Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates Camp Snoopy’s 30th Anniversary with a ton of fresh charm

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Published on June 13, 2014 at 4:47 am with 18 Comments

Knott’s Berry Farm’s family-favorite Camp Snoopy area officially reopened Thursday following a multi-part renovation project that brought three new attractions to the land. The project also included a complete aesthetic overhaul, giving the land a cohesive visual identity throughout using new natural wood, themed pavement, new signage, and an added emphasis on the lovable Peanuts characters. The result is a ton of fresh charm for the land, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Get a closer look at today’s update! Click on any photo in today’s blog to see a larger, high-resolution version.


Re-Opening Camp Snoopy

Before Knott’s reopened the re-imagined Calico Mine Ride on Thursday, the park rededicated and officially relaunched its beloved Camp Snoopy area. The land inspired by the high Sierras and inhabited by the Peanuts Gang has emerged from a phased overhaul with a new cohesive aesthetic that’s rich with charm. The refreshed land was dedicated in a special ceremony Thursday morning that featured Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy.

Knott’s Communications Manager Jason Soyster started with some opening remarks.

Knott’s Vice President and General Manager Raffi Karprelyan took the stage next, speaking about the history of Camp Snoopy and the enhancements and additions at the new Camp Snoopy. Raffi also announced that Knott’s would turn its attention back to the Boardwalk for “more interactive and cutting edge family fun” coming in 2015!

Next up, Steve Berry, Mayor of Buena Park boasted about the city’s great weather and expressed pride in Knott’s being part of the city.

Walt and Cordelia Knott’s grandson Darrel Anderson spoke about his mother’s involvement in working with Charles M. Schultz on the creation of Camp Snoopy.

Finally, Charles M. Schultz’ son, Craig Schultz, spoke about his family memories at Knott’s and the development of Camp Snoopy at Knott’s.

Craig then introduced the Peanuts Gang for the a special reopening moment where the characters talked about all the new things to see in Camp Snoopy

Snoopy arrives with the Camp Snoopy flag

Lucy raises the flag, confetti bursts and Camp Snoopy is officially open again for business.

Below, a clip of the reopening moment with the Peanuts Gang

Fresh High Sierra charm in Camp Snoopy

Around Camp Snoopy, the land has been completely refreshed with new stamped concrete paving, natural wood fences and fixtures, new signage and a bigger emphasis on the Peanuts characters with a new, larger meet-and-greet area and three new rides.

Existing rides got fresh paint, new signage, and thematic enhancements

A map shows all of the changes throughout Camp Snoopy.

The most notable enhancement to an existing ride was the addition of new Peanuts-themed vignettes added along the Grand Sierra Railroad route. Linus narrates the ride now, pointing out the sights along the way…

Catching butterflies

Spike is having a tumbleweed race (the spin in a circle).

Charlie Brown and Sally are last place in a canoe race (even though they’re the only ones out on the water)

The new Peanuts additions to the Grand Sierra Railroad are nicely done. It would have been great to see more animation in the vignettes, but what’s there is very charming and will surely delight kids. Below, a full ride aboard the Grand Sierra Railroad, facing backwards from the caboose.

Nearby, the new Linus Launcher replaced the old Speedway.

Riders lie belly-down on the ride and fly through the air, much like Linus does when Snoopy is pulling him around by his blanket.

Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, a small swing ride, replaced Snoopy Bounce

Clever kite-eating tree theming

The Log Peeler has been replaced by Pig Pen’s Mug Buggies, a little spinner that bounces as it goes.

The Gizzly Creek Lodge has also been refreshed, with the interior returned to its wilderness theme. The restaurant also got a new menu of chicken tenders, burgers and more.

The folks from Log Heads Rustic Decor were tapped to design and build all of the great new hand-hewn furniture in the Grizzly Creek Lodge.

The furniture looks great and is sturdy for everyday theme park use.

Great thematic touches throughout the restaurant

Plenty of dining space, downstairs, upstairs, indoors and outdoors

The rest of Camp Snoopy looks great, too — with a new gazebo and small playground area added, new natural wood fencing throughout and themed pavement.

