Knott's Berry Farm debuts Xcelerator

Posted Monday, June 24, 2002 5:03 AM | Contributed by James Disney

With almost an entire year since they began deconstruction of the illfated Windjammer, Knott's Berry Farm has unleashed Xcelerator. 2,202 feet of pure intensity and one of the most intense launches on earth. The ride has opened to some extremely positive early reviews.

Get all of the information and pictures you can stand at (in no particular order):

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Monday, June 24, 2002 5:39 AM another coaster opens in SoCal. I must say I had lot's of fun watching it grow, just like X. Kudos to you guys. Go enjoy Xcellerator.....hope I can ride it soon.

Monday, June 24, 2002 5:40 AM
Robodud's avatar Wow! Looks and sounds like a great ride after seeing the photos and review on WestCoaster. I hope someday I can head out to California to ride Xcellerator.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 5:42 AM
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Monday, June 24, 2002 5:55 AM
Rode it on Sat eve. for the first time. The launch was super, and the drop makes you feel like your are coming out of your seat. Great ride! It is a bigger better hypersonic type ride. The wait was only 1:30 hr. Not bad for opening day. Myself and other Acers were anxious to ride. After watching the employees ride Fri nite I had to go back Sat. Kudos to Knotts for giving us acers the opportunity to come back on Sat and enjoy this truely unique and great ride. THANK YOU KNOTTS!!
Monday, June 24, 2002 6:40 AM
Awesome pics!!!...Im hoping, another one will pop up soon.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 9:19 AM
That was an awesome ride. Even though I got to ride it I'm still mad at Knott's for taking away the 4 hours of ERT on it that we were supposed to have. On Friday night we had to watch the employees ride it. There were a couple hundred ACE'ers crowded around it being taunted by the employees riding. They did give ACE'ers free tickets for Sat. and Sunday though.
Monday, June 24, 2002 9:46 AM

Here's the direct link for the complete on-ride video:


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Monday, June 24, 2002 10:37 AM
wow now that i have move from the westcoast to new york i feal like i am missing out on so much. Xcellerator,X , and the new v2 . i just hope my new home park sfgadv will get a 4d or an xcellerater type ride next year

I just want to ride as many coasters as posible

Monday, June 24, 2002 11:33 AM
Please everybody, it's spelled Xcelerator.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 2:51 PM

Xcellar8ter .... looks great. Cant wait for September to ride Exsellerator and buy an Eggcellerater T-Shirt and an Accellarater Hat and get my photo on Xsailorater ....

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Monday, June 24, 2002 2:55 PM
Why not just name it XLR?

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Monday, June 24, 2002 3:03 PM

Fun ride. I rode once in the front seat with a Sunday comp ticket, waited about 2 hours but that includes getting in line at Guest relations for the ticket and waiting for the ride to open... a little less than an hour in the actual queue at the start of the day.

Honestly, they should have added a bit more track to this thing, maybe a helix or something. It's over way too quick. 2+ hours in line for a 24 second ride isn't a great ratio. The launch is fun, but didn't particularly feel more powerful than a Premier Rides launch. The hill was great but over in a flash, and you're lucky to get any air on it because the ride ops staple you as if your life depends on it. I'm not talking just pushing down the lap bar, but bearing down with all their weight (this part sucked).

I personally prefer the retrofitted Mr Freeze for a ride of this type, but most folks seemed to really enjoy it.

Monday, June 24, 2002 3:53 PM
Helios, then we'd be too close to Arrow's XLR8! Pancake, that's even shorter than I thought. Looks great though, and I'm glad to hear some good reviews. Is it 3 weeks from now yet? ;) How nice it will be having 2 launched coasters to choose from!
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Monday, June 24, 2002 7:05 PM

Holy s***! You guys gotta check out Robb's video above. I just got the biggest ever case of chills watching the POV over the Top Hat & almost burst in tears in joy. What a brilliant element. Can't wait for an Inline Top Hat, i.e. two half rolls instead of quarter ones.

Think I'd better sign up with CAA. :)

Monday, June 24, 2002 7:25 PM
I like Robb & Ellisa's updates. they bring some humor to looking at pictures of theme parks. the video was cool too.
Monday, June 24, 2002 9:07 PM
Thx Robb.

I've traded in my 2000 Giovanola for a 2002 Arrow X4D :)
My other car is now an Arrow X4D!

Monday, June 24, 2002 10:22 PM
When's the first day it will be broken down?
Monday, June 24, 2002 10:49 PM
I hit the first GP train on monday. Little did I know there was still a photo shoot going on. So I got like a 1 hour delay. But other than that, the lines for it were about a half hour all day. Great ride with a four way punch, launch, twist, ejector hill, twist drop. I think the overbanked turns do compliment the beggining of the ride although not nearly as thrilling. Hopefully no one here will have to wait at the main entrance to the queue too long. I swear if I have to see that video one more time I'll go on flashback.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:52 PM
It's called XLR8R, okay?

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