On August 16, National Roller Coaster Day, the theme park industry was blessed with 5 world class roller coasters that will open up in 2018. Out of those 5, HangTime at Knott’s Berry Farm should be as incredible as the others.

Knott’s Berry Farm announced that they will be adding HangTime, a brand new steel roller coaster manufactured by Gerstlauer. It is an Infinity Dive coaster and the only dive coaster on the West Coast. Now, this isn’t your ordinary dive coaster like the ones created by B&M.

HangTime will send riders up a 150 foot tall vertical lift hill and then the train will come to a stop on the holding brake while leaving riders suspended at a 60 degree angle for a few seconds, before plummeting down a 96-degree drop – giving riders the sensation of “diving” down the steepest drop in California. The train will then reach speeds of up to 57 miles per hour and travel through 5 gravity-defying inversions which includes: a vertical loop, a negative-g stall loop, an inverted overbank turn, and a cobra roll. Hangtime has a track length of 2,198 feet and will have a 2 minute and 30 second ride time which includes loading and unloading.

At night, HangTime’s ride structure will come to life and light up the Boardwalk area with colorful nighttime track chase lighting that will accompany the coaster’s trains as it travels throughout the course. The coaster continues Knott’s legacy of industry firsts and rollercoaster innovation: the park introduced the very first corkscrew inversion rollercoaster with Corkscrew, and the first flywheel launch coaster with Montezuma’s Revenge.

HangTime will be constructed in the area that used to be home to- Boomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster that stood tall for 27 years (closed in April 2017), and Riptide- a thrilling flat ride that was at the park for 12 years (closed in 2016).

There is no doubt that HangTime will thrill guests for years to come and there is no doubt that this coaster will become the favorite by many visitors. But will it become the best ride at Knott’s Berry Farm? We shall have to wait until the summer of 2018 to find out.

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