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  • Over in Buena Park, California sits Knott’s Berry Farm which just happens to be California’s

  • first theme park.

  • Back in the early 1940’s way before Disneyland was built, Walter Knott decided to build an

  • old western Ghost Town.

  • This was to keep eggar visitors occupied while they waited for the family’s famous chicken

  • dinners.

  • Over time, Ghost Town expanded and eventually popular rides like the Calico Mine Ride and

  • the Timber Mountain Log Ride were added.

  • These rides have become Knott’s Berry Farm classics along with the other offerings of

  • Ghost Town.

  • Its a true theme park experience-

  • Oh that makes more sense!

  • -and even though thrill wasn’t the major focus in the beginning, more and more thrill

  • rides have been added to the 57 acre park.

  • This has been especially true since Cedar Fair purchased Knott’s Berry Farm in 1997.

  • Today the park is home to some pretty fast rides but which one is actually the fastest?

  • Well get ready to find out!

  • So today in order of speed, were gonna be counting down the Top 10 Fastest Thrill

  • Rides and Roller Coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm.

  • Number 10 Were gonna start the list off in Fiesta

  • Village where this Mayan Temple acts as the centre piece of Jaguar.

  • The ride opened on June 17th, 1995 and your ride experience begins as you enter the temple

  • and find yourself in this indoor queue.

  • For an exposed steel coaster, the queue is quite detailed which includes Mayan sculptures

  • and paintings on the walls.

  • Then once you board your train, youll soon find yourself heading up one of two lift hills

  • traveling along the 2600 feet of coaster track.

  • With a series of turns, small bunny hills, many straight sections and an interactive

  • element through the loop of Montezooma’s Revenge, Jaguar creates a thrilling experience

  • that’s not too intense.

  • Its a really fun coaster for the entire two minute ride!

  • With drops of just 45 feet, Jaguar has a top speed of only 30 miles or 48 km an hour, so

  • its the perfect family style coaster to get riders ready for more thrilling coasters at

  • the park.

  • Number 9 Next well make our way into Camp Snoopy

  • where you can find Sierra Sidewinder.

  • This roller coaster manufactured by Mack Rides opened on May 26th 2007, and what really makes

  • it unique are the ride vehicles.

  • As you ascend up the 62 foot lift tall hill and drop only 39 feet, youll soar across

  • the coaster track dipping, diving and turning as you reach a top speed of 37miles or 59.5km

  • per hour.

  • So whats so special about these ride vehicles?

  • Well they are constantly spinning.

  • This was the first model of this coaster that used free spinning vehicles and not a motor,

  • so the amount of spinning will always depend on factors like the weight in the vehicle.

  • It definitely adds to the thrill but you may wanna pass on this one if you aren’t as

  • fan of spinning rides; it can be a little much at times.

  • Sierra SideWinder might be in the kids section of the park, but don’t mistake this ride

  • for a kiddie coaster because its much more intense than it looks.

  • Number 8 At the back of the park youll find the

  • boardwalk and it’s home to the next ride on the list.

  • Coast Rider which is also manufactured by Mack Rides opened on May 25th, 2013 replacing

  • Perilous Plunge.

  • Coast Rider is your typical wild mouse model roller coaster which can be found in many

  • other amusement parks across the world.

  • After your train ascends up the 52 foot lift hill, youll drop 50 feet reaching top speeds

  • of 37 miles or 59.5km an hour.

  • Before you know it, youll find yourself passing through many sharp turns, more drops

  • and even more twists and turns.

  • With these wild mouse coasters they do give you the feeling that youre gonna fall off

  • the edge as you approach each turn which does add to the overall thrill.

  • The entire ride lasts 1 minute and 50 seconds and since it isn’t too intense and is definitely

  • on the milder side, Coast Rider is another great family coaster option at Knott’s Berry

  • Farm.

  • Number 7 Next well head off into Ghost Town to check

  • out Pony Express.

  • This launch coaster manufactured by the Italian company Zamperla opened on May 22, 2008 and

  • is named after the historic Pony Express mail service.

  • Now launch coasters have been around for a couple decades, but what really makes this

  • launch coaster unique are the seat restraints.

  • Pony Express is a motorbike style coaster where you straddle the seats like you would

  • a bike or in this case a pony or horse.

  • Pony Express was one of the first motorbike coasters to be built in the United States

  • and it takes you from 0 to 38 miles or 61km in a matter of 3 seconds.

  • The one downfall is the short ride time of only about 40 seconds but its still an extremely

  • smooth coaster that definitely gives you a dose of thrill and is a lot of fun!

  • Number 6 Soaring 312 feet over the park its hard to

  • miss Supreme Scream.

  • Located in the Boardwalk, this free fall ride opened on July 3, 1998 as the world’s tallest

  • vertical drop ride.

  • Unfortunately It was not able to hold the record for too long, but today it’s still

  • the tallest structure at Knotts Berry Farm.

  • Once youre secured in your seat, get ready for the anticipation to build as youre

  • lifted 30 stories above the ground.

