I wouldn't be shocked at all. You can see the damage with the show lights on, too - especially in Timber Mountain :(
Wow, you're making want to take up a Summer Job there just to see the place with the lights on. Curiosity killed the cat, and my curiosity will kill my childhood memories.
I would love to see more pix of this!
Isn't this where the final gun fight took place in Beverly Hills Cop 3?
To add to the discussion here - albeit 3 months from the last post - it is really sad to see KOTD in the state of utter disrepair it is...however I think you're all remembering this ride with rose-colored glasses.
It died for a reason and it really shouldn't ever come back to the farm. It was a joked-about novelty that ran way too long (8 MINUTES?!), too slow, and without anything that made it a charming repeat-ridable attraction. I love darkrides, and I probably would appreciate the ride more now than when I was a kid - but at the time it just felt cheesy and rambly and felt like Knotts was capitalizing on the trend of Dinos - around the same time Jurassic Park came out and USH developed the vertical plunge water ride. I remember the jerky movement of the professor AA (creeped me out), the silly electro-portal effect, the annoying voiceovers, and save for a few scenes, a LOT of static dinos in ill-fitting rooms. A few rooms were pretty cool, but a lot of them were s...l...ooo....www...
I think Knotts is DESPERATE for a darkride, but I don't think that it should be a redux of KOTD - it worked for the time period, but it died for a reason. It seems as though the building is basically done for - and since it hardly holds a Roarin 20s theme anyway, better things could be done with the space.
My master plan would be to raze everything from the bumper cars (NOT INCLUDING THE BUMPER CARS) to the Coasters restaurant (excluding Johnny Rockets) and expand a true 50's Americana theme with a more authentic main drag. The centerpiece would be a gerstlauer eurofighter with a dark-coaster interaction that fits the scale of the park (no more towering perilous plunge) with the theme of an old abandoned car plant, where the ghost of a notorious muscle car resides and taunts visitors (think something like Mystery Mine at Dollywood...) On the outside, the area would not be concrete, but something like the town of Pleasantville (of course, this being Knotts, not as authentic), shifting the old unthemed midway around the log flume to this area. The roundabout hub would be the charleston square fountain.
From there in various crevices in between Xcellerator and the old Plunge spot would be built-up themed flats - bringing back some of the indoor awesomeness that used to be characteristic of Knotts. The area around Xcellerator would receive some TLC as well - mostly in the landscape department. But I digress...
So my point is that key development is being stymied by holding onto the crumbling remains of a Knotts deep in the past. The park does need the room and I think these pictures conclude that this showbuilding is not suitable for any significant development. It's time to let it go and put it out of its misery.
Kod was there 10 + years before Jurassic Park and recieved a renaissance from the movie.
It was killed. Kod's only fault was being too expensive to maintain and run. I found it a very repeatable/enjoyable ride.
As for the area, yeap, but don't hold you breath. Kott's is now a amusment park, not a theme park.