Reopening Date for the Historic Calico Mine Ride Announced by Knotts

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features, Knott's Berry Farm

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Published on May 01, 2014 at 11:50 am with 106 Comments

Knott’s has just announced Saturday June 14th as the reopening of the completely refurbished Calico Mine Train and revitalized Camp Snoopy.  This is great news and will mark the return of two iconic and important areas of Knott’s Berry Farm. The park continues to focus on its heritage and what has made it a beloved destination for locals and international visitors alike.

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Here is the press release, along with some commentary by us.

BUENA PARK, CA (May 2014) Knott’s Berry Farm is proud to announce that the Calico Mine Ride will reopen on June 14, 2014. The top-to-bottom refurbishment began in early January and includes dozens of new richly-detailed animatronic figures, state-of-the art lighting, audio, and all-new special effects.  When the classic railroad adventure reopens in June, passengers will embark on the most immersive mining journeys the “Calico Mining Company” has ever offered.

The basis of the iconic attraction was a simple handshake agreement between Knott’s founder, Walter Knott, and theme park pioneer Bud Hurlbut in 1959. From that handshake emerged a first-of-its-kind “dark ride” with elaborate show scenes and full-sized human figures.

Keep in mind that this attraction was built a full 7 years before Pirates of the Caribbean.

The attraction was an instant hit with guests at its original November 22, 1960 opening, and earned back Hurlbut’s initial $1 million investment in less than two years.  The groundbreaking attraction had a special place in Walter Knott’s heart, who worked in actual mines around the turn of the century in the Calico mining region of San Bernardino County before calling Buena Park home.  Hurlbut worked tirelessly to incorporate authentic touches into the attraction.   For the real stories of men who worked in the frequently dangerous mining world, he befriended actual miners and visited dozens of mining sites around California to observe the workmen, their tools and environment.

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Knott’s Berry Farm’s Design Team, in partnership with Garner Holt Productions, Inc., has elevated Hurlbut’s 1960 design while preserving the original mining experience. Nearly fifty animatronic humans and dozens more animals populate the updated adventure, with more than 120 characters spread through classic and re-imagined scenes.  New denizens of the mountain include an old miner just inside the first tunnel who will welcome guests into the Calico Mine and warn them of dangers that lie along the rails ahead. Despite the massive mining operation depicted inside the Calico Mine, since the attraction first opened, no character has ever actually found gold in the mountain. As part of the renovation, beginning June 14, one lucky miner will be seen striking it rich with gold in-hand!

Garner Holt and Knott’s are infusing the historically accurate attraction with more storyline.  This is another step in the right direction in our opinion.

New excitement is also coming to the “chain lift”, where trains will pass by a nervous miner carrying a canary in a cage for safety into the unknown diggings ahead. The animatronic canary is just one of many new animals coming to the attraction.  Other wildlife will include a donkey, vultures, a playful dog, countless bats, and blind fish in the eerie Lake Room.

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All told the attraction, when finished, should boast around 120 major figures.

The attraction’s rustic wooden loading platform has been refreshed and now includes a “peek-in” similar to those found throughout Ghost Town, offering guests windows into the rich mining history of the 1850s on their way toward boarding the mine train car. A new guest and employee elevator has been installed to improve access to the attraction, especially for guests seeking ADA accommodations.

Guests will soon embark on the eight minute journey aboard fully refurbished, hand painted mining cars featuring new speakers and a digital amplification system, pulled by beautifully-detailed locomotives. Garner Holt Productions, Inc. installed a cutting-edge RFID playback system in the ride vehicles to play the all-new on-ride narration and audio effects through the crystal-clear digital system.

Did you catch that?  The spiel will no longer be delivered by the driver of the train, but rather a crystal clear digital prerecorded narration.  This will deliver a more consistent experience for all riders and, as long as the narration is done right, it is an interesting step.  There are those that will miss the live delivery, but to us, this attraction has never been about the host driving the train.  It’s about the experience of going into the mines. A narration you can actually hear and understand will be a step in the right direction. Keep reading below for information on the multiple versions of the script you might hear.

“The spiel is based on the original 1960 script, and will have all-new points of interest and stories in the voices of three all-new character narrators so that each trip through the Mine will be unique,” explains Garner Holt, founder and president of the San Bernardino based Garner Holt Productions, Inc.  “The updated script includes references to a number of real historic mining practices and personalities. The on-board audio narrator will also interact with animatronics and special effects in some scenes.”

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The twisting, turning tunnels and expansive caverns were completely repainted, including a brilliant new color scheme in the spectacular “Heaven Room.”  Here, guests will thrill to the glorious sight of the thousands of spectacular stalagmite and stalactites accompanied by the original musical score, which has been digitally re-recorded. Original special effects have been lovingly re-created, like real steam in the Bubbling Pots scene with its surprising steam geyser and tipping barrels and other effects in the Explosion Room finale.

Beginning June 14, 2014, Knott’s Berry Farm invites guests to embark on new mining adventures through the twisting tunnels and unforgettable scenes of the beautifully resorted Calico Mine Ride.  Also celebrating its grand reopening on June 14 is a fresh Camp Snoopy, featuring three new rides and exciting surprises around every corner of the high sierra playground for kids and families.

