone and everything from way up high!

  154. My children are still little so they just like the carousels.
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  155. Rose Reeder says:

    I think it looks very interesting. 5 guys in our family would probably want to try first. We love taking our grandkids to the carousel in a park near us

  156. My son likes the rolercoasters.

  157. Jessica Flynn says:

    I remember my brothers growing up with these… and now my son is just the perfect age and I just cant to spoil him w a world of creativity!

  158. Terra Heck says:

    My boys like The Boss at Six Flags St. Louis. Thanks.

  159. christine jessamine says:

    my kids love the collasus rollercoaster

  160. Tara Liebing says:

    My son loves the Tilt O Whirl

  161. Jim Weaver says:

    None of my Grandkids have been to an amusement park yet. We have taken them on the Ferris Wheel at the County Fair and that didn’t go well. However, they loved the Merry Go Round.

  162. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    My son is only 2 1/2, so thus for his favorite is the Merry Go Round. He wanted to ride the train ride last summer but he wasn’t tall enough. Next year he can.

  163. The Wild Thing coaster at Valley Fair.

  164. jennifer cervantes says:

    My kids dont have one yet since I havent taken them to an amusement park yet, its to expensive!

  165. Eileen Richter says:

    The Bullet!

  166. My kids favorite rides were the roller coasters when they were little,

  167. My kids like the swings!

  168. My daughters like old wooden roller coasters

  169. My son loves to ride the trains!

  170. The Rollercoaster 🙂 ….

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  171. We don’t go often, but when we do get a chance to go my granddaughter’s favorite rides have been the roller coasters!

  172. The teacups at Disney World

  173. mindy cole says:

    My daughter loves all roller coasters

  174. ReggieMann says:

    My niece liked ALL the rides!

  175. My son loves the water rides – especially the big slides. Thanks for the contest!!

  176. They love the Superman

  177. laurie nykaza says:

    The Merry Go Round is always the kids favorite one to go on

  178. My kids favorite ride would probably be the tea cups. :]

  179. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    California Screamin!

  180. My son loves the Bumper Cars.

  181. Sacha Schroeder says:

    My son loves the Beast at Kings Island!

  182. he likes the bumper cars

  183. Lisa Kubin says:

    My son loves Space Mountain at Disneyland
    Lisa K.

  184. Catherine Robb says:

    My grandsons love the roller coasters at Cedar Point, especially the Demon Drop!

  185. My son love The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom.

  186. The roller coasters of course!! (thats what my oldest says anyways)

  187. Ann Fantom says:

    My daughter loves the cars that she can drive herself

  188. bryan clark says:

    simpsonsride at universal florida

  189. Tiffani Jade says:

    My son loves kiddie roller coasters and the log flume.

  190. The Ferris Wheel

  191. We saw this at a Children’s Museum and it looked like fun!

  192. The merry go round.

  193. My grandkids like the carousel.

  194. My niece loves riding on the carousel.

  195. Ferris Wheel

  196. Stephanie V. says:

    the mini roller coaster and peter pan

  197. Kitty Iecvan says:

    It’s got to be the Superman ride at Six flags!

  198. April Brenay says:

    my son loves free fall rides like tower of terror!

  199. my granddaughter loves the roller coaster

  200. Melissa Moore says:

    They love the log ride

  201. My kids like the Merry Go Round but we haven’t really been to an amusement park yet!

  202. The mouse trap roller coaster is the best!

  203. Nicole Newby says:

    My son loves the Ferris Wheel!

  204. Sharon Kaminski says:

    The roller coaster is our grandson’s favorite ride.

  205. Nannypanpan says:

    He likes roller coasters

  206. Seyma Shabbir says:

    My sons are 4 and 6, they love mini rollercoasters!

  207. Ronda Patrick says:

    The roller coasters, the scarier the better!!!

  208. I would say the ferris wheel.

  209. Darlene Sullins says:

    None, because they have yet to go to an amusement park (too expensive).

  210. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My son loves to ride Thunderation and SDC!

  211. Kelli Anderson says:

    My son LOVES the swings that spin around really fast and go high in the air!

  212. michelle oakley warner says:

    my kids all love the manta ride at sea world, that thing is so scary but they love it

  213. Lita Necaise says:

    My grandsons favorite ride is anything that remotely resembles a train. He is too young for roller coasters but something tells me they will become his favorite ride because he loves building sky high towers and ramps.

  214. Jennifer Rote says:

    My son likes the water slide the best.

  215. My oldest grandson loves roller coasters!

  216. Dorothy Teel says:

    When we went to Disneyland this summer my granddaughters were gung ho over the roller coasters, loved Thunder Mountain, and they even rode Space Mountain, of course grandmom sat and watched for them to ride and took pictures.. LOL, I have long since outgrown roller coasters.

  217. My daughter likes all the head spinning type of rides like the Fireball.

  218. my son loves the log flume at hershey park!

  219. Michelle Small says:

    The mouse trap roller coaster is my kids favorite.

  220. I haven’t taken my son to an amusement park yet.

  221. Mine love the carousel.

  222. Carrie Phelps says:

    My grandchildren are little so they still like the Merry-Go-Round.

  223. vickie couturier says:

    they love the water boat rides the best,they like to get wet

  224. rod jackson says:

    Our favorite ride is the ferris wheel

  225. The Tilt A Whirl is his favorite ride.

  226. Kimberly M. says:

    Bumper cars.

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  228. Danielle Cordeau says:

    My kids like the log ride at Six flags. OR Space m ountain at Disney.

  229. my kids love tower of terror

  230. Brandi Dawn says:

    My childs fave is the Silver Bullet at Silver Dollar City!

  231. Alina Hahn says:

    Probably the tea cups but we can’t spin. Or any car he can ride in.

  232. My son loves roller coasters, My daughter isn’t a big fan of the rides… so I guess the carousel is usually her favorite lol.

  233. beckybarrettbeitzel says:

    my son loves space mountain at disney world

  234. kim burnett says:

    My kids like the tilt a whirl

  235. Mia Dentice Carey says:

    He LOVES ROLLER COASTERS!!!! Went on his 1st one when he was ONLY 33 months!

  236. Debra Hall says:

    my grandson loves the roller costers the faster the better

  237. My daughter’s favorite ride would probably be the Merry Go Round.

  238. susan hartman says:

    My daughter likes the swings.

  239. My son loves the flying saucers

  240. Love the roller coaster

  241. jennay green says:

    my kids love rollercoasters… just like i do

  242. Wanda Clark says:

    This would be for my grandson and he loves the Tilt-a-Whirl. It just whips the crap out of me.

  243. Kathleen Downes says:

    My son is still too young for roller coasters but last year on his birthday he rode a flying helicopter ride at Six Flags and loved it.

  244. Sandra VanHoey says:

    My grandson went on a couple smaller roller coaster rides this past summer and he loved them so I think this is his favorite

  245. my son loves the bumper cars

  246. My grandson’s favorite ride is Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster at Six Flags over GA!

  247. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My daughter’s favorite ride at the amusement park is the Merry Go Round

  248. melissaandkeith miller says:

    the vortex

  249. Michelle S says:

    Both my kids love roller coasters as long as they don’t loop!

  250. My daughters favorite ride is the carousel