KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Sky Cabin - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Xcelerator - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Sol Spin - NOW CLOSED through TBD
GhostRider - Nov. 1 through Nov. 9
GhostRider - Nov. 13 through Nov. 17
Timberline Twister - Nov. 6 through Nov. 22
Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2017 this week. Click here to see all the details.
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 - (10/14/17) A new construction update from Knott's was posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings this week showing off new attraction updates like the adding of a 3rd train to Silver Bullet, fog effects return to Jaguar, Sol Spin downtime and some not-so-good rumors for Xcelerator. Meanwhile they also grabbed a few quick photos of the HangTime construction site for the new-for-2018 coaster.
(10/12/17) Knott's Berry Farm pays tribute to U.S. veterans, both retired and current personnel, with free park admission during its Military Tribute Days. This offer is valid to all past and present armed forces personnel and one guest. Six additional tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate of $35 each from November 1 – November 16 and for $40 each from November 27 - December 15. U.S veterans and active military can also take advantage of discounted rates at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel with a special rate of $99 per night. For information and promotion details, please visit knotts.com.
(9/27/17) While Knott's hasn't made any kind of statement about just how long Xcelerator will be closed, a reader who talked with a park employee the other day was told that it could be closed until early 2018, depending on how long it takes for needed new part(s) to arrive.
(9/20/17) While Knott's is known for Knott's Scary Farm after dark, the park does feature a kid friendly Knott's Spooky Farm event in the daytime, perfect for ages 3 - 11, that includes trick-or-treating, live shows and a costume contest. New this year you can visit the Creepy Critters of Calico in the Ghost Town Livery Stable. Look for it all to take place on weekends from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29 and on Halloween Day.
(8/17/17) Hangtime, an all new coaster, is coming for 2018. Click here for details!
(8/9/17) Would you believe that Knott's old Boomerang coaster isn't done thrilling guests yet? According to a post on the MOST Amusement Rides Facebook page, pieces of what sure look like the former Knott's Boomerang have arrived at their facility in the Netherlands and will undergo a "total refurbishment". Looks like the old Boomerang will be fixed up and shipped to a new park somewhere in the world to continue to thrill.
(8/5/17) Surf's Up! Knott's Posts New 2018 Attraction Teaser!
Knott’s Scary Farm 2017 - (10/9/17) Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2017 this week. Click here to see all the details.
(9/30/17) Talk about an epic new maze concept... you've got to see this great video of Knott's Scary Farm's new Dark Ride haunt, which looks very much like you have wandered into a dark ride, featuring some epic scenery, set-pieces and music.
Below that is another great video of the Timber Mountain Log Ride transformed into the Halloween Hootenanny that is also worth a watch.
(9/4/17) Knott's held a special after-hours event to announce the details of this year's Knott's Scary Farm, going over everything what's new and what's returning this Halloween Haunt season. Screamscape sent Robert to go gather all the gory details and report back:
It's that time of the year when Knott's Scary Farm looms in the near distance. This week, Knott's revealed what they've been working on since last year's annual event. Highlights include a new haunt pass, a fun creepy overlay for the Timber Mountain Log Ride, upgrades to returning mazes. and a handful of new scares. All the details are below!
New for this year, the Fright Fast Lane Pass combines priority access to all mazes, rides, and Haunt experiences. Consolidating the formerly separate passes will simplify things for both the park and guests.
The classic Timber Mountain Log Ride will be transformed into the Halloween Hootenany, a family friendly overlay with lots of original theming and an original composition by Krazy Kirk and Hillbillies. The ride will be open both during the day and evening. (Lots of concept art for this shown, see photos for more)
Tooth Fairy - Not for the squeamish, this maze includes a black out room, strobe room, and encounter with the Tooth Fairy, now to be a live actor instead of an animatronic. A new finale scene has been added too.
Red Barn - Perhaps the goriest maze of the bunch, The Red Barn returns with a few changes. Guests will now be "pulsed" through maze to simulate being chased. A new bungee scare, video effects, and real chainsaws will also be added to heighten the experience.
Paranormal Inc.: The Haunting of Hayden Hill - New additions for this year include adding popular characters from from last year's ZoZo Skeleton Key room.
Voodoo: Order of the Serpent - This New Orleans themed maze has been redesigned, and visitors will now progress through the environment backwards.
Shadowlands - The samurai themed maze returns with revised rooms and added scares.
