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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby FeelTheFORCE » Sat May 12, 2018 5:43 pm

I'm jealous of everyone who gets to ride this regularly! I'm a big fan of Monster at Adventureland, and this looks just as fun, if not more!
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Postby Nrthwnd » Sat May 12, 2018 5:52 pm

^ What he said. :)
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Postby Domm » Sat May 12, 2018 6:58 pm

Any word on how busy the water park has been today being gold & platinum only? Heading there tomorrow hope it’s a free for all!!

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Postby KnottsBerryMountain » Sat May 12, 2018 7:09 pm

I was able to ride Hangtime 7 times yesterday and it blew my expectations. It's such a fun and well rounded ride with great airtime moments. Knott's did a great job!
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Postby Mr. Corn » Sat May 12, 2018 8:22 pm

here is my full in-depth review of hangtime!! i’ll have a full TR posted tomorrow, enjoy!!

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Postby joelwee » Sat May 12, 2018 10:53 pm

Photo TR: Hangtime

I spent most of today at Knott's and got in a few rides on Hangtime during the passholder preview. This was my first Gerstlauer ever, so this was a totally new experience for me. Ho-ly cow, what a fantastic ride. It rode much like I expected it to by watching it test, but it offered a few surprises, which I'll get into later.

Without further ado, let's dive into the pictures.

I arrived at the park at 10:00 AM and made a beeline for Hangtime. The park was relatively uncrowded at that point, so despite getting stuck behind a train, I made good time.
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The wait during the 10:00 hour varied between 30-45 minutes, which gave plenty of time to snap some pics of the queue. The park did an excellent job of theming this queue, though it was a little unrealistic. The surfboards, sand, rocks, rope fences, etc. were in much better shape than what you'd find at a typical California beach. :Pr
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Surfing lessons - available at Hangtime's transfer shed.

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Now, the ride itself...
The vertical lift hill was a first for me, but what I didn't realize at first was that the seats are slightly reclined - thus giving the sensation of being dumped out of your seat as you ascend the lift hill.
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SoCal already has its share of looping coasters, but this is one of the few that only utilizes seat belts and lap bars. Having ridden YOLOcoaster countless times, I'm used to being gut-punched by lap bars when coming to a sudden stop at a steep angle. Hangtime doesn't do that. (Be like Hangtime.)
The lap bars are clam-shell-shaped, similar to B&M hypers, and sit further down your legs than most lap bars.
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Because of the large crowds and low capacity of this coaster, seats were being assigned. Being a single rider today, I was able to try a different row on each of my three rides. Here's what I noticed:
Front row - obviously - is the most suspenseful on the holding brake. Other than that, the only major highlight of this row was the pop of airtime right above the ride entrance. It rattled a bit when entering the cobra roll, but otherwise was a very smooth ride.
3rd row is the best place for hang time. With this row being closer to the center of mass than the front row, it passes through the tops of the inversions more slowly than the front row. You'll want to keep your hands up the whole time to take advantage of the hang time it delivers. The 2nd row is probably a similar experience.
Last row gives the most snap on the first drop. You also get some hang time on this row, but not as much as the middle rows.
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At one point, I looked up in time to see Hangtime passing through this loop, Sky Cabin ascending its tower, and Xcelerator's train passing over the top hat simultaneously... but I didn't have my camera ready. This was as close as I got to replicating that moment.


While some are calling Hangtime the best coaster in the park, I still place it behind Xcelerator and Ghostrider. Xcelerator has my favorite launch, and it's hard to beat the airtime buffet that is Ghostrider (which was closed today, unfortunately). That being said, Hangtime will definitely be a must-ride every time I visit this park. I really enjoyed this coaster, and I highly recommend you make a trip to Knott's to try it out for yourself.
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Postby bert425 » Sat May 12, 2018 11:01 pm

great pics, and write up!

thanks for sharing.
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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby Condor » Sun May 13, 2018 12:19 am

One more Hangtime photo TR? Sure, why not. I got to the park around 4:30pm and managed two rides on Hangtime with slightly over an hour wait each time: row 4 in daylight and row 1 at night. This was my third Gerstlauer Infinity and I really liked the other two (Karnan and Karacho) so I was excited for Knott's to get one, but I knew I had to keep my expectations realistic as construction and testing progressed. Knott's clearly wasn't trying to break the industry here. If what they wanted was a smooth, fun, visually impressive coaster to draw crowds while not pummeling them with forces, they got it with Hangtime.

I really enjoyed both rides I had on it. That said, if I'm going to critique the thing, I'm going to do it honestly. Hangtime is not an intense coaster at all. I didn't notice any serious positive g's, but there are a few pretty good moments of airtime. The drop has at least some air up front and full-on ejector in the back. Gerstlauer's approach to the holding brake might not please everyone who likes B&M's method. The train takes its time releasing, so you don't get the sudden B&M plunge, but once it gets rolling past 90 degrees the airtime is definitely there. The second, and probably stronger moment is the drop leading into the cobra roll. That was probably my favorite part of the ride. There's also a quick pop of air climbing into the brakes.

Unfortunately, none of the inversions stood out to me and I didn't feel much of anything going through them. Hangtime is definitely the kind of coaster you have to appreciate visually rather than seat-of-the-pants, and that's in part why I think it's going to become one of those "must-do at night" coasters. The lighting package is all kinds of cool on or off-ride.

Overall among Gerstlauers I've ridden, I didn't like Hangtime as much as Karnan, Karacho, or Fluch Von Novgorod, but it's about even with Mystery Mine and well above Dare Devil Dive. Ghostrider remains king at Knott's and I think I still prefer Xcelerator and Montezooma too. But I'm the kind of enthusiast who isn't truly happy unless Skyrush/I305/un-trimmed, 7-car-Voyage-circa-2000-and-whatever is trying to nearly kill me, so what do I know. Hangtime is still plenty good.
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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby Arthur_Seaton » Sun May 13, 2018 1:52 am

Condor wrote:Hangtime is not an intense coaster at all. Unfortunately, none of the inversions stood out to me and I didn't feel much of anything going through them. Hangtime is definitely the kind of coaster you have to appreciate visually rather than seat-of-the-pants, and that's in part why I think it's going to become one of those "must-do at night" coasters.

Fully agree. I had a feeling when I saw the original design that it wouldn't be my thing (inversions don't do much for me), but I also knew it'd be a great-looking ride — one that I'd be as happy to watch as ride. I kept my expectations in check, so the drop and the little airtime drop both surprised me as I thought they'd both be fairly forceless. Also, even though it's quite small, I think the first drop's better than the other beyond-vertical coasters I've ridden, so that was a plus. The rest of the ride was kind of what I expected from back-to-back inversions. Having said that, I think its lack of intensity will make it a good stepping stone for kids who aren't quite sure about the bigger coasters.

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Sun May 13, 2018 7:01 pm

Some great photos here--appreciated! It's interesting to see how people rank the Knott's coasters and where this one stands. I'm vacillating a bit in my anticipation for it, but someone made a good point that it's better than Boomerang!
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