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Calico Mine Ride

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

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Refreshed with new animatronics, show lighting and special effects in 2014, Bud Hurlbut's 1960 Calico Mine Ride remains one of the most influential dark rides in the theme park industry. Step into one of the ore carts for your trip down into the gold mine, where you'll see miners at work. But watch out! The miners are laying down dynamite and you'd better get out before it's too late.


Everyone who nags complains and b---hes about the current trend to use nothing but motion simulators and 3-D screens need to ride this classic ride. No real thrills, but it takes you somewhere and shows you a world you don't get to see in your everyday life. Lots of practical sets. Lots of AA figures. Lots of history.
Just really nice. I really love Knott's Berry Farm because of rides just like this. Well done, with good animatronics, and a great old dark ride feel and especially smell! I'm not sure why I love the smell so much but I just do. Overall, just a good ride. 8/10
I really liked this attraction. Its like Thunder Mountain without the roller coaster component. Good for everybody.

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