Knott’s Berry Farm Debuting New Dive Coaster In 2018
Get ready to dive on the West Coast! Knott’s Berry Farm will welcome HangTime in 2018 – a brand new steel roller coaster and the only dive coaster on the West Coast. HangTime will tower 150 feet over the park’s Boardwalk area, showcasing gravity-defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and twisting dive tracks.
HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a 15-story 96-degree drop -the steepest drop in California. The coaster’s train will come to a halt once the highest peak is reached, and will leave riders suspended at the crest for several seconds staring downward at a 60-degree angle, giving the illusion of a disappearing track. Then the train will suddenly descend in a beyond-vertical drop, through 2,198 feet of steel track, and five gravity-defying inversions. HangTime will be only the second roller coaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders the sensation of floating.
“HangTime’s disappearing track creates a memorable illusion of the unknown as riders feel like they are hanging over a cliff, staring at the ground in nervous anticipation,” said Jon Storbeck, vice president and general manager, Knott’s Berry Farm. “People who crave that adrenaline rush will want to ride this coaster again and again. Introducing a coaster like HangTime firmly positions Knott’s Berry Farm as a must see attraction among Southern California theme parks, and we look forward to welcoming our guests to this new experience.”
HangTime’s ride structure itself will come to life and illuminate the Boardwalk area with colorful night time track chase lighting that will accompany the coaster train’s travels across the smooth steel track.
Jeff Gahagan, Knott’s VP of Maintenance and Construction shares more details about the new dive coaster:
HangTime replaces the 1990 Boomerang coaster and 2004 Riptide thrill ride. Boomerang was sold to a Denmark ride refurbisher and re-seller. Riptide’s passenger gondola went to Minnesota’s ValleyFair amusement park.
The coaster continues Knott’s legacy in roller coaster innovation and industry firsts; the park introduced the very first corkscrew inversion roller coaster with Corkscrew, and the first flywheel launch coaster with Montezuma’s Revenge. Check out this “Knott’s History of Coasters” video that was shown during the announcement event.
HangTime is being manufactured by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, GmbH, and is the company’s next generation “infinity coaster” model.
HangTime Basic Stats:
- Height: 150 feet
- Track Length: 2,198 feet
- Capacity: 3 trains with 16 single passenger carrying units each
- Maximum velocity 57 mph
Notable Ride Features:
- 150-foot Vertical Lift
- 96-degree First Drop
- 5 Inversions
- Holding Break at 60 degrees- ride will hang guests looking down over the first drop before starting
- The Negative-G Stall Loop- only the 2nd roller coaster in the Western Hemisphere to have this feature offering unprecedented hang time
- Colorful nighttime track chase lighting that will accompany the coaster train as it travels across the track
We attended the invite only announcement event. There, we learned not only about the new coaster, but got the try some amazing food at the new Boardwalk BBQ restaurant!
Guests can experience an entire season of fun including the thrill of HangTime with a 2018 Knott’s Season Pass, on sale now at the best price of the year. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates.
Regular passes are just $92 or nine easy payments of $10.22 and Gold Season Passes are $110 or nine payments of just $12.22. These offers end October 29, 2017. *Payment plans are only available online.
For more information about HangTime, Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Season Passes, please visit the official Knott’s Berry Farm website by clicking here.
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