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Montezooma’s Revenge joins the National Roller Coaster Museum

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Montezooma’s Revenge coaster is being preserved at the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives in Plainview, Tex.

Montezooma's Revenge
Photos courtesy of the National Roller Coaster Museum

Montezooma’s Revenge opened at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1978. The Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop coaster’s propulsion system – based on an aircraft carrier’s cable launch system – catapulted riders out of the station at 55 miles per hour, through a 76-foot 360° loop, and then to the top of a 148-foot tower where, after a moment of weightlessness, the train zoomed down the tower backward, passing through the loop and up a second 112-foot tower, before coming back down into the station.

“This is an historic addition to the museum’s permanent collection that showcases the classic Schwarzkopf shuttle loop,” said National Roller Coaster Museum Historian Richard Munch. “Knott’s Berry Farm has magnanimously provided us with two ride vehicles, the iconic sign, and the top of the ride’s loop. It is an amazing donation.”

Knott’s recently announced a reimagination of Montezooma’s Revenge in 2023 to MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress with a new immersive storyline, new thrills, and a randomized launch sequence.

The National Roller Coaster Museum depends on support from coaster fans to expand its collection of artifacts and archiving facilities. Click here for more information or if you’d like to make a donation.

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