Knott's Confirms Opening Date for New Bear-y Tales Ride

April 22, 2021, 2:10 PM · Knott's Berry Farm confirmed this morning that its new ride - Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair - will debut during the park's official grand reopening on May 21.

Knott's is reopening to its passholders on May 6, but the general public gets its first opportunity to return to the park on May 21, which will kick off the park's Knott's 100th Anniversary Celebration. Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair replaces the Voyage to the Iron Reef ride with another 4D interactive attraction, except this one calls back to one of the park's classic dark rides, the original Knott's Bear-y Tales.

The park released another preview video this morning, giving us some additional looks at the production design and gameplay on the new ride.

The attraction features reimagined show scenes from the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods, with a finale at the County Fair. Characters will include Boysen Bear-y and his sister Girlsen Bear-y, plus Boysen's wife, the pie-maker... Mary Bear-y.

Stay tuned for preview coverage of Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair here on Theme Park Insider, as we approach the ride's grand opening next month.

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Replies (2)

April 23, 2021 at 8:20 AM

This looks like it’ll be fun. Now the issue is: has Knott’s fixed the load issue? Not sure if it’s about staffing, but rode this as Iron Reef and waited behind not many people for an unbearably (couldn’t help it) long time because of how inefficiently this ride loads. Recall maybe only one operator—not sure. And it’s an odd design, so you get stuck waiting uncovered in the sun while rushing through the covered parts of the queue. As this looks to be popular, hope that’s fixed.

April 23, 2021 at 10:08 AM

I agree Joseph Smith. The load process of Iron Reef was very bizarre. You would think the generally open style ride vehicles and bench seating would expedite the loading process, but this attraction as well as both Ninjago attractions (at Legoland Florida and California) are exceptionally slow loaders. The fact that the Spiderman attraction at Avengers CAMPUS in DCA is likely to use the same style vehicles and restraints, I am concerned that the much-anticipated Marvel attraction will run into similar issues with slow loading processes.

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