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    Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    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
    2013-02-28 10:53:44
    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.


    Contact the writer: 714-704-3793 or [email protected]

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    I cant wait to go on the 4 attractions counting the log ride
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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Looking forward to seeing how the Log Ride shapes up after renovations. Only one of the new attractions I'm really interested in is the Coast Rider, can't do spinning rides..make me sick (save for something like Windseeker, which I find incredibly relaxing).

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Thanks for the news. Looking forward for the new rides, especially Coast Rider and the refurbished Log Ride.
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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    For as much as I love Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm is also a favorite. It's a change of pace from DLand. Not too crowded. Fun atmosphere. Fun rides. I'm glad it is improving too.

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Thanks for the update. My wife and I have been pondering picking up passes for KBF next year. I haven't been there during the day in lord knows how long, each time I've been over the last 10 years or so has been for Scary Farm.

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ourthline View Post
    Thanks for the update. My wife and I have been pondering picking up passes for KBF next year. I haven't been there during the day in lord knows how long, each time I've been over the last 10 years or so has been for Scary Farm.
    Yeah, wasn't until I moved, more or less, down the street with my girlfriend's family that we went ahead and got passes. Prior to that the only times I went to Knott's for years was either for Haunt or for some event (like a company picnic or something).

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Nothing ground breaking but it seems like a nice little area and cant wait to ride the log ride next Halloween

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    I was at Knott's today with the family for the Spring Bloom event, and saw that construction on the new Coast Rider roller coaster has progressed quite a bit.

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    I'm looking forward to this new area opening for the Memorial Day weekend.

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Nice photos SpacemanSpiff!

    It almost looks Goofy's Sky School-esque. I guess I never noticed that in the concept photos.

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    looks like goofy skyschool.

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Man, that thing went up in, what, 4 days? They're just buzzing along with construction. Thank you for the pics!

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    I think I'll go to DCA and see if Goofy's SkySchool is still there.
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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Oh, I have one more photo from the weekend visit. This is artwork from Knott's which was displayed on the construction wall, along with the artwork released to the media in February (see my original post in this thread).

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    Re: Knott's announces date for return of Log Ride, opening of 3 new rides

    Here's how the original artwork looks on the construction wall, with the descriptions of the new rides:

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