Calico River Rapids, a refurbished and improved version of the park's old Bigfoot Rapids.There's a new adventure on the edge of Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm. The Buena Park, California theme park this weekend is inviting guests to explore its new
Upgraded with new animatronics from Garner Holt Productions, which provided the new show scenes on Knott's Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train, Calico River Rapids adds another chapter to the legend of the park's Ghost Town. The ride itself has not changed, but the additions of animatronic wildlife, an ornery old pioneer and a mysterious creature lurking in that cave help plus this attraction from its previous form.
As rapids rides go, Calico River Rapids won't intimidate anyone but the most timid riders. Save for one rogue wave, I barely got wet. But that's also the problem with riding on a media preview day, when they're sending riders out solo. With more weight in the raft, perhaps you'd get a wilder ride. But even when this was Bigfoot, it wasn't exactly known as an overly thrilling rapids ride. There's barely a drop and the rapids rarely spin or soak you to discomfort.
But that might be a plus in the ride's new incarnation, for it allows easier viewing of the multiple new sights to enjoy. Look quickly, as you might float past before you can take it all in. Or, swing around and get in the queue again for a re-ride to see what you might have missed. It’s all delightful and well worth the effort. Here's my on-ride video:
You can learn about the backstory of this ride in the opening ceremony, too:
Calico River Rapids opens officially this weekend. For discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm, plus combo deals with other area theme parks, visit our Knott's Berry Farm tickets page.Tweet
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