KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
GhostRider - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 22
You can read Screamscape’s full review of the Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Halloween Haunt. Check it out here.
Park News - (8/25/16) Knott's Berry Farm will be hosting their second annual Coaster Campout night in the park, with 100% of the proceeds going to support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Coaster Campout lets guests camp out for one night in the Knott's Berry Farm "Park Pavilion Picnic Center". You cost includes admission to both Knott's Berry Farm and the Soak City Waterpark for August 27 and 28, complimentary parking and a continental breakfast on Sunday morning. There are still spots left, so you can see all the official information here.
(8/22/16) For those wondering what the new Ghost Town Alive experience at Knott's Berry Farm is like, ThemeParkConnect have actually posted a pretty good video showing off the new "Alive" look of GhostTown, full of all kinds of characters and guest interactions. Check it out below.
(8/18/16) Locomotive fans are in for a treat at Knott's, as the park has successfully finished a seven-year long refurbishment project on the park's Engine No. 340, otherwise known as "Green River". With No 340 back in service after all these years, now the park's No. 41 engine is going to begin a complete refurbishment as well, one that is expected to take about 5 years to complete.
You can read all the details about what went into this 7-year long project along with a detailed video is posted to the OCRegister.
(5/29/16) Big changes are on the way for Knott's as the OC Register reports that the park's former GM (Raffi Kaprelyan) has been promoted to be the Cedar Fair's Regional VP for the area, while brining Jon Storbeck on as the new GM/VP of the Knott's. Storbeck is well versed with the SoCal market after having served as the VP of Hotels and Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort, as well as serving as the VP of Disneyland itself for nine years before opting to depart ways with the Disney company back in January after over 30 years of experience.
(5/19/16) Knott's Berry Farm Tweeted a picture of one of the new GhostRider coaster trains (GCI Millennium Flyers) and announced that GhostRider will reopen on June 11th. In other news, get your rides in on Boomerang while you still can. I don't know exactly WHEN it may close down, but according to the gossip, Boomerang will be the next major ride to be removed from Knott's over the next couple years. With Ripride already removed, the combined plot from the two attraction could house something as big as the Timber Mountain Log Ride.
(2/18/16) Knott's has opted to removed the troublesome Riptide flat ride (Huss Top Spin) from the park this week. The ride has already been removed from the park's website, and after suffering more downtime than it should have, the park is simply opting to remove it entirely after the last issue arose, along with a troubling issue of not being able to obtain spare parts to repair it in a timely fashion.
The new question seems to be if they were try to replace it with something new quickly, or if they will try to find a better use for the site and address it in a future year.
Knott’s Scary Farm 2016 - (9/23/16) This is why we can't have anything nice anymore America. Besides all the garbage piling upon more human garbage, coddling people with safe spaces, race riots and political armageddon, now it seems some people have decided now was the time to take offense to the use of the term "5150" in the name of Cedar Fair's new VR haunt experience being tested as three Cedar Fair parks this season.
propriately in Fiesta Village.
As a result it looks like the experience has changed the name from FearVR 5150 to simply calling it "FearVR", because somehow using the term 5150 was offensive to some people in California. Never mind that the test wasn't just being done in California, or that no one protested Van Halen's use of the name 5150 for an album years ago.
Whatever... the name has been changed, but the experience will remain the same apparently. Should be blame Cedar Fair for caving in? Maybe not... because changes are the name was really chanced at the behest of Samsung, as the attraction is part of a major sponsorship deal with Samsung for their VR headgear.
(9/8/16) Screamscape has been told that the FEAR VR: 5150 experience that was announced as coming to California's Great America for Halloween Haunt will also be coming to the haunt's at Canada's Wonderland and to Knott's Berry Farm. FEAR VR: 5150 is described as a "groundbreaking and horrifying virtual reality experience. Strapped into a wheelchair and wearing Samsung Gear VR headgear, guests are at the mercy of the "maniacal hospital staff". FEAR VR: 5150 will require an extra fee to experience, and it not available as part of the Fright Lane or Fright Lane Plus programs.
(8/29/16) CaliforniaCoasterKings has posted a new photo update from Knott's Berry Farm showing off some of the new construction taking place around the park to get ready for Knott's SCARY FARM. Meanwhile, for those wanting to see the entire Knott's Scary Farm presentation that happened for passholders and media last Thursday night you can watch a recording of it on YouTube shot by CoasterForce.
