Question About Ghost Rider

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:28 PM

Having not been to Knotts, I've never ridden Ghost Rider. But I saw a picture on this site today I'd not seen before. It appears the first drop is mostly under a canopy. Am I seeing it right? Are there any other major coasters that feature this kind of structure?


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:41 PM

In Orange County, yes. Also featured on California Screamin'. Pesky noise regulations.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 4:26 PM

When the ride opened, that first drop roof structure was not there. I can't remember exactly when they put that on, but I'm thinking it was about a six months into it's first year in operation. The original postcards depict it without it.

I have to say, I'm kind of a fan of the roof top. I like the way it creates a claustrophobic sense. Especially when you are in the back seat and being pulled up as you go over the drop.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:22 PM

I stayed at the onsite hotel before they put the roof on. I can tell you that it was VERY loud. Whether that is the ride, or poor construction in the hotel...I don't know.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:41 AM

As stated before, the open sided tunnel was added in 1999 to address noise pollution from the ride as it descended from the highest point. The main concern was the close proximity the ride was from the then-Radisson Resort Knott's Berry Farm (now Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel).

The added structure definitely adds to the excitement of the ride! Unlike a fully enclosed tunnel, where visibility of the drop is restricted, the natural light coming in from the open sides provide you a clear visual of the ceiling above and generates the illusion that your head will smack the underside of the structure as you go down the drop.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:26 PM

Aamilj said:
I stayed at the onsite hotel before they put the roof on. I can tell you that it was VERY loud. Whether that is the ride, or poor construction in the hotel...I don't know.

I was going to ask what you were doing in your hotel room while the coaster was running...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:58 PM
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I remember riding GR in 1999 before the roof was put on. My friend, a non-coaster geek who was used to the rides at Magic Mountain, couldn't believe how intense the ride was!

It looks great (in the pictures I've seen) with the roof on the drop. Is the orange strip light still on the layout? That was very cool...


Billy
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Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:48 PM

The orange strip light are still there. I always thought that was a nice touch.

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Friday, February 17, 2012 11:02 AM

I was going to ask what you were doing in your hotel room while the coaster was running...

That was 12-13 years ago... So there is good chance I was riding something... ;)

Sadly today...I'd be napping.

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