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Pony Express- Knott's Berry Farm New For 2008


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More details to follow, but Cedar Fair has confirmed that the new Pony Express coaster is coming to Knott's for the 2008 season. Should be interesting to see how this works out...I just see the booster bike concept as an accident waiting to happen. :unsure:

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More details to follow, but Cedar Fair has confirmed that the new Pony Express coaster is coming to Knott's for the 2008 season. Should be interesting to see how this works out...I just see the booster bike concept as an accident waiting to happen. :unsure:

 

I remember riding the motorcycle-like cars on their Steeplechase-type ride before they changed it to Soap Box Derby. I was always surprised more people never fell off of those things. They were really fun though!

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Press Release from Knott's Berry Farm:

 

BUENA PARK, Calif. - Knott's Berry Farm is on a mission to deliver "First Class" thrills with the opening of their new coaster, Pony Express, set to arrive Memorial Day Weekend 2008.

 

Named after the famous Pony Express which promised a faster mail service on the North American continent, Knott's Pony Express promises a horseback relay at speeds never imagined in the Old West!

 

While sitting astride one of the team's 16 horses, riders will leave their post with their stead launching them at a speed of 0-38 mph in less than 3 seconds. The terrain for the mounted riders will be rugged as they navigate an ascending banked turn to a height of over 44 ft. then through a series of heart-pounding 60 degree banked turns, camel backs and tight maneuvers. The team will cover a 1,300 foot route which will take them past Boot Hill and Big Foot Rapids resulting in an exhilarating runaway adventure!

 

Knott's will be looking for robust riders over 48" tall who can endure the challenging journey and appreciate the autonomy of the freestyle ride.

 

Designed and manufactured by the Zamperla company of Vicenza, Italy, Pony Express will fit Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town area like a cowboy in his saddle!

 

Knott's Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates five other amusement parks and five water parks, and operates a seventh amusement park under a management contract. For media information, please call Knott's Public Relations at (714) 220-5130.

 

Stats from RCDB.com:

 

Builder: Zamperla

Length: 1300'

Height: 44'

Inversions: 0

Speed: 38 mph

Max Acceleration: 0 − 38 mph in 3 seconds

Trains: 2 trains with 8 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.

Riders must be 48" or taller to ride.

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