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 Spring/Summer 2016
Screamin Swing - CLOSED FOREVER
Park News - (9/23/15) According to the latest video from In The Loop, the Screamin' Swing has been removed from Knott's Berry Farm, along with a peek into the closed GhostRider site where the trains have been removed. Oh, and after being closed FOREVER... Knott's has reopened Riptide (Top Spin).
Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 - (9/29/15) Screamscape’s full review of the Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Halloween Haunt event has been posted online. Check it out here.
(8/27/15) Knott's Scary Farm hosted a live event at the park to tell us more about this year's Haunt and our local man Steve was there to cover the fun and fallout for Screamscape.
First item out of the gate is the return of the "Scary Farm Pass" that lets to come to every night of Knott's Scary Farm for $70 for season passholders, available through Sept 20. You can also pay to add parking, and if your season pass has parking, your parking is included.
The Knott's Scary Farm shows for 2015 will be Elvira's Asylum and The Hanging: Straight Outta Calico.
Scarezones: Fiesta de los Muertos, Carnevil (Boardwalk) and Ghost Town (bigger than ever, with no safe place to hide ANYWHERE...). Ghost Town's haunt will feature a special new character called the Dollmaker, who is related to a maze from the past called The Doll Factory. Track him down, it may be worth your while.
Returning Mazes for 2015 will be:
Pinnochio Unstrung with new Skeleton Key room.
Black Magic, also with a new Skeleton Key room.
Trick or Treat - Bigger and better, with new scenes like the Attic and Potion Room
Forevermore - Now with a Skeleton Key room.
The Tooth Fairy will also return, more horrifying and gruesome than ever with a new interactive Skeleton Key room and all new ending.
Special Ops Infected: Patient Zero, last years laser zombie battle experience will also return with even more missions than before and new laser guns. The guns will now have a realtime score display and the ability to enable you with kill-streak bonuses that you will need. The guns will also have a "heath meter" and if it drops, you'll have to get restored before you can rejoin the action.
Gunslinger's Grave returns in an all new form this year called Gunslinger's Grave: A Blood Moon Rises.
The Dead of Winter - experience the horrors of a frozen land under the control of an angry snow queen with an army of undead Viking warriors. Skeleton Key room will feature an encounter with the Snow Queen.
The Calico Mine Ride will become My Bloody Clementine, where the tunnels are haunted by the ghosts of a murdered family. This will feature some all new effects, including projection mapping as well as the return of live talent.
Paranormal Inc. - Case 13: The Haunting of Hayden Hill - An interactive story with branching storylines.
The Green Witch returns again with a new surprise, The Deadly Seven
(8/11/15) Knott’s Berry Farm has confirmed some new details for this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm, Halloween Haunt event which will run for 24 nights from Sept. 24 to Oct. 31st. This year’s haunt will feature 11 mazes (5 w/ Skeleton Key Rooms), 3 scare zones, 2 live shows and a thousand monsters lurking in the foggy darkness. Not all of the juicy details have been revealed yet, but here is what has been confirmed so far:
A new maze called The Dead of Winter will be featured, featuring the realm of the chilling Snow Queen who has an army of resurrected Viking warriors under her command, as she seeks to avenge the murder of her family.
As rumored, Elvira will return in a live show this year to be called Elvira’s Asylum that will feature music, dancing and comedy.
Three popular mazes from last year will return in 2015 with some new twists and tweaks.
Special Ops: Infected - Patient Zero is back, allowing you to gear up with a new style laser gun and go to war against against an even larger zombie hordes than last year and with twice as many missions to accomplish as last year.
The Tooth Fairy maze will also return, with a new and very gruesome interactive Skeleton Key room and a brnad new “horrifying ending”.
Gunslinger’s Grave will also return… but is now infested with Werewolves in Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises.
More little announcements and leaks will take place throughout August, and end with a final big announcement on August 26th, so keep your eyes and ears open.
Also new this year will be something called Knott’s Spooky Farm, a newly expanded and family friendly daytime Halloween event that will take place every weekend from October 3 - 31. The event will offer new live entertainment, hands-on activities, a costume contest and more.
2016 - Ghost Town 75th Anniversary - (9/30/15)
A reader sent in some great photos of GhostRider at Knott's taken this morning, where it looks like all of the old track has been removed from the structure so far.
(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.