Knott's Berry Farm today announced the opening dates for its new and renovated attractions debuting this year.Southern California's
The new rides -- a Mack wild mouse coaster and two flat ride spinners -- will open May 25.
But I think many theme park fans might also be looking forward to the return of Knott's classic Timber Mountain Log Ride, which will reopen on May 30.
Knott's is spending $1 million-plus to revamp the log ride, which was the world's first themed log flume when designer Bud Hurlbut built it for Knott's in 1969.
Knott's has brought in design firm Garner Holt Productions to oversee the creation of new show scenes for the ride. Industry insiders know that name, but fans are certainly familiar with Garner Holt's work even if they don't know the name -- they've done several projects for the "park up the street", including the Jack Skellington animatronic for Haunted Mansion Holiday and the new Maleficent Dragon for Fantasmic!
I spoke with creative director Bill Butler, who talked about what fans can expect to see when the refurbished Log Ride opens later this spring.Tweet
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