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. 19, 2014
Sierra Sidewinder - Sept. 15 through Sept. 17, 2014
Park News - (9/19/14) Westcoaster has posted a final pre-Haunt construction update from Knott’s Berry Farm this week, which includes a look at a brand new warehouse going up in the backstage area as well as a look at what’s going on with the old Kingdom of the Dinosaurs ride building.
(9/8/14) Along with many other Cedar Fair parks in 2015, Knott’s Berry Farm will be offering their Passholders the option to add-on a very special new perk as part of the All Season Dining Plan. It will cost you an extra $99, but it will allow the passholders the opportunity to enjoy an entrée and side twice a day (ie: Lunch and Dinner) all year long at a list of participating Knott’s Berry Farm restaurants.
Click here to read all the details about it.
(8/28/14) Knott’s will offer up special events this holiday weekend, featuring a spectacular fireworks show on Sunday night, special live entertainment, made-to-order BBQ in Calico Square and more.
(8/17/14) For anyone still on the fence about going to the West Coast Bash event days at Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain in September, I’ve been informed that tickets for the Knott’s day are nearly sold out, and will likely be gone in the next day or so. Note: There are still said to be plenty of tickets for the day at Magic Mountain however… for now...
(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.
(7/25/14) Knott’s Berry Farm has announced a new Ride & Slide park ticket option, giving you the ability to travel between Knott’s Berry Farm and the Soak City waterpark as much as you want throughout the day. You can only purchase them online for $60 now through September 14.
(6/26/14) Bad news for Knott’s Berry Farm, as Westcoaster reports that a “welding accident” inside the old Kingdom of the Dinosaurs building sparked a fire that caused some major damage to the KoD, Arcade and Johnny Rockets areas. On the plus side, this pretty much confirms our rumor that work crews are indeed laboring hard inside the former KoD structure, likely trying to bring a new attraction to life for 2015.
Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 - (9/3/14) A great Knott’s Scary Farm construction update can be seen over at Westcoaster today, as part of their latest park photo update.
(8/11/14) A few new Haunt details for Knott’s Scary Farm came from the ScareLA con over the weekend, where they announced the return of the Headless Horseman character. You’ll want to see this monster out if you can, because if you can capture of a picture of the Houseman and scare the photo on Twitter @Knotts and use the #ScaryFarm and #HeadlessHorseman hashtags, you will be entered to win a special prize.
Also, they presented a very cool graphic showing off just how the entire 6-acre Camp Snoopy area will be put to use for the two different mission paths in Special Ops: Infected. Check out the graphic here.
(8/7/14) Time to break down the announcements from Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 that came out late last night into a little more detail. As announced, Elvira was on hand to help with the event and will be returning in a new show nightly at the Haunt this season as well. We already covered the list of returning mazes, but here are a few more details on some of them, plus more detail about the new additions.
The Witch’s Keep - The Green Witch will return again this year but inside the beautifuly revamped Calico Mine Ride. This is sure to have all new impressive effects, sounds and visual eye candy.
Look for expanded scenes and effects rooms in both Black Magic, Gunslinger Grave (a shootout was mentioned) and Pinnochio Unstrung.
Tooth Fairy - Get captured and enter the dark side of the Tooth Fairy myth… through a dentists office of course. And Say Ahhhhhhhh……
Trapped: Lock & Key - The longest maze experience of them all… and it will take up to 25 minutes to see as you are literally trapped inside. Escape one room, and you’ll be trapped in the next… and the next… is there no escape?
Special Ops: Infected - This is perhaps the most fantastic sounding maze of them all… and it will be free for everyone. Taking over the Camp Snoopy area, you are armed with laser weapons and sent out in small teams into the world of a zombie apocalypse to do battle with the walking dead. Kill as many zombies as you can and complete your mission before you are overrun. Note: since demand will be high, this will use a reversation / return-time system, so go early to sign up!
VooDoo - The new maze from Haunt designer Brooke Walter will have you enter a creepy swamp and encounter deadly spirit forces from the voodoo world. This will also feature a unique option to choose your own path through the maze, so each time you go through can be an entirely different experience.
Skeleton Key - An interesting addition last year that granted the uses access to special “extra rooms” in select haunts was confirmed to be returning in 2014. However, if you paid of Skeleton Key last year, the rooms and extra elements in 2014 will be entirely different from what you saw last year, so no worries about seeing the same thing all over again. You can find Skeleton Key special elements in: Black Magic, Dominion of the Damned, Gunslingers Grave, Pinnochio Unstrung and VooDoo.
