The steel roller coaster known as HangTime may be found at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Gerstlauer is responsible for the construction of the Infinity Coaster, which may be found in the same location as the Boomerang and Riptide roller coasters. When it first opened, it boasted a drop that was 96 degrees, making it the steepest drop on a rollercoaster in the state of California. Additionally, the park promoted HangTime as the first Dive Coaster ever built in the state of California. It first welcomed customers on May 18, 2018.
The era of surfing along the coast of California in the 1960s serves as inspiration for the design of the ride’s theme. The majority of the ride takes place in a surf or nautical setting.
Knott’s Berry Farm made the announcement that they would be bringing HangTime to the park on August 16, 2017. It would be the second Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster to be built in the United States; the previous one being The Monster at Adventureland in Altoona, which is located in the state of Iowa.
In November of 2017, HangTime’s building of its lift hill supports marked the beginning of the vertical portion of the project.
The layout of the racetrack was finished in January of 2018. Two months later, in March 2018, HangTime conducted its very first rounds of testing. Trains would feature four rows, each of which could accommodate 16 passengers, similar to The Smiler at Alton Towers.
On May 11, 2018, HangTime opened its doors to season passholders. One week later, on May 18, 2018, it opened its doors to the general public.
The train pulls away from the station and immediately begins climbing the vertical lift hill that is approximately 150 feet (46 meters) in height. When it reaches the peak, the train is stopped for five seconds before beginning its descent at an angle of 96 degrees. After reaching its top speed of 57 miles per hour (92 kilometers per hour), the train travels through a negative-g stall loop, a type of inversion that has never been seen before. This inversion is quite similar to a Norwegian loop, with the exception that the train first goes through a non-inverted dive loop, then a sidewinder, and finally it exits the track in the other direction. The train goes around a corkscrew, and then it does a cutback. After passing over the cutback, the train will then go over a short ejector airtime hump. After that, the train will go through a cobra roll that is situated in front of a negative-g stall loop. The train then travels by the on-ride camera, which snaps pictures of the riders as they exit the cobra roll at the end of the trip. On the brake run, the train comes to a stop, makes a left turn, and resumes its journey toward the station.
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