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KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment

 

 

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icon_STOPPark News - (10/23/14) Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its 25th annual Military Tribute. Knott’s is the only theme park that has continuously offered free admission to veterans and active military personnel in honor of our nation’s Veteran’s Day holiday. 
    The free-admission offer applies to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and their spouse (or one guest.)  Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 -21 and for $29 each November 22 through January 4, 2015.  Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office. 
    U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel must present military ID or proof of U.S. military service at Knott’s ticket booths to receive the complimentary tribute tickets.  Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present.
U.S. veterans, retired and active military can also take advantage of a great $84 a night rate at the Knott’s Hotel, plus free parking. Rate is based upon a standard room and subject to availability. For reservations, call (866) 752-2444, or visit knottshotel.com or your local military base.
    (10/4/14) No details are really given, only that Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant was forced to close for a couple of hours following a health official inspection. According to the local media, the cause involved a “cockroach infestation”, while Knott’s spokesperson says it was only an “isolated structural incident” in a utility area and no where near the kitchen of guest dining areas, which allowed the restaurant to reopen by 9:30pm.
    (10/3/14) The OCRegister reports that Knott’s Berry Farm and Pink’s have come to a mutual agreement to end their partnership and close down the Pinks location at the theme park on Monday. The location will soon be turned into Cable Car Kitchen, a Knott’s operated gourmet sandwich shop that is expected to reopen this Friday. The counter-service location is located outside the theme park gates itself, making it open to the public to try.
    (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.
    (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.

 

icon_STOPKnott’s Scary Farm 2014 - (10/9/14) InTheLoopPodcast has been posted a ton of videos from several Knott’s Scary Farm haunts this season. Check them out here.
    (10/8/14) Westcoaster casts a critical eye on Knott’s Scary Farm this week with a close look at this year’s entertainment options, as well as telling us why Special Ops: Infected may be both the best and worst thing offered at Knott’s Scary Farm this year.
    (10/1/14) Westcoaster takes us in for a look at a couple of Knott’s Scary Farm mazes in detail today… VooDoo and The Tooth Fairy.
    (9/30/14) A fun video showing off Knott’s “Special-Ops: Infected” interactive Haunt attraction can be found below.

    (9/29/14) Our official detailed review and breakdown for this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm is now live! Click here to read up on all the details and about what you must make sure you do first thing.
    (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.

 

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.

 

???? - 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.

 

 

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Track Record

Knott’s Berry Farm
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment

Abbreviation: KBF
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Newest Developments
2014 - Camp Snoopy Revamp, Calico Mine Ride Update

2013 - Coast Rider, Pacific
Scramber, Surfside Glider,
Timber Mt. Log Ride Update

2011 - Windseeker

2010 - Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular

2008 - Pony Express

2007 - Sierra Sidewinder

2004 - Silver Bullet, RipTide

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