There’s quite a bit to share from Knotts Berry Farm today. We recently spotted the new track pieces being stored behind the park for the upcoming Coast Rider family coaster. Are the colors what you were expecting? We also share the most recent progress on the restoration of the Timber Mountain Log Ride. It looks like they are coming along nicely. Finally, we look at the other projects going on in the park including the possible reopening of the troublesome Windseeker attraction.
BOARDWALK ADDITIONS BEGIN TO APPEAR
Track for the new family coaster, Coast Rider, has been stacking up behind the park, awaiting installation. Footers for the new coaster are nearly complete and really allow us to get a sense of scale for the new ride.
Knott’s recently announced that all three attractions in the Boardwalk expansion are scheduled to open on May 25th. That gives them just over two months to complete this project. Let’s wish them luck.
TIMBER MOUNTAIN LOG RIDE
Another project, prepped for a May 25th opening, is the Timber Mountain Log Ride project. This 5 million dollar restoration is about halfway done. Scenery in the attraction has been mostly removed and all is prepped now for the rebuild. Meanwhile the flume snaking through the aged structure has been completely repaired, resealed and resurfaced.
Work also continues on the beginning lift hill and its mechanisms.
It heartens us to see such thorough progress on this crown jewel of Knott’s Berry Farm. They are spending as much cash on the refurbishment of this ride as they are bringing another steel coaster to the park and we applaud their efforts.
Ghost Town is continuing its long term paving project. Work is moving towards the back of the park, in front of Bigfoot Rapids. The look of the new surface throughout the western themed area truly adds to the atmosphere.
Speaking of Bigfoot Rapids, the attraction is using the isolation time for refurbishment. The walkways near the loading station are being rebuilt and the flume itself is getting a standard cleaning.
Pony Express is still open during the Big Foot refurbishment. To get there, one has to trek around the back, past the Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars and around the back side of the park.
The Swing attraction, Wave Swinger is also under refurbishment. The Canopy is nearly on the ground and is receiving the care it needs.
It has been rumored that Windseeker could reopen any time now. With daily technical testing and run-throughs, the elusive opening day continues to taunt those who want to return to the dizzying heights above Buena Park.
Last, but not least, the planters at the front of the park have been decorated with metal green barriers. Let’s hope that these finally keep the ruffians from trampling the flowers.
SPRING FLING: March 23 – April 7
Knott’s Berry Farm will be celebrating the coming of spring with live entertainment, games and a food and wine events starting March 23.
Kids 3-11 can take part in The Search for the Easter Beagle. Searching for the Easter Beagle throughout the park will land sharp-eyed kids some cool prizes. Camp Snoopy will also feature Lucy Van Pelt in her very own show at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. “Peanut’s Party in the Park,” will be a live show located in Charleston Circle. Knott’s Towering Topiary Gardens located in Wilderness Dance Hall will be an indoor retreat for the adults. Sculpted greenery will create a tasting garden featuring wines from around the world, craft beers and farm fresh food offerings. A nighttime Dance Party, Spring Fling Dance Party in Fiesta Village will provide an opportunity for everyone to take to the floor with some of their favorite dance music.
It’s a great time to be a fan of Knott’s Berry Farm. The park is entering a big year of fun and we are here to share it with you. See you In the Parks!