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    Improving Knott's Berry Farm:Knott's Bear-y Tales revival

    If there was ever a petition or anything I would vote for the return of The wonderful Dark Ride since It Was like A home I lived in for so many years.I've been with the bears for a very long time In the boisenberry smelling attraction.But now the bears are long gone and recycled as Knott's Scary Farm props.

    In order for Knott's To be A good place again.Knott's Bear-y Tales would be a good place to start to Make Knott's Berry Farm A family park again since the park has'nt been over the top for a decade.

    If anyone ever created a petition or myself I would sign it and have thousands of people to support for the return of the Red Line.Knott's Bear-y Tales should be back in the same space again instead of A coaster.

    If it came back I would love to see the ride re-done again.I miss the black lights,the frogs,bears,smell, and the wonderful music.

    I hope someday this would be a Possibility For Knott's to be Great Again.
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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    We would visit Knott's once every couple of years when I was much younger. It's been almost 10yrs now since my last visit. But what I have missed the most was the Knott's Bear-y Tales. Except for the log ride, there is not much left of it's Uniqueness. Heck, I don't even know if they still sell Knott's Berry Punch!
    "...It's dead wore out I be...a might too fast these light footed wenches be, for the likes of an old swagbellied pirate such as I..."

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Quote Originally Posted by SwankbelliedPirate View Post
    Heck, I don't even know if they still sell Knott's Berry Punch!
    I'd love it back as well. Yes they still have boysenberry punch as well as Boysenberry Icees!

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Can we also have the Soap Box Racers and the Mystery Shack back as well while we're at it?

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Yeah, Haunted Shack and Soapbox Racers were two of my favorites and a huge part of my childhood! I want them all 3 back!

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Quote Originally Posted by MissChristine View Post
    Can we also have the Soap Box Racers and the Mystery Shack back as well while we're at it?
    Oh God yes!

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Quote Originally Posted by MissChristine View Post
    Can we also have the Soap Box Racers and the Mystery Shack back as well while we're at it?
    I forgot to mention those 2.

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Soap Box Derby racers was the perfect family ride... so perfect that everyone enjoyed it! And almost everyone could ride it... I have so many childhood memories of them and who could forget those weird weasels that were always along the tracks and those tunnels. So many awesome memories!

    I dont ever make a big stink regarding Xcelerator because it fits the 1950's hot rod Boardwalk type of theme and it is one of those coasters with a pretty looking color sceme and OMG! It doesnt "ruin" the Knotts experience as far as theme goes IMO [anything was better than Windcrapper Surf Racers] but seriously... Xcelerator is not a grown up substitute for the Soap Box racers! It just doesnt have the "family aspect" the racers had where just like the Timber Mountain log ride 4 family members or friends could sit together and race along the track against the other people on the other tracks and somehow everyone reached the end close to the same time! Plus some of those smaller dips were fun along with those turns in the track... it felt like racing. I remember being 5 years old and going on them.

    Then Knotts used to have some Autopia type of attraction with Classic Cars that would go under the soap box Derby track. Though they removed those when I was really young so I only experienced those maybe once or so.

    The Haunted Shack was one of my favorites and I was so sad when they took it out! And unlike Xcelerator, I do have to gripe about what replaced it because I fail to see how some large swingset really fits the Ghost Town theme like the Haunted Shack did. If they were going to take out the Haunted Shack and replace it with some thrill ride at least they should have replaced it with some thrill ride with a Western theme that blended in with the buildings around it].

    Plus what made the Haunted Shack so awesome was the slanted floors, the optical illusions, not to mention whoever was in there presenting from room to room would take people in the viewing area and get them in on the illusions! I know one time my sister got to stand on the little wooden block and put her arms out... and then someone else in our group was taken to do the thing with the Pool Ball and gutter... I forget how the effect worked or what the effect was but it involved a gutter, water, and a pool ball and someone sitting near it!

    If they were to ever build these things [even though we know its unlikely knowing Cedar Fair], they should seriously look into making a walkway that goes discreetly over Bigfoot rapids and expanding... they dont have to take out Bigfoot rapids, just build a walkway over it and use that area which is currently a parking lot. When I took my Haunt trip we parked in this parking lot and seriously there is some room for expansion [if they want to use parking to their advatage they should think of jumping on the bandwagon as Disney/Universal and build a structure].

    If done right with the right look and greenery [think of something like camp snoopy] I am thinking a rockwork bridge and pathway over Bigfoot might free up some space to expand the park [you already have little bridges over bigfoot for the que]... For riders on Bigfoot this would mean going through 2 extra tunnels which would look like rockwork and wouldnt ruin the ride experience [they can even attach a few water cannons on the bridges so people can shoot water at the rafts on bigfoot]... it might enhance some theme to the ride itself since a walkway over Bigfoot rapids could blend in with the theme and they could expand the wilderness theme further into that parking lot they use on overflow days by adding some trees. If they wanted to, maybe another coaster could fit in there. Maybe they could bring back the Haunted Shack, a new Beary Tales could fit back there and having the wilderness theme expanded I would assume it could fit thematically, and they could bring back that scrambler they had [not that I enjoyed it ever since they took out whirlpool] or they could use it for an area that could accommodate more Haunt Mazes.

