KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Pony Express - NOW CLOSED through July 24
You can read Screamscape’s full review of the Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Halloween Haunt. Check it out here.
Park News - (5/29/16) Big changes are on the way for Knott's as the OC Register reports that the park's former GM (Raffi Kaprelyan) has been promoted to be the Cedar Fair's Regional VP for the area, while brining Jon Storbeck on as the new GM/VP of the Knott's. Storbeck is well versed with the SoCal market after having served as the VP of Hotels and Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort, as well as serving as the VP of Disneyland itself for nine years before opting to depart ways with the Disney company back in January after over 30 years of experience.
(5/19/16) Knott's Berry Farm Tweeted a picture of one of the new GhostRider coaster trains (GCI Millennium Flyers) and announced that GhostRider will reopen on June 11th. In other news, get your rides in on Boomerang while you still can. I don't know exactly WHEN it may close down, but according to the gossip, Boomerang will be the next major ride to be removed from Knott's over the next couple years. With Ripride already removed, the combined plot from the two attraction could house something as big as the Timber Mountain Log Ride.
(5/13/16) ThemeParkConnect has posted a large photo update from Knott's Berry Farm this week, as the park is working to finish up all their construction and rehab work in time for the busy summer season.
(4/29/16) ThemeParkConnect has posted a large photo update from Knott’s Berry Farm this week, showing off the new Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, the former site of RipTide (now a planter), Jaguar getting a new coat of paint and more.
(4/2/16) The Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is in full swing, which has added a lot of fun extra decor to the park as well as special new limited time food offerings like Boysenberry BBQ Wings, Alligator Bites, Churros, Beer, Wine and much more. ThemeParkConnect has posted some fun photos from the special event this week. This is the last weekend to get your fix, as the festival comes to an end this Sunday.
(2/18/16) Knott's has opted to removed the troublesome Riptide flat ride (Huss Top Spin) from the park this week. The ride has already been removed from the park's website, and after suffering more downtime than it should have, the park is simply opting to remove it entirely after the last issue arose, along with a troubling issue of not being able to obtain spare parts to repair it in a timely fashion.
The new question seems to be if they were try to replace it with something new quickly, or if they will try to find a better use for the site and address it in a future year.
Knott’s Scary Farm 2016 - (7/22/16) A few early details about Knott’s Scary Farm 2016 were posted to Facebook this week, confirming that Ghost Town Streets, Fiesta De Los Muertos and CarnEVIL would return to the park this year. More details should be released soon, likely at the Midsummer Scream event taking place on July 30 and 31st in Long Beach where I believe Knott’s is holding a live presentation on the 31st.
2016 - GhostRider Update & Ghost Town 75th Anniversary - (6/18/16) Westcoaster is back, relaunching with a vengenance and a detailed look at the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm.
(6/6/16) While the official reopening of GhostRider isn't until June 11th, the park decided to quietly reopen it to guests on Friday evening, about an hour or so before the park closed. According to witnesses they were running it with two trains and everything seemed to be going well. The new trains are running much more quietly than the old ones, and according to those able to take part in the sneak peek (click here) GhostRider now seems much faster and full of more airtime than before.
According to further reports GhostRider opened to guests quietly on Saturday as well around 3pm, and then opened with the rest of the park Sunday morning. So while we can promise when it will be open for sure, there is a good chance it could be open daily from now on.
(5/25/16) A night time test run of GhostRider was caught on video by CoasterChitChat on the evening of May 22 (though you can't see much), and some photos of it testing in the daytime of May 23 can be found here.
(2/27/16) Good news Knott's Berry Farm fans... Ghostrider will reopen on May 27th, which is also the start of the park's 75th Anniversary of Ghost town celebration that will run through to September 5. This will also see the launch of the new "Ghost Town Alive!" program that will make your time in Ghost Town a more interactive experience, with actors and active storylines taking shape in Ghost Town each day.
