We have a delightful little update for you today from Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.  It’s the off-season, so most SoCal theme parks, including Knott’s, are empty right now. Of course, Disneyland is packed to the gills, which makes this the perfect time of year for you to try a few new things. We’ll begin our update by looking at some of the little touches and enhancements going on in the park.  Ghost Town Grave Yard‘s most famous resident has been restored.  There is also plenty of pink around the park as Knott’s joins with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise breast cancer awareness.  The Timber Mountain Log Ride has also returned in almost perfect condition.  Still the best log ride ever built.  We then round things out with a look at the construction of Voyage to the Iron Reef and the bizarre refurbishment timeline of La Revolucion in Fiesta Village.  Let’s get to the news.

Supreme Scream Turns Pink

Once again, Knotts Berry Farm has joined forces with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise awareness and research money for the fight against breast cancer. January 5 through March 27, guests can purchase a Pink Ticket ($39 adults, $35 Jr./Sr. ages 3-11, 62+), online only at knotts.com. A portion of the ticket and merchandise proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County

aDSv9GYOfXjtJ-RlF7dHLu8fICJ6Idu48UqtSGpLAXgThe three-month promotion is a wonderful way to go and enjoy the park while supporting a great cause.  Throughout the park there are pink bursts of color, subtle hints at the promotion and a reminder of the need to continue fighting breast cancer.

They have also turned two iconic Knotts attractions pink to raise breast cancer awareness. Awash in tones of pink, the Calico Mine Ride and Supreme Scream are a dazzling site to behold once evening falls on the farm.

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What if you were smart enough to buy a season pass to Knott’s but still want to help?  Easy.  You can visit several locations in the park and pick up your own pink T-shirt, button, or water bottle.

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Hiram McTavish

We start off with amazing news.  The Hiram McTavish grave effect has been repaired.  If you haven’t visited this grave in Ghost Town’s Cemetery, you might want to pop in for a visit.  Place your foot on his grave for some good luck.

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Timber Mountain Log Ride

After a month-long refurbishment, the amazing Timber Mountain Log Ride has reopened.  The ride is looking in tip-top shape.  The scent cannons are working in key scenes, the lighting is right back on point, and even the problematic water wheel is spinning.

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The one minor sour note is with the banjo player in the second scene.  He is not fully operational yet.  To get around the strange look that a frozen banjo player might exude, Knott’s management threw a blanket on the figure.  He’s just napping folks, move along.

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Voyage to the Iron Reef

Work continues with Voyage to the Iron Reef.  Knott’s recently announced the opening date for the new, interactive attraction will be Friday, May 15th.  There is still not a whole lot to see at the construction site as the majority of the work is happening inside the show building.

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La Revelucion

The flat ride, La Revelucion, in Fiesta Village, remains closed. The ride has been closed for months while they await a replacement part.

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Meanwhile the old Bud Hurlbut-designed workhorses, The Hat Dance and Dragon Swing, are still going strong after decades of operation.

 

Nearby, Montezuma’s Revenge is currently down for a little refurbishment.

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Back to Reality

A strange break in theme and intrusion from the outside world has suddenly opened up in the park. Strolling through Fiesta Village into Camp Snoopy, there is a break in the illusion as you can clearly look outside the park and through the ugly security fence.

Along the Stage Coach route that borders the park in that area, the foliage has been removed from the otherwise industrial chain link fence, revealing street traffic mere feet from guests.

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Let’s hope this is just temporary while they plant some new foliage.

Knott’s Beauty

Those of you who have visited the park in the last year know that Knott’s is really a place of great beauty, and getting even better by the month.  Enjoy these parting shots from the farm and do consider making a visit before the Spring Break crowds show up.

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AMAZING OPPORTUNITY

Have you ever wanted to take a backstage tour of a major animatronic-filled attraction? Would you like to visit the factory where fantastic animatronics are made? Better yet, what if your ticket price went to save and restore the historic home in which Walt Disney was born?!

The animatronics wizards at Garner Holt Productions are offing an exclusive and very limited opportunity for a small group of people to tour both their factory as well as the historic Calico Mine Train. VIP ticketed guests will also receive a VERY special gift which is an actual item made for the attraction!!! This is the stuff of dreams!

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While the event isn’t cheap, it will certainly be worth every penny for true theme park lovers who want to know more about how the magic is made. Find out more about this amazing event and sign up while you still can. This is one of those once in a lifetime opportunities you just won’t want to miss:

Garner Holt Productions Tour and Walt Disney Birthplace Event – Information HERE