I may or may not be beating a dead horse here, but I am curious about one thing; is now the best time to bring back Bear-y Tales/Kingdom of the Dinosaurs? Or at least bring back the ride system itself and integrate a new theme.
The new Knotts management has done many great leaps and strides towards creating a much more family centered environment, with the inclusion of gentler rides and a few more entertaining shows, as well as fixing and cleaning up old relics of Knotts, like sprucing up Ghost Town, bringing back the old playground equipment as decoration, and even refurbishing old Mission models. Not to mention the whole refurbishment of the Timber Mountain Log Ride to update it to a newer age, as well as plans to do the same to the Calico Mine Ride, and the minor splashes of color through paint and greenery around the park.
Knotts Berry Farm is becoming more family centered with it's big thrilling roller coasters for the teens and thrill seekers, the gentler rides for the younger kids or people just wanting a non-thrilling ride, and it's newly spit-shined and polished historical items from older Knotts for those people who are really into it. It is a thrilling direction I hope they keep going in, and am amazed at how fast it is all happening. A few years ago, people would rag on Knotts for it's poor management of the parks and all of a sudden, here we are with Knotts being praised by the young and old alike.
Which brings me back to my main point. Should Bear-y Tales/Kingdom of the Dinosaurs/a totally new ride using the same ride layout return? Think about it; it's an already existing ride structure so that takes out the necessity of buying or building a whole new track layout. It's a classic slow dark ride which caters to three groups: the children who can't ride the bigger thrill rides, the people who love dark rides, and the people who just want to see a classic attraction return. I mean, it is absolutely perfect, really. And if they returned to the old Omnimover-esque type of operation they used to have where they would have the trains continuously move in and out of the station and the guests would board/disembark at the station, it would speed up the amount of people on the ride and shorten the ride's line wait time. Also, look at the track design...
I don't know about you, but the track design is so simple you can stick almost any theme you want in there. Bears, dinosaurs, you name it. There are 5 showrooms and 1 long stretch of hallway
Heck, you know what would still be a great idea? If the ride became a Haunt Exclusive attraction. I seriously mean it. Inside the show building, there would be no theme what-so-ever. It would be just a plain empty building with just plain platforms and what not for where animatronic figure would lay, and so on and so forth. When Halloween rolls around, the Haunt team gets together to build and repaint the entire show building to whatever theme and story they desire. Be it forest, slaughterhouse, circus, whatever. Maybe it's my over active imagination, but to me, this attraction seems very versatile to many things and ideas.
So what do you think? Is now the best time to bring Bear-y Tales/Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, or even a different attraction using the same layout but a different theme? Or has the ride's time come and gone already. Personally, I have fond memories of Kingdom of the Dinosaurs. Being born in the late 90's and seeing the ride in the early 2000's cemented it as one of my all time favorite attractions. True, I grew up with the 'junky' Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, but still nonetheless became a favorite of mine. I would love to see the attraction return, even if it was not in its Kingdom of the Dinosaurs outfit. I would just like to see the ride return in some way.
PS: I have heard...stories...about people who have trespassed property and have had a look at the inside of the attraction. It's...unsettling...to say the least at what they have recalled what they've seen. I seriously don't want that to be on my mind every time I visit the park. To look up at the abandoned building and think of all that lies within.