Why Knott's GhostRider Is a Great Coaster

Review of the Wooden Coaster at Knott's Berry Farm

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When the Cedar Fair folks (the coaster-crazy crew that runs Ohio's Cedar Point ) bought Knott's Berry Farm from the Knott family in the late 1990s, one of the first things they did was what they know best: They built a kick-ass coaster. GhostRider combines the traditional charm of a woodie with the sensibility of a modern-day thrill machine, and it offers an airtime-filled, out-of-control (in a good, wooden coaster way), and exhilarating ride.

  • Typical wood coaster thrills, lots of out-of-your-seat airtime.
  • Coaster type: Wood, double out-and-back
  • Top speed: 56 mph
  • Height restriction: 48 inches
  • Height: 118 feet
  • Longest Drop: 108 feet
  • Ride time: 2 minutes

With its rustic yellow-pine track, "mine car" trains, and Old-West adorned loading station, GhostRider fits right into Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town area. Heck, it even has the word, "Ghost" in its name.

A meandering queue eventually deposits riders in a switchback rat-maze on the ground level of the "GhostRider Mining Company" boarding station. After inching back and forth, passengers climb a set of stairs up to the loading area for some more rat-maze line fun. Because GhostRider is such a (deservedly) popular coaster, be prepared for long waits in the queue, especially during busier days at the park. And then, be prepared for a great ride.

The train leaves the station, coasts into a ravine that passes the loading queue, and heads up the lift hill. The highlight of the ride is the initial, note-perfect, 108-foot banked drop. To appease neighbors and reduce noise, Knott's covered the drop with a metal canopy. While it limits riders' views a bit, the canopy adds to GhostRider's unique mystique and actually seems to amplify the intensity of the clanking train and the passengers' screams. We are not sure what the park's neighbors make of it.

Ghostly Airtime

An abrupt left-hand turn at the bottom of the drop produces a twinge of airtime. The camelback hill that follows unleashes a torrent of airtime. GhostRider then meanders through a delightful series of twists and turns that produce some wonderful out-of-your-seat moments. The banked portions of the track generate lateral Gs that offer plenty of oomph, but make a relatively smooth transition (unlike other coasters where intense lateral Gs can border on torture). This is what great woodies are all about.

A word of caution about the lateral G forces: You had better enjoy the company of your seat mate. Despite the seat dividers, the ride's helices cause passengers to slide over into one another.

Built at the very edge of Knott's Berry Farm, GhostRider serves as a great calling card for the park. About a third of the ride actually extends outside its perimeter. One of its turnarounds takes riders over Grand Avenue and into what used to be a parking lot. The trains zoom next to Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant and the shops on Beach Avenue.

Knott's says that the ride lasts two minutes, but it feels even longer. That's not meant in a negative way; GhostRider is a hoot from beginning to end.

Triumphant Return

Originally built by the gone-but-not-forgotten coaster mavens at Custom Coasters International (the manufacturer closed its shop in 2002), the ride maintains wild speed and energy until the final brake run back into the station. Known for their physics-defying voodoo, CCI coasters seem to actually pick up speed rather than limp through the final elements like many thrill machines. GhostRider is a prime example of the CCI magic.

When it first opened in 1998 and for a number of years after that, GhostRider was hailed as a great ride by coaster enthusiasts and more casual fans alike. As with many wooden coasters however, it did not age well and eventually became excessively rough. Fortunately, Knott's did not, er, give up the ghost. Instead, it closed the ride in 2015 for a much-needed makeover. The ride company, Great Coasters International, removed all of the track and replaced it, re-profiled some sections of track, and traded out the trains for brand new ones.

GhostRider reopened to great acclaim in 2016. The ride experience is much smoother than it had been in its final years before it was refurbished. It still has the characteristic wood coaster feel that park fans crave, however. The rear seat, in particular, now offers a gloriously intense, wild, and wooly ride.

GhostRider is once again one of the country's premier wooden coasters.

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Knott’s ghostrider roller coaster: longest, tallest and fastest wooden coaster on the west coast to reopen june 11.

Workers continue to replace the track on the GhostRider roller...

