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November 8, 1999

Knott's Begins Construction on Perilous Plunge

Buena Park, CA -- Knott's Berry Farm crews have begun site preparation to begin construction on Perilous Plunge, the world's tallest and steepest water flume attraction.

After the end of Knott's Halloween Haunt on October 31, construction crews moved into the Boardwalk section and erected a construction wall from the Hammerhead attraction to the entrance of the Boomerang and Coasters Diner.

Crews also started to remove and relocate a dozen 20-foot tall palm trees that lined the Boardwalk. The walkway is to be moved 40-feet closer to the Boomerang during the construction.

Knott's recently finished relocating the Scrambler (Headspin) ride to its new home under the Windjammer roller coaster. The park has also opened its newest attraction Wipeout, a Chance Rides 'trabant' style-spinning ride. Wipeout is located on a second new ride pad, built under the Windjammer.

The Headache an aging spinning attraction delivered its final rides to guests on October 31. The Headache is being removed to make way for Perilous Plunge. This is the second attraction this year to be retired. Earlier park officials pulled the plug on the venerable Sky Jump, after 24 years of operation.

In the coming weeks crews are to begin to demolish the vacant Pacific Pavilion, Headspin and the adjacent restroom buildings. The construction is estimated to take about six months.

Knott's officials hope to open the Perilous Plunge in the spring of 2000.

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