Knott's Berry Farm causes jaws to drop with Demon Drop deal
Here is today's "you've got to be kidding me" story: Cedar Fair is moving the Demon Drop
ride from Cedar Point to Knott's Berry Farm
Seriously. Forget "Demon Drop." Let's call this the "Jaw Drop," 'cause folks are stunned that Knott's is even trying this.
Screamscape picked up the news (scroll down) from a City of Buena Park newsletter, and the LA Times openly mocked it early today.
California Adventure's getting a billion-dollar makeover. Six Flags Magic Mountain has bulked up its kiddie lands and is adding a new coaster, reclaiming the nation's "most coasters" crown (for whatever that's worth). Universal Hollywood's bringing in a major new Transformers attraction, plus a new high-tech King Kong. Even Legoland is expanding, with a new hotel and water park.
And this is what Cedar Fair brings to the table to compete in the Southern California theme park market?
Okay, that makes no sense. Except that they're spending a lot of money on the two Intimidators to get them up and running. But Demon Drop? Why? It's not like CP needs the space. That's not enough room for anything. This is really curious.
I think it has to do with park capacity. Demon Drop rarely gets long lines at Cedar Point, but the ride still has life to it. Knott's could use the thrill capacity as the ride will generate a decent wait time during peak days.
i really dislike the demon drop.
Its the same thing as the other parks building identical rides at multiple parks, no biggy.
Hmmmmm... I knew that CP would get rid of the ride. And as for the space? It is very close to disaster transport. If they got rid of that ride then there would be space for something new. Just to start a rumor, probably wont happen. Demon drop hardly gets any riders and they could be cutting some costs, though it probably isn't a lot to run the ride...
Cedar Point has had Demon Drop up for sale for a few years now. Parts aren't cheap and it doesn't really gather much of a crowd anymore. While it is odd that the 25 year old ride would move to Knotts, I guess they figure that it will work somehow.
With everyone else in So.Cal. bringing in megabuck improvements at the same time, perhaps CF decided to 1)get rid of an unnecessary ride at CP, 2) send it to KBF to give them SOMETHING new at low cost, and 3)wait until the following year to bring something big to KBF, when it will not be lost in the "NEW THIS YEAR AT...(fill in the theme park name here) hubbub. It's not a very big ride, it doesn't have a very big footprint, and it will probably fit into a few semi trucks. It always seemed to be in a bit of a strange location at CP, tucked behind the bathrooms at the front gate.
I gotta second Derek's comments. Why not move the thing to one of the less conspicuous parks to the north? And if Knotts wanted another drop ride, why not just buy DCA's Maliboomer? I heard Disney would love to move it out sooner than later, and the shipping would be a lot cheaper. =) Heck, Disney may have even paid Knotts to take that lame eyesore off their hands!
Will this ride fit in Screamin' Swing's space? It seems as if it would be an eyesore in that location. They can't expand the ride to the north, or it extends into the Courthouse Square are where crowds form for large shows. It cannot block the door to the side of the Charles M Schultz theatre. If they expand to the south, they tear out part of Boot Hills. I think it should be theme and painted brown to fit in better.
This move makes absolutely no sense. Knott's already has Supreme Scream, which is the best drop tower I have ever been on that doesn't have the words "Tower" and "Terror" in it.
I love first generation free falls! They are so much fun. I'm still pissed at Six Flags for tearing them all down. I live within driving distance of Cedar Point, so I was happy to have it there, and I'm bummed they are moving it so far away.
Knott's already has a drop ride... just weird...
^^Exactly the point...even SIX FLAGS said "it's time for these these things to go"...
Yeah, kinda sad to see Demon Drop go, but it's time. It was a mid-1980's addition, and at that time it was fairly groundbreaking. It got lost in the coaster bubble of the 1990's, but still enjoyable. I always enjoyed a ride or three on it upon arrival, just to warm up my Coaster Legs!
I think it is telling that the majority of positive comment about this is coming from... Cedar Point fans who are happy to see the ride go.
Remember MaxAir is also in that corner of the park, and if a very popular ride. The area does need attention. Maybe a redone Kiddie Kingdom, which is in bad shape and losing disaster transport to build another bid ride?
Well, Robert--I don 't know if I'd say we're *happy* about Demon Drop leaving, but I think we're not *unhappy* about it. It was/is a great ride, but has run its course.
I would be curious to find out why Knotts has bought the ride. Perhaps an interview is in order eh? (hint hint) I like others have been on their other high drop ride. Is one ride like this enough? What made them decide to add a second?
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