Workers continue to replace the track on the GhostRider roller coaster. The refurbishment is taking longer than originally planned, with the opening date now set for June 11.

Construction workers continue work on the GhostRider at Knott's Berry...

Construction workers continue work on the GhostRider at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park in April of this year. The roller coaster has been significantly modified, and outfitted with new trains to make it faster and smoother. Knott's officials said it would open to the public on June 11.

One of the new trains for the GhostRider roller coaster...

One of the new trains for the GhostRider roller coaster at the station at Knott's Berry Farm. The farm announced the refurbished coaster would reopen June 11.

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Knott’s Berry Farm announced that its GhostRider roller coaster will reopen June 11.

The wooden coaster was closed at the beginning of January for an extensive refurbishment that involved replacing and modifying the track layout — to smooth out what was a rough ride, and make it a little faster.

Knott’s also replaced the trains on the ride with a new design that will make the ride smoother, according to officials with the theme park.

The coaster, billed as the longest, tallest and fastest wooden coaster on the West Coast, was originally supposed to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend, but the project was delayed during the refurbishment .

The revised coaster is part of a bigger project at Knott’s that has seen the Calico Saloon get a major refurbishment, the building of a new outdoor stage near the Mine Train ride, and a new stunt show.

The work is part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Ghost Town section of what is called America’s first theme park.

The anniversary celebration, which will begin Memorial Day weekend, will feature a number of new walkaround “characters” of the Old West. Visitors will also be able to walk inside displays, called “peek-ins,” such as the sheriff’s office and the assay office to interact with the characters.

For more information about the 75th anniversary celebration of Ghost Town, visit knotts.com .

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Knott’s Berry Farm plans a full restoration of the aging GhostRider wooden coaster as part of a 75th anniversary celebration of the Ghost Town area of the Buena Park theme park.

The few details released by Knott’s left many unanswered questions: Who will do the makeover? Will any inversions be added? When will GhostRider reopen?

The most obvious contender for the makeover is Rocky Mountain Construction, which has added corkscrew inversions and overbanked turns to a number of wooden coasters in recent years to the delight of ride enthusiasts.

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For 2016, Rocky Mountain already is working on a new coaster at Tennessee’s Dollywood and a renovation at Kentucky Kingdom. The Idaho-based company recently advertised a surveyor position for a California coaster project that stoked speculation that GhostRider or Roar at Vallejo’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom could be getting a Rocky Mountain makeover.

But Rocky Mountain has yet to work with Cedar Fair, which operates 11 amusement parks, including Knott’s. Since 2011, Rocky Mountain has built or renovated six coasters at Six Flags parks. It will be interesting to see whether that ongoing relationship prevents rival Cedar Fair from teaming up with Rocky Mountain.

Cedar Fair has more than two dozen wooden coasters in its vast collection from manufacturers like Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters and Great Coasters International. For the GhostRider makeover, Cedar Fair could decide to work with PTC or GCI again or choose another ridemaker like Ohio-based Gravity Group, which recently added an inversion to a wooden coaster at Wisconsin’s Mt. Olympus park.

The GhostRider was built in 1998 by the now-defunct Custom Coasters International with PTC trains. The 118-foot-tall double out and back wooden coaster reaches a top speed of 56 mph over a 4,500-foot course.

The jaw-rattling ride has gotten so rough in recent years that I started referring to the coaster as RoughRider. Knott’s has been known to bring GhostRider to a complete stop during a mid-ride brake run in order to prolong the life of the aging coaster track.

Modern wooden coasters don’t age well and typically require regular maintenance that becomes increasingly expensive with each passing year. Recent renovations at parks in Texas, Massachusetts and Mexico have transformed aging wooden coasters into hybrid rides by adding new steel reinforcements to existing wooden tracks and supports. If GhostRider follows this route, you can expect the renovated ride to feature the speed and smoothness of a steel coaster while maintaining the look and feel of a wooden coaster.

If inversions are not added to GhostRider, Knott’s will have to tamp down expectations and discourage comparisons to the newly renovated Twisted Colossus hybrid coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, which opened to rave reviews in May.