We are very excited to get back into the mines and experience this attraction like new again.

Want to go to a preview of the reimagined Mine Ride?

To celebrate the reopening of this historic attraction, Knott’s is inviting 50 lucky MiceChat readers to be  part of their media event on Thursday, June 12th!  Follow the simple rules below to enter. Winners will be chosen at random from a pool of eligible entries. Winners will receive 2 tickets.

How do you enter?

Simply tell us your favorite thing about Knott’s, your favorite Knott’s experience, or even your favorite Knott’s memory in the comments below.  Begin your post with “I want to go to Knott’s because…”  Winners will be randomly selected from the qualified entries and notified via this article one week from today.

Good luck!


 

WINNERS TO THE RE-IMAGINED CALICO MINE TRAIN EVENT ON JUNE 12th

CONGRATULATIONS!  Here is our list of the lucky winners in the Re-Imagined Calico Mine Train Media Day Event on Thursday, June 12th.  Each winner is allowed to bring ONE GUEST with them to enjoy the preview of the new Calico Mine Ride and a full day of fun at Knott’s Berry Farm.

The Rocketeer
shawnman
Calicojoe
ErikaBaker
hockeyland
theasc
Idiotgenius
BigCountry
SFVLady
SpyderJav13
Chernabog
jenmurray
[email protected]
manifest
coaster_lover22
Aristocat
DisneyFreak777
jayally
disneygeek01
lnsemsf
ExCandyMaker
MainSt1993
Edward Allen
Amandasrad
fairestj

Winners have received an email detailing what to expect next and how to redeem their prize.  If you see your username on the list, but did not receive an email, please contact us at [email protected] for further instructions.  If, for any reason, a winner is not able to attend, another winner will be selected.

THANK YOU ALL FOR PLAYING!


Are you looking forward to a better than new version of the Calico Mine Ride?

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, has produced and edited many of the articles on MiceChat over the years.

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  • The Rocketeer

    I want to go to Knott’s because of all my childhood memories that came from that park. From the Haunted Shack, Kingdom Of The Dinosaurs to the Wacky Soap Box Racers. But now there are so many new memories to be made, especially with the rebirth of the Log Ride, Mine Train and Camp Snoopy!

  • mratigan

    I want to go to Knott’s because I want to see the new Calico Mine Ride, Timber Mountain Log Ride and Camp Snoopy. I love that Knott’s is making Disney quality dark rides!!!

  • DannyB

    I want to go to Knott’s, BUT it’s my son’s middle school graduation ceremony that morning … so unless this is an afternoon or evening thing, count me out. But IF it is, in fact, an afternoon or evening thing, then… “I want to go to Knott’s because of the history of the theme park and the current direction the park is headed, with its focus on theme & quality. I really do expect the announcement of a new dark ride in the near future! I love the log ride, Calico Mine Train, Krazy Kirk & the Hillbillies, and the food at Ghost Town Grill. And if June 12 doesn’t work for me, I’ll be there June 14 with my season pass.” 🙂

    -Danny (Halloween Haunt Ghost Town Street character, ’93)

  • boyumz

    I want to go to Knotts because I haven’t been there in years!! We used to make an annual trip from NorCal to take the kids to Halloween Haunt……every year for 10 years! They loved it, and so did I. Good memories……..

  • koalaears

    I want to go to Knott’s because I have fond memories of going there as a child, but haven’t been in years since.

  • BluSprklsMakMeHppy

    I want to go to Knott’s because I miss having Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner with Boysenberry punch. I would love to see my favorite ride reopened as well. The Calico Mine Ride was a favorite of mine when I was young. It would be awesome to take my girls on it.

  • DDote77

    I want to go to Knott’s because I have so many great memories there, but spent all of our money on Disney passes… being able to visit Knott’s with my family would be a great change – and an educational one too, since the kids are learning about California history and the gold rush. 🙂

  • 6boys2girls

    I want to go to Knotts because it is the best bang for your buck in the whole area! Many family trips have had Knotts as the highlight! As a child, I remember getting dressd up in matching hand made tee shirts (they were an awful bargain fabric that looked HIDEOUS!) and sitting for a photo op on the laps of the statues on the bench in the old west town. Great family memories! I am ready to make more with my OWN kids and grandkids!

  • dlandia

    I want to go to Knott’s because so I can experience the new Mine Ride and Log Ride! After that I’ll take a ride on Silver Bullet, Pony Express, and Bigfoot Rapids! I’ll definitely check out the new Camp Snoopy and Boardwalk area. I haven’t been in years. Not to mention to see the Hillbillies at their new venue! I grew up watching them and have missed their presence at the Golden Horseshoe. Oh, and the food! Funnel cakes with ice cream, Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken, and everything boysenberry! Can I go already?!

  • sheriduh

    I want to go to Knott’s because my children love it there. My son is very excited to see the new Calico Mine Ride. It is his favorite! My daughter loves visiting with Snoopy, and has been waiting for the new rides at Camp Snoopy. We are so excited to visit again once the new attractions are open.