Special Ops: Infected - First person zombie shooter will include more zombies, new missions, new surprises, and more guns. New interactive reactionary targets will be added, along with a reconfigured final sewer room with a new Boss Zombie.
Ghost Town Streets - The original and largest scare zone, will be adding some new characters: Gravedigger and Undertaker. Sad Eyed Joe will transform into Mad Eyed Joe.
Fiesta de los Muertos - Previously a dance party, this area has now evolved into a scare zone.
Carnevil - A new soundtrack has been added to enhance the population of evil clowns.
The Hollow - Guests find themselves in a war between three covens of witches and their armies of the undead, with a fiery finale.
The Hanging: Fake Noose! - The worst celebrity of the year gets hanged at the Calico Mine Stage. There is no shortage of contenders for this year's noose.
Elvira's Last Show - Elvira, performing at Knott's Scary Farm since 1983, returns for her "fearwell" performances. This campy song and dance review is sprinkled with Elvira's irreverent sensibility and takes place twice nightly in the Charles M. Schulz Theater.
New Mazes for 2017:
Dark Ride - Set in the bowels of an abandoned 1970s style dark ride populated by scary clowns and creepy carny folk.
Pumpkin Eater - Guests must survive the 7 foot tall Pumpkin Eater, as he haunts the forest surrounding The Hollow. Visitors will encounter a town of victims, a cave full of insects, and a thorny labyrinth that blocks the only way out.
Trick or Treat: Lights Out - Guests explore a creepy old house. armed only with defective flashlights controlled by staff.
(8/30/17) Several haunt preview videos have been posted by our friends at Knott's in the last 24 hours such as The Red Barn, Special Ops: Infected, Paranormal Inc and Voodoo. Check them out below.
(8/25/17) Knott's Berry Farm has confirmed that Paranormal Inc. will return to the Scary Farm again this year.
(8/11/17) Knott's Scary Farm has announced one more maze returning for 2017... The Tooth Fairy is back for a 4th year.
(8/3/17) The first video teaser for Knott’s Scary Farm 2017 has been released showing off an all new edition of the park’s Trick or Treat maze, this year it is called “Trick or Treat: Lights Out!” where it will be much darker than before… so a few in the group will be given a flashlight to help you see… which is great, except that those flashlights seems to have some kind of faulty wiring and keep going on the fritz. Don’t be surprised if they conk-out on you at the worst possible moment.
This year’s Knott’s Scary Farm event will take place from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31st on select nights and will feature a live show starring Elvira who will grace the stage for the final time ever this season. Stay tuned, it probably won't be long before the rest of the details about this year’s haunts starts to trickle in.
2018 - Hangtime - Confirmed - (8/21/17) While we heard the announcement from Knott's Berry Farm about their new Hangtime coaster coming in 2018, for whatever reason the park has no preview animation footage of the coaster to show off yet. As I'm on the East coast, the announcement came in at the last second before I retired for the night, so I was light on the details and stats at the time.
That said, here is everything you need to know about Hangtime. As rumored, this will be an Gerstlauer Infinity coaster standing 150 feet tall. The 16 passenger trains will go over the top, slide down slightly and pause for 2 seconds before going over the edge and diving to the ground at a beyond-vertical 96º angle. For this, the park is referring to Hangtime as the only Dive style coaster on the West coast... an interesting thought to be sure. So does the extra height and pause at the top help qualify Hangtime in the same category as a B&M Dive Machine style coaster? It just might, but that's a discussion for another time.
As for the rest of the stats, Hangtime will feature 2,198 feet of track and a total of five inversions, including being only the second coaster in the world to feature the unique "negative-g stall loop" inversion that is supposed to give riders the sensation of floating. What's really cool is that Hangtime will feature a new innovative lighting package from KCL Engineering that allows the track lights to change color and seem to track the train as it runs around the track at night. While this sounds similar to the impressive system installed for The Monster last summer, Ride Entertainment mentioned that the one coming to Knott's Hangtime could would be a "Next level" edition.
Screamscape sent Robert down to be there first hand for the announcement of Hangtime and he's sent in his own comments from the announcement as well as a bunch of great pictures and graphics, so lets switch over to his impression:
In a move possibly meant to completely erase the debacle that was the Windjammer Surf Racers from the public's memory, Knott's revealed plans for another surfing-themed roller coaster, to be built on the former site of both Boomerang and Corkscrew.
