KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as refurbishments are subject to change.
Surfslide Gliders - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Timber Mountain Log Ride - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Montezooma’s Revenge - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Woodstock’s Airmail - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Calico River Rapids - NOW CLOSED through TBD
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(2/18/2024) Cedar Fair's Year End Report May Have Revealed The Fate of Montezooma's Revenge
(2/16/2024) Boysenberry Festival and Knott's Hotel Update
(2/14/2024) Fans Create Amazing Transformation and Giga Coaster Plan For Knott's Berry Farm + Camp Snoopy Construction Update
(2/5/2024) Charlie Brown Day Happening This Sunday
(2/2/2024) The New Knott's Berry Farm App Is Concerning
Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2021. Click here to see all the details.
See the official review of 2019’s new Calico River Rapids - Click here
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 - (2/16/2024) Knott’s Berry Farm will bring back their popular Boysenberry Festival event at the park most days from March 8 through to April 28, 2024. As before, you can expect to find all kinds of crazy food options to try out that have been enhanced with the addition of the famous Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry.
(2/14/2024) Remember a bit ago some fans created an incredible looking animated Giga Coaster creation for Knott’s Berry Farm called Gold Rush? Now they’re back with the full 23 minute long video that showcases not only the concept of adding Gold Rush to Knott’s Berry Farm, but also proposals to revamp the Front Gate, the Shopping Plaza area, and how the park’s backstage Storage areas. All together the proposal is a plan to update Knott’s Berry Farm for the future while still keeping much of the charm of the original park.
While we would all love to see a Giga Coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm, I’ve got to admit that the rest of their proposals to improve the entry experienc einto the park is quite appealing, especially the new main gate area. Of course the latest improvements to the Gold Rush coaster concept is probably everything coaster fans on the West coast could want from a Giga Coaster, with plenty of nods to popular elements borrowed from Fury 325 at Carowinds.
(2/5/2024) Celebrate “Charlie Brown Day” at Knott’s Berry Farm this Sunday, February 11th as a special part of the ongoing Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration event. “The park invites guests during this special time of year to join in on all the excitement as the Peanuts Gang takes over. To show everyone’s favorite underdog just how special he is, attendees will be encouraged to pay homage to Charlie Brown by sporting his signature bright yellow zig-zag striped tee, black shorts and red baseball cap outfit. At 12:30pm on the Calico Mine Stage, the PEANUTS characters will perform the musical game show It's Your Life, Charlie Brown, with the loveable title character getting the surprise of his life. After the show, all guests dressed as Charlie Brown will be invited to gather around the stage for a photo opportunity posing alongside the boy of the hour. All guests in attendance will also receive a button commemorating Charlie Brown’s special day, while supplies last.”
(1/9/2024) Knott’s Berry Farm will soon put on their “Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration” event, which takes place from January 27 through to February 25th, 2024. “The park-wide celebration features a new Franklin-focused exhibit, plenty of new PEANUTS-inspired cuisine, a fun lineup of returning shows and photo ops that allow guests to step into the iconic Charles M. Schulz comic strips. Throughout the park, guests will have plenty of chances to play and interact with their favorite PEANUTS characters.”
Look for the new special exhibit about the character, Franklin, in Calico’s Town Hall as well as the characters performing It’s Your Life, Charlie Brown on the Calico Mine Stage. More PEANUTS fun will take place inside the Bird Cage Theater (drawing lessons, trivia games, etc) or you can watch the PEANUTS Cowboy Jamboree in Calico Park or meetup at Pigpen’s Pig Pen in Ghost Town at the Livery Stables.
Visit the official website for all the latest details.
(1/1/2024) Knott’s Berry Farm opened the new Calico Social Hall today, which serves as the exclusive Prestige Passholder Lounge area for the park. Check out a look around the new area in the video clip below.
(12/27/2023) If you’re looking to try something new for New Year’s Eve, Knott’s Berry Farm will be open from 9am to 1am to celebrate the holiday, with everything included with your regular daily admission ticket.
“The New Year’s celebration features entertaining activities for the whole family including a family-friendly comedian, live bands, swing dancing and more. Guests are invited to count down the final moments of 2023 with festive music, party hats and noisemakers making this night extra special. The spectacular firework celebration sets the skies above Knott’s ablaze at the stroke of midnight as colorful fireworks light the start of the New Year. The nighttime extravaganza offers a stress-free night perfect for family and friends to come together and create new memories by starting a new tradition by celebrating New Year’s Eve at Knott’s.”
