From today's Orange County Register:
Knott's sets dates for 4 ride openings | knott, rides, ride - Entertainment - The Orange County Register
Knott's sets dates for 3 new rides, 1 returnee
By SARAH TULLY
BUENA PARK – Knott's Berry Farm will open three new rides in time for summer, with the iconic log ride reopening at the same time.
The Buena Park theme park has set a debut date for the rides of May 25, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, said Jennifer Blazey, a Knott's spokeswoman.
"A lot of people are off that weekend, a holiday weekend," Blazey said. "It would be a good time to reopen and introduce the area."
Crews are building the three rides and renovating Timber Mountain Log Ride, which opened in 1969 as Calico Log Ride. It closed this year so new scenes and animatronics can be added.
The three-ride project is going in the Boardwalk area where Perilous Plunge ran until it closed after Labor Day.
The new rides:
•Coast Rider: The roller coaster includes 1,339 feet of track, including a 52-foot ascent and hairpin twists and turns. The name banks off that of GhostRider, the park's large, old-style wooden coaster.
•Surfside Glider: Visitors will get a bird's-eye view of Boardwalk Bay by piloting two-person gliders, suspended from above 28 feet in the air.
•Pacific Scrambler: Knott's version of the traditional midway ride that moves sideways in fast fashion is returning to the park in this new location. The Scrambler was removed to make room for Pony Express, which opened in 2008.
Knott's is attempting to create rides appealing to the tween crowd. Officials realized that they needed attractions for visitors who are too old for Camp Snoopy, aimed at ages 3 to 11, and too young for the super-thrill rides.
Knott's Berry Farm opened in 1940 under Walter Knott and is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.
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