The playground doesn’t have much but it’s still a nice little area for a couple kids to burn off some extra energy.

New natural wood fencing and stone planters

New shade structures and themed paving.

Camp Snoopy’s wonderful nature and water features remain as well.

A fun new expanded character meet-and-greet area with themed backdrops and a shaded queue structure replaced the GR8 SK8 ride.

All-in-all, Camp Snoopy looks better than ever. With a new cohesive aesthetic, the land no longer feels cobbled together. All of the natural wood, themed pavement, and bigger emphasis on Peanuts characters really brings a lot more charm here than ever before. In addition to feeling more complete, everything here now works together to make the land feel more inviting and more friendly, which is particularly important for a area built for young children. My only issue is that the background music in the land (peppy renditions of kids songs), should have been music from the Peanuts cartoons. In any case, while the Camp Snoopy project is perhaps a bit more subtle than the Mine Ride makeover, the Knott’s team did just as excellent work here and the love and care really shows. Congrats!

There’s more from Knott’s! Be sure to check out our coverage of the newly restored and enhanced Calico Mine Ride — Click here!

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  1. Beautiful work. The area looks charming and well worth a visit, but $14.79 for a cheese burger, fires and a Coke? Seriously?

    And people complain about Disney’s food prices.

  2. Yeah, I was gonna make the same observation about the food prices. $15 for a burger, fries and coke is laughable.

  3. It is truly incredible to see Cedar Fair put this kind of effort into charm and setting. There was a time when I didn’t think something like this would be possible from them.

    Hopefully the Camp Snoopy area music will sort itself out. The park went down the wrong road with the music in Ghost Town for a while but thankfully (after some prodding from fans) they found their way.

  4. The admission price to Knotts is MUCH lower than Disneyland so I guess they have to make up the $$$ somehow ;)

    Loved the new look and feel of Camp Snoopy. I wasn’t allowed in the Grizzly Creek Lodge yesterday morning (press only) but sure am glad to see they brought back the theming in there! Some of it kind of reminds me of Black Bear Diner!

  5. LOVE this section of the park; thanks for the article!
    Heading to Knott’s with the nephews; even as they are too old for many of the rides, they love walking through this section (and getting a ride on Sidewinder).
    Thanks, Knott’s, for ensuring this section of the park improves with age!! So impressed.

  6. Maybe I’m just a bitter Disney fan… but Camp snoopy doesn’t look worth the visit at all to me. (of course I’m not a small child) I think that my little cousins would find the place boring looking. From a theme park standpoint, what you get is a set of cheap carnival rides and a newly “themed” train where you pass by fiberglass statues of characters that appear out of place in their surroundings, with big bulky light stands that stick out like a sore thumb. I feel like any designer off the street could have at least decorated the area better; maybe even used some of the budget to purchase some tall upright pine trees that actually fit the forest theme. I don’t know… maybe the place is cool from a child’s standpoint. But I just feel like all of Knott’s is one giant, fiberglass, in-animate snoopy statue with with too much gloss on it -or in other words- a polished turd: in-appealing (to me), boring, and shined so well that you’d be tricked into thinking its something better. (This statement was a matter of opinion and in no way reflects the effort of the quality of the park)

    • There’s no question somewhere like DL is light years ahead of Knotts, but many people (including me) feel that Knotts is a good value for the money. That’s what we mean when we look at something like the Linus Launcher (which can be found at most county fairs) and say it’s a good addition. Implied in almost every positive statement about Knotts is “considering the cost to go to Knotts.” Now, they do have some genuinely good rides (Montezuma’s Revenge is my favorite ride in any theme park, and Ghostrider is awesome as well), but if it were the same price as DL most people wouldn’t go there. However, considering that I only paid $85 for my Knott’s season pass, and an annual pass at DL is over $500 (to be fair, I bought my pass last month, so I’m only getting 7 months out of if instead of 12), it’s a good value to me. If you don’t feel it’s a good value for you, then that’s fine. To each his own.

