KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Bigfoot Rapids - NOW CLOSED through Summer 2019
Hat Dance - April 29 through May 3
Calico Mine Ride - April 29 through May 3
Ghost Rider - May 6 through May 10
Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies - May 6 through May 10
Ghost Rider - May 13 through May 17
Wipeout - May 13 through May 17
Ghost Rider - May 20 through May 24
Ferris Wheel - May 20 through May 24
HangTime - May 28 through May 31
Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2017 this week. Click here to see all the details.
Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2016 this week. Click here to see all the details.
You can read Screamscape’s full review of the Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Halloween Haunt. Check it out here.
Park News - (3/9/19) Guess what? It’s almost time for the annual Knott’s Boysenberry Festival event, where the park cranks out all kinds of wild and crazy new and rare boysenberry food creations as part of a celebration of “the little berry that started it all”.
“This year’s newly-expanded festival will feature over 75 unique boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing line up of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to one-of-a-kind specialty desserts and drinks that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year. In addition to the numerous food and drink offerings, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of local crafters, live music, musical stage shows and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. This year’s Boysenberry Festival runs 31 days starting March 29, operating daily through April 28, 2019.”
Some new food items to be introduced this year include:
Boysenberry dry rubbed flank steak topped with boysenberry cream cheese, Boysenberry Jerk Chicken Wings, Boysenberry Chilly served in a Boysenberry Sourdough Bread Bowl, Boysenberry BBQ Chicken, Boysenberry Pot Roast, Spicy Boysenberry Habanero Baked Mac & Cheese, and even Boysenberry Waffles served with a sweet Mapel Boysenberry Cream Cheese Syrup. And the list goes on and on… and perhaps the best way to taste the most items is the purchase of a $35 ‘tasting card’, that will let you taste 8 different items from a list of 14 boysenberry-inspired dishes.
2019 - Calico River Rapids - (4/18/19) The OC Register reports that the new Calico River Rapids attraction at Knott’s will not only serve as a dramatic overall to the former BigFood Rapids attraction, but also include a storyline that will tie it into the other Ghost Town attractions. They report that the revised attraction will feature nine different scenes and over 20 animatronic figures along the route, including the arrival of BigFoot himself somewhere along the way.
(11/14/18) Knott’s Berry Farm has just released the details about their 2019 attraction, where the former Bigfoot Rapids will now become Calico River Rapids when it reopens in Summer 2019. The attraction is undergoing a major renovation that will see new animatronics and special effects added (from Garner Holt Productions) to create new show scenes to create, “a new story overlay and plenty of dynamic water effects.”
One awesome idea is also mentioned… you know those stations you see along the pathways near water rides where guests drop in coins to trigger water streams and geysers to soak the guests on the boat as they pass by? Well… Calico River Rapids is going to have those, but with a twist. Every so often these stations with backfire on those using them, and send a much unexpected soaking to those who wished to remain dry and on land. You’ve been warned!
(2/3/19) Westcoaster heads over to Knott’s to check out the Peanuts Celebration event this week. Keep on scrolling down and you’ll also get a look at the construction progress taking place on the former Bigfoot Rapids ride as they prepare it to reopen in 2019 as Calico River Rapids. Below that… something a little weird… a Spike’s Silent Disco? You’ll just have to see this one for yourself.
Guests will journey in search of a new land on the outskirts of Calico where they will encounter roaring rapids, indigenous wildlife and some “peculiar homesteaders” along the journey inside six passenger rafts.
Knott’s also confirmed the return of the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration on weekends from Jan. 26 to Mar. 10, 2019 as well as the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival from Mar. 29 through to April 28, 2019. “Ghost Town Alive!” will also return to the park daily with a brand new storyline from May 25 through to Aug. 18th, and then on weekends from Aug. 24 through to Labor Day weekend.
(10/24/18) During the summer a few Cedar Fair parks released some odd posters that seemed hint about future attractions to come, and now Knott’s just tweeted out one of their own, claiming that a great discovery awaits in 2019. A call to adventure if you will to visit the “Unspoiled Wilderness” of the “Calico River Territory” known for “Mining! Timber! Homesteads!”
So… exactly what does this mean? Calico is home to Ghost Town of course, along with the Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train. But… and here comes some guesswork, but technically Bigfoot Rapids is within the Calico area and features the only real “river”.
So could Bigfoot Rapids be going under the knife to be transformed into something new for 2019? It’s also worth mentioning that on the Knott’s official list of attraction rehabs, Bigfoot Rapids is now closed and has no official reopening date, just a generic “TBD”.
2020/2021 - New Attraction - (3/3/19) Screamscape sources tell us that some future plans to develop Knott’s Berry Farm into the future are being settled that may see the park expand a little bit more, taking over some of the backstage land. The site of the later may involve an expansion of Ghost Town into the nearby backstage area that could be ready sometime between late 2020 and 2021. The early rumors suggest the new section would incorporate a new coaster of some kind as well as a new flat ride or two. The coaster side of things is said to still be very much in development with no one design (or designer) in the lead yet for the project, though we did hear an interesting concept for one of the flat rides could be to bring one of those Gerstlauer Sky Roller kind of attractions to the park, possibly even with some kind of loose “homage” to the park’s former XK-1 as part of the themeing.
Again, this is all just talk at this point, so nothing is confirmed. That said… it may be worth keeping an eye open when traveling through Ghost Town over the year for any sign of construction surveying markers, stakes or paint.
(6/6/18) While it is too early to tell what is going on at this point, I've been told that Knott's Berry Farm's next BIG project will come to life in 2020. From the sound of things, this could possibly be the park's next big coaster and if so, I'm hearing that it could go somewhere south of GhostTown, near GhostRider.