(12/24/2023) According to the OC Register, Knott’s has set dates for the first few big events coming to the park in 2024. This includes the “Knott’s Peanuts Celebration” taking place from Jan. 27 through Feb. 25, 2024, and then the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival from March 8 through April 28th, 2024. After that will be Knott’s Summer Nights (June 14 through Sept. 2) that will feature live musical entertainment, and the return of the popular play-along “Ghost Town Alive” interactive and immersive storytelling attraction.
(12/15/2023) Knott’s Berry Farm has confirmed that you have until January 7th, 2024 to get your last rides in on the Huff & Puff, High Sierra Ferris Wheel and Rocky Mountain Trucking Company. After that, all three of these attractions will close to make way for the 2024 Camp Snoopy renovations.
(12/2/2023) You may have seen a news report or two talking about a fire at Knott’s Berry Farm, but headlines like “Fire destroys iconic barn at Knott’s Berry Farm” are deceptive. A building known as “The Barn” located in Buena Park, but not attached in any way to the actual theme park, was used by Knott’s original ride design pioneer Bud Hurlbut as his workshop to create concepts like the park’s original log ride and Calico Mine Ride.
Knott’s however does not own ‘The Barn’, the company emptied it out and sold the off-site structure to the city of Buena Park over a decade ago. While the structure still had a little historical value, just for what took place there, the reports claim there isn’t much left of the empty structure to be saved in the aftermath of the fire.
(11/25/2023) Many are starting to wonder just what is going on at Knott’s Berry Farm. Previously construction in Camp Snoopy had started for what was expected to be the park’s rumored 2024 renovation project. Currently however, most posts online seem to indicate that progress here has stopped behind the construction walls, almost as if something may have stalled the project. Ironically, this sort of mimics what has been taking place at the nearby Montezooma’s Revenge relaunch project. Progress on Monty stalled out early on last year and encountered issues with vendors that may be serious enough to scuttle the entire project.
Early rumors on the 2024 Camp Snoopy project indicated that we should have seen some kind of announcement over the past 30 days, but the release of that news may be contingent upon Knott’s being ready to announce the final fate of Montezooma’s Revenge.
With Xcelerator now finally reopened to the public, the park may just be using that bit of good news to delay their next announcement just a little longer.
(10/29/2023) We’re a little late on this but a full review of the 50th Knott’s Scary Farm event has been posted along with a ton of awesome photos that you won’t want to miss.
(7/27/2023) Montezooma has stalled out… Xcelerator too has been down for far too long… so no wonder so many coaster fans have been holding onto the dream that Cedar Fair will eventually grace Knott’s Berry Farm with a Giga Coaster.
Then this update is for you… but this isn’t about any leak or news about the long-rumored Giga project moving forward. Instead it looks like Escape Designs has decided to bring the vision to life for everyone with a fictional vision of what Knott’s Berry Farm could look like with a massive capital upgrade that would remodel the park entrance as well as build that long rumored Giga Coaster project. In short… it is beautiful and would really boost Knott’s up to the next level if something like this were to really happen.
In the end, this is pure eye candy… but you’ll find so much to smile about while watching “Gold Rush” take to the skies over Buena Park. “Gold Rush” is the fictional name of their B&M Giga Coaster creation, which looks to borrow a few design elements from it’s Carolina coustin, Fury 325. Tall, smooth, graceful and fast as a demon escaping from hell! Now if only Knott’s could build something close to this. The end of the video promises that this is just the start and more is to come, so we’ll have to wait and see what else they have in store for us.
Xcelerator Status - (11/9/2023) Great news, it has been confirmed that Xcelerator reopened to guests sometime late on Tuesday afternoon. A video posted by ACN has some footage of the final testing and reopening that took place.
(11/5/2023) Good news from Knott’s Berry Farm this weekend, as Xcelerator was spotted making test runs once a couple of days ago, putting things on track for that rumored Thanksgiving reopening timeline if everything goes well this time.
(10/29/2023) According to Screamscape sources, Knott’s is now hoping to get Xcelerator repaired and ready to begin testing and crew training in the near future, with the goal of trying to get Xcelerator open to guests again in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, if at all possible, if not... maybe it will be an early Christmas present. This fits right in with our previously posted timeline that claimed it could take up to 3 months to reopen the ride after the latest issues.
(10/7/2023) A quick note regarding the immediate future of Xcelerator is that they are still working to fix on repairing the latest issue keeping the ride closed, which was rumored to have been related to the braking system. So if that is the good news, the bad news is that it may take up to three months to complete this latest repair project before they can reopen the coaster.
So the next time you see Santa, tell him all you want for Christmas is Xcelerator.
It just might help!
(9/30/2023) So what has happened to Xcelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm? After many witness accounts of seeing crews on site, the ride making empty text runs, and crew members apparently being brought over for re-training ahead of reopening… all has gone SILENT.
