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Knott's announces 2018 festival line-up, new HangTime video

November 9, 2017, 1:46 PM · Knott's Berry Farm will expand its Boysenberry Festival in 2018 as it offers a new storyline for its interactive, role-playing Ghost Town Alive experience and introduces its first dive coaster... as well as a new Peanuts-themed festival.

The Knott's Peanuts Celebration will run on weekends from January 27 through February 25, 2018, as well as on President's Day (Monday, February 19). The new event will feature "new character experiences, comic strip inspired photo opportunities, deliciously themed-treats and new whimsical shows" featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang, according to Knott's press release.

Knott's Boysenberry Festival returns and expands to 24 days in 2018, running from March 16 through April 8, 2018. During the festival, Knott's sells an expanded special menu of Boysenberry food and drink offerings, as well as offering special entertainment throughout the park. The Boysenberry Festival has become one of the most popular attractions at the park, so expect heavy crowds on weekends during the event.

Ghost Town Alive returns for the summer next year, with the storyline (such as it is) focusing on the gold rush in Calico, following the discovery of gold in the Calico Mine at the end of last year's event. Mostly, it's all just an excuse to run around Ghost Town having fun while play-acting. Visitors are welcomed to interact as they please with Knott's Ghost Town characters — if you're into role-playing games you can spend the day with this experience, while others can simply walk through and dismiss all the do-in's goin' on.

For most fans, though, the big addition to Knott's Berry Farm in 2018 will be the opening of HangTime next summer. This Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster will be the first of its kind in Southern California and will feature a 150-foot vertical chain lift, followed by a 96-degree dive drop. The coaster will hit a top speed of 57 mph and pack five inversions into its 2,198-foot run. Knott's has released a new teaser video today, which includes some simulated POV footage.

There's no specific opening date yet for HangTime.

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