Montezooma is probably one of the quickest rides I have ever seen. When I mean quick, I mean those queue times wont be lasting long for you! Montezooma’s revenge is a steel shuttle roller coaster that lasts 35 seconds! To ride this ride, you will need to travel California at Knots Berry Farm. Montezooma was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf, (try and say that again) and opened on May 21st 1978, So not the youngest of roller coasters but neither the less, It looks thrilling! The eight flywheel launched roller coaster was the last of its kind to still be operating in the United States, and is one of eight around the world. It remains as one of the most popular arides at Knott’s Berry Farm. Anton Schwarzkopf designed many looping rollercoasters which had the same lap bars to hold riders, instead of conventional over the shoulder restraints. That is one of the down sides personally, as I prefer shoulder restraints. I’m not saying it’s a terrible ride because of this. Trust me, I really would like to try it!
Are you wondering where the coaster claimed its name from? Well it was named after a bluegrass band, who performed regularly in the wagon camp at Knotts Berry Farm.
Montezooma uses a flywheel mechanism to accelerate the train to 55 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. Very fast but still not as fast as “Stealth or Kinda Ka” .The coaster goes through a loop, then soars to the top of the 148 foot tower and reverses the opposite direction. Whilst in reversing backwards It passes through the station and ascends another tower behind the station.
The 7.6 tons flywheel, located outside the station and adjacent to the loop, is attached to a clutch and cable system, which in turn connects to a small four-wheeled catch car known as a “bob”. On the front of the bob is a launch pin that seats in a socket in the back of the train. This is one of the primary safety features: the bob, through the restraint mechanisms, completes an electrical circuit. If any restraint is not working, the circuit is not made and it is impossible to launch the train until the situation is addressed. Once the bob is seated and the circuit made, the operators receive the ready light.
I never like writing this part. Yes, there has been a reported death because of the rides restraints. Justine Dedele Bolia, a 20-year-old woman, died on September 1, 2001. She suffered a ruptured middle cerebral artery and an autopsy revealed a pre-existing condition. The ride was shut for a few days while an investigation was conducted. Though state investigators concluded that the ride did not contribute to her death, a wrongful death lawsuit was later filed by her family in 2002. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2006. Is it me or does everybody seems to be suing each other these days. So typical to blame a coaster for the death.
Current Coaster Name: Montezooma Current Park Name: Knotts Berry farm Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Buena Park, California, USA Status: Operating Links: www.knotts.com/ Cost: N/A
Type: Steel Shuttle Loop Opened: May 21st, 1978 Designer: Schwarzkopf Features: Flywheel Launch, Shuttle, Single Loop Height: 148 feet Max Drop: Max Speed: 60Mph Length: 8000 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 0 Duration: 0.35 Trains: 1 Capacity: 1344 riders per hour