According to a source who messaged Screamscape, during testing an issue arose with one of the coaster’s brake units. Like any major theme park ride, there are redundant systems in place, so nothing bad happened and the train stopped as it should, but Knott’s is not going to reopen Xcelerator until it is 100% and now they are waiting on parts (once again) to fit the brake.
This is obviously disappointing to everyone, Knott’s included, as they had been planning on having Xcelerator reopen in time for Knott’s Scary Farm and now clearly that isn’t happening.
(5/21/22) Has the plug been pulled on Xcelerator? The popular launched coaster at Knott’s has been down for most of 2022 thus far, starting off the year being closed for repainting for several weeks, only to be shut down again in March due unknown mechanical issues that have kept it closed ever since.
A popular rumor whispered around the park for the past few years always claimed that Xcelerator was just one bad breakdown away from being retired for good, but clearly this was never the case as Knott’s just spent the time and funds to repaint the coaster. But with sister ride, Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, down for the entire 2022 season due to an incident in 2021, word has it that the Cedar Fair office is re-evaluating the long-term viability for keeping these style Intamin launch coasters in service. As such, the latest whispered rumor making the rounds at Knott’s claims that Xcelerator could be left SBNO for the rest of the busy season, leaving the park with two coasters down this year with the current Montezooma’s Revenge refurbishment taking place from now through 2023.
???? - MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress / Fiesta Village Improvements - (2/18/2024) While Knott’s Berry Farm hasn’t officially made any kind of statement yet about the fate of Montezooma’s Revenge, Park Journey pointed out on Twitter that within Cedar Fair’s year-end performance filing, there is text that says, “The loss on impairment / retirement of fixed assets for both periods included retirements of assets in the normal course of business, including a specific terminated project at Knott’s Berry Farm in the current year.”
While the project isn’t named, this does sound like a confirmation that the plan to upgrade Montezooma’s Revenge into MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress has now been canceled. With the coaster currently sitting in pieces, after being partially disassembled to begin the project, it would seem that Monte’s fate has now been sealed. I too would expect some kind of formal announcement to be issued from Knott’s before too long.
(2/2/2024) Knott’s Berry Farm released a new mobile app this week, and according to a reader the upgrade comes with a new look to the park map that is a bit concerning. If you take a quick look at the screen capture you’ll see that the updated park map has now removed any trace of Montezooma’s Revenge, compared to the older map on the park’s website which still shows it standing.
In most cases, when park maps are updated, an artist is hired to make any needed changes, or draw a completely new map from scratch. So the fact that Monty is now missing entirely does not bode well for a future where it is saved.
(12/24/2023) Knott’s Berry Farm is rumored to be finalizing a new plan of action for Montezooma’s Revenge. According to the rumors sent my way over the past few weeks, Cedar Fair was said to have been looking over proposals for what to do with the Montezooma’s Revenge site from no less than five manufacturers. While I’m not sure if they’ve settled down on the exact one just yet, what I’m hearing is that the goal is to try and get a new plan of action in place that would see it come back to life by Summer 2025, if not maybe a little sooner.
Otherwise, in terms of construction work at the park, everything for now will be focused on the Camp Snoopy update to open in 2024.
(12/10/2023) Regarding the fate of Montezooma’s Revenge at Knott’s Berry Farm, I did have an interesting thought this weekend. While Monty was the last operating Schwarzkopf Flywheel Launch shuttle coaster in the western world, there actually is one more out there currently sitting in pieces. I’m talking about Kennywood’s former Laser Loop that also ran in Mexico from 1994 to 2019, before it was shut down and eventually sold and shipped to the Niagara Amusement Park, just outside Niagara Falls in New York.
While most hoped that this coaster would have been rebuilt and operating at Niagara over this past summer, there seemed to have been zero progress on even attempting to do anything with it as the owners were occupied trying to get other sections of that park back in operating condition. Not to mention they’ve had their hands full restoring another Schwarzkopf classic coaster at sister park, Indiana Beach, that is now expected to open in 2024.
Regarding the former Laser Loop however… and this is just a completely wild and out of the box line of thought… but what if Cedar Fair were to offer to purchase the pieces of Laser Loop as is, and use them to restore the missing sections of Montezooma’s Revenge? This could potentially work in one of two ways:
1) Either restore Montezooma’s Revenge as it was, flywheel launch and all or…
2) To somehow refurbish and re-use the spare pieces to replace the missing sections of Monty that needed replacing as needed (like the loop), and still move forward with the plans to create Montezooma: The Forbidden Fortress, but with another vendor. Maybe one that is currently doing similar work for Cedar Fair on an Intamin coaster (Zamperla) or one who has had experience in an LSM conversion of a Schwarzkopf shuttle coaster elsewhere (Gerstlauer).