  • shawnman

    I WANT TO GO TO KNOTT’S BECAUSE: I haven’t been in over 15 years! I would love to go back and take my kids. I honestly don’t remember very much about the park. I know I rode a stagecoach. I know I saw a saloon style show. I know I had a great time, would love to go again as a adult this time!

  • cruise

    I want to go to Knott’s because I still remember begging my dad to let me ride Kingdom of the Dinosaurs one last time before we left. I haven’t been to Knott’s during the day (though I visit the Haunt every year) in 7 or 8 year, so I’m eager to check it out!

  • rfaljean

    I want to go to Knott’s because… the biscuits with boysenberry jam are to die for! … Knott’s was the first theme park at which I rode a ride by myself when I was a kid… the Mystery Lodge made me cry tears of joy…the Calico graveyard still freaks me out to this day… Because Knott’s is now home to Krazy Kirk and The HIllBillies… and I <3 me some HillBillies.

  • NermieMouse

    I want to go to Knott’s because I’d love to see the newly refurbished Calico Mine ride and when my boys were little Camp Snoopy was an absolute must so it would be terrific to re-live some good times. Along with the Mystery Lodge, Funnel Cakes, and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken — I’ve always loved Knott’s Berry Farm’s old time charm. It’s been years since we’ve been so this would be a wonderful opportunity ✨

  • Calicojoe

    I would like to go to the Opening of The Calico Mine ride in part that I have lived down the street from knotts for 58 years. I used to see Walter knott stroll the grounds and I would wave to him. A fast walker, sure of his step.
    I knew Bud Hurlbut. His parents lived on my street for years back in the 1960’s. His parents moved to the next street, bud lived a few doors down. I used to wave to him as he entered our housing tract when I would see him on occasion.
    I have not ridden the Mine Ride in years. It would be a nostalgic to say the least.
    It would be interesting to see what they have done to the ride…Cant wait to see it

  • Frevr3fan

    I want to go to Knotts because I wanna see how the Mine Train looks now that it is finished. I worked on the ride during the first phase of the renovation, overseeing the asbestos removal that took place. It was pretty cool to walk the tracks and snap photos of the work that went on, and I also took a picture inside one of the carts that is at the bottom of the glory hole. A lot of hard work and imagination went into the renovation, and I’d like see it before it opens to the public. Thanks.

  • ErikaBaker

    I want to go to Knott’s because: we have never been!

  • asoc

    I want to go to Knott’s because it has been 6 years since I last visited! I haven’t had a chance to check out any of the latest additions. In fact, the last time I went several rides were closed because it was raining, so it’s been quite some time since I had a proper Knott’s experience. I’ll be back home in SoCal this summer and hopefully I can celebrate with a trip to Knott’s!

  • Tigger1134

    I want to go to Knott’s because I’ve recently re-discovered what a great theme park it really is. They have done a fantastic job upgrading the log ride and I can’t wait to see what they do with the Calico Mine Ride! I’ve also been very impressed with their live entertainment and food offerings. They have also done a great job making the park more friendly to people of all ages, not just those who only like thrill rides. Keep up the good work, Knott’s!

  • Calicojoe

    “I want to go to knotts because”..(Now I see it) LOL..

    I would like to go to the Opening of The Calico Mine ride in part that I have lived down the street from knotts for 58 years. I used to see Walter knott stroll the grounds and I would wave to him. A fast walker, sure of his step.
    I knew Bud Hurlbut. His parents lived on my street for years back in the 1960′s. His parents moved to the next street, bud lived a few doors down. I used to wave to him as he entered our housing tract when I would see him on occasion.
    I have not ridden the Mine Ride in years. It would be a nostalgic to say the least.
    It would be interesting to see what they have done to the ride…Cant wait to see it

  • hockeyland

    I want to go to Knott’s because… Knott’s is classic America. The legacy of a self-made family that through dedication, hard work and a little luck created a lasting monument to the best of what we strive to be. I’m a huge Disney fan, but Knott’s is different. Knott’s is feisty. Knott’s is grit. And despite being owned by a huge corporation today, current management has discovered the hidden classic the boys from Ohio never knew they had. They are doing wonderful things (with the help of another incredible self made man, Garner Holt) to awaken their sleeping beauty. I want to go to Knott’s to celebrate with them.

  • disneylandkitty

    I want to go to knotts because I loce the calico mind train. It is my fav ride at knotts. I am a train lover so all trains make me happy. I am really glad they are upgrading this great ride. I would love to be one one the first to ride this ride again. Please and thank u. Also I love snoopy. 🙂

  • RSZero1

    I want to go to Knotts’ because some of my earliest memories of that park include riding the locomotive around the park, and hunting the red baron with snoopy

  • Wendygirl

    I want to go to Knotts because – I love it! I think Knotts has really come through in recent years to upgrade this Park that is California’s FIRST theme park. I used to go to Knotts as a child – we are talking with memories going back to 1952 and old home movies of the place, when there was no fences and chickens roamed freely. I have many fond memories of Knotts through the years. Unfortunately after Cedar Fair took over, there was a slow slide in quality. I hated that they took out so many iconic things and put up those massive roller coasters. At one point several years ago I went and when I left I said “I’m never coming back to this place again!” But now they have new management in place that “gets it” and has a sense of history. I applaud all the work they are doing and love the newly refurbished Log Ride. I am so looking forward to what they have done to the Mine Train Ride and am excited to start riding into the mine once again.

