Montezooma's Revenge

Roller coaster in the United States
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Montezooma's Revenge
Entrance to Montezooma's Revenge
Knott's Berry Farm
Location Buena Park, California, USA
Status Standing but not operating
Operated May 26, 1978 to February 8, 2022
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Shuttle Loop
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Shuttle
Track layout Shuttle loop
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1344
Propulsion Flywheel launch from 0 mph - 55 mph in 4.5 s
Height 148 feet
Top speed 55 mph
Length 800 feet
Track inversions 1
Rider inversions 2
Duration 0:36

Montezooma's Revenge is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, USA. The ride was built by Schwarzkopf and is the last operating Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop in the United States. It is also the oldest operating roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm.


Montezooma's Revenge opened on May 26, 1978.[1][2]

Contrary to popular belief, the coaster is not named after the disease sometimes called Montezuma's Revenge, but rather a band under the same name that performed at the park.

The ride was repainted for the 2017 season.[3]

On January 7, 2022, it was announced that the ride would close on January 10 for a major refurbishment. However, the next day, the park stated that it would stay open for some time longer due to popular demand.[4][5]

The flywheel launch system and some sections of track have now been removed.[6] The original train was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[7]

The work was originally expected to be completed by 2023.[8] However, the park has since announced the ride would not reopen in 2023 with no expected opening date given.[9] Fortunately, it was announced on March 1, 2024 that the ride would eventually reopen in 2025.[10]



Montezooma's Revenge has a single vertical loop which the train passes through twice: once forwards and once backwards. The nearby roller coaster Jaguar! passes through Montezooma's Revenge's vertical loop.


Single train with 7 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train.


On the evening of August 31, 2001, a woman was taken to hospital after reportedly suffering a seizure while riding Montezooma's Revenge. She died the following morning.[11] An investigation found the roller coaster to be mechanically safe, and the cause of death was a brain aneurysm aggravated by a pre-existing condition. Montezooma's Revenge reopened on September 6.[12]



  1. "Montezooma's Revenge". The Los Angeles Times. 1978-05-23. p. 102. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  2. "Clipped From The Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times. 1978-05-24. p. 90. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  3. "Montezooma's Revenge Repaint UPDATE - February 12th 2017 - The Coaster Kings".
  4. "Back by popular demand". Knott's Berry Farm. Jan 11, 2022. Retrieved Jan 11, 2022.
  5. Macdonald, Brady (2022-01-11). "Knott's Berry Farm pauses Montezooma's Revenge renovation plans so fans can get one last ride". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  6. "Knott's Berry Farm". Screamscape. Archived from the original on 2022-08-01. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  7. Davis-Friedman, Samantha (2022-09-14). "Montezooma's Revenge joins the National Roller Coaster Museum". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  8. Niles, Robert (2022-01-07). "Knott's Will Renovate Its Montezooma's Revenge Coaster". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved 2022-01-08.
  9. "Montezooma's Revenge | Speed Coaster | Knott's Berry Farm". Knott's Berry Farm (in English). Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  10. "MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress Opening in 2025 at Knott's Berry Farm".
  11. Knott's Roller Coaster Closed After Female Dies - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  12. Knott's Coaster Reopens After State Declares Safe - Ultimate Rollercoaster

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Tallest roller coaster
May 1978 - June 1983
Preceded by
King Kobra
White Lightnin'
Tidal Wave
Tallest roller coaster
May 1978 - June 1983
Succeeded by
Moonsault Scramble

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