Just a reminder… this is not a rumor at all… just a thought I had after seeing the pictures of a crew inspecting the Montezooma’s Revenge site the other day.
Just something to think about.
(12/9/2023) With the Camp Snoopy 2024 announcement now out of the way, we are left to wonder just what is going on with Montezooma’s Revenge still. Coaster Empire was visiting the other just the other day and saw a small inspection crew going through the site, looking over areas like the former launch track and going through the station building.
So question is… will Knott’s be able to save it… or will they made the sad choice to demolish it in defeat?
(7/4/2023) In a small update regarding the fate of Montezooma’s Revenge, I’m now hearing that while the project may have been in danger at one point, action has been taken to address the issues and things are still expected to move forward once again. But the rumored new 2024 opening timeline seems to still be the most likely.
Maybe... to be honest, I’m still not sure about any of this, as the general feeling is that the park may be stalling for time and unwilling to commit to any one course of action just yet, even if they have to go forward with the unthinkable.
(7/2/2023) Screamscape has heard some disappointing rumors as of late regarding the status of Montezooma’s Revenge. Unfortunately the severity of these rumors go from bad to worse. On the lighter side, shortly after the confirmation from the park that the updated Montezooma’s Revenge would not be ready this summer, I had begun hearing that it probably wouldn’t be ready to reopen now until 2024. This did match up with the overall lack of any progress or new construction on the site and made sense. It also matched up with why Knott’s was suddenly talking to the press about their efforts to reopen Xcelerator next instead.
As for the “worse” news… things get oh-so-much worse…
NOW… don’t panic and keep in mind that this was just a single rumor sent my way, but the source claims that major issues have come up with the companies contracted to provide the new track and trains, and they may be unable to provide what they were contracted to do without a significant increase in funds above and beyond what was already agreed upon in the contracts. (Again...this is rumor only... nothing confirmed!)
Currently Montezooma is in pieces, with the trains and large sections of track and the flywheel launch system removed a long time ago to make way for the new parts. According to the story, this has put Knott’s in a bit of a hard spot… unable to restore the ride back to the way it was, and currently unable or unwilling to move forward with the original chosen partners in order to finish the job as intended.
You can see where I’m going with this… and it isn’t good. I’m hoping this rumor is wrong… or if true, that perhaps Cedar Fair could instead reach out to someone else instead to possibly finish the job. Cedar Fair and Knott’s management should be very aware of just how beloved and important Montezooma’s Revenge is to the Knott’s Berry Farm fans as well as the roller coaster enthusiast community out there. Any truth to the bad business dealings aside, I can only hope that they would make the right decision and take whatever steps are necessary to save Monty.
This would start with a call to Gerstlauer, as they are really the only company out there who have successfully completed a similar upgrade project on another Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop. Walibi Belgium worked with them to update their Psyke’ Underground coaster in 2013, replacing the train as well as updating that ride’s launch system with a modern magnetic launch and braking system. A year before, in 20112, Gerstlauer also provided Hersheypark with new trains for their Schwarzkopf made Soperdooperlooper coaster. Simply put, many enthusiasts who are aware of these facts have been wondering why Gerstaluer was not chosen for the Montezooma project in the first place, as the park had just worked with them to open HangTime for the 2018 season.
Regardless… it’s all just rumor at this point, but keep your eyes open when visiting the park for any sign of possible activity.
(5/10/2023) Bad news was released today when Knott’s Berry Farm confirmed on social media that due to construction delays, MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress would not be ready to open this summer along with the rest of the revamped Fiesta Village. Currently they do not have a new opening date.
Meanwhile, the rest of Fiesta Village will be ready to fully reopen starting on May 26th, which will include new cuisine and new live entertainment, and feature a nighttime street party across the entire village. Elsewhere in the park, “Ghost Town Alive!” will return once again to entertain guests who can interact with the townfolk of Calico.
(9/2/22) A new article from the OC Register about the re-launch of Montezooma’s Revenge in 2023 have confirmed a couple of things with Knott’s officials.
Officially confirmed by Knott’s is that as rumored, KumbaK is behind the renovations and new trains for Montezooma: The Forbidden Fortress. They also confirm the addition of a new “over-the-shoulder restraint” system, with Knott’s officials claiming it is to “meet current requirements by the American Society of Testing and Materials” (ASTM).
(8/17/22) Knott’s Berry Farm gave everyone a sneak peek at their new roller coaster trains for MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress and they are beautiful looking creations that imply they may have some kind of on-board lighting, along with a peek at the possible special effects sequence that could be added to the station when the ride launches down the track.