The new ride, named Hangtime, will be a 2,198 foot long variation of the Guerstlauer Infinity class coaster, with a 150 foot height and a top speed of 57 mph. With capacity of 800 riders per hour, Hangtime will send 16 riders at a time through a tangled mess of track, including a 96° beyond vertical drop with a two-second hold at the top, and five inversions. A single train will run the course at a time, while a second and third train will load in the station.
Knott's worked with Gerstlauer from the beginning, and went back and forth a few times before settling on the final design. An early design had only three inversions, which wasn't enough for Knott's. After creating a larger footprint, Gerstlauer was able to revise the initial designs and throw in two more inversions. A few structures had to be razed to create the space to accommodate the new ride.
This will be the first dive coaster on the West Coast, a feature that will certainly thrust Knott's back into the spotlight for thrill seekers in the region. It's been quite a while since Knott's has built a major thrill ride, and park representatives acknowledge it's the right time to do something about that.
Hangtime will look equally as impressive during the evening hours due to an extensive lighting package. An LED system will be affixed to the structure that allows for relatively simple adjustments for seasonal or event-specific lighting. The lights will also "chase" the coaster cars through the route, a fun feature that further enhances the Boardwalk area of the park.
Hangtime opens Summer 2018.
Additionally, Knott's used the opportunity to give attendees a taste of the newly refreshed Boardwalk BBQ, located near the base of the Sky Cabin. The new building, sporting a combination of Googie and modernist visual themes, is a nice complement to the area near the Xcelerator. With an extensive menu of items such as pulled pork, roasted chicken, ribs, and salad, this eatery offers something for everyone. Of special note is the boysenberry BBQ sauce and the Ace berry cider on tap, a nice option from the typical apple or pear flavor. All items sampled were of a quality far better than that of most theme park fare. It's great to see parks paying more attention to their cuisine lately.
(8/17/17) Knott’s Berry Farm has confirmed that Hangtime will be coming in 2018, a large Gerstlauer roller coaster with several inversions and a beyond vertical first drop. More details to follow!
(8/5/17) Knott's has posted a brief teaser video clip ahead of the August 16th announcement on Instagram which you can see here. It's a pan of the rides on the Boardwalk area leading to someone picking up a drink cup an drink cup and under it is revealed to be a drink-coaster that says "2018" and features a silhouette of a surfer on his board in the position one would take when having just dropped into a nice wave from the top of a huge wave.
This pretty much confirms the rumors that the new ride would feature a Surfing theme to it and will likely either be called Hangtime or The Ledge, as both names have been trademarked by Cedar Fair this summer.
The latest rumor also suggests that this could be some kind of new compact coaster that will pack a lot of track and thrills into a very small space... with this source leaning towards it being a Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster style design that would feature a vertical lift hill, beyond vertical first drop and a large number of inversions, twists and turns. I've added a great video showing off the fantastic looking "The Monster" that opened last summer at Adventureland that really shows off what Gerstlauer can create in a compact park space. Just take a look at the car dropping over the top of that lift hill... kind of the same looking idea as a surfer dropping down into a huge wave, don't you think?
That isn't the only train option for this coaster type however, as the infamous "The Smiler" at Alton Towers is also part of the "Infinity Coaster" line and features a bigger train featuring 4-across seating and 4 rows of seats for 16 riders per train operation which would fit the needs of a big park like Knott's a little better.
(6/21/17) I’ve no word yet on if this latest rumor is any more true than some others presented thus far, but we did hear an interesting claim this week that the rumored new Knott’s coaster could actually be a Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster project.
(6/12/17) A guest reported in from Knott's Berry Farm that the construction walls around the former Boomerang coaster location has been extended to run down to where Riptide was, and then around the corner until it stops right where Calico Mine Train begins. Looks like they intend to use the entire site for whatever new attraction is being planned.
(4/5/17) With Boomerang ready to go away forever very soon, the coaster fans out there have been wondering about what is next for Knott's. After all, you don't usually remove one of your park's major coasters without having something new to replace it at least in the design phase. From what we are hearing, Knott's does have something in the works, though they still need to dot the I's and cross the T's on it, but whatever it is, I'm hearing is it BIG and likely looking to open sometime in 2018 if possible because Knott's want this thing up, open and to have a serious reputation already in the public knowledgebase in time for Star Wars Land to open at Disneyland in 2019, so they can borrow all those incoming Disney guests for a day at The Farm.
(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.