Knott's Berry Farm prepares its revamped Log Ride and new Boardwalk rides for a late May debut
April 18, 2013, 5:50 PM ·
Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm today announced the opening dates for its new and renovated attractions debuting this year.
Snoopy shows off the construction of the park's new family Boardwalk area. The park's Scrambler ride returns to the platform where Snoopy's standing, while Surfside Gliders, a Flying Scooters ride, will run on the platform behind Snoopy.
The new rides -- a Mack wild mouse coaster and two flat ride spinners -- will open May 25.
The Coast Rider under construction
But I think many theme park fans might also be looking forward to the return of Knott's classic Timber Mountain Log Ride, which will reopen on May 30.
The Timber Mountain Log Ride under renovation. Knott's has cut down the large pine tree that blocked the view of the mountain. (You can see the stump in the middle of the photo.)
Knott's is spending $1 million-plus to revamp the log ride, which was the world's first themed log flume when designer Bud Hurlbut built it for Knott's in 1969.
Artist's concept of a revamped show scene for the ride. Image courtesy Knott's Berry Farm.
Knott's has brought in design firm Garner Holt Productions to oversee the creation of new show scenes for the ride. Industry insiders know that name, but fans are certainly familiar with Garner Holt's work even if they don't know the name -- they've done several projects for the "park up the street", including the Jack Skellington animatronic for Haunted Mansion Holiday and the new Maleficent Dragon for Fantasmic!
Here's what that scene looks like today -- a rare look inside the Timber Mountain, under construction.
I spoke with creative director Bill Butler, who talked about what fans can expect to see when the refurbished Log Ride opens later this spring.