      • Big D, I suppose you’re right. Knott’s is designed for people of a broader budget range and the park’s design is with the admission price in mind. Well…I don’t think I’ll be going to Knott’s anytime in the near future… it just doesn’t do it for me. Although, I will admit that the new renovation to the Calico Mine Train does seem very spectacular and amazing. I have a few nit-picks about it, but other than that, it looks to be refreshed and quite entertaining.

  7. I’m glad and totally surprised they put money into this park at all. unsafe rides, employees that dont care and visitors who will stab you make me stay away from this place

    • gtsouthard, I feel the same way about Knott’s as you do. Its those three examples that make me stay away year after year for the past decade and a half, at least. I went as a kid and despised the whole experience, than I went there once I think last year, but found myself so disgusted and disappointed with the experience that I walked out soon after. And of course I’ve been to their little shopping district right outside the gates… I’ve been there about 4 times in my life including last month, but the place is always so trashy it keeps me away. And I am by no means wealthy or well-to-do… I just feel so put off by the place, the employees, the guests and the terrible quality, that I just can’t go. So I don’t.

      • In a about 12 trips to Knott’s (not counting the Scary farm where I saw a couple of teens cutting llines–one was stopped by security), I never encountered a rude guest or an unfriendly employee. I’ve never heard an F bomb there, but I’ve heard quite a few at Disneyland, which I still like more.

      • I agree with the above. Whenever we went it was just not the best times. My MIL was giving us passes for a few years at Christmas time. We would try to use them here and there during the year but everytime we went the employees were not the best (many were rude), guests not great and when it came to lines for rides it was always a free for all and they were even worse then. I had many a times that employees straight out bad mouth Disney to us because I use a purse from Disneyland. Then to top it off as was already mentioned, food prices are crazy there and the food is not good. Unless something has changed since we last went I would not eat the food there at all or pay those prices for it. While I do have a 7 yr old little girl, she wouldn’t be into the stuff in Camp Snoopy. 2 of the things taken out for new rides were rides she was ok with when we went. She is my cautious kid so I couldn’t see her even touching 2 of those new rides. Let alone she wouldn’t touch most the Camp Snoopy stuff. Which was why for me I have always found the place even more a waste of money for us. My boys are older but didn’t even care for the place themselves as the years went on. Its nice that they are trying to do things to Knott’s but its not stuff that will bring us back anytime soon.

    • Do not ever remember a rude employee at this park. Some that seemed distracted a bit, maybe. I’m thinking you get out what you put into it.

  8. I LOVE Knott’s! Thanks, Andy, and Micechat for covering this excellent park!

    In the Micechat Knott’s section I listed many of my favorite things about Knott’s on a thread about Knott’s tips: (see below)

  9. I think it looks really nice. Glad to see them put some work into the place.
    To nit pick….
    I think the canoe (with Snoopy and Woodstock) would look like it was actually in the water
    no hovering above. Makes it look like it was just put there.
    Too bad the lights on the stagnant characters were hidden more and not visible.
    It would be cool it the camp fire lite up at night (does it)

  10. We have been Disney passholders for a few years, but are taking a year off in anticipation of the 60th. We ended up getting the Knott’s pass as we have several planned trips due to kids field trips, birthday parties, etc. It made fiscal sense for us.
    We went last Friday for the first serious visit as a family, and really enjoyed it. We don’t plan on going at night when the crowd are larger and can be a bit sketchy, but at park opening, it was great. 7 rides in 45 minutes, plenty of rides for the 5 year old to do – not including Camp Snoopy which we didn’t even go near, and very friendly staff members. Calico Mine Ride was great, and my kids loved the Ghost Town and the Wild West Show. I am having to retrain myself to get around a park with no posted wait times, and no apps to guide me to the fastest loading rides, but I’ll get there.
    I look forward to checking out Camp Snoopy with the little one, but we have to do a brush up on who Snoopy and Charlie Brown are first. ;)
    Overall, good bang for the buck, and kids had a blast- the latter being the most important.

  11. Wow! The Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus don’t look 30 years older…except those baggy legs give it away.