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If you’re the type that enjoys a good adrenalin rush and views rollercoasters as an excellent opportunity for excitement, then you should probably put Knott’s Berry Farm’s brand new Hangtime Coaster on your bucket list. This rollercoaster has been drawing awe from anyone brave enough to ride it, and for good reason. Curious about what makes this coaster worth the wait time? Hang in there! This review will give you all the jaw dropping details! 

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WHAT IS THE HANGTIME COASTER?

The newest addition to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California is an infinity coaster, which means a long ride full of speed, loops, and deep dives. Speaking of deep dives, this coaster has the steepest drop of any rollercoaster in California, with a 96 degree drop right at the start that will, quite literally, take your breath away.

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COASTER SPECS

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Don’t let the appearance of this coaster fool you. Although the daytime pastel pink and the nighttime flashing blue lights might lull you into a false sense of security, this coaster means business. This coaster has a 15 story ascent, a beyond vertical 96 degree drop, and a negative g-stall loop. Even the seating will keep you on edge, with only a lap bar to keep you in place throughout endless twists, turns, and loops.

PRICING

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What’s the price for riding this mind-bending beast? Aside from sacrificing your sanity for a bit, all you need is a ticket to Knott’s Berry Farm to take on this new coaster.

HOW IT COMPARES

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • YUKON STRIKER
  • VALRAVN
  • SHEIKRA

HANGTIME COASTER

LOCATION

You can enjoy the sunny vistas of Buena Park, California when you ride this coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Theme

This coaster presents itself with a candy-sweet pastel cover that belies the terrifying twists and turns that will keep your heart pounding the whole ride.

LAYOUT AND ELEMENTS

This coaster has a 150 foot ascent, a 96 degree vertical drop, and multiple negative g-stall loops.

THRILL FACTOR

Many riders claim that you need a certain kind of mental fortitude to deal with how the layout stretches the adrenaline rush from start to finish.

SAFETY

Even with only a lap bar, this coaster has high safety ratings and has yet to cause any concerning incidents.

YUKON STRIKER

Fancy a trip to Canada’s favorite amusement park? Then don’t forget to line up for the Yukon Striker, a coaster that is all about height, speed, and taking away any sense of safety you ever had.

LOCATION

Canada’s Wonderland amusement park is one of the best Canada has to offer, with multiple rides and attractions fit for all visitors.

Theme

The Yukon Striker has a story that goes along with the coaster. The rider is a golden eagle gliding over the treacherous mountains and watching as gold prospectors try to survive the journey on the steep terrain.

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LAYOUT AND ELEMENTS

This coaster has a more extreme layout than most, with a 245 foot ascent, a 90 degree vertical drop, and a whopping 130 miles per hour through four inversions and a 360-degree loop.

THRILL FACTOR

With this coaster, riders are secured only by a harness and a floating seat, which instantly pumps up the thrill for this speedy coaster.

SAFETY

The Yukon Striker has a good reputation for being safe.

VALRAVN

Thinking about taking a trip to the eastern side of America? Be sure to drop by Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio and take the Valravn coaster for a spin.

LOCATION

Cedar Point Amusement Park is a 364 acre park that is the second-oldest amusement park in America. Cedar Point is great for all ages and has something thrilling for all visitors.

Theme

When a coaster is crowned the King of Dive Coasters in 2016, it doesn’t need to have a theme beyond “awesome”.

LAYOUT AND ELEMENTS

This coaster has it all with a 233 foot ascent, a 90 degree vertical drop, a 270 degree inversion, and a legendary Immelmann maneuver.

THRILL FACTOR

This coaster is all about the thrill. Just when you think the ride is over, Valravn takes you through another drop with a series of teeth-rattling twists that never seem to end.

This coaster has a minimum height requirement and uses shoulder harnesses to keep riders in place.

SHEIKRA

In Florida? Forget about the coasters in Orlando – go to Tampa Bay and give SheiKra the attention it deserves!

LOCATION

Enjoy the balmy coastal weather at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida while you wait for your turn on this rollercoaster.

Theme

The only theme this coaster observes is a relentless desire to keep riders shrieking.

LAYOUT AND ELEMENTS

The SheiKra coaster has a 200 foot ascent, a 90 degree vertical drop, and a 70 mile per hour speed that takes riders through an Immelman maneuver with a splashdown finale.

THRILL FACTOR

This coaster drags you through all the elements with high speed and a cold water jolt at the very end of the last dovetail.

SAFETY

This coaster has a minimum height requirement, a floorless seat with a secure harness, and an impeccable safety rating.

CONCLUSION

The Hangtime Coaster is the newest addition to a long line of coasters that dare to defy gravity, joining the proud ranks of other thrilling rides like the Yukon Striker, the Valravn, and the SheiKra. It deserves five out of five stars.

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