(8/7/14) A media event is going on while I right this, and a few facts have come out already from Knott’s about what they have planned for Knott’s Scary Farm this season. I’m sure we’ll get more detail later, but in brief form, here is what’s come out so far.
2014 Haunt Tickets go on sale tonight, along with the return of Skeleton Key.
Returning Mazes: Trick or Treat, Dominion of the Damned, Forevermore, Pinocchio Unstrung (with new scenes), Black Magic, Gunslinger Grave and Witches Keep.
New this year: VooDoo (features a choose your own path element), Tooth Fairy, Trapped (get trapped for 25 minutes), Infected (Enter Zombie Apocalypse with Weapons!)
Scare Zones: Carnevil, Gypsy Camp, Fiesta de Los Muertos
A limited number of Scary Farm season passes to be sold for $65 starting tonight, will get you into the Haunt every night! However, you must be an existing season passholder to buy one.
The official details are being posted now here.
(6/17/14) Elvira has confirmed that she will be returning to Knott’s Scary Farm once again for the 2014 season.
2014 - Calico Mine Ride Rehab / Camp Snoopy 30th Anniversary - (6/17/14) Amazing videos showing off the all new Calico Mine Train dark ride at Knott’s Berry Farm have been posted to YouTube. I’ve embedded two of my favorites below from BehindTheThrills and ThemeParkReview, shot at different points on the train while taking in the scenery in their own way. Give them a watch below and enjoy all the hard work that went into updating this classic dark ride into the 21st Century while still keeping the original theme and concept. It is simply beautiful now… I can wait to see it myself with my own eyes the next time I visit.
(5/2/14) Knott’s Berry Farm has announced that the official reopening date for the Calico Mine Ride and revamped Camp Snoopy will take place on June 14th. I’m especially excited to see how Knott’s has revamped their classic dark ride, adding nearly 50 animatronic human characters, dozens of new animal animatronics, state-of-the-art lighting systems, digital audio and all new special effects in some scenes (including the finale), while other classic effects have been restored, such as the real steam that rises in the Bubbling Pots scene. It is also worth noting to guests with mobility issues, that a new elevator system has been installed to allow ADA guests access to the revamped Calico Mine Ride.
(4/24/14) Westcoaster has posted some new pictures of the construction taking place at Knott’s Camp Snoopy and Calico Mine Ride at last week’s previous tour.
(4/22/14) Knott’s invited Screamscape to attend a special construction tour of the Calico Mine Ride refurbishment late last week, as well as take a peek at the progress over at Camp Snoopy. Much like last year’s renovation to the Timber Mountain Log Ride, the The Calico Mine Ride project is a huge undertaking, but through a partnership with Garner Holt, the ride will return with all new animatronics figures that look better and more life-like, as well as see most of the ride’s famous scenes restored or improved to look better than ever. While new animatronics (human and new wildlife figures) will be added, it’s fun to note that some of the old original functional animatronics will remain, and just be updated with new skin and costumes in the cases where the old figures were still working great.
We also have new pictures showing off the progress on the Camp Snoopy renovations, as several new rides are being installed. Also as part of the 30th years of Camp Snoppy celebration, the park’s Grand Sierra Railroad will add six new wilderness scenes showing off over a dozen figures of the Peanuts gang on a camping trip to the High Sierras, as well as a new narration soundtrack (by Linus) to listen to while on your 8-minute journey. Camp Snoopy’s theme will be changing a little bit, moving away from the old “camp” theme and more towards one of camping out in the High Sierras. As previously mentioned, The Great Skate (G8 SK8) attraction was removed as it didn’t fit the new theme, and Sierra Sidewinder will have it’s themeing adjusted slightly to offer a bit more of a Ghost Town feel. The Tugboat ride will be changed to look like a river raft. The old race cars will be changed to look like logging trucks. The new Camp Snoopy pathways will feature all new concrete stamped to look like dirt roads.
(3/26/14) New pictures from Knott’s Berry Farm showing off the work in progress on the Camp Snoopy renovations as well as a peek at the Calico Mine Ride have been posted to Westcoaster.
(3/17/14) Knott’s has sent out a sneak peek at the artwork for the future Beagle Scout Headquarters structure coming to the revised Camp Snoopy area, that will take the place of the now removed Joe Cool’s GR8 SK8 ride. Beagle Scout HQ will serve as a new Peanuts character meet & greet area.