  • theasc

    I want to go to Knott’s because when my daughter was little, we spent the whole day at Knott’s as a family and it was so magical. She played the whole day, saw Snoopy, loved the rides. My husband is a veteran, and we are so grateful to Knott’s for always being so generous to vets and their families. Would love to help celebrate the new attraction and introduce my youngest to Knott’s. He hasn’t been yet! 🙂

  • brianpinsky

    I want to go to Knott’s because I love their funnel cake!. It is to die for. Also I have not been for a few years and I would love to ride a refurbished classic attraction and I have not been on the log ride so it was refurbed. Sounds like a fund day!

  • rkorn123

    I want to go to Knott’s because it will be the first time my kids get to experience the park. Would like them to see the new Mine ride and experience the rides I remember going on at their age like the log ride and stage coach!

  • Idiotgenius

    I want to go to Knott’s because, like Disneyland recently, the park management has embraced the idea that the guest experience is not only what you offer, but also how you offer it. Through affordable yearly passes, the upkeep and refurbishment of beloved classic rides and the addition of new rides and attractions. I grew up with Knott’s and experienced it through its rough period, so I recognize when there are improvements. Although for the past few years, I’ve only visited Knott’s during the Halloween Haunt period. But during that period I’ve partaken in the delicious fried chicken, and even revisited the Calico Mine Town, that has that wonderful Knott’s feel. I’m excited to get back into enjoying the park on a yearly and maybe even seasonal basis. Plus, June 9th is my birthday and to win would make it so much more special and give me a great feeling, apart from the usual depression of currently being out of work. I know this a random drawing, but I would love if you’d consider me. Thank you. And keep up the great work on the websites and podcasts. I love them all. -tony

  • tafoster4000

    I want to go to Knott’s because I would love to see the new refurbished mine train. I have fond memories of going to Knott’s as a kid and love how Cedar Fair is bringing back some of the old Knotts.

  • CalicoBrad

    I want to go to Knott’s grand re-opening of the Calico Mine Ride because I have so many great memories of riding the attraction over the years. I first went on the ride during my 3rd grade field trip. I can’t wait to see what the Knott’s team and Garner Holt Productions have created.

  • jcruise86

    I want to go to Knott’s to ride the mine train, the log ride, the stage coach, bumper cars that go faster than the ones at Disney’s California Adventure, the train that gets held up by train robbers, Jaguar–my daughter’s first big coaster, and Xcelerator–my favorite big coaster at Knotts. I want to see the Mystery Lodge, and I want to eat Boysenberry pie!

  • Pan

    I want to go to Knott’s because of my pure nostalgia I have for the park. Summer camp, chicken dinner, and there until the park closes. I’ll always remember it…

  • numberfour

    I want to go to Knott’s because I want to take my son there for the first time. I want to experience the joy on his face that I had the first time I went to Knott’s. I want to watch him light up and meet all the characters (even though Peppermint Paddy totally was flirting with my husband last time we went lol).

  • Genopeid

    I want to go to Knotts! I haven’t been there for years, the fried chicken, Boysenberry jam, syrup, jelly =) I want to share with my kiddos memories from my childhood and Snoopy of course, just like I do with Disney. I am also super excited for the new rides! Go knotts!

  • 1wupwup

    I want to go to Knott’s because of fond memories going with my parents and grandmother. Knott’s is in the midst of a renaissance that celebrates a simpler time in American culture. Thank you!

  • Juni

    I want to go to Knott’s because some of my most cherished childhood memories are from going to Knott’s with my mom and going back there always takes me right back to that place in my mind.

  • BigCountry

    I want to go to Knott’s because I love how they are now putting emphasis on the park’s history as opposed to cheap / easy thrill rides. I miss the soap box racers. I miss Kingdom of the Dinosaurs. I miss the 1st loop roller coaster I road with my mom… Boomerang in grade school. I haven’t been to Knott’s Berry Farm in a long time on account that I figured all classics will go by the wayside soon enough but the fact that they’re putting much attention into refurbishing these classics – my fervor is renewed for this park and I eagerly wish to go. Also, last year I went to The actual Calico Ghost Town, and was shocked to learn of Walter Knott’s involvement with that historic site and it’s preservation! #bottlehouse

  • my03yellowv

    I want to go to Knott’s because I love their Chicken Dinner, the stage coach, and their museum.

  • maharba13

    I want to go to Knott’s because my favorite memory from my days at Alta Loma Jr. High School is attending Knott’s during a CJSF Evening Knott’s trip with three of my best friends back in ’04. We rode Xcelerator 5 times back to back and I won a stuffed froggy at the Boardwalk that I still have ten years later. Thanks for the memory, Knott’s!