There is one small complaint however that quickly spread through the world’s coaster fans… as I suspected, the new trains will feature some kind of shoulder restraints. Knott’s has not confirmed any details, but speculation based on the animation showing what at first appeared to be Premier Rides style “comfort collar” straps, combined with what looked more like a Vekoma over-the shoulder lapbar system. However, discussion online then evolved into it being pointed out that the restraint system actually looked extremely similar to one created by KumbaK used on a few inverted roller coaster trains done by them as replacements for original equipment.
While this is just animation, I can’t deny that these restraints do look very much like KumbaK’s equipment. While KumbaK (from the Netherlands) is a company known more for their European renovation projects than their US projects, their company speciality is to provide upgrades to existing ride systems rather than provide entire new rides from scratch. So new trains and replacing a flywheel launch system with a modern magnetic launch system, along with the appropriate new control systems, is something right up KumbaK’s alley.
Let’s just hope that whatever style new train comes, that it will allow for quick reloading, though I fear that nothing will be as quick as the original lap-bar only system that Montezooma’s Revenge was built with.
(8/12/22) Knott’s Berry Farm has released some of the official info about what they have planned for the 2023 season, which they are calling the “All New Fiesta Village”. They even posted an animated walk-through of the entire land, showcasing various improvements to the theming around the area that will enhance the experience, entertainment options, dining and shopping in the land.
Guests can walk down the Fiesta Mercado, past various merchants selling unique, bright and colorful items. There will be a made-to-order burrito and taco full-service restaurant added called Casa California, with the connected Cantina Del Sur bar serving “cold cerveza and specialty cocktails”.
Then there is the updated Montezooma’s Revenge. Knott’s isn’t ready to reveal everything just yet and the only peek we get at the renovated ride is a look at the new entrance portal. However they did confirm that going forward the ride’s name will be changed to MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress. I’m not so sold on that one, as there was just something fun about how the name Montezooma’s Revenge flowed off the tongue all these years.
What they have confirmed however is pretty much everything that Screamscape revealed in our earlier rumor report. Guests will become adventures and treasure seekers looking to find Montezuma’s gold and break the curse. “But, beware the way forward might not always be as expected.”
While that is all the website gives away, Knott’s press release did offer more details. “New updates allow guests to be completely surprised by the direction the train will take them at the start of each ride. The randomized launch sequence will make it impossible for anyone to know their destiny until it is too late to escape the clutches of Montezooma. To reach the station and try to escape with Montezuma's gold, guests will find their way through the fortress protecting the treasure but must beware of the countless boobytraps within. The grounds leading to the temple will resemble a macabre history exhibit as treasure hunters' remains from throughout the ages line the walls. Now that the traps leading to the gold have been cleared, only those brave enough can make it through the final challenge and find themselves at the home of the hidden Aztec treasure in MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress.”
So just as rumored, once you board the train, you wont know if it will launch forward or backwards, making each ride a wild surprise of sensations and anticipation. My only major concern is this, because thus far Knott’s has not revealed what the coaster trains will look like. My fear is that over the shoulder restraints may be used in this new version as a way of holding guests in place, no matter if they launch forward or backwards. SoCal coaster fans will recall that when Superman at Six Flags Magic Mountain switched from launching forward to launching backwards, the trains were modified to have over the shoulder restraints rather than the simple lapbars that were used when it first opened. More as we find out!
(7/24/22) A small collection of pictures from the Knott’s “graveyard” were sent in to us by ACN showing off the cut-off pieces of track from the loop removed from Montezooma’s Revenge, as well as the entire massive flywheel system that has also been removed from the ride, intact. And yes… the track for the loop that was removed was cut to be removed, so this definitely means new sections of track will be fabricated and added to the ride when it reopens. They’ve also posted a video of the scene as well on their YouTube channel that is worth checking out, so consider subscribing for future updates.
(7/11/22) With the temporary removal of the loop on Montezooma’s Revenge, I was reminded that we really haven’t gotten any firm information about exactly what Knott’s has planned for the ride. Digging a little deeper, we may finally have some possible answers, though I’ve also been told that we can probably expect the park to come forward with the details on their own sometime next month.
In the meantime… here is what I’m hearing will take place.
For starters, the park is said to be getting an all new train for the coaster. While Monty can only run one train at a time, I believe they actually have two trains, always keeping one in perpetual refurbishment and when finished they swap them out to refurb the other train. At this time I’m not sure if they are getting a completely brand new train from someone, or if they sent out the spare train to be transformed into something new. Of course a new train can also mean new restraints, but we can only hope they continue the tradition of only trains with lap bars only.
