Knott's Berry Farm planning "restoration" of Ghost Rider roller coaster

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2015 3:13 PM | Contributed by Rick_UK

Knott’s Berry Farm is closing two rides in preparation for the theme park’s 75th anniversary of Ghost Town, including GhostRider, the high-speed wooden roller coaster. The coaster will close temporarily for “a comprehensive restoration” on Sept. 8, Knott’s Berry Farm officials announced Wednesday.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 3:33 PM

Let the speculation begin! As far as Screamin' Swing, won't miss it. The local wags are saying it's going to Dorney, but they already have one, so my money is on Michigan's Adventure being it's next location.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 8:47 PM

I seriously doubt they will, but an RMC'd Ghost Rider would melt my face off.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 9:57 PM

If this "restoration" results in Ghostie being half of what it once was, it'll still be 100x better than my last rides.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:59 PM

That Screamin' Swing was an early model, a rather small one, and an up charge besides. So no great loss. I've wondered why they didn't replace it with a larger one that everyone can ride. A big swing would fit in well there.
As far as RMC goes, I agree, but I think we had info that their schedule was already set. (I dont remember who told us that, maybe I'm making it up) I've been on it once but got to it too late, the damage was done. I so wanted to love it.
I hope whatever the planned restoration, it's better than what they've done to improve Mean Streak. (nothing, near's I can tell...)

Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:39 AM

I have ridden Ghostrider in it's good days and it's bad days. The differences were night and day. As said above, if it can be restored to even half of what it used to be it would be a lot better than it is now. The good Ghostie is still one of my top wooden coasters.

While I love RMC rides (my experience, however, in this is lacking as I have only ridden Goliath), I wonder if it really would be the best thing for this coaster. One of the things I really liked about Ghostrider was that it was so intense. Not the roughness, but the forces of the ride. It felt out of control. The bumps of and shakes and squeals it made because of it's wooden construction (before these bumps became unbearable that is) just increased that intensity. You lose some of that with the RMC ride. While I find Goliath to be a lot of fun there isn't any of the characteristic roughness you feel on a true wooden coaster. I think, with a coaster like Ghostrider that it would take away from the ride, whereas rides like Colossus were a better fit.

Then again, it probably won't be RMCed so all of the above is not important anyways. :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:19 AM

I think the out-of-control-ness on RMC's rides is still there but in a different way. Rather than the small vibrations and chattering of a traditional wood coaster, the RMC's (NTG, Rattler, Outlaw for me) violently try to expunge you from the train and have rapid and strange changes in direction and banking. I don't really have much love for the former, but the latter is really growing on me.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:19 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2015 4:50 PM

What's the deal with upcharging people for screamin swings? Dorney does it with theirs too. It makes no sense to me, it's just a regular flat ride. Why not upcharge for a giant frisbee too it's basically the same thing but more fun.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 4:58 PM

Upcharge attractions are typically rides with crappy capacity. Screamin' Swings have pretty crappy capacity.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 5:03 PM

Does CP upcharge?

Thursday, August 20, 2015 5:07 PM

No. But theirs has more than 4 seats.

Dorney and Knotts were the first generation when they were still being made as up charge rides.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:08 PM

The prevailing rumor is that Ghost a rider is getting all topper track. I'd tm rather that in this case than a full on RMC redo. Ghost or is a top 5 ride when running well.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:22 PM

Proofreading is your friend, Tek.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:58 PM

Nah. I'll Just leave that there and let yall decipher it.

Friday, August 21, 2015 12:22 AM


Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:49 AM

Kennywood was running one side of their screamin swing. With a full line. So only 8 seats. No up charge. Brilliant!

Sunday, August 23, 2015 11:29 AM

It appears that Kennywood's swing has been problematic for a few years now, the use of one side only is not by choice.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 11:39 AM

Any park drawing the crowds of Knotts has no business with one of the Screamin' Swings as an upcharge. Get a full-size park model and include it in the POP already. Dorney's makes a little more sense since it seems to be mostly a waterpark with dry rides right up until the Halloween season.

Fun Spot America (near Universal) has one of the smaller ones, and they run it as part of POP....but we're talking about a one-cycle wait even when the park is busy.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 2:35 PM

They were running one side of one arm? Because it normally seats, 32, right?

Sunday, August 23, 2015 3:41 PM

Correct, Andy. Kennywood's SwingShot is a 32 passenger model, so one arm should hold 16. I'm not sure what koolcat1101 means by 8 unless they were running only one side out of four. And if I was in charge that day I'd probably rather close the ride altogether than make my visitors wait like that.

Knott's had the first Screamin Swing ever, the test prototype, so it makes sense that they might've treated it as an extreme-ride type of up charge attraction. I believe Dorney was next, same thing. The concept caught on, though, and yes, you'd think they might switch out to the super sized model that could be included in the POP ticket. The small, 8 or 4 passenger sizes are now more suitable to an FEC or a small place like Fun Spot.


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