(8/27/16) We all know Knott’s Berry Farm can whip up an amazing annual Halloween event, but they stage equally entertaining and surprising media events as well, as evidenced by Thurday night’s offering.
Knott’s Berry Farm revealed its range of Halloween shows, mazes, and festivities to all those who dared enter the Charles Schulz Theatre last night. Entering to the ear-splitting sounds of Ministry and other creepy and hard charging music on the sound system, the lights dimmed. After most had been seated, a cadre of ghoulies and creepers began to roam around the dimly-lit audience and proceeded to seek out those most vulnerable to scare tactics. The energy in the space was palpable and anything could happen at this point.
A mysterious box situated in the middle of the stage piqued the attention of all those in attendance, and it wouldn’t be long before the big reveal would happen. Set to the tune of O Fortuna, the creepies began to assemble on the stage and slowly dismantle the giant cube, revealing… Jeff Tucker, Knott’s’ Supervisor of Park Shows!
Jeff ran the show, introducing the crowd of passholders and media alike to the offerings approaching fans this season. Also present to guide us were show designers Jon Cooke, Daniel Miller, and Gus Krueger.
Below are all the details:
Elvira’s Danse Macabre: Southern California favorite, Elvira will again take her rightful place this year to bring a blend of horror and sexy humor as only she can.
The Hanging: Finding Gory: The satirical hanging show returns to the Calico Stage in the form of Finding Gory.
Fiesta de los Muertos: Takes place ap
Carnevil: Clowns, clowns, and more terrifying clowns.
Ghost Town: Ghost Town transforms into a haunted old west.
Tooth Fairy: The popular favorite, designed by Daniel Miller, returns this year. A number of early exits points have been engineered into the experience for those who wish to bail.
Gunslinger's Grave: A Blood Moon Rises: Designed by Gus Krueger, this blend of the Wild West and werewolves promised a new spin on an old favorite.
Voodoo: Order of the Serpent: Designed by Jon Cook, this is a Deep South swamp environment that doesn’t quite fit the definition of a maze. There will be trees and water, additional effects, and characters roaming around to spook guests.
Trick or Treat: Daniel Miller’s vision is realized in full. The Green Witch will inhabit this maze filled with traditional Halloween inspirations.
Paranormal, Inc.: Ghost hunters get to practice their craft in this contemporary take on the haunted maze taking place at the Hayden Hills Sanitarium, designed by Jon Cook.
Dead of Winter: Wendigo’s Revenge: Daniel Miller takes over from Gus on this project, and promises more houses, more gore and more darkness this year. Plus, guests will encounter the mythical Wendigo creature in the flesh.
New for 2016:
Skeleton Key Rooms: Holders of the Skeleton Key, essentially a “FastPass” ticket for Knott’s Scary Farm, will be granted unlimited priority access to all mazes and one time access to four Skeleton Key rooms for the night you buy it.
Visions: Knott’s Haunt Museum is transformed into an augmented reality experience that allows guests to discover and investigate clues and artifacts related to the Green Witch Trials.
Slasher: An homage to 1980’s slasher films, The Angel Maker killer will pursue guests in this environment.
ZOZO: This play on the traditional Ouija board game promises to be an intriguing and creepy experience.
Prey: Daniel Miller’s Prey sends guests into a hay maze armed only with a dimly lit lantern. To add the suspense, a new beast is released into the maze every 30 seconds to hunt down unsuspecting guests.
Black Ops: Infected: Knott’s built an “entire city” for guest to wander and hunt zombies. Formerly located in Camp Snoopy, the new Black Ops will be now take place backstage and will have a standard line instead of the previously used ticket system.
Shadow Lands: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword: Jon Cook brings this entirely new concept inspired by the journey of a disgraced Japanese Samurai. This is a project that Jon is very excited about as he is a devoted fan of Japanese culture, folklore, and architecture.
The Red Barn: Gus and Daniel collaborated to create this attraction inspired by the 1970’s grindhouse horror genre. Think Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The Hollow: The Hollow scare zone moves in Camp Snoopy, left barren by the relocation of Black Ops. The Headless Horseman and additional characters will inhabit this zone, sure to be a favorite of traditional Halloween experiences.
(8/5/16) Good news from Knott's Scary Farm, as they announced a few hours ago that the well received, creepy and twisted Tooth Fairy maze will make a return to this year's Halloween Haunt.
