'Pony Express' coaster to debut at Knott's Memorial Day 2008
Well, now we know what all that construction in Ghost Town was for. Knott's Berry Farm
confirmed today that it will debut a horse-ride-themed roller coaster, Pony Express
, on Memorial Day weekend next spring.
The Zamperla design places riders on one of 16 "horses," which launch from zero to 38 mph in three seconds. The old west-themed coaster will take riders through a series of banked turns and hills over a 1,300-foot track.
Since you're riding a horse, don't expect inversions and other high-tech elements. But the theming on this one seems strong and it certainly sounds like a unique experience, one that should fit in well in this part of Knott's.More: What's new or under construction for 2008 at top theme parks
I don't know about this one. When I think coasters, I don't think horses, and vice-versa. Will this one be any good? Guess we'll find out. Personally, a horse-themed ride, no matter how fast it launches, doesn't seem very.. interesting.
Several years ago Knotts had a ride where people rode on horses. I think it was called "Steeplechase" or something similar. It was in the boardwalk part where everything had a 1920's theme. I thought it got taken down for safety reasons. I wonder if Knotts is just recycling that ride, but with an old west twist.
Zamperla has been aggressively blending flat and track rides with roller coasters in recent years. (Such as the Survivor ride at Great America in San Jose.) So I'm envisioning this as a mash-up of a coaster with a track ride. Think Legoland's Royal Joust, on steroids.
It's about time that Knotts started remembering that they are a theme park and not a traveling carnival *cough* Cedar Point *Cough*.
This sounds like a "modern day" Steeplechase. Originally, Steeplechase was a ride at Coney Island when there were zero safety guidelines and you literally had to hold on for your life. I'm guessing this new take on a fast paced horse riding ride will actually consist of a safety seat on something that looks like a horse.
One of these rides has actually already been built. I believe it's in Europe somewhere but I'll have to double check that when I get a chance.
I believe the Steeplechase in England is at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I know there's a Steeplechase over there somewhere. Too bad they didn't do a horse theme 'booster bike' type coaster with horses rather than bikes. That wudda been kewl.
knotts does not have that much land left, where are they building everything? i know they have some parking spaces accross the street.
If I were a liability lawyer, I'd have my business cards in a stack at the end of the queue.
Ummmm...people...this isn't a Steeplechase. This is a Zamperla MotoCoaster with horses instead of motor bikes
This sounds like a boosterbike, just by Zamperla and with horse-themed cars instead.
Seems like a lot of negativity out there.
I was really trying to get an idea what the coaster would look like from that article, but couldn't. Thanks to the person that mentioned the Moto Coaster. I looked it up on YouTube and now it all makes sense.
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