|Park||Knott's Berry Farm|
|Park section||The Boardwalk|
|Opening date||May 25, 2013|
In 2000, Knott's Berry Farm opened their Shoot-the-Chutes attraction, Perilous Plunge, in the Boardwalk area, to the left of Xcelerator and across from Boomerang and Riptide. The ride was among the most popular attractions in the park, and one of three water rides. Around summer 2012, Knott's announced their plan to close Perilous Plunge as part of their 2013 Boardwalk Expansion. At the announcement, Coast Rider was also explained, and the two kiddie rides that would also open, and the announcement of the Timber Mountain Log Ride's refurbishment. On September 3, 2012, Perilous Plunge and was demolished for the rest of the month. Immediately after, construction on Coast Rider and the other two rides began. At the beginning of the 2013 season, Timber Mountain closed for its refurbishment. By early-April, Coast Rider was complete. Starting in mid-May, the three attractions began testing. Finally, on May 25, 2013, the Boardwalk Expansion ended, with the three Boardwalk rides opening and Timber Mountain's refurbishment concluded.
After guests board their vehicle, the train turns to the left and ascends up the 52-foot lift hill. The ride then turns the left and drops 52 feet, into a series of twists and turns. Then, the train experiences a small drop, followed by more tiny twists and turns, and then a final concluding drop which pulls the train into the block brake.
- The ride's name is a pun off of GhostRider, which is coincidentally on the other side of Knott's Berry Farm.
- One cycle on the ride lasts about two and a half minutes.
- The track is 1,339 feet long.
- The ride is one of three coasters in The Boardwalk.
Coaster of the WeekEdit
- Coast Rider's first appearance on the Top Ten List was within a week of its grand opening, from May 26, 2013 - June 1, 2013, at #4.
- The ride then officially won Coaster of the Week from the Week of June 23, 2013 - June 29, 2013, beating Six Flags Fiesta Texas's Iron Rattler.