  • SFVLady

    Knott’s has a special meaning to me. I went there as a young child with my grandparents and wish they were still here to enjoy all the changes. They loved Knott’s–a familiarity to them coming from Kansas. The schoolhouse was from Beloit, KS–a town 17 miles away. I used to play on the swings — in the days before roller coasters. It was FUN! Also, my grandfather was a blacksmith in a small town in Kansas. Knott’s was like home. I would love to enjoy being a part of the Opening of The Calico Mine Ride.

  • SpyderJav13

    I want to go to Knott’s because I have always loved going to Knott’s. Some of my fondest memories growing up were racing on “The Soapbox Racers”, sitting in awe as dinosaurs roared at me, and being inspired by the magic in “The Mystery Lodge”. I want to go to Knott’s because it felt authentic. It wasn’t just some tourist trap that was only interested in money, it was a means to be transported to a different place and time. Every trip to Knott’s was filled with a glimpse of what this nation was like and how one man’s hard work flourished into a place that is dear to every Southern Californian’s heart. Knott’s is responsible for so many fond child hood memories, I would love to take a look at what future memories I can make there and what adventures my future kids have to look forward too! Plus, I can’t say no to a Boysenberry Funnel-cake, it’s dang near impossible.

  • Chernabog

    I want to go to Knott’s because I need more boysenberry punch!

  • jjiminez07

    “I want to go to Knott’s because it was the 1st trip my wife and i took before getting married. And we can’t wait to going back with our 5 year old son Aiden

  • jenmurray

    I want to go to Knott’s because my husband Casey has never been! When we came for Mice Chat Anniversary we got into town from NorCal after the park closed. 🙁 So he only got to experience the shops outside. I also haven’t been in over 12 years! 🙂 I LOVE that Snoopy is their mascot. Curious to see how different it is from my past memory of it. Then we can stay and see you guys on Sunday meet at Disneyland! 😉

  • Conconhead

    I want to go to Knott’s because…

    When we were little, we would go to Knott’s several times a year. Mostly for Christmas because my mother loved Ghost Town and the Victorian styles. We’d go see Santa at the glorious barn, watch a show at the Bird Cage, and take a family photo in the photo-gallery all dressed up in old style. *My mom’s a Civil War re-enactor now, btw…*

    I used to think that Sad Eye Joe was real. I was SO convinced there was a man stuck there.

  • Donald Fan

    I want to go to Knott’s because I want to spend more time with my brother. We just went to Knott’s a couple weeks ago and had a blast!

  • Sunflowers36

    I want to go to Knott’s because my 4 year old kids were only there when they were babies. I loved the Land of Dinosaurs as an adult and the previous version which was Beary Tales when I was a kid. I also enjoy the covered wagon. My favorite spot for shopping and food is Judge Roy Beans Shack. You can get married there and get a sour pickle in the same transaction. Plus they have root beer sodas in a boot (or at least they did 3 years ago).

  • [email protected]

    ” I want to go to Knott’s because” My favorite experience at Knott’s Berry farm is when I was around 5 years old (a long time ago) I remember the Haunted Shack ( We are talking along time ago) ( got to sit in the chair on the wall. Such a strong memory. This is closely followed by the Log Ride and my first time to make it to 2nd Base. that and I would love to spend time with my 10 year old Daughter who loves Roller Coasters.

  • weezerfan007

    I want to go to Knott’s because….Well
    What I like about Knott’s?
    You can play all day!
    You go up, down
    All around
    In and out
    having fun at Knotts all day! ya!

  • manifest

    I want to go to Knotts because I want to support it for embracing its history again!

  • JulieMouse

    I want to go to Knott’s because it’s been a wonderful place to visit since I was a child. I have many happy memories of fun times there. I had a couple birthdays at the old Petting Zoo area and my favorite ride as a little girl (at at any theme park) was the Log Ride (or the Rog Ride as my family still calls it because I wasn’t very good with my L’s back then!), and I can’t wait to see the new Mine Train….Knott’s and Garner Holt did such a great job with the Log Ride that I’m excited to see the final result on the Calico Mine Train!

  • coaster_lover22

    I want to go to Knott’s because of my love for theme parks. When I was a little kid all I ever wanted for my birthday was tickets to a theme park. Every year that’s all I would wish for. When I was 7, my mom surprised me with a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. I had a blast, one of my fondest memories was getting on the Calico Mine Ride. It seemed so real and so beautiful to me, how a ride could not only thrill you, but also immerse you, and tell a story. The story of the miners digging for gold in the caves, the colorful waterfalls, the beautiful caverns, the dangerous track, the explosive ending. I was speechless. I’d like to see it again and see how it’s changed, I bet it’s awesome.

  • GhostHostJeff

    I want to go to Knotts because when I was growing up my mom would tell me stories of when she went to one of the very first Halloween Haunts and went on the mine ride, she said she was scared out of her mind. Every time we visit the park we always visit this iconic attraction. I’m so happy to see it returned to its original glory! Thank you 🙂

  • eileen4disney

    I would like to go to Knott’s for the opening of the Calico Mine Train, because it’s my absolute favorite attraction at Knott’s. I don’t do the coasters. I only do the trains. And the Calico Mine Train has the prominent history of influencing Walt Disney to create hidden queues. Plus, it’s the ride I most enjoyed as a kid, with my Mom and Dad. It was their favorite as well. Please, I hope to win! Thank you, kindly!

