Everything you need to know about HangTime, the new roller coaster coming to Knott’s

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Knott's Berry Farm revealed plans for its newest roller coaster,
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Knott’s Berry Farm revealed plans for its newest roller coaster, “Hangtime.” An artist rendering shows the ride during the day. (Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm)

Knott’s has had many firsts in roller coaster history, including the first corkscrew inversion coaster, first flywheel launch coaster and the first hydraulically launched coaster, says Jon Storbeck, the park’s vice president and general manager. HangTime, which the park announced this week will open in summer 2018, will be the first dive coaster on the West Coast with the steepest drop in California.

“Why this coaster?” Jeff Gahagan, vice president of maintenance and project development, asked. “We wanted something that was thrill. We’ve been focused on family for several years. We did talk about putting a thrill coaster in several years ago, but we wanted to get the whole family back in the park… We knew we wanted something different that didn’t exist anywhere else.”

Here are the HangTime facts:

Location: HangTime will be in the Boardwalk area of the park where Boomerang, Hammerhead, Rip Tide and several attractions once stood.

Manufacturing: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, GmbH

Type: HangTime is a next-generation “infinity coaster” model.

Height: 150 feet.

Track length: 2,198 feet.

Top speed: 57 mph

Ride time: 80 seconds.

Height requirement: 48 inches.

Weight requirement: There is a 350 pound per seat average based on the overall restriction for the car, so someone who weighs more could still ride if they can fit in the seat safely.

Accommodations: For special needs riders, accommodations will include an elevator and holding area.

Theme: Like the rest of the Boardwalk, it will be a beach theme, with queue walkways embellished with seashells and landscaping that will include sand and other seaside decor.

Capacity: 800 guests per hour. It is still being determined whether cubbies or lockers will be provided for phones and other personal items.

Safety: Lapbars and seatbelts, but no shoulder restraint.

Car layout: Four individual rows of connected cars for a total of 16 passengers per run, similar to GhostRider. Cars will feature surfboard-styled headrests.

Experience: The ride begins with 90-degree vertical lift hill, holds at the top for 2 seconds at a 60-degree angle, which gives the illusion of a disappearing track, and then riders travel back into a 96-degree 15-story drop.

Car safety: Should the car get stuck on the drop, it has magnetic braking coming down.

Other features: Five inversions. It will be the second roller coaster in the Western Hemisphere to boast a negative G stall loop, which will give riders a sensation of floating. The track will also dive 5-feet below the midway.

Color and lighting: It will be silver and light blue and accented with LED lights that can shine in different colors to mark holidays and special events throughout the year. The cars will feature chase lights so onlookers can follow their progress on the tracks.

Exit: On the Midway and there will be a building for merchandise and photos.

Opens: Summer 2018.

2018 season passes are now on sale. A regular season pass, $92, includes unlimited admission to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates. A Gold Season Pass, $110, includes unlimited admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City with no blackout dates. Special pricing and payment plans are available through Oct. 29.

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