Whether you’re a fan of the Vekoma Boomerang coasters or not, there is no denying that Boomerang has had an import role on Knott’s Boardwalk. With the recent re-do of the boardwalk area and removal of Rip-Tide, it was pretty clear that the attraction’s fate was coming to an end. We finally know when that end will be.
The last day to ride will officially be April 23, 2017. The announcement was made via a press release sent out this morning.
Knott’s Berry Farm says goodbye to the park’s veteran rollercoaster, Boomerang on April 23rd. Riders will have one last chance to ride the reverse shuttle rollercoaster starting now and throughout the duration of Knott’s annual springtime Boysenberry Festival which kicks off April 1-23.
The 27 year-old rollercoaster has been a staple in the recently renovated Boardwalk area, replacing the historic “Roaring 20’s Corkscrew” in 1990. Since its opening, Boomerang has taken thrill-seekers on an enthralling two minute ride forward and backwards on its 875-foot track.
Guests will have the opportunity to take a last ride on Boomerang during the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, a celebration of Knott’s Berry Farm’s historic roots anchored by the flavorful boysenberry. Newly expanded this year to 23 days, Knott’s will be showcasing a unique selection of over 75 boysenberry-inspired items from tasty food creations and rare wines to one-of-a kind merchandise that commemorates Knott’s renowned history.
It’s worth noting that Boomerang recently underwent an extensive refurbishment which involved completely new trains and a new paint job. It’s very safe to assume that this ride will be relocated at another Cedar Fair park for 2018. It’s currently unknown what will replace Boomerang, but there’s no shortage of rumors. A long standing rumor states that the park would eventually get a B&M Hyper coaster. for the boardwalk area of the park and the area occupied by Boomerang would serve as the loading/unloading and queue area. As of right now its anyone’s guess what the park will see or if this area will even serve the park’s 2018 addition.
And with that the sun will set on another classic ride, hopefully making way for something much improved.
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