Knott's Berry Farm announces major changes for Camp Snoopy, Calico Mine Ride
Published: November 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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.
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