  • Aristocat

    I want to go to Knott’s because I’ve always gone to Knott’s; from childhood to adulthood. I have a special love for the place, right up there with my love for Disneyland.
    And it gives me an excuse to binge-eat fresh biscuits at Mrs. Knott’s. And binge-drink boysenberry punch. And probably get a funnel cake, after.

  • andvintru

    I want to go to Knott’s because knott’s is such a hidden gem amongst the big boys down the freeway in Anaheim and LA. It is still a very good value, i remember as a kid visiting often since my grandparent lived near by. Food is great and chicken is amazing

  • DisneyFreak777

    I want to go to Knott’s because I haven’t been there in such a long time, and I would love to see all the recent changes they made to the log and mine rides. Since Matt Ouimet stepped in it seems things are heading the right direction for this park, and I want to go visit it more than any other park right now!

  • iamchristopherr

    I want to go to Knott’s because my whole family and I would love to see the newly refurbished ride. We were all there on opening day of the refurbished log ride, and as amazing as that ride is now, we would love to see the work they have done on this ride! 🙂

  • dcaguy

    I want to go to Knotts because I used to work on the Mine ride and Log ride back in the 80’s and 90’s and have not been back since I left in 97. So please give good ol Tedious Tom ( My mine ride name) a pair of tickets to experience this all new experience and relive fond memories of taking guests into the Ol Calico Mine.

  • Bullarja

    I want to go to Knott’s because the last time I went I was really young and only have small memories of my time there. Those memories being crying on the parachute ride and the other riding the mine ride. I start the radiology program this summer and this would be a great treat before I start.

  • Bongo

    I want to go to Knotts just to re-ride Calico Mine. Also I didn’t want to break these chain of comments…

  • Lost Boy

    I have been going to Knotts since the 1940’s when I was a kid. There were none of the attractions like today but I was there when both the Log Ride and Mine Train ride were opened so I am really looking forward to see what Garner Holt and crew have done to both these historic rides. The entire Park was free back in those days and the Steam Train was also there. I also remember The Haunted Shack which is no longer there which is a shame. The Park has changed a great deal since I first visited there which was in the late 1940’s long before Disneyland was even thought about.

    I have not been for many years and have waited until both the Log Ride and the Mine Train would be open. I love what Knotts Upper Management has been doing to the Park and hope to be going soon to see all the new stuff.

  • jayally

    I want to go to Knotts berry farm because I have a Disney annual pass and cannot afford to go to Knotts berry farm. Maybe seeing the new mine train and all the attractions will make me get a Knotts annual pass instead. 🙂

  • mindy327

    I want to go to Knott’s because it was one of the first parks I ever went to growing up as a kid and getting to go and take a break with my sweet hubby for my 35th birthday (june 12) which is close to the official opening date would be a blast!

  • DuckyDelite

    I want to go to Knott’s because I recently had a chance to ride the updated Timber Mountain Log Ride and it was fantastic. I can’t wait to ride the updated Calico Mine Ride!

  • disneygeek01

    I want to go to Knotts . because of the multitude of cherished memories, past, present, and future.
    Past – memories beginning with my childhood, through the tumultuous teenage years and into young adulthood. I recall the sunday morning after church services my parents telling us kids they had some running around to do. Little did we know what they meant was that they would be running around Knotts with us! The squeals of delight as we drove into the parking lot on Beach Boulevard, where Camp Snoopy is now, scrambling out of the car practically falling over each other because, of course, there were chickens that we had to chase after! and the first time I was allowed to go to Knotts with my friends by myself was for the inaugural Knotts Scary Farm. Funny, my husband was there the same night with his friends . . .my husband whom I wouldn’t meet for another 20 years! And our first date . . . Knotts Scary Farm. The hangings are classic!!
    Now that we areolder with our season passes, Knotts is still absolutely charming. We thoroughly enjoyed the recent boysenberry festival and tried all of the goodies. We make a point of going during the holiday season to see a Christmas carol and the Gift of the Magi, because it just isn’t Christmas without seeing those! strolling through ghost town on a brisk December night listening to the carolers and drinking a cup of hot chocolate is an annual visit for us. and during the haunt season what could be more fun than watching a group of teenagers being hunted down by a pack of ghastly Ghoulies?!
    I would be thrilled to be invited to the pre opening media event for the classic CalicoMine Train. That would be a blast!

  • lnsemsf

    I want to go to Knott’s because it’s such a classic and iconic park. I also want to go because I’ll actually be in town from Florida during those days and getting the chance to go see the Mine restored would be a great chance to make new memories.

  • ExCandyMaker

    I want to go to Knott’s because I went to the grand opening of the mine ride as a tiny child and I have vivid memories of Walter Knott’s several years later giving me tokens to get chicken feed out of the machine to feed the chickens that used to roam freely around the farm….

