Xcelerator top hat tops off

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 4:57 AM | Contributed by James Disney

Knott's Berry Farm has topped out their new 205-foot tall coaster by completing its top hat. They also did work preparing and placing supports for the second over-banked turn as they race towards their May 2002 opening.

Check out Westcoaster.net and ACN for the latest photos.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 5:27 AM
All I have to say is BOOYA!!!

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 5:42 AM
They call it a tophat? It dosent look like you will be riding on the inside ,but ont he outside of it!
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Thursday, April 11, 2002 5:58 AM
That Thing is going to scare the shhhhhhhhht out of damn near everyone. I just went down there yesterday to check it out and this baby is absolutly HUGE!!!!!!!!. Pictures just cannot do any justice to show the scale of this supportless beast lol, the fear factor is going to be way above 10 for the GP imo. Then when they get into the park and see that launch they really are not going to want to ride it lol...........That measns shorter lines for us airtime loving , speed junky, addrenline craving Intense coaster lovers:O). Well maybe not but this baby is going to be intensely crazy from start to finish, I think Sandor has got himself ahold to a copy of No Limits lol..........all I have to say to him is keep doing what you doing big baby b/c your Awwsome:O)~

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 5:59 AM

That ride looks incredible. Thanks for the great pics. Just out of curiosity, do you expect the ride to be fairly quiet (outside of the screams)?

-Adam

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 6:00 AM
HOLY COW ! This ride is getting cooler by the second.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 6:00 AM
:passes out:

:recovers: :shakes head rapidly, rubs eyes:

:moves to Anaheim:

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 6:10 AM
The coaster must be quieter than the coaster it replaced, windjammer(A single looping togo racer--it sucked)
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Thursday, April 11, 2002 6:33 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar I was thinking that X was the reason I'm going to the ACE CoasterCon in June. After seeing these pics, that's changed.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 7:16 AM

Holy tophats, Batman! (oops, wrong park)

Good grief, Charlie Brown! That is absolutely incredible!!! I'm going to have to make a trip to Cali.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 7:16 AM
Same here ShiveringTim.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 7:31 AM
All I have to say is "dear God!" Hopefully things will be smooth sailing in early June when I visit. :)
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Thursday, April 11, 2002 8:20 AM
stoogemanmoe's avatar Wow!!! I just booked my plane tickets! Does Sandor have a lot of night mares? I can't wait to ride this thing! The GP is going to get on this thing and they are going to have to change their underwear when they get off..lol.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 9:37 AM
im really scared.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 9:43 AM

While that tophat looks like the most amazing section of track ever, for me personally, I can almost guarantee X will *still* be the coaster to beat in Cali.

Xcelerator has basically the launch and tophat. X keeps you guessing the entire ride! Now I obviously haven't ridden Xcelerator (mmmm, can I please? Soon?) so I will wait until I do to make a FINAL judgement, but as cool as Xcelerator looks, I don't think that one element can take me away from X's face-first-front-flipping 215' drop, among all the other craziness that coaster provides.

Even though I'm going on the ACE European trip, dare I say, I'm *extremely* jealous of all you going to the Con! Even if they only opened X and Xcelerator, I would be content!

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 10:23 AM

Although the coaster looks totally awesome to me and I'd love to have one at my home park...does this element look ugly to you?!

I think that tophat is pretty ugly. When you think about it most coasters are pleasing to the eyes but the first thing I thought when I saw the pics was it looks crooked and basically messed up.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 10:32 AM
All I have to say is...it's gonna be a GRRRRREAT summer here in Southern Cal!!!! First X, now THIS. I'm planning back-to-back days at SFMM and KBF.
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Thursday, April 11, 2002 10:45 AM

Hmmmmm

Doesn't seem to have designated areas on the top hat so far for brakes..... what about roll backs?

In theory, if it uses a braking system similar to the other Intamins (magnetic) ala MForce or Superman, then wouldn't there need to be brackets on the side for them? How would they raise up and down. Surely because of the twist in the train/track they would either have to be at the base, or on the train's undercarriage.

Now, let's assume that the brakes would be at the base of the incline. When a rollback occurred, I am not too sure I would want to trust Intamin's magnetic braking system given the ummm errr burps it had last year.

Shaggy

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Thursday, April 11, 2002 11:37 AM

Shaggy wrote: "Doesn't seem to have designated areas on the top hat so far for brakes..... what about roll backs? "

The brake fins are all located on the launch... and you'll also notice the launch is at an angle, allowing the train to glide gently back into the station if there is an aborted launch/short shot.

"When a rollback occurred, I am not too sure I would want to trust Intamin's magnetic braking system given the ummm errr burps it had last year. "

There are actuators under the track that will push the fins into an engaged position. Personally, I think things will be fine... the launch is long enough that even if only 2/3 the fins came up due to some accident or malfunction, things would probably be just fine.

JD
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Thursday, April 11, 2002 11:49 AM
one question, is there lap bars of OTS restriants? please god, give us lapbars!
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