Holy crap guys... it's me, hi! After sending my idiot intern to California's Great America to cover their RailBlazer announcement, I had to send my other lacky Dan to Knott's Berry Farm to attend the announcement for Hang Time... an all new, actual, honest to god, ride worth riding...
Yes, Knott's has announced an actual roller coaster... a decent sized ride too! First one since Silver Bullet opened in 2004. Yes, 2004. It's been 14 years (by the time Hang Time opens) since the park has added a new ride of this size! Sure we've had some great additions over the years... like... um... well, I like Sierra Sidewinder, it's an actual fun ride! Having focused on more family friendly additions like Pony Express and the Camp Snoopy renovations a few years ago, and the redo of Ghost Rider... the last truly new ride of any note was Silver Bullet over a decade ago. But nobody's discounting the necessity of what's been done since... I mean, except for that one thing that shall not be named. Not to mention literal tons of deep fried boysenberry stuff... but have you ever tried to ride a Fun Bun? Exactly.
Knott's Berry Farm has always had an impressive history when it comes to roller coasters too! I mean, unless we're counting Windjammer (by the way, why not name Hang Time "Windjammer 2"?)... the first modern inverting coaster with Corkscrew, Montezooma's Revenge... one of the best damn launch coasters the world has ever seen, Ghost Rider, Silver Bullet, etc! They even bought into the Boomerang craze when it was NEW! Y'know, 27 years ago. They've got a great history with big iron rides. And after an all too long break, they're back at it and we're very excited!
So there ya go! A fantastic new addition for Knott's Berry Farm and I sincerely hope they keep up the investment in this park. After a long run of parks like Canada's Wonderland, Kings Island, etc. all getting a disproportionate amount of love in the coaster realm, it's time to turn the attention out west... the competition out here is about to heat up a little. Six Flags, Universal and of course Disney are all planning big expansions/additions. I hope Knott's is ready to play... it's only about time, I'd say!
Facts about Hang Time...
Height: Approximately 300 pigeons tall (150 feet)
Angle of first drop: 96 degrees (prepare for idiotic on-ride videos of people yelling this)
Length: At least 7 feet (2,198 feet long)
How many? STOP ASKING ME MOM, IT'S A SECRET
Capacity: 3 trains departing from a station somewhere on the track, each carrying approximately 32 midgets... err, "little people." (16 normal sized people)
Maximum velocity: Equivalent to an unladen European Swallow shot out of a potato gun (57 MPH)
When will it open: After next Tuesday (sometime next Summer)
Cost: More than $50, less than Disney spent to redo Tower of Terror
And that's it... see you all out there somewhere... for whatever reason, I don't know... whatever... I guess.
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