Pony Express @ Knott’s Berry | 2008 Coasters

Pony Express to be World’s First Horse Coaster?
The announcements for new roller coasters just keep on coming. Yesterday, Cedar Fair released a press release detailing the $88 million dollars in expenditures for 2008. Most of the additions were old news. The $21 million investment for Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland is the highlight, but it also mentions Thunderhawk at Michigan’s Adventure, Dominator at Kings Dominion, Voodoo at Dorney Park, a new children’s area at Cedar Point, and an expansion to Carowinds water park.

The unexpected part of the release was a blurb about a new roller coaster for Knott’s Berry Farms:

Riders will saddle up on one of two, 12-passenger trains, riding “horseback” as they are launched forward at the beginning of the ride. Featuring low-to-the-ground maneuvers, hairpin turns and steep banks, Pony Express will be ready to thrill riders in the Ghost Town section of the park.

I was wondering when we’d see a Vekoma Booster Bike in the states (pictured here). Unfortunately, it looks like Pony Express will be a different kind of coaster with similar bike/horse-style seating. The 12-passenger trains referenced in the press release sound more like a Zamperla Motocoaster, seen in this video here. Knott’s Berry Farm just got Sierra Sidewinder last year, so this must come as a surprise as parks usually don’t get two new roller coasters in consecutive years. Hopefully, more details will surface in the coming days. Until then, check out these construction photos at Screamscape.

Anyone from SoCal excited about the Pony Express? Leave a comment below.