Gerstlauer’s new “Hangtime” Infinity Coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm was featured in U.S.A. Today.
The scariest part of riding a roller coaster may not be the free-falling acceleration, crushing G-forces, upside-down acrobatics, or the other hairy elements it delivers, but the anticipation of those moments. Riders clickety-clacking up a lift hill invariably think, “What have I gotten myself into?” Cresting the top of the hill — just before the madness ensues — their pupils dilate, their breathing and pulse rates accelerate, and their nervous systems trigger the release of adrenaline among other classic signs of the fight-or-flight response.
HangTime, the new coaster coming next summer to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., will capitalize on the anticipation by bringing riders up to the top of a 150-foot vertical lift hill, nudging them over the edge of the precipice at a woozy 60-degree angle and letting them hang there for a few agonizing seconds. Staring into the abyss that awaits them, they’ll really have time to reflect (and keep their adrenaline percolating) about the predicament in which they find themselves.