Looming 118 feet over Knott's historic Ghost Town, the GhostRider wooden coaster forever changed the look and feel of this venerable California theme park. Brave GhostRiders enter a mysterious mine, only to be strapped into a gold, silver, or copper mining car and sent along 4,533 feet of twisting, unforgiving timber. Highlights of this massive themed white-knuckler, include a dramatic 108-foot initial banked drop, 13 additional drops, sudden dips, banked turns, and a maximum G-force of 3.14.
GhostRider begins at the former site of Knott's Berry Farm's Pan for Gold (permanently relocated to Boot Hill) and stretches onto the former backstage property before veering left over Grand Avenue and into the former MarketPlace parking lot and comes within several hundred feet of bustling Beach Blvd. There, it doubles-back on itself in a classic "out-and-back" fashion to return to the giant themed GhostRider Mining Co. queue building.
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Constructed using 2.5 million board feet of long-leaf Southern Yellow Pine.
Features: 14 Hills, 10 Crossovers, 3 Bridges
Designed for three-train operation, the coaster ended up being too short to efficiently operate with three, so it only runs with two.
September 8, 2015 – GhostRider shuts down for full track replacement and new trains from Great Coasters International. The new 12-car Millennium Flyer model trains replace the 7-car, 2-bench trains from Philadelphia Togoggan Company. During the refurbishment the mid-course block brake was removed, eliminating the ability to operate with 3-trains.
June 18, 2016 – GhostRider reopens following a multi-million dollar refurbishment.
Opening date: December 8, 1998
Train has twelve cars with one row each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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