Published: November 7, 2007 at 5:32 AMI 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.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 9:11 AMSeveral 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.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 10:16 AMZamperla 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.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 11:04 AMIt's about time that Knotts started remembering that they are a theme park and not a traveling carnival *cough* Cedar Point *Cough*.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 11:22 AMThis 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.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 11:24 AMOne 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.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 3:26 PMI 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.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 5:39 PMknotts does not have that much land left, where are they building everything? i know they have some parking spaces accross the street.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 7:12 PMIf I were a liability lawyer, I'd have my business cards in a stack at the end of the queue.
Published: November 7, 2007 at 7:43 PMUmmmm...people...this isn't a Steeplechase. This is a Zamperla MotoCoaster with horses instead of motor bikes
Published: November 7, 2007 at 8:08 PMThis sounds like a boosterbike, just by Zamperla and with horse-themed cars instead.
Published: November 9, 2007 at 2:53 AMSeems like a lot of negativity out there.
I think that the "horse" theming is very much in keeping with Knotts and I wish it well.
I like to ride the odd coaster or two but theme parks aren't just about thrill rides are they ?
I agree with the contributor who said that they thought the sightlines at Knotts had been compromised by ugly steel coasters. I liked to go there and immerse myself in it's Western theming.
They are obviously reacting to falling attendances by reducing high peak admission prices but I don't subscribe to this " kick-em-while -they're down" attitide.
I want Knotts to be there for me when I want to visit and I, for one, wish them every success with any initiative to keep their Park alive.
Published: November 8, 2007 at 4:28 PMI 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.