GhostRider closes Sept. 8 before the annual Halloween Haunt event kicks off at Knott’s. More details on the renovated ride are expected in November. A summer 2016 debut seems likely for the newly improved coaster.

While many questions remain, one thing is certain: The Ghostrider renovation opens the door for more wooden coaster makeovers at Cedar Fair parks.

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Looming 118 feet over Knott's historic Ghost Town, the GhostRider wooden coaster forever changed the look and feel of this venerable California theme park. Brave GhostRiders enter a mysterious mine, only to be strapped into a gold, silver, or copper mining car and sent along 4,533 feet of twisting, unforgiving timber. Highlights of this massive themed white-knuckler, include a dramatic 108-foot initial banked drop, 13 additional drops, sudden dips, banked turns, and a maximum G-force of 3.14.

GhostRider begins at the former site of Knott's Berry Farm's Pan for Gold (permanently relocated to Boot Hill) and stretches onto the former backstage property before veering left over Grand Avenue and into the former MarketPlace parking lot and comes within several hundred feet of bustling Beach Blvd. There, it doubles-back on itself in a classic "out-and-back" fashion to return to the giant themed GhostRider Mining Co. queue building.

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Roller Coaster Stats

  • Height 118 feet
  • Drop 108 feet
  • Angle Of Descent 51° degrees
  • Length 4,533 feet
  • Top Speed 56 miles per hour
  • G-force 3.14 G's
  • Ride Time 2 minutes, 40 seconds minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity 1600 riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains 3 - 24 passenger  
  • Train Designer Great Coasters International  

GhostRider Facts & History

Constructed using 2.5 million board feet of long-leaf Southern Yellow Pine.

Features: 14 Hills, 10 Crossovers, 3 Bridges

Designed for three-train operation, the coaster ended up being too short to efficiently operate with three, so it only runs with two.

September 8, 2015 – GhostRider shuts down for full track replacement and new trains from Great Coasters International. The new 12-car Millennium Flyer model trains replace the 7-car, 2-bench trains from Philadelphia Togoggan Company. During the refurbishment the mid-course block brake was removed, eliminating the ability to operate with 3-trains.

June 18, 2016 – GhostRider reopens following a multi-million dollar refurbishment.

Opening date: December 8, 1998

Train has twelve cars with one row each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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GhostRider is a Custom Coasters International wooden roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm , in Buena Park, California. The ride is a double out and back pattern. The trains are painted gold, silver, and copper. Although the coaster have 3 trains, it operates trains two at a time.

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Ghost Rider is a ride made out of wood, It is one of the biggest rollercoasters at Knotts, and it circles all around the entire park.

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Official Bio

GhostRider is the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast! Looming 118 feet over historic Ghost Town, GhostRider is the largest attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm and one of the longest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world.

Brave riders enter a mysterious mine and board gold, silver or copper mining car before being sent galloping along over 4,500 feet of twisting timber. The massive roller coaster includes 14 hills providing tons of air time throughout the nearly three minute journey. For the ultimate thrill, take a ride at night when every twist and turn is hidden in darkness.

GhostRider has been routinely featured on the lists of the best wooden coasters in the entire world since opening in 1998. In late 2015 through spring 2016, a complete track refurbishment was performed on the ride creating an improved ride experience with a smoother track and new trains.

Rider Safety Information

  • The GhostRider is the tallest, longest, and fastest wooden roller coaster in the Western United States.  The GhostRider combines state of the art thrills with an old west flavor.
  • To access the attraction loading area, please see the Guest Service Associate at the midway entrance to the GhostRider building. If a Guest Service Associate is not present, please have the Guest Service Associate at the GhostRider Goods shop,  across the midway, assist you.  
  • Each rider must be able to remain sitting up straight, keeping their head upright, their back and shoulders against the seatback, and their hands, arms, legs, and feet down and inside the ride at alt times. Riders must be able to hold on with one functioning arm and brace with one functioning leg. Riders must have a  minimum of three functioning extremities. Two functioning arms are sufficient, instead of three functioning extremities, if the rider has a normal center of gravity, and the lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride. Amputations must be at the knee or below. Guests with a cervical collar, a neck brace, broken collar bone, full leg cast, or a full arm cast must not ride. Please review all restrictions listed on the sign at the attraction entrance.
  • No casts or broken bones.  
  • Service animals cannot accompany the guest on this attraction.
  • This attraction uses strobe lights.
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional Accessibility information.
  • It's the biggest rollercoaster in the west coast