  • After briefly stopping at the top which in the moment feels like forever, youll then

  • find yourself traveling faster than free-fall speeds.

  • In a mere 3 seconds, youre dropped to the bottom reaching a top speed of 50 miles or

  • 80.5km per hour.

  • Supreme Scream has a ride time of only 45 seconds but its more than enough time to get

  • your adrenaline pumping and make you scream.

  • Number 5 Back in Fiesta Village, youll find Montezooma’s

  • Revenge which just happens to be the oldest ride on the list.

  • Montezooma’s Revenge opened on May 21st 1978 and was the 2nd roller coaster built

  • at Knott’s Berry Farm.

  • Now make sure to keep your head back, because before you know it youre launched from

  • 0 to 55 miles or 88.5km per hour in a matter of 3 seconds.

  • You travel right into a vertical loop, make your way up the 148 foot tower, then immediately

  • travel backwards through the entire circuit passing through the load station.

  • This shuttle loop coaster was only one of 12 manufactured.

  • To this day, its the oldest shuttle loop coaster still in operation in its original park and

  • out of the 6 coasters still operating, it’s the only one in the United States.

  • Montezooma’s Revenge is another short coaster with a ride time of only 35 seconds, but with

  • its launch, vertical loop and backwards motion it never fails to thrill!

  • Number 4 Making our way back to Ghost Town, well

  • find Silver Bullet, the B&M Inverted coaster.

  • Silver Bullet opened on December 7th 2004 and is one of the first things you see before

  • you even enter the park.

  • Themed to the old west, Silver Bullet takes you through 3125 feet of coaster track and

  • the experience is nothing short of exhilarating.

  • As you make your way up the 146 foot lift hill with your feet dangling below, youll

  • get a great birds eye view of Fiesta Village, then find yourself heading down the 109 foot

  • drop reaching a top speed of 55miles or 88.5 km per hour.

  • Youll fly across the track going through a total of 6 inversions.

  • This includes a vertical loop, a cobra roll, a zero g roll, and two corkscrews.

  • Now Silver Bullet is a pretty smooth coaster and not only does it offer some scenic views

  • of the park during the 2 minute and 10 second ride, it also has the most inversions on any

  • coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm.

  • So, if youre looking for the ultimate thrill that will bring you upside down, look no further

  • than Silver Bullet!

  • Number 3 Staying in Ghost Town, well head over to

  • the other end of the land where GhostRider sends you speeding through 4500 feet of lumber.

  • Considered to be one of the best wooden coasters in the world, Ghost Rider opened on December

  • 8th 1998 and its beautifully designed.

  • Each click up the 118 foot lift hill leads to a plunge down a 108 foot drop where you

  • reach a top speed of 56 miles or 90 km an hour.

  • With a total of 14 hills, youll get tons of airtime as you fly across the coaster track

  • of this double out and back design.

  • With a ride time of 2 minutes and 40s seconds, you won’t be disappointed with this wooden

  • coaster experience.

  • In Sept of 2015, Ghost Rider was closed to replace the track and add new trains, and

  • when it reopened in June of 2016 it was as smooth as it was on opening day in 1998.

  • With this recent refurbishment, GhostRider is a really enjoyable wooden coaster and it’s

  • sure to satisfy any thrill seeker!

  • Number 2 Next well head into the Boardwalk to take

  • a look at the newest ride on the list.

  • Holding the title as the first dive coaster in California, Hang Time opened on May 18th,

  • 2018 replacing Boomerang.

  • Towering 150 feet over the park, your train will make its way up the 90 degree lift hill.

  • Before you head down the drop, your train comes to halt and hangs off the edge before

  • it traveling down at 96 degree angle; this might just be one of the best parts of the

  • ride.

  • Reaching top speeds of 57 miles or 92 km an hour, HangTime makes you feel like youre

  • riding the ocean waves, and features a total of 5 inversions including a corkscrew and

  • a cobra roll.

  • The now defunct Boomerang also had a cobra roll so this inversion on HangTime does act

  • as a little tribute to past wether it was intentional or not.

  • For the entire 2 minute and 10 second experience, youre guaranteed a smooth and exhilarating

  • as each trains maneuvers the twists and turns of the turquoise track.

  • If you want the ultimate thrilling experience, be sure to sit in the front row as it really

  • heightens every element on HangTime.

  • Number 1- Xcelerator 82mph Now its time to speed across the Boardwalk

  • where well find the fastest ride at Knott’s Berry Farm.

  • Xcelerator opened on June 22, 2002 and compared to the other rides on the list, this one is

  • incredibly fast.

  • Once you board your 57 Chevy, make sure you really keep your head back because within

  • 2.3 seconds, youre launched at 82 miles or 132 km an hour.

  • It’s just enough acceleration to travel up the 205 foot top hat element.

  • Once you come straight down, youll go around two over banked turns before the ride quickly

  • comes to an end.

  • Now this coaster looks fast but you really don’t realize the magnitude of it’s speed