    Anyhow... I am just letting my imagination flow for the moment, its Christmas day I am working and kinda bored... but I am making extra money today so yay for that

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Oh yeah... in case anyone wants some Nostalgia... I found this video on youtube! Props to the person who uploaded it! Its kinda sad because now it seems like everything has to be the biggest and tallest and break the most records in the coaster wars... whatever happened to fun coasters like this which didnt have to rely on record breaking stuff, just turns a few dips, and overall greased out theme... these were so much fun... when I saw windjammer replace them I was so upset but since Xcelerator is better than Windjammer and is pretty good I dont mind... but the Soap Box racers were the best thing in that spot out of the 3 things there in that spot! the billboards, the cars under the ride, the racing aspect to it made the Wacky Soap Box Racers a Knotts classic I was lucky to be able to ride as a kid!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=xSdoNqvhfHw
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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Quote Originally Posted by tamasurvivor View Post
    Oh yeah... in case anyone wants some Nostalgia... I found this video on youtube! Props to the person who uploaded it!

    YouTube - The old Wacky Soap box Racer, Knotts Berry farm 1994 Small ride fast and bumppy
    LEAN!!!

    Great memories! Thanks for posting that link!

    I do miss the Soapbox Racers & especially Knott's Beary Tales. All the charm of Knott's has been slipping away.
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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Does anyone remember the words to the song form Knotts Berry Tales?? I remember "Y'all Come one and all" or sometihng like that.

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    here goes:

    Welcome one and all, Ya'll come have a ball, Things are very fine, ridin on the ol' Knotts Berry Line.

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Knott's Beary Tales was great and smelled wonderful. I miss that ride, and personally, I feel when it was removed, it was the demise of Knott's Berry Farm. That ride had so much charm...

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    I know some of the animatronics were briefly in the funhouse in Camp Snoopy... Are they still?

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    Re: Bring back Knott's Bear-y Tales!

    Quote Originally Posted by PLAZAINN1 View Post
    here goes:

    Welcome one and all, Ya'll come have a ball, Things are very fine, ridin on the ol' Knotts Berry Line.
    This is how it went.

    Knott's Bear-y Tales Lyrics

    (chorus)
    Welcome one and all
    Y'all come have a ball
    Things are very fine
    Ridin on the ol' Knott's Berry Line


    * * *

    First you'll see our bear a-workin'
    sorta berry soda-jerkin
    Cookin up concoctions in a cave.
    Givin every job a test
    to find the very berry best
    They way they test-there's no jam left to save!

    (chorus)

    Now the reason folks are workin hard
    in the house and in the yard
    is cause they're all headed for the fair
    once y'all get over there
    it wont be hard to grin and bear it
    You see, half the fun is getting there.

    (chorus)

    Watch them try to put an end
    to our crafty old coyote friend
    who is the best pie-napper in the land.
    When he comes around, be wary
    every pie is gobble-berry
    Far as he's concerned-they're all his brand!

    (chorus)

    Soon you'll come upon a scene
    that durned gooniest machine
    you or your old eyeballs ever saw.
    Bout as mad as an old bedbug,
    I hear they call it CHUG-A-CHUG
    With all that noise, I'd call it 'gainst the law!

    (chorus)

    Then my friend would you believe
    its time for about a million RIBBITs
    in a boggy foggy froggy swamp
    Where owls and toadstools all about
    You'll listen to the happiest sounds
    as frogdom holds a real ring ding hurrah!

    (chorus)

    While fountains rain on frogs' umbrellas
    a fetching froglet and her fella
    sing along with ladies in the moon
    Then you'll hit the toadstool hop
    where bouncin rhythmns never stop
    You're bound to hear your favorite jumpin tune.

    (chorus)

    Then my fine feathered fillies and fellers
    four fine first rate fortune tellers
    go flittin in their tipsy Gypsy camp.
    Bat wings, wierd things, wolves and meanies
    it seems all hooty and Haloween-y
    in a place thats dingy, dark and damp.

    (chorus)

    There's a whole lotta mystical magic in there
    with Sarah Skunk and Vayer Bear,
    Wanda Fox and an owl who gives a hoot
    Things all floatin through the air
    You see, their purpose is to scare you
    and tickle your fancy and your funnybone to boot.

    (chorus)

    What comes next is indescribable
    but believe me, I'm not bribeable
    I wouldnt put it in words for a million pounds.
    It's the wildest, wierdest place
    anyone in the human race
    ever beheld before bewildered eyes.

    (chorus)

    It's wacky-
    nutty-
    strange-
    bizarre!
    I'll tell you who the inhabitants are:
    Gymbals, Weezers, gockels and a Gurk or two.
    You'll think you landed up on Mars
    or visited one too many bars
    where monkeyshines, not moonshines was the brew.

    (chorus)

    But once you make it safe through there,
    you'll see a wonderland waiting where
    the fun and foolish frolic never end.
    It's new Year's Eve and Fourth of July
    rolled in one and ridin' high
    Its the fabulous fair you waited for, my friend.

    (chorus)

    Now take the word FAIR
    make it elastic
    Stretch it out till it reads FANTASTIC
    utterly fantastic, thats no lie
    It's New Year's Ever and Fourth of July
    rolled into one and riding high
    When your laughter finally ends
    All your old Knott's Bear-y friends
    will say Good Berry-
    Whoops!
    I mean Goodbye

    (chorus)

    (chorus)

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