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Ultimate Rollercoaster

December 17, 2001

Knott's Accelerates Into 2002 With New Hot Rod Coaster

Buena Park, CA -- Slick back your hair and grab your leather jacket, happy days are here again! Knott's Berry Farm announced plans today to soup up the Boardwalk with the addition of XCELERATOR, the all-new 50s themed roller coaster that pops the clutch in May 2002.

The high-octane coaster fires up its engines on the Boardwalk, chrome-plated with flip-top, flame-emblazoned '57 Chevys and speed, a real blast.

What's the tale, nightingale? From the minute you enter the chrome and glass station, you're transported back to the time of greasers, beatniks, and cubes. Step up to the platform and fasten yourself into one of XCELERATOR's yellow and orange flame-emblazoned, candy-apple red or purple fin-tailed hot rods. You are now in the passenger seat and the driver is racing for pink slips. Hold on tight and make sure your knuckles are white because this baby burns rubber across 2,202 feet of cool coral track.

XCELERATOR hydraulically launches you off the line at an electrifying top speed of 82 mph in 2.3 seconds through an exhilarating 205-foot ascent and immediate descent at a 90-degree angle. And you thought playing back seat bingo at the local passion pit made your heart race! It's no sweat for the two trains, with a capacity of 20 people per train, to mess the nests of 1,330 guests per hour. This hopped up screamer is a 62-second blast from the past for everyone from ankle biters to Big Daddys!

The new attraction continues the re-vitalization of The Boardwalk themed area and reinforces Knott's ongoing commitment to world-class thrill attractions. "Knott's has set the pace for record breakers and highly acclaimed rides and our coaster will be at the top of those lists as well," proclaimed Jack Falfas, General Manager and Vice President of West Coast Operations for Cedar Fair, L.P., Knott's parent company. The park's Supreme Scream and GhostRider have set attraction records with GhostRider recently voted one of the world's best wooden roller coasters by coaster enthusiasts.

Construction on XCELERATOR begins pending approval by the City of Buena Park and completion of the Environmental Impact Report. As always, Knott's strives to be a good neighbor and has taken noise reduction measures as part of the design and manufacturing process. Guest satisfaction has also been an important consideration in this process. "XCELERATOR has been engineered with advance technology for the guest's utmost comfort and safety," said Falfas. The new coaster is designed and manufactured by Intamin International of Switzerland.

Knott's Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates five other amusement parks and five water parks, and operates a seventh amusement park under a management contract.

XCELERATOR is a service mark of Knott's Berry Farm and Cedar Fair, L.P.