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GhostRider (roller coaster)

GhostRider is a wooden roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California . It is located in the Ghost Town section of the park , south of the main entrance. Manufactured by Custom Coasters International , GhostRider is the tallest and longest wooden coaster on the West Coast of the United States , measuring 4,533 feet (1,382 m) long and 118 feet (36 m) tall. The ride follows an L-shaped double out and back pattern, with a station themed to a mining building. There are three trains, each themed to a different precious metal, though only two are in use at any given time.

GhostRider was announced in August 1997 as part of an expansion of Knott's Berry Farm. The coaster cost $24 million and opened on December 8, 1998, earlier than originally scheduled. After it opened, GhostRider became one of Knott's most popular rides. Between 2015 and 2016, Great Coasters International conducted a major renovation of the ride, replacing the track and the trains. Amusement Today 's annual Golden Ticket Awards has consistently ranked GhostRider among the world's top wooden roller coasters.

  • 1.1 Development
  • 1.2 Operation
  • 3 Characteristics
  • 4 Incidents

By 1997, the Knott family, which operated Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, California , planned to add a wooden roller coaster to the park. Knott's already had several major attractions, including the Calico Mine Ride, a prototype Corkscrew coaster, a looping shuttle roller coaster named Montezooma's Revenge , and a water ride named Bigfoot Rapids. According to historian Eric Lynxwile, who wrote a book about Knott's Berry Farm, a wooden roller coaster was the only major attraction type that was absent from the park. The Knott family had begun planning for a wooden coaster almost five years before GhostRider was ultimately completed in 1998. Knott's officials hoped that the construction of a wooden coaster would increase the park's annual attendance to 4 million.

Development

A new wooden coaster was announced in August 1997 as part of an expansion of Knott's Berry Farm. The expansion project would cost an estimated $35 million, of which the coaster cost $24 million. The ride would be the park's fifth roller coaster, as well as the first attraction to be built in Knott's Ghost Town section since 1969. The ride would cross over Grand Avenue, which separated the main section of the park from one of its parking lot, and would occupy a portion of that parking lot. It would replace the Pan for Gold attraction and a decorative volcano built by the park's founder, Walter Knott . Knott's vice president for maintenance and construction at the time, Robin Hall, said he wanted the project to serve as a "billboard" for the park on Beach Boulevard, along the park's eastern boundary; the project would also allow Knott's to relocate warehouses in the attraction's path.

Custom Coasters International (CCI) was hired to manufacture the coaster, while Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) provided the trains. The project lasted two years. The first phase of the project involved clearing land and relocating the warehouses, which took about a year and comprised much of the ride's budget. The ride would be the Knott family's last investment in the park, as Cedar Fair acquired Knott's Berry Farm in October 1997. At the time, land was still being cleared for the new ride. Cedar Fair's CEO Dick Kinzel briefly considered canceling the ride because of its high cost, but Cedar Fair ultimately continued to develop the new coaster. By March 1998, the ride was being referred to as "Ghost Rider".

Construction of the ride itself took 11 months. Hall said that park officials wanted the ride to be taller than Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain , which Hall had also designed. As a result, the ride's height was revised from 112 to 118 ft (34 to 36 m) so it would be taller than Colossus. Labor union members protested outside Knott's Berry Farm in April 1998 over the fact that the park did not hire unionized workers to build GhostRider, prompting the park to file a lawsuit to stop the protests.

GhostRider was originally scheduled to open in early 1999, but it opened on December 8, 1998, ahead of schedule. Jack Falfas, the general manager of Knott's, had advocated for an accelerated opening date. During a preview event on the roller coaster's opening day, one hundred members of nonprofit group American Coaster Enthusiasts rode GhostRider. At the time of its opening, GhostRider was advertised as the longest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast of the United States . As of November 2022 [update] , it remains the longest wooden roller coaster on the American West Coast as well as the Pacific Coast of the Americas. Park officials also claimed that GhostRider was the fastest wooden coaster on the West Coast; however, Colossus traveled at a maximum speed of 62 mph (100 km/h), compared to GhostRider's 56 mph (90 km/h).