The park's new Starbucks location will open on March 18 out in the California Marketplace, ahead of the planned "Spring 2016" reopening of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
(1/28/16) GCI has posted a great collection of new pictures of the progress made so far on GhostRider. Included is a great shot of the completely rebuilt mid-course brake area, which no longer features a break and will bring back the wild "Oh $#!T" moment that used to take place here as the trains dove at full speed down into the structure when it first opened.
(12/2/15) A new construction update on Ghostrider at Knott's Berry Farm has been posted by In The Loop this week.
(11/4/15) Knott's Berry Farm has released details on their plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town in 2016 with two major new additions, plus a complete restoration of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which will re-open in Spring 2016.
The centerpiece of the addition is something called "Ghost Town Alive", which will allow guests to interact with characters and environments in Ghost Town, with a different story to unfold each day, throughout the day. Guests will play an active role in shaping the events of the day as well. A few of Ghost Town's "peek-ins" will be transformed and fully fleshed out to become working establishments, such as the Barber Shop, where Calico's head barber loves to gossip about what's going on in town, or visit the Sherrif's office where you may sit in for a hand or two at cards, and much more. The barn will close on April 4th to become a working horse stable. As part of this the area where the Screamin' Swing used to be will become a new Calico Stage area, themed after an old abandoned mine, and be used for a new show for Summer 2016. The Calico Saloon and Wagon Camp will also close for rehab and reopen with new shows in 2016.
We know GhostRider is under rehab and Kntt's has confirmed that it will reopen with three all new mine-car themed Millennium Flyer trains (Gold, Silver and Copper) and with a complete re-tracking of the entire 4,533 foot coaster, all done by Great Coasters International. Knott's has also confirmed that the mid-course brake run will be REMOVED entirely from the ride, allowing riders to enjoy the new GhostRider at full relentless speed for the entire length of the run, until you speed into the all new magnetic brake run at the end. The experience will start with a new queue going past the Panning for Gold attraction, which will return to its original Ghost Town home.
Finally, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant will close on January 4th, 2016 to go under rehab, which will refresh and preserve the original "tea room" dining room, add "cosmetic and thematic upgrades" throughout the restaurant. The large dining room to the right of the main entrance will be remodeled with a new look inspired by Mrs. Knott's kitchen pantry. The main dining room will be divided into two smaller farmhouse themed dining rooms, and a new outdoor seating area on the North side will be added. The restaurant will also add a new full service bar as well.
(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.
2017 - Soak City Expansion - Announced - (6/30/16) An assortment of images were sent in to Screamscape showing off the planned expansion of Knott's Soak City waterpark in 2017. According to the layout you can see that a new slide tower featuring four drop pod slides and two tube slides will go into a space that is currently used for parking, while the park's Pacific Spin funnel slide will be removed and replaced with a WhiteWater Constrictor Python style family raft slide.
As predicted, the multi-slide towers is very similar in design to the one added to Carowinds and Kings Island this summer, modified to remove one of the tube slides in favor of adding a fourth drop pod slide instead to the mix.
From what I'm told Pacific Spin will be entirely removed from the park and not moved to a new location. Best guess, as long as the 10-year old slide is still in good shape, I wouldn't be surprised to see if drop in to one of Cedar Fair's other waterparks. (Carolina Harbor at Carowinds would be a nice home and they've got room to expand.)
(6/11/16) According to this article the expansion of Knott’s Soak City will involve building two new slide tower attractions, as well as the expansion of the park’s main restaurant (Long Board Grill) as well as the addition of more cabanas. If they follow along with what the other Cedar Fair parks have been doing they one of the new slide towers will likely be a copy of the one added to Carowinds and Kings Island this summer, which has 3 drop pod slides and 3 tube slides.
(6/10/16) I’ve been told that Knott's announced during the reopening of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant that they would be expanding the Soak City waterpark for the 2017 season. No details were released however about what the expansion would entail. With this in mind, there is a good chance that we may have to wait until 2018 to see another major attraction added to the main park.