Welcome back to the Farm. This is the final weekend for the Peanuts Celebration, so be sure to swing by the park and check it out…But if you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered, you can check out our recent article Here.
Lots of things happening on the Farm, let’s take a look…
|Take To The Skies!|
The Sky Cabin has returned to operation at Knott’s Berry Farm after being closed for more than a year. There were fears that it might be removed, but we are thrilled to see it back in service.
The entrance to Sky Cabin has been moved to the Boardwalk BBQ side.
New controls have been installed:
It’s all about that view! But I wish Knott’s would take the opportunity to add a music loop inside the cabin as you rise in the air. It’s extremely quiet and the noise from other guests don’t help the awkwardness of the ride. There’s an opportunity here to make this ride a really special experience.
Take a ride with me:
|Log Ordered To Change|
Safety First . . .
Knott’s Berry Farm has had issues with the Log Ride in recent years involving guests (especially younger guests) receiving injuries including missing teeth, bloody noses, and a broken eye socket. The main problem stems from the final drop and splash landing causing boats to decelerate rapidly causing guests to hit their heads on the safety pads. Knott’s was compelled by the State to make safety changes and regulate a sensor responsible for water levels in the lagoon. They were also required to “enhance the means by which they provide safety instructions to patrons as they board the ride.” And here is where I feel Knott’s has overstepped the court order, affecting show conditions on the ride. I am fine with all the safety added at the loading dock, but they have also added a safety spiel to the final lift hill, just at the big climax of the ride. Very disappointing and I hope they’ll work with OSHA to come up with a solution which doesn’t involve ruining the ride experience.
And then there is this guy… this animatronic now speaks the safety audio while logs ascend the final lift hill. It’s tacky and totally unnecessary. They already play the safety spiel as you are dispatched from the station and while you ascend the first lift hill which takes you into the ride. There are other and better options such as ride restraints to keep riders in place. They should also consider redesigning the logs to be like the ones on Splash Mountain at Disney (single seats with padding on the front of each seat and extra padding on row one).
This attraction is Knott’s Berry Farm’s crown jewel and it should ALWAYS be maintained to the highest standard and show conditions. THIS is the heart and soul of Knott’s and we’d like to see the park take a closer look at the show and what can be done to both comply with state safety rules as well as high expectations from guests for a perfect show.
|Hang On For HangTime|
Knott’s Hangtime construction continues.
“HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a raised 96-degree drop – the steepest drop in California. The coaster’s train will come to a halt once the highest peak is reached, and will leave riders suspended at the crest for several seconds at a 60-degree angle, giving the illusion of a disappearing track. Then the train will suddenly descend in a beyond-vertical drop, through 2,189 feet of steel track and five gravity-defying inversions. HangTime will be only the second rollercoaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders the sensation of floating.”
The space between Hang Time, Sky Cabin, and Boardwalk BBQ is still empty, I’m not sure what will be going in this space.
This month we finally have the advantage of using the Sky Cabin to get construction shots.
|Around the Farm|
This is also the final weekend for the Trip To Beagle Bonanza. The Peanuts Celebration has been fun, but it’s time for it to go so the park can get ready for the Boysenberry Festival!
Over at the Soccer Challenge, Snoopy has replaced the goalie. It’s a welcome change, but I wish they would change out that goofy looking kicker fellow with one of the Peanuts.
Montezooma’s Revenge is down for another refurbishment.
Now let’s talk about Xcelerator. The coaster has been closed for refurbishment since just before the HangTime announcement back in August. The rumor is that Knott’s is replacing the launch cable for a linear induction system similar to what Disney has over at California Screamin’ (Incredicoaster or whatever it should be called these days).
Also over at the Log Ride, a few queue lights have been changed out for the new animated LED lights like we talked about back in December.
Just outside of the park, the Peanuts Headquarters has wrapped up its refurbishment. The shop is 100% better then what was a year ago. Take a look HERE. Now if they can get the Emporium cleaned up too…
MiceChat will be announcing a Boysenberry Festival event shortly. Make sure you are following our new Sunday Fun Days group on Facebook for more information.
More info on the MiceChat event and the Boysenberry Festival itself VERY soon. Until then, here’s what Knott’s has to say:
“Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of THE Boysenberry and each spring, Knott’s celebrates the flavorful berry and its historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with unique food and live entertainment. The three-week food festival features over 75 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin’ entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and family fun everyone will love! From sun up to sun down, the festival offers good ol’ fashion food, fun and entertainment. Pick up a tasting card to sample a few of the most popular boysenberry dishes in the park. For guests with a hankerin’ for some live entertainment, the options are endless with live music throughout the park. The limited-time food festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival runs March 16 – April 8.”
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