Knott's Berry Farm announces major changes for Camp Snoopy, Calico Mine Ride
Knott's Berry Farm today announced that it will revamp two of its iconic attractions for 2014, following a successful refurbishment of its Timber Mountain Log Ride earlier this year.
Knott's owner Cedar Fair again will contract with Garner Holt Productions to create new animatronic figures and show scenes for the Calico Mine Ride, another Bud Hurlbut classic. Knott's said in a statement, "The renovation of the iconic attraction includes the addition of over 50 new state-of-the-art animatronic figures, all new audio and theme lighting system, and special effects that will capture the imagination of would-be miners as they journey deep into the winding caverns of the attraction."
Garner Holt worked with Knott's on the refurbishment of the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which opened in late spring. The Calico Mine Ride will close in January to begin its refurbishment.
The park also will revitalize its first-in-the-industry themed children's play area — Camp Snoopy. Knott's said, "Thirty years ago the five-acre nature wonderland was created by the Knott family to be a carefree place where nature, adventure and imagination come to life, and in 2014 it will undergo a number of exciting updates including new rides and restoration of the entire area with the original inspiration in mind."
Camp Snoopy's lost much of its theming over the past decades, becoming more a seemingly random collection of off-the-shelf kiddie rides than a coherent wilderness-themed "place," as it once was before Silver Bullet consumed the park's lake, the Peanuts Playhouse went away and the Snoopy bounce house lost its Snoopy, among other changes in the land. There's no word in the Knott's press release if Camp Snoopy will close completely for its refurbishment, or, if so, when that would happen.
What would you like to see Knott's do to revitalize Campy Snoopy?
I hope that Knott's keeps the Huff 'n' Puff, which is a delightful, active-play attraction that fits with a wilderness theme. Other than that ride, though, everything else in the land could go and I wouldn't mourn the loss.
As a fan the Peanuts, I'm glad to see the theme is sticking around and, like Robert, really hope the Huff 'n' Puff train stays as well. As far as making Peanuts relevant to a new generation of kids, they will at least get some help in that regard in the short term thanks to 2015's *shudder* CG Peanuts film.
I don't care much about segregated kiddie areas in theme parks, so the only thing I will say about Camp Snoopy is Knott's should break it up and spread the love throughout the park. Better yet, I would like Knott's to get rid of all the kiddie rides and replace them with whole-family experiences (
Lately knotts has been putting all their attention into the kiddie rides and areas.. Pony express.. Serria sidewinder..
The kids train needs more things to look at. The trip around the lake has nothing to see. It is quite a boring ride.
I've been expecting a Camp Snoopy refurbishment, but I didn't think it would be top priority (Fiesta Village needs work more than Camp Snoopy). It will be interesting to see what is done. I hope they don't go the route of other Cedar Fair parks and just add a few family-friendly flats to replace old kiddie rides and instead take the time and money to improve the theming quality while adding two or three worthwhile attractions (perhaps a new family coaster with a 36" min and no max to replace Timberline Twister, a small flume ride where the playhouse used to be, and new flats replacing Log Peeler and Red Baron that adults can ride). Also, Camp Snoopy won't completely close, as it would impact the park too much, but I wouldn't be surprised if sections were walled off in January and some attractions closed for a period of time.
These are my reactions to the announcement:
Happy that CMR is getting some love but I was hoping for a new dark ride announcement in the old Kingdom space. And maybe something about what's going to replace the Windseeker spot. As for a refreshed Camp Snoopy, eh. I'm not a big fan of segregated kiddy spaces either.
I wrote yesterday, but here are some more thoughts on improving Camp Snoopy:
Knott's did an exceptional job with updating the Timber Mountain Log Ride, so I'm so pleased that they've decided to do the same to the Calico Mine Ride. These are "exceptional" theme park attractions and the upgrades are well deserved.
@Eric Been a long time, but yeah, I've been there. And feel free to click on the link I provided in my post to read a variety of opinions for and against segregated kids areas at amusement / theme parks.
I'm thinking the Camp Snoopy refurbishment won't be that big since there were no details but I hope I'm wrong.
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