Knotts Berry Farm Open Three New Family Attractions In Boardwalk

Written by Dusty Sage. Posted in Breaking News, Features, Knott's Berry Farm

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Published on May 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm with 27 Comments

We were up bright and early this morning, May 25th, for the opening of three new family attractions at Knotts Berry Farm. More thrills will come next week, as Knott’s reopens the classic Timber Mountain Log Ride after a multi-million dollar reimagining of the the attraction which has added dozens of brand new human and animal animatronics.

Perilous Plunge, the previous attraction on the bay, has been replaced with two new family spinner attractions and a Mad Mouse coaster. The Perilous Plunge lagoon has been preserved with the two flat rides being placed on platforms in the middle of the bay, ringed by gardens. The colors and signage is all 1950′s themed and helps create a real sense of place. Quite the lovely and blue oasis. Something this little corner of Knott’s really needed.

Coast Rider

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The perfect family style Mad Mouse coaster.  At 52 feet tall, you’ll get a great view of the new Boardwalk Pier area. 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins await you. Though the ride is the same layout as the coaster at Legoland California and very similar to the Goofy Sky School coaster at Disney California Adventure, it is a welcome addition and you’ll find that it is quite smooth and not at all as painful to ride as its Disney cousin.


A sharp turn to the left and up the lift hill you go!


The load, unload platform is super super tiny.


Weird thing about unload; There has to be two cars in place before both can disembark from the coaster.


Dustysage takes a ride on the Coast Glider.

Surfside Gliders


This cute looking little ride was quite the surprise. We didn’t expect the twisty thrill it would give. You literally pilot your own Surfside Glider through the use of a front rudder. You can choose to make your vehicle swing wildly or stay hands off for a more tame ride. But, be warned, this is a VERY low capacity and slow loading attraction.



You can REALLY catch some air on these things!




Pacific Scrambler


Who doesn’t love a classic Scrambler ride? One ride and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. This attraction brings back so many memories from my childhood. They’ve given the ride a fun paint job and it fits the new area perfectly. Looking forward to giving this one a spin again soon.


Timber Mountain Log Ride

We’ll be back later this week with coverage of the reopening of perhaps the most famous Log Ride ever built. The attraction keeps the overall look and feel that you know and love but has been completely reengineered with fresh new sets, special effects and dozens of brand new animatronics from the wizards at Garner Holt Productions.



The new trees look GREAT!



Is that an exterior Animatronic?


At the moment, you can hear saws and equipment behind the construction walls as they race to make their Thursday reopening deadline.

Check back with us at the end of the week for photos and our full review.




About Dusty Sage

Dusty is the founder and CEO of When he's not visiting theme parks and writing, editing or speaking about Disney and theme parks worldwide, Dusty stays busy as the Executive Director of both the Walt Disney Birthplace AND the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. He also run's O-Zell Soda (the company originally operated by Walt Disney's father and at which Walt once worked). If you've got news or photos to share with the MiceChat community, or would like to book Dusty for an upcoming event, please contact [email protected]

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  • explodingboy

    I agree with Dusty and lynxwiler. Huge step in the right direction for Knott’s. It was a bold move for them to not put a huge roller coaster in, and instead put three small family based attractions. The scrambler is a nice throwback to Whirlpool (without the awesome theming of course).

    I’m excited for Knott’s!

  • Phillydawg

    I just remember performing for the opening of this area originally as the Airfield and Roaring 20′s section. Now they’re trying to copy Disney’s DCA eh? My how things devolve, heh.

    • mark

      Ironic, isn’t it?

    • DarthSavage

      Well, technically Knott’s converted the Roaring 20′s area into the Boardwalk in 1997-98, while DCA opened in 2001.

  • KENfromOC

    WOW! Knott’s has 3…count them 3 carney-fair rides from my past! Those Gliders—Wowie-Zowie! How did they get those? Oh, I bet those guys on “American Pickers” found them at some abandon amusement park somewhere in Arkansas! Neat!

    You think they would have learned from DCA 1.0! Well, it’s true they are spiffier than the OC Fair (and we know Knott’s food is better), but this is a step backward. Cedar Fair LLC — Cedar Fair LOSER LOSER COUSINS!

    • DarthSavage

      I never understood why people try to compare Disney to Knott’s. They are two totally different types of parks with much different budgets to work with. You have to enjoy Disneyland/DCA for what it is, and Knott’s for what it is. BTW, Knott’s (admission cost) is much more affordable than Disney for what you get.

      • KENfromOC

        Knott’s is fun and less expensive (and overall great food). But let’s not forget that Knott’s had a legacy and a charm in which a lot has been destroyed by Cedar Fair. Sure, DCA had it’s problems, but remember it’s only a dozen-years old with no legacy back to Walt. Disneyland for the most part has certainly been true to it’s heritage. Sure, some changes have met with different opinions (such as Fantasy Faire replacing the Plaza Gardens), but overall the attractions have been first rate.
        Knott’s, like Disneyland, traces back directly to it’s creator and so, in my opinion, that standard should be kept. It unfortunately has turned into a teen-ager seeking park, much like Six Flags, attracting a not-always good crown environment with un-related attractions crossing over each other resulting in a mish-mash of sight lines like an un-planned urban area!