Track… we have heard over time that it is likely that sections of track may be replaced. The removal of the loop this week seems to confirm that particular rumor.
New theming is coming and not just in the queue. From what I’m told the queue and station will be re-themed to that of an “exploration camp”. Special effects are also rumored to be added to the station that will likely enhance the launch sequences. And yes… sequences… as in plural. I’m a little fuzzy on the details but we are hearing something about the new version of the ride rotating through three different possible launch profiles. This along with the update of the old Flywheel launch system to a new modern magnetic launch system means that the new Montezooma’s Revenge could become a multi-launch coaster. Imagine the surprise in store for riders while they wait for the launch, not knowing if the coaster will launch forward or backwards at first. Talk about adding a re-rideability factor, and if that wasn’t enough, there is also a rumored special 4th launch sequence rumored to take place only upon every 100th launch.
The possibilities are kind of interesting when you think of it this way. Lots of work left to be done here ahead of the rumored May 2023 re-opening.
(7/10/22) While Montezooma’s Revenge has been closed for a few months now to under-go a massive restoration and upgrade project whose scope is still unconfirmed, we really haven’t seen a lot of visual work reported to be taking place. Until now, when guests visiting the park this weekend noticed that workers had actually removed the top of Monty’s loop.
(5/21/22) For guests visiting Knott’s Berry Farm, start to keep your eyes open when walking around the park’s Fiesta Village area. From what we’ve started to hear, in addition to a relaunch marketing effort for the revised Montezooma’s Revenge in 2023, the park is planning on making a number of improvements around the Fiesta Village area as well. I don’t know if this might mean a new flat ride, or if they are looking to upgrade the food offerings, or simply improve the overall decor, but changes are said to be coming.
As for Montezooma’s Revenge, the park has still not really confirmed exactly what kind of changes or upgrades they have in store. The popular rumor that has been around from the start would be to retire the old Flywheel launch system in favor of a modern Magnetic launch system, but again, this has not been confirmed. We’ve also heard rumors of possibly enclosing the launch track to create a dark tunnel effect, but again… nothing confirmed. As work on the upgrades is expected to begin and become visible to park guests over the coming months, I assume it won't be long until we have a better idea of what is going to happen. One thing that does seem for sure is that some kind of upgraded queue experience with some added theming elements is expected for the relaunch.
(2/4/22) Knott’s Berry Farm fans please note that the park has now confirmed that Montezoom’s Revenge will be closed starting February 7, 2022 to begin the park’s major renovation plans for the classic shuttle loop coaster. So you’ve got this weekend as your last chance to ride before they reopen the ride in 2023.
(1/14/22) Knott’s Berry Farm apparently has realized that they dropped the bomb about closing Montezooma’s Revenge a little too “last second”. As such, Knott’s apparently opted to reopen Monte on Tuesday, one day after it closed in order for fans to get their rides in before it shuts down for the long rehab. No new officially date has been set to close the coaster for the still-planned refurbishment however. Knott’s only confirmed that the project timetable has been adjusted and Montezooma’s Revenge will be able to stay open for a few more weeks.
So you’ve been warned… get to Knott’s and get your last rides in on this classic coaster while you can, otherwise you’ll be waiting until 2023 like the rest of us.
(1/8/22) Knott’s Berry Farm just made a surprise announcement that I had not even heard a whisper about ahead of time. As of January 10, 2022, Montezuma’s Revenge is closing down to undergo “major renovations”. Monty was the first Flywheel-launched coaster of its kind “and will be upgraded with exciting changes while keeping the ride’s unique charm that our guests have loved for generations.” More details about just what Knott’s will do to the coaster won’t be coming until later this year, but they did say that Montezooma’s Revenge will not reopen until 2023.
I would imagine that the goal is to have it reopen no later than the start of Summer 2023, which means Monty is going to be down anywhere from 12 to 18 months. The question is, just what kind of upgrades are planned for it? Will the Flywheel Launch be upgraded to something magnetic? I would imagine modern magnetic braking might be added, but what about the roller coaster train? Would they refurbish the existing trains or has the time come to have all new trains created? We know Six Flags hired out to have new trains built for two of their classic Schwarzkopf coasters (Revolution at SF Magic Mountain and now Riddler at SF over Georgia) and Hersheypark hired Gerstlauer to create all new trains for their Sooper Dooper Looper. So new trains are always a possibility, though Knott’s has always kept the original trains in pretty good shape through a constant maintenance rotation program. As far as other things that could be done, one has to look across the Atlantic to Walibi Belgium where the park transformed their original Flywheel coaster (Siricco/Turbine into what is now called Psyke Underground by enclosing the entire coaster. It is worth noting that this was only done due to noise complaints the park had received for years from their neighbors. While the all indoor setting is unique, in the case of Psyke Underground they also purchased new trains from Gerstlauer along with changing the launch system to a quiet LIM based system. Let us hope that Knott’s has studied what happened to Psyke, as the new magnetic launch has long been criticized as being far too slow and gentle in comparison to the original thrill of the flywheel launch.
