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.
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|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 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!
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.
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…
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.
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!