KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
GhostRider - NOW CLOSED through June 2016
You can read Screamscape’s full review of the Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Halloween Haunt. Check it out here.
Park News - (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.
(1/7/16) Knott's Berry Farm has announced that they will open Knott's first-ever fully operating Starbucks store on-site in March 2016 within the California Marketplace, located outside the park gates. The park has also sent a reminder that Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant closed for it's major refurbishment on Monday and wont reopen until Spring 2016.
2016 - GhostRider Update & Ghost Town 75th Anniversary - (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.
(10/27/15) A new video from Knott's Berry Farm showing off the progress on GhostRider posted by our friends at In The Loop. Check it out below.
(10/13/15) ParkJourney has posted a nice photo update from Knott’s this week showing off the current work taking place to GhostRider. It’s kinda odd to see GhostRider with no track, but with all the structure seemingly still in place. Plus there are sections of the coaster already rebuilt, and ready to have the new rails put on when they are ready.
(9/30/15) A reader sent in some great photos of GhostRider at Knott's taken this morning, where it looks like all of the old track has been removed from the structure so far.
(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.