Knott's Berry Farm announces three new Camp Snoopy rides
Published: January 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Knott's Berry Farm
has revealed three new children's rides that it will to its Camp Snoopy land this summer, as it renovates the iconic children's land for its 30th anniversary.
Concept art showing Pig Pen's Mud Buggies (left), Charlie Brown's Kite Flyer (right), and Linus Launcher (in back). Image courtesy Knott's.
Charlie Brown's Kite Flyer will be a children's Wave Swinger ride, with 16 two-passenger swings that rise up to 18 feet off the ground. Watch for Charlie Brown in the kite-eating tree at the top.
Linus Launcher places 24 riders on "blankets," lying down for a spinner ride that rises up to 10 feet in the air.
Pig Pen's Mud Buggies is another kiddie spinner, where "six four-seater ATVs will spin, bounce, and bump up to 24 guests at a time, while Pig Pen looks on from his center perch."
To make way for the new rides, Knott's is removing the Snoopy Bounce, Charlie Brown’s Speedway, and the Log Peeler. The three rides will go in those old attractions' places — Kite Flyer in the Snoopy Bounce spot, Linus replacing the Speedway, and Pig Pen taking the Log Peeler spot. Knott's said that it will reopen the newly refurbished land in "early summer."
Published: January 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Quite a step down from the news that Knott's is refurbing the Calico Mine Ride.
Are these rides new or did a local supermarket decide to stop using them?
Published: January 14, 2014 at 9:28 PM
This is a disappointment. They need to invest in a Peanuts dark ride that can swap in overlays for Halloween and Christmas. They could have gotten rid of quite of these old flat rides like Lucy's Tugboat, and the extremely discomforting Timberline Twister, and nobody would have missed them.
I, at least, hope that there will be a lot of new themeing and decorations in Camp Snoopy to make it feel more like a Peanuts land and that we have entered their world. While I don't expect Knott's to be able to invest at a Hogwarts or new Fantasyland level, they could do more than this to make the land come alive.
Published: January 15, 2014 at 2:20 AM
"Are these rides new or did a local supermarket decide to stop using them?"
Published: January 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM
What will replace the tower swing ride that has been dismantled?
So many fixes. Not enough time.
Published: January 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM
As the parent of a 3-year-old, we'll definitely miss the Charlie Brown Speedway. Perfect ride for a kid looking to move up from the most basic of kiddie rides and take on some G forces. Apparently Cedar Fair thinks every ride should spin around a central point. I'm happy with most of what Knott's has done this past couple of years, but this part was a disappointment.
Published: January 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM
More than any of the new rides, I am hopeful that the Camp Snoopy area will be re-themed and made more attractive like when the area first opened. If you look carefully, the artwork seems to hint that this will be the fact, but it's impossible to predict based on concept artwork.
Published: January 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM
It's interesting--about a month ago, I asked a ride operator at Knott's what she had heard about the Camp Snoopy changes.
She said she had heard that the rides closer to the Beach Blvd border of Camp Snoopy would possiblt be removed--the Joe Cool skateboard ride, the kiddie roller coaster, the Camp bus ride, and Lucy's Tugboat. I couldn't imagine what might be coming to replace those rides, but that seemed like a more ambitious plan to redo a larger section of the area.
I'm not that excited about any of the announced rides, but like I mentioned earlier, I am hopeful that they will spend enough money to beautify the area and plus up the theming, which once had a more "high Sierra Nevada" feel, with rope bridges and mountain streams, and less concrete walkways and carnival games.
Published: January 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM
For the record, ride ops typically are the worst
sources for news about upcoming developments in a theme park. I never rely on them when chasing rumors. And I say this as a former ride op. We were always the last to know anything. :^(
That said, I'd love to see Knott's embrace more "active play" concepts in Camp Snoopy, too, and rely less on the kid-sized carny rides.
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