With the back to back Halloween and Christmas crowds now a memory, Knott’s Berry Farm is gearing up for a banner summer with three new attractions and a major refurbishment. The world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride is receiving a multi-million dollar refurbishment and the fan community is eager to know what enhancements are on the way to this beloved local attraction.
TIMBER MOUNTAIN LOG RIDE REFURBISHMENT
After breaking the news nearly a year ago during a MiceChat interview with Park Manager, Raffi Karprelyan here, Knott’s finally announced the 5 month refurbishment of the Timber Mountain Log ride. One of the oldest log flume rides in the country, the attraction will benefit from a 3.5 million dollar refurbishment and restoration project.
The attraction was originally funded entirely by its designer, Bud Hurlbut, who had previously designed Knott’s Berry Farm’s classic Calico Mine Ride. Hurlbut, a pioneer in the theme park attraction industry, wanted his flume ride to be a completely immersive experience. The Calico Log Ride, as it was originally named, takes guests through an 85-foot-high by 330-foot-long mountain range themed to a nineteenth-century lumber camp. The ride, housed in an eight-story building, includes 24,000 gallons of water that circulates free floating logs past a variety of mechanical figures and taxidermy animals, culminating in a forty-two-foot free fall.
The attraction opened in July 11, 1969 with screen legend John Wayne taking the inaugural ride. The Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride remains the most popular ride in the park, surpassing all of Knott’s other attractions in ridership.
The Timber Mountain Log Ride not only embodies the spirit of Knott’s Berry Farm, but it also set the bar for all themed attractions that came after,” says Raffi Kaprelyan, Knott’s general manager who himself worked for Bud Hurlbut from 1979-1983. “Bud Hurlbut made numerous contributions to Knott’s Berry Farm, but I think that the Timber Mountain Log Ride remains his crowning achievement.”
The world’s largest designer and manufacturer of animatronics for theme parks, museums, and MiceChat contributor, Garner Holt Productions of San Bernardino, will assist in the revitalization project that is expected to take five months. The aim is to restore and upgrade the existing figures and sets while at the same time maintaining the original theme and storyline.
The classic attraction, which opened at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1969, remains one of the best log rides in the country. We will be following the reconstruction closely and hope to have more info for you soon.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE (January through January 31)
Get out to Knott’s and contribute to a good cause, and you can get into the park for $31 less. What do you have to do? Simply bring two or more cans of food per person at the front gate, near guest relations, to get admission for $28.99.
The collected food will be used by the Orange County Food Bank to help meet the needs of Southern California’s underprivileged families and to provide needed donations beyond the traditional holiday period when the demand is great and food supply is low.
For more information on assisting those in need throughout the community, please contact the Orange County Food Bank at (714) 897-6670.
WINDEEKER STILL GROUNDED
After stranding riders 300ft in the air for nearly four hours back on Sept 20th, 2012, the Windseeker attractions across the nation, including the one here at Knott’s, remain closed. Cal OSHA and Cedar Fair are still hard at work inspecting the possible cause of the malfunctions that caused brakes to freeze up, stranding riders, but safely halting the ride.
Both Cedar Fair and the ride manufacturer, Mondial Rides, are keeping tight lipped about the towering white elephants in five of their parks.
On to lighter news, Knott’s has begun installing some beautiful hand carved benches into various areas of the park.
These little bits of charm are what Knott’s does well. Wonderful work here.
We round out this Knott’s update with a look at the progress in the Boardwalk section of the park. Coming this summer, three new family style attractions will open here.
While the old scrambler attraction and another spinner flat ride will be installed above the existing water feature, a mad mouse style coaster is being built on solid ground.
That wraps up our visit to Knott’s Berry Farm for this week. Don’t forget, If you’d like to save some money and help those in need at the same time, take 2 cans of food to Knott’s through the end of the month and have a good time.