  • Mort

    I want to go to Knott’s for the grand re-opening of the Calico Mine Ride because I somehow missed the very first Haunt (made the second and nearly all others) and I don’t want to miss the first ride on the new mine train!

    PS. Anybody remember Seymour and the Wall of Slime?

  • Alice N Wonderland

    I want to go to Knott’s because my family loves Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies!

  • Chuck-D

    I want to go to Knott’s because…

    I have fantastic memories of Knotts as a child (huff and puff!), teenager (soap box cars!), and young adult (scary farm!).

    I feel like a great dad for taking my kids to Disney so many times, but a bad dad for never taking them to Knotts :/ I know they’re not included or part of this, but maybe this will get me off my butt and get them down there soon as well! 🙂

  • Cherny

    I would like to go to Knott’s as I have fond memories of going there on numerous family vacations. The Calico Mine Ride was always a must do and I can not wait to see it freshened and renewed. I am sure the this latest refurbishment will strike gold in the hearts of many!

  • othello32

    I want to go to Knotts because it was the amusement park where I rode my very first roller coaster ride when I was 8 years old, the Revolution. I was so scared and I remember almost wanting to cry but after I rode it, I couldn’t wait to get on the next roller coaster! It was a great memory!

  • robbie02

    I want to go to Knott’s because many years ago, I held my first job at Knott’s. I was still in high school, so grew really grew up on the farm. Every time I take my family for a visit, I feel like I am taking them home.

  • Aenochs77

    I want to go to Knott’s Berry Farm because I had so much fun there as a kids I would like my kids to experience the same fun I had! My first memory is riding on the top of the stagecoach. My favorite store is the rock shop and my favorite treats are the funnel cakes with boysenberry sauce with boysenberry punch 🙂 Now that the Billys are there it feels more like home!

  • AlexLoup

    I would like to go to Knott’s because I have never been. My parents were never interested in going, so we never went and trying to go with friends turned into nothing but talk.

  • Hakuna Matata

    I want to go to Knotts because it brings back memories of many fun days spent with my Grandmother. She loved the Mine Ride, and I’d love to see what they have done with it!

  • Conconhead

    Other than my entry post — I wanted to say that the Mine Ride was always one of our family favorites. It was cool inside, nice and dark, and was a fun relaxing way to chill. I always thought Big Thunder’s initial lift was a poor attempt to replicate the Caves of Heaven. I really am looking forward to the re-recording in there and the revamped special effects. The sheer size of the GH always impressed me as a child.

  • Minnie Momma

    I want to go to Knotts because I have always loved the Calico Mine ride. I haven’t been able to go in years and I’d love to see this new version

  • Chadwick

    I want to go to Knotts because my kids love, my wife loves it, and I love. From Snoopy to, the log ride and mine ride, to Camp Snoopy’s charm, and the classic of Ghost Town it is family favorite.

  • MainSt1993

    Reading today’s articles about this and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, I would totally fly to CA to see the updates and Knotts, and with MK I’m still feeling “meh.” I’m so happy to see Knott’s getting back to its roots and making great new experiences for newer generations.

  • dlb1097

    I want to go to Knotts because I have lots of awesome memories as a kid eating funnel cake going on the Calico Mine Ride (normal and at Knotts Scary Farm) but have never gone with my daughter. I would love to get to experience the new refurbished log ride and mine ride with her!

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    “I want to go to Knott’s because…”

    that Jam they sell

  • nursemelis374

    I want to go to Knott’s because I have so many amazing memories of going there throughout my life and I want to make even more! Knott’s has really made some positive changes in the last few years and I am looking forward to my next visit!

  • dizneedoll

    I want to go to Knotts because my Dad used to take me when I was a little girl and we loved doing the Calico Mine Ride. We also love Knotts Beary Tales (well I loved it more than he did!) but he has passed on now and I would love to carry on the tradition with my son and share those great memories of visiting Knotts with him.

    -Bonnie

  • jhwetzel

    I want to go to Knott’s because I spent a year of my life as an engineer on the Calico Mine Ride. During that time, I grew to love that mountain like none other. I took pride in being one of the few (if not the only) engineers that could time the spiel to match the music in the heaven room.

    I met my wife working at Knott’s. She worked on the Log Ride and I worked on the Mine Ride. We visited the park in February, and all I’ve heard since is how her mountain is “so pretty”. I would love to be one of the first to see my mountain looking just as good.

  • rcurrier

    I want to go to Knotts because I have many fond memories of the park growing up. I miss the mission dioramas and the chicken that played the piano. I love just wandering around in Ghost Town and people watching. I remember when the mine opened and badgering my parents to take the family so I could ride it. It was magical, so far beyond the cheesy “haunted mine” dark rides of its day. And we never left the park without a Boysenberry pie to take home.

    So glad to see that Knotts has chosen to keep the same feel of the mine even while upgrading the technology. Can’t wait to ride it.

  • DisneylandGuy

    I want to go to Knott’s because I’ve been an annual visitor to the Berry Farm since the late 70’s and I have many great memories of Knott’s: Halloween Haunts, meeting girls at the Cloud 9 Disco, the Soap Box Racers and Knott’s Bear-y Tales. We were so impressed by the newly-renovated Timber Mountain Log Ride that we can’t wait to see the better-than-new and improved Calico Mine Co. Ride and all the additions and surprises that await!
    (Yes, I live up here in the Central Coast area, but I definitely will make the drive and I will be there on June 12th if I win tickets.)

