KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Ghost Rider - NOW CLOSED through May 24
Ferris Wheel - NOW CLOSED 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 - (6/1/19) Had a little technical snag and didn’t get this right away, but we’ve now added a new POV video showing off an opening day run (actually two, back-to-back) on the new Calico River Rapids ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, as Rob was accompanied along his journey with some local Calico natives to show off some of the new features. (Watch through to the second run to see the new Bigfoot!)
(5/19/19) Knott’s Berry Farm opened their new Calico River Rapids and we sent Rob out to check it out! You can read his report below.
The latest "splash" onto the scene at Knott's Berry Farm has arrived, in the form of a revamped Bigfoot Rapids, now renamed Calico River Rapids. Like a great rug, the new contributions really tie the whole south side of the park together.
Though Bigfoot Rapids' arrival in 1988 was warmly, if a bit soggily, received, it always could have used a bit more in the theming and narrative department. As with both the recent mine train and log ride renovations, Knott's again wisely enlisted Garner Holt and crew to enhance the attraction with their trademark blend of realism and humor through their proven visual style. The result is a wide assortment of animated scenes that bring the experience up to pace with its bigger brethren, the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride. The new bits set the scene for explorers of the frontier of the untamed west, a very logical thematic extension of the gold rush culture depicted in Ghost Town.
All varieties of critters, from mischievous raccoons to a literal fox in a henhouse add humor and action to a ride that for many years had little going for it other than a forested nook of the park. Rattlesnakes, bears, chickens, and a howling wolf are only some of the wildlife to be encountered during the expedition. Perhaps the biggest triumph for this ride is the answer to the question, "What happened to Bigfoot?" Well, without spoiling things, the answer comes once riders venture into a dark cave near the end of the journey. A thrilling touch.
Though the queue path was always a pleasurable jaunt into the forest on the way to the loading platform, a rustic cabin housing supplies for intrepid explorers now serves many of those in line before they board. The ride itself is far from the wettest rapids ride, but it is satisfyingly long and now rewards repeat visits.
On the shore, visitors who want to steer clear of the water factor can set off TNT water "explosions" which drench riders as they round a bend about half way through. Additionally, many of the onride scenes can be seen from the shore, better integrating the ride into the existing area and adding some participatory fun for guests.
With Calico River Rapids, Knott's Berry Farm has bolstered their Ghost Town area of the park and reasserted it as one of the most well-loved theme park environments.
(5/13/19) A fun video about the changing of Bigfoot Rapids to the new Calico River Rapids ride can be seen below. You wont have to wait long to see more however, as Calico River Rapids will open to the public on May 17th, following a media preview the day before.
(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.
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.
(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.”
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.