After it opened, GhostRider became one of Knott's most popular rides, and Knott's officials predicted that the ride would increase the park's annual attendance from 3.4 million to 4 million. During the second quarter of 1999, attendance at Knott's increased more than 10 percent quarter-over-quarter, at a time when other amusement parks in Southern California were experiencing decreased attendance. The ride was temporarily closed for repairs in August 1999 after an incident that injured five people.

By 2015, GhostRider had gained a reputation as a rough ride. That August, Knott's officials announced that they would refurbish GhostRider for Ghost Town's 75th anniversary. The ride temporarily closed in September 2015 so Great Coasters International (GCI) could refurbish the attraction. Including the planning process, the project lasted for two years; the renovation itself only took nine months to complete. Buena Park officials had to ensure that the renovation plans complied with building codes and that the ride was resistant to earthquakes. Most of the track was replaced and re-profiled, with banked turns and airtime hills being added. Additionally, the mid-course brake run was removed, and the trains were replaced. GCI also replaced the chain lift , added magnetic brakes, and removed steel in the ride's structure as part of the project. GhostRider was originally planned to reopen on May 27, 2016, but the ride ultimately reopened on June 11, 2016.

Ride experience

The ride is located in the Ghost Town section of Knott's Berry Farm, near the main entrance and the California Marketplace section of the park. The ride's official backstory involves a former Union Army soldier who moved to a California mining town in pursuit of gold during a gold rush . According to this backstory, the soldier rode his horse into the mine one day and was never seen again; local residents sometimes reported seeing a ghost riding a horse, hence the ride's name.

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The ride's station is three stories high and is themed as a mining company's building. Riders approach the ride near the entrance to Ghost Town. The queue begins in a mining tunnel and features an area where guests can pan for gold while waiting in line. At the end of the tunnel, the queue enters the lower level of the fictitious GhostRider Mining Company. The queue ascends to the upper level, where riders board the trains. There is a storage track underneath the upper level of the station.

The train is propelled out of the station using drive tires . There is a small left turn and initial descent into a ravine, which is followed by a gradual sweep to the right. The train passes through the transfer track (which leads to the storage track under the station) and climbs the lift hill. Riders descend 108 ft (33 m) into a drop covered by a metal canopy. The train then turns left and rises over an airtime hill before making a sweeping left-hand turnaround. After the turnaround, riders descend again and rise into a gradual right-hand climb before descending into the structure of the lift hill and making a left-turn chicane. Originally, riders then turned into a midcourse brake run. This was removed in 2016.

The turnaround starts in the second half of the ride. Diving off a straight section of track, riders descend a steep drop, making a left-hand turn, rising over an airtime hill, before making a right-hand turnaround underneath the turnaround in the first half. After rising over another airtime hill, the trains enter a 450-degree downward helix to the right, before rising over a final hill and hitting the final brake run.

Characteristics

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The track measures 4,533 ft (1,382 m) long, The ride rises 118 ft (36 m) above ground, and its 51-degree first drop is 108 ft (33 m) tall. The ride was constructed with around 2.5 million board feet of Southern yellow pine from North Carolina and Alabama, as well as 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of nails. Knott's officials used yellow pine to match the park's Old West theme. During the 2016 renovation, the top layers of the original track were replaced with Ipe wood . It also uses 250 short tons (220 long tons; 230 t) of steel, 1,410 cu yd (1,080 m 3 ) of concrete, and 1,000 short tons (890 long tons; 910 t) of nuts and bolts. The ride lasts for about two minutes and forty seconds.