(8/3/16) Knott's Scary Farm released a few new details about their plans this fall at the Midsummer Scream event over the weekend. The big maze news was that the popular Paranormal Inc. maze from last year would be returning in 2016, though no further details were mentioned about what kind of enhancements might be made.
The other big news is that the Skeleton Key experience will be entirely different this year than past years. Instead of the Skeleton Key experience being an extra room added to some mazes, this year's Skeleton Key experiences will serve as mini escape room style experiences. There will be four of them this year, set up as entirely separate and unique experiences, but your upgrade to "Fright Lane with Skeleton Key" access will only allow you to do each one only once.
Visions - Themed to the Paranormal Inc. storyline, as an investigation into the Green Witch, which will also put some kind of augmented reality device to use.
ZOZO - Themed around a demon named ZOZO and how he influences the world through Quija boards.
Slasher - Avoid becoming the next victim of the Angle Maker Killer.
Prey - A dark maze and a very unreliable lantern as your only light source in a maze full of mutated monsters out to get you.
Still want more info about the rest of the haunt show, maze and scare zones? You'll have to wait until August 25th when the park will announce everything at a special 8pm presentation to the media. So the clock is ticking... Knott's Scary Farm will take place on 24 select nights from Sept. 22 to October 31.
(7/22/16) A few early details about Knott’s Scary Farm 2016 were posted to Facebook this week, confirming that Ghost Town Streets, Fiesta De Los Muertos and CarnEVIL would return to the park this year. More details should be released soon, likely at the Midsummer Scream event taking place on July 30 and 31st in Long Beach where I believe Knott’s is holding a live presentation on the 31st.
2016 - GhostRider Update & Ghost Town 75th Anniversary - (6/18/16) Westcoaster is back, relaunching with a vengenance and a detailed look at the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm.
(6/6/16) While the official reopening of GhostRider isn't until June 11th, the park decided to quietly reopen it to guests on Friday evening, about an hour or so before the park closed. According to witnesses they were running it with two trains and everything seemed to be going well. The new trains are running much more quietly than the old ones, and according to those able to take part in the sneak peek (click here) GhostRider now seems much faster and full of more airtime than before.
According to further reports GhostRider opened to guests quietly on Saturday as well around 3pm, and then opened with the rest of the park Sunday morning. So while we can promise when it will be open for sure, there is a good chance it could be open daily from now on.
(5/25/16) A night time test run of GhostRider was caught on video by CoasterChitChat on the evening of May 22 (though you can't see much), and some photos of it testing in the daytime of May 23 can be found here.
(2/27/16) Good news Knott's Berry Farm fans... Ghostrider will reopen on May 27th, which is also the start of the park's 75th Anniversary of Ghost town celebration that will run through to September 5. This will also see the launch of the new "Ghost Town Alive!" program that will make your time in Ghost Town a more interactive experience, with actors and active storylines taking shape in Ghost Town each day.
The park's new Starbucks location will open on March 18 out in the California Marketplace, ahead of the planned "Spring 2016" reopening of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
(1/28/16) GCI has posted a great collection of new pictures of the progress made so far on GhostRider. Included is a great shot of the completely rebuilt mid-course brake area, which no longer features a break and will bring back the wild "Oh $#!T" moment that used to take place here as the trains dove at full speed down into the structure when it first opened.
(12/2/15) A new construction update on Ghostrider at Knott's Berry Farm has been posted by In The Loop this week.
(11/4/15) Knott's Berry Farm has released details on their plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town in 2016 with two major new additions, plus a complete restoration of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which will re-open in Spring 2016.
The centerpiece of the addition is something called "Ghost Town Alive", which will allow guests to interact with characters and environments in Ghost Town, with a different story to unfold each day, throughout the day. Guests will play an active role in shaping the events of the day as well. A few of Ghost Town's "peek-ins" will be transformed and fully fleshed out to become working establishments, such as the Barber Shop, where Calico's head barber loves to gossip about what's going on in town, or visit the Sherrif's office where you may sit in for a hand or two at cards, and much more. The barn will close on April 4th to become a working horse stable. As part of this the area where the Screamin' Swing used to be will become a new Calico Stage area, themed after an old abandoned mine, and be used for a new show for Summer 2016. The Calico Saloon and Wagon Camp will also close for rehab and reopen with new shows in 2016.
