KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Sky Cabin Closed Until Further Notice
Timber Mountain Log Ride - NOW CLOSED through Feb. 10
Calico Railroad - NOW CLOSED through Feb. 24
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 - (1/8/17) According to the local news Knott's Berry Farm will auction off old animatronics and some major pieces of memorabilia in March. The article mentions a few unique items of note such as vehicles like a Model T Ford, a Snoopy roadsters and two hearses previously used for the Haunt as being part of the big auction that will feature over 200 different items. Other items include animatronic bears from the old Knott's Beary Tales dark ride, retired figures from the Log Ride and Calico Mine Train, old ride signs (Haunted Shack anyone?) and much more. A detailed list of the items and final details are expected to be released sometime in late February.
(12/31/16) Knott's Berry Farm was over the news yesterday when approximately 20 guests and an employee became trapped on the park's Sky Cabin attraction around 2pm. The ride came to a stop by itself in mid-cycle, with the cabin stranded around 120 feet in the air. Maintenance teams worked for hours to try and lower the cabin back to the ground, but after a few unsuccessful attempts the park called in the Orange Country rescue crews to come in. Rescue workers removed the riders from the cabin, one at a time, being lowered by cables and harnesses, with each rider strapped to a rescue worker while being brought down to the ground. Everyone was down, safe and unharmed by 9:54pm according to a statement released by Knott's Berry Farm.
Until the park is able to determine why the Sky Cabin attraction came to a stop and refused their best efforts to lower it back to the ground, the attraction will remain closed.
(12/22/16) A festive video showing off this year's Knott's Merry Farm event has been posted by Theme Park Connect. Check it out below along with a ton of photos posted to their Facebook page.
(12/10/16) Is Boomerang staying for now and Monty planned to get the axe? No one seems to know for sure, though the latest rumor sent to me claims that while the new expanded restaurant will take up all of the old Wipeout ride location, the rumor is the ride will be saved and possibly reinstalled where Riptide used to be, next to Boomerang. If true, and the Boomerang and Riptide locations are not to be combined for a new future expansion, then it is looking like the park's best location to build a new large coaster in the future would be to remove Montazooma's Revenge and some of the other nearby
Camp Snoopy attractions.
Unfortunately with a park as land-locked and packed together as Knott's is, the opportunity to add in anything sizeable will come with the loss of something else. That's just the nature of the theme park biz... nothing can stay forever, as they are ever changing and evolving places.
(11/14/16) For anyone wondering, pictures confirming that Wipeout has been removed from Knott's Berry Farm were posted to Twitter this week. Follow the the link to see for yourself.
(11/7/16) According to one reader, Knott's has indeed removed the Wipeout attraction. Can anyone else confirm or send in a picture of the empty site?
(11/2/16) Click here for the new 2017 announcement plans for Knott’s.
(10/20/16) While some earlier rumors suggested that Boomerang was being considered for retirement at Knott's Berry Farm, another new rumor or two are making the rounds that tells quite a different story. According one rumor, Boomerang may actually stay at Knott's, if the park decides to take follow what Carowind's did with their Boomerang style coaster, and instead buy the new style train design from Vekoma, which features a much more comfortable and soft restraint system that really takes most of the head-banging away. Along with this, the rumor suggests that a new flat ride of some kind may be dropped in next to the Boomerang as well to help vitalize the area.
While this isn't a terrible idea at all, it just isn't the mega-coaster that Knott's fans have been waiting well over a decade for the park to jump on. This is where a second rumor rears an ugly head with a tale that does make me slightly sick to my stomach. I'm taking this one with a huge grain of salt, simply because I do not wish it to be true at all, and this is just a very early whisper. That said... this rumor suggests that the rumors of a coaster removal plan are still indeed true, and that the victim could end up being good old Montezooma's Revenge.
It has been suggested that the long thin layout of Monty could be put to use for another coaster project in the future, even taking over some nearby space, such as sections of Camp Snoopy. A new coaster is always good... but I would be terribly sad to see Monty go.
(10/19/16) An interesting new bit of information points to something large for 2018. (MORE...)
(8/22/16) For those wondering what the new Ghost Town Alive experience at Knott's Berry Farm is like, ThemeParkConnect have actually posted a pretty good video showing off the new "Alive" look of GhostTown, full of all kinds of characters and guest interactions. Check it out below.
(8/18/16) Locomotive fans are in for a treat at Knott's, as the park has successfully finished a seven-year long refurbishment project on the park's Engine No. 340, otherwise known as "Green River". With No 340 back in service after all these years, now the park's No. 41 engine is going to begin a complete refurbishment as well, one that is expected to take about 5 years to complete.
You can read all the details about what went into this 7-year long project along with a detailed video is posted to the OCRegister.
(5/19/16) 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.
2017 - Sol Spin and More - (11/2/16) Knott's Berry Farm surprised everyone today with the announcement of a new ride coming to the park for 2017. They call it Sol Spin, and it is a big one... a Mondial Top Scan flat ride which is one of the most intense flat rides that I've ever ridden before, coming to Fiesta Village in or near the location where Windseeker was previously located. Look for Sol Spin to open in Spring 2017.
The park also announced that the popular Boysenberry Festival will be extended in 2017 to run for 23 days, and the interactive Ghost Town Alive program will also return over the summer, packed with all new characters and more twists and turns to the storylines as they evolve over the summer making for a different adventure each time to visit. In the Boardwalk area the park will also add introduce everyone to the newly updated "Boardwalk Barbecue" restaurant, which will offer smoked pork ribs, tri-tip, rotisserie chicken and a wide collection of craft beers. A new covered seating area is being added along with a stage for live entertainment.
On a side note, I'm told that the park's Wipeout flat ride (A Chance Trabant) is now no longer listed on the website. Given the location in the Boardwalk area, it may be removed for the Boardwalk Barbecue expansion as it was located next door, or possibly relocated. Anyone know more?
2017 - Soak City Expansion - Announced - (8/18/16) As we saw leaked earlier this summer, Knott's has confirmed that Soak City will be expanded in 2017 with two new slide towers.
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.
Shore Break will stand over 7-stories tall and offer six different slide experiences, four of which will begin with a dramatic vertical trap-door drop from an AquaPod. The other two slides will be tube slides that end with some large drops to the pool below.
The Wedge is the other new addition, which is taking the place of the soon to be removed Pacific Spin. The Wedge will use large family rafts, able to hold up to six riders, and will feature twists, turns and surprise drops.
Other new additions will include new shade areas, new cabanas and a remodel to the Longboard's Grill.
(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.
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.
2018 - New Large Attraction or Coaster - Rumor - (10/19/16) With a Soak City expansion planned for 2017, it seems fairly clear that 2018 should be a big year for Knott's Berry Farm itself. Adding a bit more fuel to the fire, a reader sent me an official statement about the 2017 Coaster Run event that has been taking place at Knott's for the past several years, which involves the racers running through a course that weaves throughout the entire Knott's Berry Farm theme park.
According to the statement, the 2017 Coaster Run event will be moved to Six Flags Magic Mountain because "Knott's Berry Farm told us that they had construction planned inside the park that would prevent the event from traveling through the property." With the event slated for April 2017, the timing is interesting as this could mean that Knott's has a very large project in store for 2018 if they will have construction under full swing by April 2017. Perhaps guests should keep an eagle eye out for survey markings and such to appear in the park over the next several months.