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Silver Bullet (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Silver Bullet
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Knott's Berry Farm
Location Buena Park, California, USA
Status Operating since December 7, 2004
Cost $16,000,000 USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Inverted
Model / product Custom Inverted Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,300
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height146 feet
Drop109 feet
Top speed55 mph
Length3,125 feet
Inversions6
Duration2:30
HELP

Silver Bullet is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, USA. It is a custom Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted Coaster installation, the first to have an over-banked curve. It is also the first inverted rolled coaster from any manufacturer to implement magnetic brakes. At 3,125 feet long, it is also the longest inverted coaster on the West Coast. It is filled with sand to reduce noise, and has a rare B&M maintenance orb car that allows for track inspection over Reflection Lake.

History[edit | edit source]

On May 28, 2003, Cedar Fair filed a trademark for the name Silver Bullet.[1] The ride was constructed by COAN Construction.[2] Silver Bullet opened on December 7, 2004.[3]

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

The park claims the Silver Bullet has "6 and 1/2" inversions, but this is false, as an over-banked curve doesn't count because it doesn't fully-invert riders.

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

The ride stars with a 90 degree right turn before climbing the 150 foot chain lift hill. The signature B&M pre-drop follows, then a 180 degree swooping first drop, unusually wide for B&M rides. Riders then enter the 105 foot vertical loop and round an over-banked turn (the 'half' element marketed). Riders then speed into a cobra roll, which towers over the ride's entrance. Riders are then flipped through a zero-g roll and a helix to the left. The ride then drops down slightly, and then enter the first corkscrew, wich flips over to the left. Riders then turn slightly, before entering the second corkscrew, this time to the right. The ride finale is a 450 degree helix to the left that runs up into the brake run. A small, slightly banked U-turn follows, before entering the block brakes, and finally the station.

Trains[edit | edit source]

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2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 64 riders per train. Silver Bullet has a spare train, allowing it to operate at full capacity while a train is serviced.

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

  • The ride features prominently along with other Knott's Berry Farm rides in the opening credits of Knocked Up, in wich many of the central characters are seen riding it. Actor Jay Jay Baruchel has an actual fear of roller coasters; his pleas to be let off Silver Bullet as the ride pulls into the station are real.
  • The ride was the second round of the dis-continued Cartoon Network game-show, BrainRush, wich took place at Knott's Berry Farm and involved players completing missions on different rides.
  • The ride is featured on McGraw Hill's California Algebra Readiness Textbook.
  • The post-human fate of the ride is shown in the episode "Holiday Hell" of the History Channel's second season of Life After People: The Series; Silver Bullet will corrode and fall to the ground after 100 years, mainly due to the sand attracting moisture in the track.
  • The ride was featured on an episode of the hit-reality competition series America's Next Top Model, which features the models having to capture a good photo for a challenge while on the ride.

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