2024 - Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel Renovations - Renovations Ongoing, Completion Date Pushed Back to 2024
(2/16/2024) It was announced this week that the The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will be rebranded as the “Knott’s Hotel” as they finally complete a multi-year renovation of the 322-room property.
(8/14/22) Knott’s Berry Farm reports that the planned renovations to the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel are planned to begin soon and be complete in 2023. This will include major upgrades to all 322 guest rooms, common areas, conference facilities and adding a new outdoor banquet area.
“The renovation work is set to commence later this year, starting with a complete transformation of all 322 guest rooms. The hotel's newly transformed guest rooms will feature stylish country-chic interiors including newly updated family-size rooms that will provide guests with ample space for up to six and additional amenities such as a kitchenette and mini refrigerator. The bright yet serene accommodations will be perfect for families ready to unwind after a full day of fun at the park.”
“In early 2023, all public spaces, including the lobby, conference rooms, ballroom and restaurant, will receive a complete transformation. The lobby will include rustic and warm textures reminiscent of Walter's appreciation for the Old West with a welcoming, elegant feel that Cordelia created for everyone who ordered her famous chicken dinners at their restaurant. Accents will nod to the inspiration and ingenuity that led to the creation of the Knott Family’s famous berry farm. The theme will carry over to a newly updated and conceptualized restaurant that makes guests feel like they are dining in modern farmhouse-style. This open-concept restaurant will feature historical details and elegant accents perfect for those looking to celebrate big moments or enjoy a meal with loved ones.”
2024 - Camp Snoopy Update - (2/14/2024) Coaster Empire has posted a look at the current progress on the Camp Snoopy on Twitter, here and here. (Sorry, they seem to have blocked embedding…)
(1/25/2024) According to the latest Camp Snoopy construction tweets, bathroom building near the former Timberline Twister coaster has now been demolished, which would indicate that a new bathroom is coming. More land clearing is also said to have begun and the old Ferris Wheel is coming down.
(1/12/2024) A ton of new progress pictures of Camp Snoopy at Knott’s Berry Farm have been posted to Twitter by Coaster Empire. Embedding appears to be turned off, but you can follow this link and scroll down to see them. Essetinally, there are now construction walls up all over the place as the project enters the main phase of construction throughout the land.
(1/5/2024) Ok folks… your last chance to ride the Camp Snoopy “Huff and Huff” self-powered ride is this Sunday, January 7th. According to a post from Knott’s, you can commemorate the event by earning a “Huff and Puff Last Ride merit badge.”
According to Knott’s, this is just the first in a series of “limited-edition merit badges” that guests can earn between now and the opening day of the reimagined Camp Snoopy. Keep an eye on Knott’s social media for the future announcements just ahead of the release date for the next badges as they are released. As they say, “Collect them all while supplies last!”
Oh… one important thing to keep in mind, the Huff and Puff has a MAXIMUM HEIGHT LIMIT of just 52 inches. So if you grew up riding it as a kid, your last ride was probably many moons ago, but if you’ve got kids, small cousins, or a niece/nephew, etc… they’ll still enjoy taking it for a final spin.
(12/10/2023) New details about Knott’s Berry Farm’s upgraded Camp Snoopy project for 2024 have been posted on Blooloop this weekend, revealing that the new attractions are being supplied by Zamperla and will allow parents and their children to “ride and play together” alongside the Peanuts Gang.
Snoopy’s Tenderpaw Twister - is a Zamperla “Family Coaster 155” model, which will be a themed clone of popular Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster built for the Peppa Pig Theme Park at Legoland Florida that features a Tire Propelled booster launch mid-ride with large trains able to comfortably hold 20 riders at a time (adults and children), along with a cute themed zero car featuring Snoopy at the wheel. If it runs the same cycle as the Daddy Pig coaster, the train should cycle around the layout twice before coming to a stop.
Sally’s Swing Along - is a Super Happy Swing 16
Snoopy’s Off-Road Rally - will be a custom themed Convey Dino Jeeps attraction.
(12/9/2023) As we promised, Knott’s Berry Farm has announced an update to Camp Snoopy for the 2024 season. The six-acre kids land revision is expected to be ready in time for Memorial Day Weekend 2024 will feature a new family coaster called Snoopy’s Tenderpaw Twister that features a lift hill and a launch. Other new rides include Sally’s Swing Along, an updated Barrell Bridge and waterfall area, the Camp Snoopy Theater, the transformation of the former Rocky Mountain Trucking ride into Camp Snoopy’s Off-Road Rally, and an upgraded Beagle Express train ride through Camp Snoopy.