(1/16/14) Knott’s Berry Farm has announced the details about three new rides being installed into the Camp Snoopy area of the park for 2014, as part of the 30 Years of Camp Snoopy celebration. New rides this year:
Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer - (Zamperla Family Swinger) - Fly a kite with Charlie Brown and soar above the land’s winding paths and babbling streams – but watch out for the kite-eating tree! This 32-passenger adventure allows guests to sit side-by-side on 16 swings for a spin that whisks riders up to 18 feet above the ground. As the tree rises, good ol’ Charlie Brown is revealed upside down and all tied up in kite string! Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer will replace Snoopy Bounce.
Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies - (Zamperla Jump Around) - lets tykes climb aboard their very own all-terrain vehicle for an adventurous ride around the High Sierras. Six four-seater ATVs will spin, bounce, and bump up to 24 guests at a time, while Pig Pen looks on from his center perch. Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies will replace Log Peeler.
Linus Launcher - (Zamperla Kite Flyer) - recreates that classic Peanut’s moment when Snoopy grabs Linus’ blanket and launches him on a wild ride. On Linus Launcher, guests lay on one of twelve “blankets” as they fly round and round. Up to 24 guests lay side-by-side while Snoopy launches them up almost 10 feet in the air. Guests will enjoy a Woodstock’s-eye view of Huff ‘n Puff, The Grizzly Creek Lodge, and all of Camp Snoopy below! Linus Launcher will replace Charlie Brown’s Speedway.
(11/20/13) Knott’s Berry Farm made their big 2014 announcement a few hours ago and it is pretty much what I had been hearing. Camp Snoopy will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2014 and will be revitalized and improved in time to reopen in Summer 2014. A number of still secret updates are on the way, which will include some new rides as well.
The other major project for 2014 is the complete restoration and updating of the park’s famous Calico Mine Ride. The Calico Mine Ride opened in 1960 and is one industrys most well known dark rides, created by pioneer Bud Hurlbut. Guests board ore cars and are taken on “a realistic adventure through dimly lit tunnels of a working gold mine. The winding journey takes passengers to underground lakes, waterfalls, caverns filled with thousands of mysterious formations, chambers filled with steaming, bubbling pots and geysers. At several points in the trip, riders find themselves along the rim of a sixty five foot deep and ninety foot wide scene filled with dozens of animated miners trying to strike it rich.”
Following in the footsteps of the fantastic update of the park’s Timber Mountain Log Ride, Knott’s Berry Farm will team up with Garner Holt Productions to update the Calico Mine Ride. In January 2014 the attraction will close for this epic restoration that will fill the mountain with over 50 new state-of-the-art animatronic figures, all new audio and lighting effects systems and new special effects to tell the story of the Calico miners. Look for the new version of the Calico Mine Ride to open in Summer 2014.
(6/17/13) An interesting find was discovered on the Garner Holt website… concept artwork drawn up for scenes and animatronic for an updated Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm. Click here and scroll down.
(2/18/13) According to the latest rumors I’ve heard from a few different sources that Knott’s does hope to perform a major refurbishment to the Calico Mine Train attraction in the next couple of years, similar to the major refurbishment taking place right now on the Log Ride.
2015 - Dark Ride - Rumor - (8/6/14) Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet mentions in an interview with Huffington Post that they are working on doing something with the former Kingdom of the Dinosaurs ride building and even mentions Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. “we're trying to figure out what to do with the area where Kingdom of the Dinosaurs & Knott's Bear-y Tales used to be located. Assuming that the Wonder Mountain's Guardian ride works out, there will probably be some lessons that we learned up in Canada that we can apply down here in Buena Park.”
While this doesn’t 100% confirm anything, it seems a solid bet that we’ll be seeing some kind of interactive dark ride experience added here next year. After all, they just worked some incredible magic on the park’s two previous dark rides (Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train) in back to back years so adding a 21st century style interactive dark ride experience from scratch gives them the chance to score the dark ride trifecta.
(8/5/14) According to the latest pictures found on Facebook, the old Kingdom of the Dinosaurs dark ride building has been gutted down to the bare bones. It is EMPTY in inside… just a giant big dark room now. Perfect for just about anything they might want to add for 2015, right?
(6/11/14) Is Knott’s Berry Farm about ready to add a new dark ride to the park? After we’ve seen them restore the Log Ride last year and are about ready to reopen the new Calico Mine Train in a few days, Screamscape is hearing rumors that crews have been spotted performing some clean-up work inside the former home of the Kingdom of the Dinosaurs dark ride building. The location would be perfect for a new dark ride… perhaps Knott’s own version of a Wonder Mountain’s Guardian style interactive dark ride attraction. Stay tuned!
