KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Calico Railroad - NOW CLOSED through Mar. 11
Bigfoot Rapids - NOW CLOSED through Apr. 7
Sky Cabin - NOW CLOSED through TBD
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 - (3/17/17) Breaking News - Knott's Berry Farm has confirmed that the sun will set on the park's Boomerang coaster for the last time this April. Yes... that pesky rumor was true after all, and Boomerang will close forever on April 23rd, which is also the last day of the park's Boysenberry Festival.
"The 27 year-old rollercoaster has been a staple in the recently renovated Boardwalk area, replacing the historic “Roaring 20’s Corkscrew” in 1990. Since its opening, Boomerang has taken thrill-seekers on an enthralling two minute ride forward and backwards on its 875-foot track.
Guests will have the opportunity to take a last ride on Boomerang during the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, a celebration of Knott’s Berry Farm’s historic roots anchored by the flavorful boysenberry. Newly expanded this year to 23 days, Knott’s will be showcasing a unique selection of over 75 boysenberry-inspired items from tasty food creations and rare wines to one-of-a kind merchandise that commemorates Knott’s renowned history."
(3/17/17) With the Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival taking place April 1 through April 23rd at the park, Knott's sent out examples of some of the many mouthwatering special Boysenberry flavored items that will be offered. The list includes Boysenberry Corn on the Cob, Boysenberry flavored ravioli, Boysenberry Pizza, Boysenberry Pizza, Meatballs, Buffalo Wings, Alligator Bites and much more.
(3/13/17) Click the link for Construction Update Details
(3/9/17) Showdown in Ghost Town Detail Here
(2/24/17) Knott's Berry Farm's popular Boysenberry Festival will return this year from April 1st to April 23rd, now expanded to three weeks. The 23-day festival will feature over 70 unique boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus live entertainment, wine and craft brew tastings and more.
(2/13/17) Remember that auction we mentioned Knott's was planning on having soon? The date has been set for March 31st, and will be handled by "Heritage Auctions" to handle the over 200 items the park will put on the block, including some of the old retired figures from the dark rides as well as several Halloween Haunt items. The complete list of items is not yet ready for display, but apparently all the items will be put on preview a week prior to the auction. Search for the details as the auction date gets closer. In the meantime you can get a preview of SOME of the items that will be put on auction in a video posted by the local ABC station.
In other news the repainting of Montezooma's Revenge has been going strong for the past week, but instead of returning the entire ride to the original yellow like we first thought, the final coat of paint on the loop is turning Monty into a bright shade of orange, while as seen before, the spike is still bright yellow. You can catch a peek in the latest photo update posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings.
(2/6/17) An interesting new development just started at Knott's Berry Farm this week, as seen in photos from CaliforniaCoasterKings, Montezooma's Revenge is painted, and appears to possibly be going back to the original all yellow color it was when it opened. Or at least mostly yellow, but possibly with green rails... we'll have to wait and see. The exciting thing is that this would seem to indicate that the park has decided that Montezooma's Revenge will be staying, as they would be unlikely to waste money repainting it if they still intended to remove it in the next year or two.
In other news the update also mentions that GhostRider has reopened again from the latest off-season rehab, but now Timber Mountain Log Ride is now closed though Feb 10 and Monte expected to be closed through to the 24th.
(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.
2017 - VR Showdown in Ghost Town - (3/9/17) Knott's Berry Farm has confirmed the name and released the details about their new VR experience, said to be "the first permanent free-roaming virtual reality experience at a U.S. theme park". As mentioned, it is called "VR Showdown in Ghost Town" and it will be ready to open April 1st, exclusively at Knott's Berry Farm.
The experience will invite guests on an interactive time-travel adventure, not to the past, but to a futuristic version of Knott's western town of Calico where you will be met by robotic creations and embark on a daring mission with other groups of players to defend the town.
"The one-of-a-kind immersive experience perfectly combines virtual reality and a competitive gaming realm that will captivate guests. Armed with state-of-the-art wireless virtual reality headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score and bragging rights, as part of this immersive adventure, while striving toward shared team goals. At the end of the VR competition, guests will be able to view and compare scores with their fellow opponents." VR Showdown in Ghost Town will be available to guests to experience at the "introductory price" of just $6, in addition to park admission of course.
While there has been a little controversy over the addition of VR to existing thrill rides and how it slows down throughput, I am very interested in this unique experience which can build on the unique theme of Knott's Calico Ghost Town, obviously has no impact on the throughput of any existing attraction, meanwhile it can add on to the unique mythos of the park's themes. Plus the free-roaming technology really makes the possibilities sound limitless.
(2/20/17) During the Cedar Fair conference call I believe the name of that new "untethered" Free-Roaming VR experience previously announced for Knott's Berry Farm came up. During the call they referred to a new VR experience coming to the park this year as being called "Showdown in Ghost Town". So now we have a theme at least to attach to the project.
(2/1/17) Knott's Berry Farm has announced that they will open a new VR based attraction this summer. This will be a new upcharge experience attraction, built in association with VRstudios, and is promoted as being the "First Permanent Free-Roaming VR Installation at a North American Theme Park". The expectation is that this new "untethered" VR experience will truly be a one-of-a-kind experience. We hope to find out more soon.
While they don't say anything more, I'd expect that if this is successful at Knott's, it wont be long before it starts to roll out to other theme parks in the Cedar Fair chain.
Note: While I wasn't able to try out the VR upcharge experience that was offered to guests at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando part-way through the seasonal event in 2016, it too was created under a partnership with VRstudios.
2017 - Sol Spin - (3/13/17) A collection of new construction photos from Knott's Berry Farm and Soak City have been posted to CoasterChitChat this week that look over the sites for the new Sol Spin ride and waterpark expansion.
(1/26/17) A reader visiting Knott's this week sent in a couple of pictures showing off the Sol Spin construction site as well as a look at the former Wipeout site which has now been cleared for the Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant.
(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.