Knott's invited a few local reporters, including your truly, to watch the run and get a behind-the-wall look at HangTime's construction.
HangTime offers a 150-foot vertical lift, leading into a two-second hold at a 60-degree angles before dropping more than 90 degrees into five inversions on a 2,198-foot track, with a top speed of 57 mph. It's located on Knott's Boardwalk, and the coaster follows with a surfing theme.
LED panels on the track will shine to represent the crest of the waves that the track is designed to depict. Trains will depart the station past a sunset mural on the back of the Calico Mine Ride show building, before riders make a turn around the exit gift shop to start their climb up that 150-foot vertical lift.
Knott's will be able to run three of the four-row, 16-passenger trains at a time on HangTime, since the lift and the perch afterward are considered two separate blocks on the course. (That's one train in the station, one on the lift, and one on the course for the approximately two-minute ride, from station to station.)
The seats will offer a clamshell lab restraint and a seatbelt, but that's it. (No OTSR, yay!) And the headrests are made to look like surfboards, too.
The gift shop and station will reflect the streamline moderne design of the Johnny Rockets across the way, as Knott's continues to bring more of that early-to-mid 20th century design look to its Boardwalk area.
Although the train is testing, Knott's still has a way to go before the ride will be open to guests. The queue, station and exit gift shop remain under construction and Knott's is promising only an "early summer" opening, although reps said an official opening date announcement is coming soon.Tweet
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