(3/18/13) It sounds like Knott’s Berry Farm has a lot of possible projects waiting to be approved lately. There is the long rumored Giga coaster project, the restoration of the Calico Mine Train looking for funding as early as next year (assuming the Log Ride refurbishment goes well), and now I’m starting to hear talk about plans being developed at long last to put a new dark ride experience into the old Kingdom of the Dinosaurs building. That is one I’d like to see put into action sooner than later, as it has sat empty for long enough. I haven’t heard much in the way of details yet, though I did hear that they do want to make it interactive with the riders, though I’m not sure if they means a gun style shoot ‘em up ride or if they are planning on something a little different. Stay tuned!
(3/19/12) According to MiceChat’s interview with new Knott’s GM Raffi Karprelyan, Knott’s and Cedar Fair have been talking with various dark ride manufacturers about some ideas for new dark rides to add to the park. And with that I say… about damn time! Its nice to see a new can-do attitude about dark rides at Knott’s under Raffi and Matt Ouimet, when the previous holdback was the old Cedar Fair management’s fear of being compared directly to whatever Disney was doing down the street. When I quizzed a former Knott’s GM about this very topic years ago, I was flat out told that no matter what Knott’s did, it wouldn’t be as good as Disney, “so why even try?” It was this attitude that saw Kingdom of the Dinosaurs shut down and sit empty for almost a decade.
For even more talk with Raffi, check out the latest edition of the Season Pass Podcast recorded during the West Coast Bash event.
2015/2016 - Giga Coaster - Rumor - (10/12/12) More Screamscape sources have confirmed that the Hyper/Giga coaster project for the park is still on the books, but is still a few years away.
(10/3/12) Good News / Bad News time. The good news is that apparently Knott’s still has that long rumored Giga coaster in their sights. The bad news is that I’m hearing it wont happen until at least 2015 or 2016. Seems they have a few other projects to put on the fire first.
(8/20/12) The latest rumor on the Knott’s 2013 coaster claims that it may end up being a near clone of Leviathan that opened at Canada’s Wonderland in 2012. Of course this only adds more fuel to the old rumor that claimed Leviathan was originally intended for Knott’s and shifted to Canada at the last second when Knott’s Windseeker ride failed to open until the very end of the 2011 summer season. There is also a chance that Knott’s may not plan on opening this ride until Winter 2013 rather than Summer 2013. While a rare move, the park has had some good success with winter openings in the past.
(8/16/12) While Intamin was heavily rumored for the next Knott’s coaster project, the latest buzz I’ve been hearing does seem to indicate that Intamin may have been dropped entirely from the project in favor of B&M.
(8/15/12) Knott’s new 2013 coaster looks like it should be moving full steam ahead at last. The rumors all point to a Giga sized coaster, possibly in the range of 325-340 feet tall. Intamin is still the rumored designer, though I have heard B&M’s name dropped as well a couple of times. All those wild survey markers seen around the park about 18 months ago may all come into play once again, with a crazy ride layout that could very well run wild over a large portion of the park..
(6/27/11) This rumor is a bit out there… so please take it all with a big chunk of salt in case it’s entirely bogus, but I’ve been sent a short list of very impressive stats for what Knott’s next coaster project MIGHT BE. As I said… this is all very out there right now, and if these stats are even close to being true for a possible 2012 project, Knott’s is going to have to start work on this project very soon.
Now, you might be asking yourselves, if the rumor is so wild, why do I post it at all? Simply because the stats match up with what I’ve been hearing about for the past year… that Knott’s was in the process of designing their version of version of Intimidator. This is said to be an Intamin Giga-coaster of the highest degree, with a custom layout inspired by both Intimidator 305 and Millennium Force. In short, Knott’s could be on the verge of building what many might consider to be the best roller coaster in the world.
While I don’t know anything really solid about the layout, it very well could travel throughout quite a bit of the park. Many might recall all those crazy survey markings that appeared throughout about half of the park about a year ago. The overall length of the ride is rumored to be just shy of 6000 feet, putting it just slightly behind Disney’s California Screamin’ coaster in overall length. As for the height… we’re talking about a coaster that could stand just shy of 340 feet with an amazing 85º first drop back down to Earth. As long as the actual height of the first drop was at least 328 feet, I believe the top speed of this coaster would hit at least 100 mph. That would make this ride the tallest and fastest NON-LAUNCHED coaster in the entire world. One for the record books for sure… now if only our crystal ball is clear on this one. Wait and see… wait and see…
???? - 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.