KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
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Park News - (11/20/14) I’m sorry to report that Marion Knott, the daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott, has passed away at the age of 92. According to the release from Knott’s Berry Farm, Marion was the youngest of the siblings and was involved with the theme park’s expansion from the 60’s to the 80’s.
(11/7/14) Knott’s will hold their annual Knott’s Merry Farm event to celebration the Christmas season from Nov. 22 through to Jan. 4, 2015. There will be a brand new ice show this year called “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” “The holiday event includes park-wide lavish decorations, Santa, Snoopy, live entertainment, festive food, and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans.”
In addition to all the twinkling special lights set up around the park, the nightly Tree Lightning, and special holiday comfort food, the park will also bring back “Christmas on Engine 41” to the Calico Railroad. “Climb aboard a vintage railcar and meet an ever-changing group of Ghost Town residents eager to share their Christmas plans and songs with you.” Also returning from last year will be Santa’ Christmas Cabin set up in the Wilderness Dance Hall building in Ghost Town.
(11/6/14) Screamscape sources tell us that a possible announcement regarding whatever rumored dark ride plans Knott’s has in development for the former Kingdom of the Dinosaurs building could take place later this month, possibly to coincide with IAAPA, the week before Thanksgiving.
(11/4/14) As a thank you to all fire and police personnel in our community, Knott’s Theme Park will once again be offering their Fire and Police Tribute. Starting November 22 and running through January 31, 2015, Knott’s will offer free theme park admission for fire and police personnel and one guest. From November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $29 each. January 5 - 31 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $24 each. Fire or law enforcement ID required. For information and promotion details visit knotts.com.
(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.
2015 - Voyage to the Iron Reef - (11/19/14) In The Loop speaks with Knott’s Berry Farm and Triotech about their latest dark ride project coming in 2015: Voyage To The Iron Reef. Seriously… watch Ernest from Triotech, he’s a blast a watch because he is so excited about this new ride project.
(11/13/14) BREAKING NEWS - Knott's Berry Farm has announced "Voyage to the Iron Reef" as the name for a new interactive media-based 4D attraction coming to the park in 2015 that will submerge guests under the Boardwalk for an adventure to save the theme park.
According to the story, the construction of the Coast Rider and Surfside Gliders in the new Boardwalk Pier area awakened creatures resting far below the earth who have risen up to wreak havoc on Knott's Berry Farm. "The Queen of the Kraken and her aquatic army have surfaced to feed on the steel of any attraction within their grasps. Their unquenchable appetite for coaster metal has turned these creatures into swimming mechanical monsters unlike anything ever seen on the ocean floor. Through enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical wreckage, high definition 3-D animation will surround guests at every turn. Along the way, the submarines navigate 600 feet of track and 11 scenes featuring hundreds of media-based creatures and other special effects. The attraction reacts to your actions making each interactive voyage a different experience. In addition to battling the Queen of the Kraken and her hundreds-strong aquatic army, compete head-to-head with the other sailors in your submarine to see who can blast the most creatures." Montreal-based Triotech, the multi-sensory attraction developer that animated the popular Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland, is the creator behind the groundbreaking gaming system and animation for Voyage to the Iron Reef.
(11/11/14) Possibly tying in with the rumors that Knott’s new ride announcement might take place during the IAAPA convention during the following week, the IAAPA website show schedule does show a “Confidential announcement” planned to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 18th, from Triotech and Cedar Fair at Booth 1062 at 2:30pm.
(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.