(10/22/2023) So what’s going on at Knott’s Berry Farm these days? While we still don’t have any official news about Montezooma or Camp Snoopy, a couple of videos shot in the park online are showing off some new progress taking place worth mentioning. I’ve set the video below to start off as they walk-through Camp Snoopy to show off the latest changes to the land, having built a new pathway to open up a bigger new area for future construction. Speaking of which, later on in the video he also noticed some new land clearing has been done under a section of Silver Bullet, which appears to be heading towards Montezooma.
A second video below takes a ride on the SkyCabin and through other nearby attractions for look at what’s going on around the park as well from another point of view.
(9/22/2023) So what’s going on at Knott’s this week? Pictures posted from the Camp Snoopy area show some new concrete has been poured, but so far no obvious development for any future new attractions.
According to previous rumors, the announcement about what is coming to Camp Snoopy was not expected to take place until sometime in October, possibly later in the month as the end of Knott’s Scary Farm approaches.
If the rumors hold true, this may also be when we find out exactly what Cedar Fair has decided to do about the stalled Montezooma’s Revenge refurbishment project. So far, things are not looking good and unfortunately Knott’s may be forced to make a very tough decision that no one wants to make. Stay tuned!
(8/31/2023) A quick construction update on the status of things in Camp Snoopy has been posted to Twitter, with Coaster Empire reporting that a “large ditch” is now being formed where the former Timberline Twister coaster station was once located.
(8/19/2023) A few more rumors about what is to come for the Camp Snoopy renovations. According to a new source a couple more older attractions are expected to be removed, including the Huff & Puff kid-powered ride and possibly the small Ferris Wheel. I’m not sure what might take the place of the Wheel, but hearing that the removal of the Huff & Puff may be to allow for an expansion to the Rocky Mountain Trucking attraction, while the previous ride removals are still expected to be for a new family coaster of some kind.
Cedar Fair built an interesting Snoopy themed launched coaster at Canada’s Wonderland for the 2023 season called Snoopy’s Racing Railway and just announced Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers for Kings Island. The theme of the later ride would certainly resonate well at Knott’s Berry Farm, which of course was home to the original Wacky Soap Box Racers coaster from 1976 to 1996.
(7/15/2023) Screamscape has received word that Knott’s has now closed down their Timberline Twister kiddie coaster for good. In addition to this the park has also removed the Camp Bus ride from the website. According to the latest rumors sent in to Screamscape the two rides, which are actually located right next to each other, are being removed as part of a planned renovation / expansion to the Camp Snoopy area, likely planned to open as the main capital project for the 2024 season. Large construction walls have already been set up at the park, blocking off access to both rides. This should include the addition of a new family coaster in Camp Snoopy as a replacement for the lost Timberline Twister.
There may be either a second new ride added, or this may be a possible “move” for an existing ride. So far I’ve also heard rumors that Woodstock’s Airmail (S&S Frog Hopper) may also be moved to a new location in Camp Snoopy as part of this project. However… and this is a big one… the ongoing delays and issues with the Montezooma’s Revenge upgrade project are not over, and could have some kind of impact on the park’s plans for 2024, but for now it looks like the Camp Snoopy project is moving right along, and we can expect an announcement about it sometime in August 2023.
2025/2026 - Future Expansion Update Plans - (10/5/2023) As we’ve heard before… keep an ear open for Knott’s Berry Farm to make an announcement sometime towards the later half of the month regarding their plans for Camp Snoopy for 2024. According to the rumors, it is at this time we should learn the final fate of the Montezooma’s Revenge project, which many now believe to be dead in the water.
This could end up being a double-announcement of sorts however, as Knott’s isn’t going to want to blend their Camp Snoopy announcement with the loss of Monty, without trying to give us something else to look forward to. If the rumors continue to hold true, there is a chance Knott’s could announce some kind of new multi-launch coaster that could be added as early as 2025, that very likely could come from Zamperla.
Depending on how the announcement goes, another project is also said to be in the pipeline for the park, which would see an expansion brought to the Calico Ghost Town that would add a few flat rides and some sort of themed mid-level coaster project. From what I’m told, back when Monty was expected to successfully re-open in 2023, and Camp Snoopy was planned for 2024, the Ghost Town expansion project was supposed to be the next project to follow. But all the problems with Monty as well as the ongoing issues with Xcelerator may have thrown a monkey-wrench into these plans, as clearly a new high thrill coaster would be needed sooner than expected.