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Pony Express
Pony Express, Knott's Berry Farm.jpg
Knott's Berry Farm
Park section Ghost Town - Wild Water Wilderness
Coordinates 33°50′34.54″N 118°0′4.62″W / 33.8429278°N 118.0012833°W / 33.8429278; -118.0012833Coordinates: 33°50′34.54″N 118°0′4.62″W / 33.8429278°N 118.0012833°W / 33.8429278; -118.0012833
Status Operating
Opening date May 22, 2008
Replaced Wilderness Scrambler
General statistics
Type Steel – Motorbike – Launched
Manufacturer Zamperla
Model MotoCoaster
Height 44 ft (13 m)
Length 1,300 ft (400 m)
Speed 38 mph (61 km/h)
Duration 0:36
Capacity 900 riders per hour
Acceleration 0 to 38 mph (0 to 61 km/h) in 3 seconds
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Pony Express at RCDB
Pictures of Pony Express at RCDB

Pony Express is a steel motorbike roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. It is the first Zamperla-manufactured motocoaster to be placed in the United States, beginning operations on May 22, 2008. The ride features motorbike-style seating and a flywheel launch system.

Background

Pony Express was a $9 million project that was added to the Ghost Town section of the park. The theme of the attraction is based on the historic Pony Express mail service. The attraction is designed to give riders the experience of being part of this delivery system, zooming over hills and around turns. Its "out-and-back" course shows riders views of Boot Hill and Big Foot Rapids, two popular attractions also located in Ghost Town. Knott's Berry Farm has given it a thrill rating of "high thrill" (4 out of 5) and is enjoyable for people for all ages.

Design

The ride lasts for 36 seconds and is made up of a 1,300 foot-long steel track that reaches speeds of up to 38 miles per hour and heights of up to 44 feet. Each train has 8 rows, with 2 seats in each row and the ride can accommodate up to 900 passengers per hour. Each rider's seat is shaped like a horse, and the rider straddles the saddle seat to create the feeling that they are riding on a horse. An automated restraint system secures the rider in their seat, pressing against his/her lower back, allowing the upper body to move fairly freely.

Mechanics

The Pony Express was one of the first of its kind to be built in the United States. It is based on a new design called a Motocoaster. This model was manufactured by Zamperla, a roller coaster and attraction company centered in Vicenza, Italy. Riders straddle the seats like a motorcycle or horse, hence the name Motocoaster. Unlike most coasters, the ride doesn't use potential energy attained from ascending a hill via chain lift. Instead, the ride uses a flywheel and clutch system that catches a cable attached to the cars and delivers stored rotational energy, launching riders from 0 to 38 miles per hour down a straight launch track in less than 3 seconds.

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