  • SLC

    I want to go to Knott’s because as a young child the Calico Mine Train and The Timber Mountain Log Ride were my favorite amusement park rides. I remember a trip to Disneyland when I was a little bit older and being SO disappointed that it wasn’t the park with my favorite rides! I have been fortunate to be able to share my love of the park with my husband and three children and am looking forward to sharing these wonderfully refurbished rides with my granddaughter!

  • Edward Allen

    I want to go to Knott’s because I want to get my gold back. You see, when I was just a little fellow in 1963, I panned for gold at Knott’s in their sluice and had me a glass vial of real gold flakes as a souvenir. Then me and my family boarded the Calico Mine Train. And wouldn’t you know it……I lost my little vial of gold in the Calico mine. And it’s been there for 51 years. So I need to get back there and strike gold while riding the mine train.

  • Cogsworth

    I want to go to Knott’s because…the Calico Mine Ride has been my favorite since I was a kid, and I can’t wait to see the awesome update!

  • matterhornmaniac

    I want to go to Knotts because of all the enhancements they’re making to the park, When I was a kid, the park had a different vibe to it that it began to lose in the early 2000s. But its starting to move in a better direction, and i want to be a part of it. Although there will probably never be anything like the haunted shack, soapbox racers, beary tales playhouse, dolphin show, whirlpool, etc again, it excites me to see that some of the charm in those old attractions can soon be found in their new attractions.

  • kronos

    I want to go to Knott’s because I haven’t been in many years! Growing up, Knott’s was my family’s favorite place to eat (Chicken Dinner Restaurant) but the quality and service declined so much we stopped going frequently. I would love to see the new and improved Knott’s Berry Farm and experience the Park like never before. We can’t wait for next year’s Boysenberry Festival, as it looked amazing this year! Keep up the good work, Knott’s Berry Farm.

  • Carmelle

    I want to go to Knott’s because…they have made some amazing changes over the last few years & I am excited to experience all of their changes! Thank you!

  • Zeathos51

    I want to go to Knott’s because it is my favorite park to call home. I enjoy Disneyland all the same, but Knotts is more personal to me. I remember going to the Thankgiving Dinner at the Dance Hall with my entire family. During that time, we couldn’t purchase a full park ticket, but to be there with my uncle, aunt and grandmother in ghosttown alone gave me fond memeries that would last forever. In addition to that, the free christmas crafts fair and veterans month made it easier to visit the park annualy and the marketplace monthy. This is why Knotts Berry Farm will always be my favorite park and a tradition in my family to visit every year.

  • ShawnTFM

    I would like to go to Knott’s because I am a huge fan of all that they do and am most excited about the re-opening of CMR. We’ve gone to Halloween Haunt on Halloween night for nearly 20 straight years and have loved watching all the improvements in the park.

  • fairestj

    I would like to go to Knott’s because it holds happy memories with my father. when it wasn’t a Disneyland trip he would take my siblings and I to Knotts! we would be so excited at the park riding the family rides as soap box racers, the log ride, bigfoot rapids! with that one we would guess in line which one of us would get soaked! as in that time they had the two water falls going. even though we were a little scared of kingdom of the dinosaurs we would get on and then actually want to go on again after getting off.. the big train as we called it we would love because of the bandits! we would excitedly watch and wave as my dad went on the scary rides! for lunch we would head out and our parents would have us wait at a table where there was a ice cream shop while they went to buy chicken to go and we would have our lunch! I remember the laser show during fourth of july .. and our favorite ride as kids the calico mine!! I would love to take my dad on a trip since he hasn’t been there since we were kids. and create more happy memories!

  • RemainSeatedPlz87

    The chicken dinner and riding huff n puff as a child.

  • Amandasrad

    I want to go to Knott’s because the last time I went was before my mom passed.

  • mclvrsince95

    I want to go to Knott’s because my family and I have made so many memories there over the past 32 years, and I cannot wait to add more! I remember how excited I was in 1994 when Mystery Lodge opened up! I had never experienced anything like it and I was so anxious to see the it after seeing the commercials on TV. It did not disappoint! My family and I were absolutely in awe of the show and still enjoy it to this day! They even gave pogs (if anyone can remember what those were) to us kids during that time, which made my visit even more exciting!

  • [email protected]

    Hey Norman, did you announce winners yet ?

    • Norman Gidney

      The winners will be announced tomorrow morning. Promise.

      • [email protected]

        Okey Dokey.

  • dcaguy

    This contest was a little misleading. I thought 50 people would win and bring a guest. The list only has 25 winners. I understand 25 winners plus one guest each is 50 but you should have stated that. I am sure most others thought the same.

  • [email protected]

    WOOT WOOT !!! Thanks Norman and Micechat !!!!! I never win these contest (till now)

  • coaster_lover22

    Ahhhhh! I won I’m so happy!!

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