The Spaceship Simulator opened at Knoebels in 1958
Riders would take a seat inside the rocket and watch a film on space exploration. As the rocket in the film was about to blast off the rocket ride would tilt upward to simulate a launch.
"The unique ride received widespread publicity as the first of its kind in the amusement park industry.....The rocket ship was intended to give occupants the illusion of what space travel would be like. Riders viewed the blastoff and floating through space for the long trip to the moon through a film shown on a movie screen in front of the cabin. Alex Habersgaw of Captain Video television series, a popular program of that era, produced the movie especially for Knoebels." - From Knoebels, An Amusement Park with a Heart,
The ride was built at Knoebels, and used old bus seats inside. It rocked on a pivot point using a hydraulic lift from an old dump truck. Similar rides appeared at Dutch Wonderland and Coney Island, in the late 1950s and 60s.