The ride follows an L-shaped double out and back pattern. Most of the attraction is within the parking lot near the marketplace. The ride crosses over Grand Avenue (which connects southbound Beach Boulevard to the parking lots) four times. The track is banked at angles of up to 42 degrees. Trains travel up to 56 mph (90 km/h), subjecting riders to a maximum g-force of 3.14. On straight segments of track, which comprise about 40 percent of the ride's length, the track is made of wooden planks measuring 2 in (51 mm) thick and 8 to 10 in (200 to 250 mm) wide. Curved segments of track, comprising the remaining 60 percent of the ride's length, use smaller boards; after 1999, these boards were bound using metal straps. Because the wooden track tends to expand and compress throughout the year, mechanics conducted daily inspections of the track when it opened, tightening bolts once a year.

The ride uses three trains, although only two are in use at any time. The trains each contain 12 cars; every car seats two guests in a single row. The original trains, manufactured by PTC, were each painted a different color representing a mining metal ( gold , silver , and copper ). Originally, each car had both a front axle and a rear axle, which added extra weight to each train. After the 2016 GCI refurbishment, the trains were redesigned with a wood-grain motif. The front car of each train retained both axles, but the remaining cars only contained a rear axle. This was done to allow each train to move smoothly, as the previous trains would whip around the course with both axles. Five mechanics maintain the ride and completely reconstruct each of the trains every year.

On August 24, 1999, an unsecured piece of wood from the track was lifted by a passing train and thrown into another car that was passing below. Five riders were injured, including a tourist who was hit on the head and required stitches. Knott's officials said that GhostRider was inspected every morning before the park opened, including the day of the accident; during these inspections, workers secured loose bolts and replaced weakening wood. In the aftermath of the accident, CCI recommended that the boards be secured, and park officials installed metal safety devices on GhostRider. The ride reopened on August 30, 1999, after modifications.

Between 2007 and 2012, guests filed two lawsuits against Knott's Berry Farm in relation to the ride. During this period, two other attractions also prompted two lawsuits each; these three rides were the subject of more lawsuits than any other ride at the park.

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Knott’s Berry Farm Confirms Fate of Historic Roller Coaster After Extensive Closure

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The launch part of the Montezooma's Revenge roller coaster

Knott’s Berry Farm fans rejoice! We finally have a reopening date for a coaster whose fate has been uncertain for several years.

Knott’s Berry Farm is one of California’s oldest theme parks, coming from humble beginnings as a roadside restaurant and traveler’s stop in the 1920s. Since then, it’s continued to compete with Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Each year, its fall event, Knott’s Scary Farm, draws in as many guests as Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights , making it a premiere vacation destination.

Guests on a roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm

The park boasts over a dozen iconic attractions and roller coasters, including the GhostRider, HangTime, Camp Snoopy, and the historic Old West Ghost Town. Last year, Knott’s Berry debuted the updated the Fiesta Village area , which saw renovated dining options, theming, and brand new shows. However, the iconic centerpiece of the area did not reopen with the Village, leading to rumors and concerns that it was being considered for permanent closure.

Montezooma’s Revenge is one of the most popular attractions in the park and is the longest-standing shuttle loop in the US. The ride has existed in the park since 1978 and features a simple yet effective system that launches riders forward into a loop while gravity then brings the coaster right back through the loop. It’s one of the most popular rides at Knott’s, which closed in January 2022 in order to undergo a major renovation and reimagining , with an expected reopening date of summer 2023.

Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm on a cloudy day

Unfortunately, summer 2023 came and went with no word from Knott’s or parent company Cedar Fair about the future of the park, leading to concerns that the park had decided to give up on the promised upgrade, leaving Montezooma’s Revenge to be barred from guests forever. This also followed the closure of two other landmark roller coasters that had been torn down within a year, one of which was destroyed by the Cedar Fair company.

A family walking in front of the Knott's Marketplace

However, Knott’s Berry Farm released an official update yesterday offering fans a look at the “re-launched” attraction. “Work is ‘re-zooming’ on our reimagination of Montezooma’s Revenge,” the park announced in an Instagram and X/Twitter post . “Get ready to launch into new thrills when MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress opens in 2025.”

