KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Nothing is known to be planned at this time...
Park News - (5/25/15) What’s new for 2016? We have some ideas... click here.
(3/31/15) Our friends at ParkJourney joined up with the Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm to get their hands on a Fun Bun, check out the messy pie eating contest and much more.
(3/23/15) Westcoaster dropped by Knott's Berry Farm for the kick off preview of the park's new Boysenberry Festival, full of good food and something that has quickly become legendary... a little thing they are calling the Fun Bun. According to the description, you start with a yummy cinnamon bun, dip it in funnel cake batter, fry it up and then smother it with a tasty Boysenberry sauce on top. Apparently this new Fun Bun creation is one of the best things you'll ever put in your mouth, and makes me jealous I can't come out to California to try one.
Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 - (6/27/15)
According to a casting call sheet being sent out, it looks like Elvira is set to return to Knott's Scary Farm once again in 2015. The casting call is looking for male and female dancers to perform audition on July 25th for "ELVIRA's ASYLUM starring ELVIRA! The Mistress of the Dark".
2015 - Voyage to the Iron Reef - (5/19/15) Some behind the scenes footage of Voyage to the Iron Reef, interviews with Triotech and Knott's staff as well as a look around the themed Nautilus gift shop stuffed full of themed items comes to us from our friends at In The Loop.
(5/16/15) Voyage to the Iron Reef is now open at Knott's Berry Farm and you can find a great looking video showing off all the action posted below, shot by our friends at ThemeParkHD.
(5/15/15) Opening Friday is Knotts Berry Farm's newest hit attraction Voyage to the Iron Reef. "Get ready to grab a freeze ray and join the battle to save Knott's from the mysterious creatures that are emerging from the waters beneath the Boardwalk!"
Southern California has always been the premier location for family themed entertainment. Lately, we've had the addition of Despicable Me at Universal, Manta at SeaWorld and multiple additions at Disney. Knotts has totally stepped up their game with updates of classic attractions and additions of several boardwalk rides. Now Knotts is premiering a 4d attraction that provides interactive thrills with family fun.
Guests are ushered on to their 4 person submarines for their adventure. "Equipped with your interactive freeze ray, aim for ballooning puffer fish, an iron clad octopus and hundreds of other menacing 3-D creatures to save Knott’s from a watery doom. You will be surrounded at every turn by enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical wreckage that will be brought to life through high definition 3-D animation and other special effects."
VttIR is a 4 1/2 minute adventure into the deeps below the Knotts Boardwalk. It is an attraction for the whole family both because of the game style ride and the ability for all ages to enjoy. Height restrictions only apply to adventurers riding without adults. It provides plenty of fun for all but it isn't an intense attraction. Sure it has the game interactivity and tons of creatures, but the attraction itself isn't so crazy in its movement to frighten the youngest travelers (although guests sensitive to loud noise/music or menacing sea creatures might be wary of this attraction).
Ride operators told us capacity for his attraction is between 600-800 an hour. During our time riding it was a bit less. This will improve each day the ride is open. Visually this ride is stunning. We loved how clear the projections were and the interactivity of the ride was fun each time we rode. Look for iconic treasures from Knotts past hidden in the iron reef. Also, there are several hidden medallions hidden throughout the experience to boost your score.
We are so happy the Knotts Berry Tales/Kingdom of the Dinosaurs building is back again with another stunning attraction! It is well worth a visit to this historic park!
(11/13/14) BREAKING NEWS - Knott's Berry Farm has announced "Voyage to the Iron Reef" as the name for a new interactive media-based 4D attraction coming to the park in 2015 that will submerge guests under the Boardwalk for an adventure to save the theme park.
According to the story, the construction of the Coast Rider and Surfside Gliders in the new Boardwalk Pier area awakened creatures resting far below the earth who have risen up to wreak havoc on Knott's Berry Farm. "The Queen of the Kraken and her aquatic army have surfaced to feed on the steel of any attraction within their grasps. Their unquenchable appetite for coaster metal has turned these creatures into swimming mechanical monsters unlike anything ever seen on the ocean floor. Through enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical wreckage, high definition 3-D animation will surround guests at every turn. Along the way, the submarines navigate 600 feet of track and 11 scenes featuring hundreds of media-based creatures and other special effects. The attraction reacts to your actions making each interactive voyage a different experience. In addition to battling the Queen of the Kraken and her hundreds-strong aquatic army, compete head-to-head with the other sailors in your submarine to see who can blast the most creatures." Montreal-based Triotech, the multi-sensory attraction developer that animated the popular Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland, is the creator behind the groundbreaking gaming system and animation for Voyage to the Iron Reef.
2016 / 2017 - Ghost Town 75th Anniversary - Rumor - (5/25/15) In thinking about the improvements coming to Knott's Ghost Town in 2016 and maybe 2017, I have been led to believe that GhostRider may indeed by in line to get a little love. Even better... apparently there is a strong chance that this could come in the form of a Rocky Mountain (RMC) Topper Track conversion.
Even more better, if GhostRider gets completely re-tracked with Topper Track, technically it would be able to run with the same smoothness of RMC's other custom built wooden coasters like Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City and Goliath at Six Flags Great America. While this could also mean new trains for GhostRider, there is also the chance they could opt to keep the existing PTC cars as well, depending on the budget of the project I suppose.
Keep in mind this is only a rumor right now, but its also the biggest lead I've got at the moment as well. But certainly, I do have to think that if Cedar Fair lets RMC take a crack at fixing GhostRider and they nail it...then this could also pave the way for RMC to be given the keys to Mean Streak at Cedar Point in the future as well. Just something to think about.
(5/23/15) So what's in the works for Knott's Berry Farm in 2016? Well, no one is doing much in the walk of talking yet, however the park's GM hinted in his speech at the opening of Voyage to the Iron Reef last week that they had big plans for Ghost Town in 2016 as they celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town, with plans to "bring new life to the old west."
Previously I had heard not much would come in 2016, or at least as far as new ride hardware goes and by focusing on Ghost Town this could still be true. There are other ways to bring Ghost Town to life that doesn’t involve adding new rides at all, and of course there is the possibility of perhaps seeing some existing attractions “improved” as well. GhostRider, once loved as the best wooden coaster in West has developed into a rather rough ride experience in recent years, and could perhaps be due for some kind of makeover as well. Time will tell...
(1/21/15) I've done a little digging into what Knott's may have planned for the future, and the answer is a bit of a mystery. For starters, I'm told that 2016 may be a bit of an off-year, with possibly nothing major to be added at all, or if something does come, it may only be a new flat ride... with the possibility of another one also being retired. The timing is interesting... as Knott's will certainly be ready for a slow year after three back-to-back dark ride projects as well as the renovation of Camp Snoopy. 2016 also will be the year that the Wizarding World arrives in Southern California up the road at Universal Hollywood, which could make quite a few of the local players too nervous to try to add anything.
This all points to 2017 being the most likely year we will see something substantial added to The Farm. No one seems sure just what form it will take... though it has been quite a number of years since the park added a major new roller coaster. It just might be time. Will it be the long rumored Giga Coaster? Maybe... but then again, maybe not. Knott’s is very hard up when it comes to available space and if they can't do it right... they may just opt to do something else entirely.
???? - Soak City Expansion - Rumor - (7/30/14) Screamscape sources tell us that Knott’s Berry Farm may be looking into a possible expansion to the Soak City waterpark in the next couple of years. The park may most likely expand to take up the parking lot next to the Pacific Spin, or possibly into an empty grass area near Independence Hall.