Knottâ€™s Berry Farm will welcome HangTime, a brand new steel rollercoaster – and the only dive coaster on the West Coast – to the theme park in the 2018 summer season. HangTime will tower 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing gravity-defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and twisting dive tracks.
HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a raised 96-degree drop – the steepest drop in California. The coasterâ€™s train will come to a halt once the highest peak is reached, and will leave riders suspended at the crest for several seconds 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 rollercoaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders the sensation of floating.
â€œHangTimeâ€™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,â€ said Jon Storbeck, vice president and general manager, Knottâ€™s Berry Farm. â€œPeople who crave that adrenaline rush will want to ride this coaster again and again. Introducing a coaster like HangTime firmly positions Knottâ€™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.â€
HangTimeâ€™s ride structure itself will come to life and illuminate the Boardwalk area with colorful nighttime track chase lighting that will accompany the coaster trainâ€™s travels across the smooth steel track. The coaster continues Knottâ€™s legacy in rollercoaster innovation and industry firsts; the park introduced the very first corkscrew inversion rollercoaster with Corkscrew, and the first flywheel launch coaster with Montezumaâ€™s Revenge.
HangTime is manufactured by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, GmbH, and is the companyâ€™s next-generation â€œinfinity coasterâ€ model.
Guests can experience an entire season of fun including the thrill of HangTime with a 2018 Knottâ€™s Season Pass, on sale now at the best price of the year. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knottâ€™s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knottâ€™s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knottâ€™s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. The special pricing ends October 29, 2017.