Work is “re-zooming” on our reimagination of Montezooma’s Revenge. Get ready to launch into new thrills when MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress opens in 2025. 🎢 https://t.co/iCcFa3i69Z — Knott’s Berry Farm (@knotts) March 1, 2024

The announcement confirms the new name as well as gives an official reopening date for 2025 , two years after its initially expected reopening. While disappointing, it at least confirms the ride will be available to guests once again next year with improved, immersive technology reinvigorating the iconic attraction.

Are you excited for this update on MonteZOOMa? Let us know in the comments below!

A Look Back at the History of Roller Coasters at Knott’s 

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A Look Back at the History of Roller Coasters at Knott’s 

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Calling all thrillseekers! Can you name every roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm? How about every roller coaster Knott's has ever had? Now's the chance to brush up on your coaster history with this look back at the history of roller coasters at Knott's

Corkscrew (1975-1989) - The world’s first upside-down roller coaster to featured two 360 degree loops through which riders traveled up to 45mph 

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Cycle Chase (1976-1980) - A remake of the classic Steeplechase ride, motorcycles raced over four tracks at over 40 mph.

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Montezooma’s Revenge (1978- Present) - The first flywheel launched coaster in the world. Montezooma catapults passengers out of the station reaching its top speed of 55 mph through a 76- foot 360-degree loop to the top of a 148-foot tower, only to plunge riders back through the loop to the other end of the track.

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Wacky Soap Box Racers (1980-1996) - Riders experienced racing over hills and through tunnels in soapbox derby-style cars

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Timberline Twister (1983-Present) - Opened as the longest kiddie coaster in operation with a ride time of 1 minute.

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Boomerang (1990-2017) - Boomerang dropped riders through an 11-story tower though two corkscrew turns and a vertical loop, taking them upside down three times. Riders then head up a second 11-story vertical tower to be plummeted down and take the whole trip again backwards!

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Jaguar (1995-Present) – Knott’s first themed coaster takes riders from the Mayan temple loading station aboard feline emblazoned trains which carry passengers through 2,600 feet of track.

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Windjammer (1997-2000) - America’s first major outdoor dual-track steel racing coaster.

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GhostRider (1998-Present) - The Longest, Tallest, Fastest Wooden Coaster on the West Coast! Looming 118 feet over historic Ghost Town, GhostRider is the largest attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm and one of the longest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world. Brave riders enter a mysterious mine and board gold, silver or copper mining car before being sent galloping along over 4,500 feet of twisting timber.

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Xcelerator (2002-Present) - The world’s first hydraulic launch coaster. Xcelerator launches riders to an electrifying top speed of 82 mph in 2.3 seconds through a mind-numbing 205- foot ascent and immediate descent at a 90-degree angle all in flame-emblazoned `57 Chevys.

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Silver Bullet (2004-Present) - Silver Bullet flips riders upside down and all around during a thrilling two-minute ride. The inverted roller coaster sends brave riders climbing up to a height of 146 feet before soaring back down with an initial drop of 109 feet into a track full of inversions. Riders will spiral, corkscrew, fly into a cobra roll, and experience overbanked curves as they find themselves upside down six times including the giant vertical loop of 105 feet. 

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Sierra Sidewinder (2007-Present) - First Coaster with Multiple Free Spinning Cars, Sierra Sidewinder combines speed with spin. Each of the four cars takes riders through a series of nose-dives, banks, dips, and turns at a speed of 37 mph while continually rotating on its axis.

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Pony Express (2008-Present) – Longest US MotoCoaster. Named after the famous Pony Express mail service, this roller coaster rides at speeds never imagined in the Old West! Passengers saddle up onto their “horses” and sit astride on this unique coaster. Riders are launched out of the station while reaching a top speed of 38 MPH in less than three seconds. 

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Coast Rider (2012-Present) - Coast Rider gives guests the feeling of riding the California coast, but once they reach the crest of the 52-foot drop, it is a harrowing journey down the 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins.

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HangTime (2018 - Present) – The First Dive Coaster in California. HangTime towers 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing five gravity-defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and a beyond vertical drop- the steepest in California!

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Knott’s Berry Farm is home to world-class rides, thrilling roller coasters, shows & attractions in 4 themed areas including Old West Ghost Town and Camp Snoopy.

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