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November 7, 2004

First Rides On Knott's New Coaster Up For Auction

Buena Park, CA -- Starting today, roller coaster enthusiasts everywhere will have the opportunity to be the first official riders of Knott's Berry Farm's new suspended roller coaster, Silver Bullet, on its opening day, Dec. 7. The first 60 seats (28 riders in the first train and 32 riders in the second train) will be auctioned off to the highest bidders, with bids starting at $100. All proceeds will benefit the Speech and Language Development Center of Buena Park.

Bids will be accepted via the Internet at beginning Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. Pacific time and will close Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. Pacific time. A winning bid will include an inaugural ride on the Silver Bullet, a "First Rider" T-shirt, one-day admission to the theme park on the opening day, inclusion in the Opening Day Ceremony and a special commemorative gift. (All applicable height requirements will be enforced. Silver Bullet may not accommodate guests of exceptional size.)

The new attraction, designed and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland, continues Knott's Berry Farm's transformation into Southern California's leading thrill-ride adventure park. The $16 million Silver Bullet is the seventh roller coaster to be added to Knott's already impressive roster of thrill rides. "Silver Bullet gives thrill seekers yet another world-class ride to add to their list of all-time favorites," proclaimed Jack Falfas, general manager and vice president of west coast operations for Cedar Fair, L.P.

While suspended below 3,125 feet of track, riders of Silver Bullet will climb to a height of 146 feet and soar back down an initial drop of 109 feet, into a 360-degree outside loop, then spiral, corkscrew, fly into a cobra roll, and experience overbanked curves. Overall, guests will find themselves upside down six times during this 2.5-minute high-speed adventure.