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Calico Mine Ride reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Calico Mine Ride, a dark ride at Knott's Berry Farm.

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Posted: October 10, 2009

One of the original and oldest attraction to Knotts Berry Farm, it can be enjoyed by all members of the family. You ride a small mine cart that is pulled by a miniature mine train. You pass by scenes depicting old mining operations. You also pass by bubbling mud pots, great, underground waterfalls and springs, a grand cavern full of colorful stalagmites and stalagtites being lit under a black light, and a blasting area where they are laying down their dynamite. Its a ride that you cannot miss. Although it is slow, its fun.

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25 votes, so far

Thought this was a nice family ride with some of the best theming I have seen outside of Disney. There was not anything too memorable about the ride though. Could have added some actual coaster elements and it would have been quite enjoyable. (7/10) - Lexi R

Overrated. It is Classic but is nothing but fair - Denis Del Bianco

A classic at Knott's. This ride is not a ride that it's OK to miss. Especially a good ride for non-thrill seekers. - Sebastian Kontic

I gave this ride a "Commendable" rating because it's such a fun family ride, and because of its nostalgic factor, since it's been at the park for decades! I remember riding this when I was about 5 years old (I'm 33 now) and I loved it so much, I rode it again and again. I'm shocked that it's still in existence and I wish I could ride it again, but I live on the other side of the country now! - Vicky Frey

Was not expecting this to be the ride. I found it very cute & unique but slow. I kept expecting a bit of speed at the end to make it exciting but it only had a touch of speed & for a very short time at that. I think it could be revamped to include a bit of speed at the end for more excitement. It's a good family ride however I didn't like having to sit sideways. It made it difficult to look at everything. - Adrienne McDonald

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