The red and green of the holiday decor is coming down at a leisurely pace, and the park is looking pretty in pink before it starts turning purple with the return of the smash hit Boysenberry Festival in a few weeks. Welcome to Buena Park, home of Knott’s Berry Farm.

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The city of Buena Park recently installed these signs down Beach Blvd.

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Soak City

Knott’s Water Park, Soak City, is currently closed and will reopen in May. Soak City is expanding into the parking lot to add two new water slides!01049115 Soak-City-Rendering-with-logos-website(1) 01049103

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 Ghost Town

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Knott’s is running their Pink promotion donating some ticket revenue and some park merchandise for the Susan G. Koman Foundation (Orange County) from now until March 5th. To purchase discounted tickets and find out more click HERE.

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Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County are partnering for a fourth consecutive year to raise money for breast cancer awareness, services and research by offering a special “Pink Ticket” and limited edition “pink” event t-shirts from January 9 through March 5, 2017.

Knott's Berry Farm for the cure

The park will turn pink in support of the promotion with specially-themed décor, pink lighting at special attractions and themed merchandise exclusively available at the park.

New this year, Knott’s Berry Farm is hosting a special experience to honor and celebrate survivors and their families who have been affected by breast cancer, with a special event called #ScreamAgainstBreastCancer in January. Knott’s will invite a group of survivors and their family members to ride Knott’s tallest thrill ride, Supreme Scream, for a one-of-a-kind moment-in-time that will launch guests over 252 feet in the air. While suspended at the highest point, survivors and their families will scream against all of the challenges and pain but most importantly to celebrate their victories and the great triumph of overcoming breast cancer. The memorable moment will be documented through GoPro© cameras mounted to the ride, capturing the powerful and dotting moment of emotion from those who have been directly affected by the disease. Supreme Scream will be lit pink starting Valentine’s Day in support of the partnership and will continue to shine across the Buena Park skyline each night for the duration of the promotion.

Knott’s has recently upgraded their photo system.  Their FunPix program lets you buy all of your photos for the day for $30 or you can upgrade to the annual plan for just $48.  01100967

 

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When I took these photos a about five days ago, the Christmas Tree was just about to come down. 01100593

The Calico Train Station in the heart of the park is being repaved. 01100598

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Knott’s Famous Timber Mountain Log Ride is also down for a little refurbishment. It is to be hoped that Knott’s can fix some of the figures that they have been having trouble maintaining inside the mountain. 01100610

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A little Coke signage hiding in plain sight,

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01100727 The Calico Saloon has one of the best little shows in the park. 01100788

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01049274 Knott’s recently relocated their big stage in Calico Square with this new one across from the Mine Train. The Calico Mine Stage is huge and is capable of doing bigger shows.

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Larger control booth and lighting tower.

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01100587 And now let’s go into the mine. It’s one of my favorite attractions at Knott’s. This attraction, along with the famous Log Ride, are really the heart and soul of the park. 01100605

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The back side of water

 

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Ghostrider got a major multi-million dollar refurb last year. It’s an amazing ride once again. One of the best wooden coasters in the world.

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Camp Snoopy

Camp Snoopy is such a charming area of the park. Recent refurbishments to the area have really cleaned things up. 01040500

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A Little refurbishment work is occurring near the produce cart in the back of Camp Snoopy. 01100910

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Fiesta Village

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Knott’s needs a larger wall between the park and the real world. In this shot, you can see a car speeding by on the street beside the wall.

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The Missions have returned to Knott’s.

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Knott’s has finally decided to replace the vacancy left by the removal of WindSeeker: 01049754 Sole Spin should be open in mid-spring. Sol-Spin-Concept-Art-Website-650px Boardwalk 01100676

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Voyage to the Iron Reef is Knott’s newest attraction and is a great mix of scenic detailsl with interactive entertainment. The attraction is very slow loading, so if you see a queue take heed as it may look short but could be easy 30 to 45 minutes long. 01100687

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Just behind the Sky Cabin (more on that in a moment) work is occurring on the replacement of the Boardwalk Barbeque, which should be a spectacular addition the park. Knott’s is replacing a walk-up pizza window with a fully themed restaurant with a stage. Although no opening date has been announced, it should be released later in the year. 01049811

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If Knott’s need some food testers… I might know a few.

Knott’s observation tower ride, the Sky Cabin, had a breakdown at the end of December causing riders to be stuck in the air for about 8 hours. The cabin is back on the ground and now Knott’s has to decide whether to repair the attraction and upgrade the evacuation procedure or shut it down (or perhaps even send it off to another Cedar Fair Park). The ride is showing its age, but it’s a classic; something that folks of all ages and abilities can enjoy together, and it has an incredible safety record. Theme park experts are leaning toward (and hoping for) Matt Ouimet, Raffi Kaprelyan and the rest of Cedar Fair management to lean toward preservation of this Orange County landmark and classic theme park attraction.

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01049788 And to end on a fun note: Did you know that Knott’s has two webcams to let people look inside the park at any time?. You can check out the feeds HERE.

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That’s it for this month’s Knott’s Update. Are you a photographer? Do you love the parks? Would you like to contribute to this one or other MiceChat columns? Contact Dusty Sage: [email protected]