We know GhostRider is under rehab and Kntt's has confirmed that it will reopen with three all new mine-car themed Millennium Flyer trains (Gold, Silver and Copper) and with a complete re-tracking of the entire 4,533 foot coaster, all done by Great Coasters International. Knott's has also confirmed that the mid-course brake run will be REMOVED entirely from the ride, allowing riders to enjoy the new GhostRider at full relentless speed for the entire length of the run, until you speed into the all new magnetic brake run at the end. The experience will start with a new queue going past the Panning for Gold attraction, which will return to its original Ghost Town home.
Finally, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant will close on January 4th, 2016 to go under rehab, which will refresh and preserve the original "tea room" dining room, add "cosmetic and thematic upgrades" throughout the restaurant. The large dining room to the right of the main entrance will be remodeled with a new look inspired by Mrs. Knott's kitchen pantry. The main dining room will be divided into two smaller farmhouse themed dining rooms, and a new outdoor seating area on the North side will be added. The restaurant will also add a new full service bar as well.
(9/28/15) Some fascinating new details were sent in to Screamscape regarding the major refurbishment of GhostRider now taking place. For starters, I’m sorry to disappoint anyone who was dying for RMC (Rocky Mountain) to come in and take a crack at it, but it isn’t going to happen. Instead, I've been told that GCI (Great Coasters) was tapped to come in and tackle the GhostRider problem, which will involve complete re-tracking, some major re-profiling of the ride in some areas, as well as the retiring of the old PTC trains in favor of a new set of Millennium Flyer trains instead. I’m really curious to see what GCI, who is known for their trademark twisty layouts and turns, will do to the rather flat and simple GhostRider layout, as created by CCI back in the day.
(8/20/15) Knott's Berry Farm posted to their Blog page that in 2016, Knott's will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Ghost Town. As part of the project, the park will close down the GhostRider wooden coaster on September 8th for "a comprehensive restoration" for 2016. While they don't go into more details than that, they do say a restoration and not a recreation or redesign, so those rumors about rebuilding the rides layout with RMC Topper Track are sounding pretty good right now. The posting also confirms that the park's Screamin' Swing ride will close permanently on September 8th as well. Hopefully they will re-purpose the site for a new attraction in 2016, but Knott's isn't going to announce their full 2016 plans until sometime in November, after the Halloween Haunt is over.
2017 - Soak City Expansion - Announced - (8/18/16) As we saw leaked earlier this summer, Knott's has confirmed that Soak City will be expanded in 2017 with two new slide towers.
As predicted, the multi-slide towers is very similar in design to the one added to Carowinds and Kings Island this summer, modified to remove one of the tube slides in favor of adding a fourth drop pod slide instead to the mix.
Shore Break will stand over 7-stories tall and offer six different slide experiences, four of which will begin with a dramatic vertical trap-door drop from an AquaPod. The other two slides will be tube slides that end with some large drops to the pool below.
The Wedge is the other new addition, which is taking the place of the soon to be removed Pacific Spin. The Wedge will use large family rafts, able to hold up to six riders, and will feature twists, turns and surprise drops.
Other new additions will include new shade areas, new cabanas and a remodel to the Longboard's Grill.
(6/30/16) An assortment of images were sent in to Screamscape showing off the planned expansion of Knott's Soak City waterpark in 2017. According to the layout you can see that a new slide tower featuring four drop pod slides and two tube slides will go into a space that is currently used for parking, while the park's Pacific Spin funnel slide will be removed and replaced with a WhiteWater Constrictor Python style family raft slide.
From what I'm told Pacific Spin will be entirely removed from the park and not moved to a new location. Best guess, as long as the 10-year old slide is still in good shape, I wouldn't be surprised to see if drop in to one of Cedar Fair's other waterparks. (Carolina Harbor at Carowinds would be a nice home and they've got room to expand.)
(6/11/16) According to this article the expansion of Knott’s Soak City will involve building two new slide tower attractions, as well as the expansion of the park’s main restaurant (Long Board Grill) as well as the addition of more cabanas. If they follow along with what the other Cedar Fair parks have been doing they one of the new slide towers will likely be a copy of the one added to Carowinds and Kings Island this summer, which has 3 drop pod slides and 3 tube slides.
(6/10/16) I’ve been told that Knott's announced during the reopening of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant that they would be expanding the Soak City waterpark for the 2017 season. No details were released however about what the expansion would entail. With this in mind, there is a good chance that we may have to wait until 2018 to see another major attraction added to the main park.