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Topic: Dark Ride Coming To A Knott's Berry Farm Near You

Tue 6/12/2012 9:48a
(3/19/12) "According to MiceChat’s interview with new Knott’s GM Raffi Karprelyan, Knott’s and Cedar Fair have been talking with various dark ride manufacturers about some ideas for new dark rides to add to the park. And with that I say… about damn time! Its nice to see a new can-do attitude about dark rides at Knott’s under Raffi and Matt Ouimet, when the previous holdback was the old Cedar Fair management’s fear of being compared directly to whatever Disney was doing down the street. When I quizzed a former Knott’s GM about this very topic years ago, I was flat out told that no matter what Knott’s did, it wouldn’t be as good as Disney, “so why even try?” It was this attitude that saw Kingdom of the Dinosaurs shut down and sit empty for almost a decade.
For even more talk with Raffi, check out the latest edition of the Season Pass Podcast recorded during the West Coast Bash event."

I had a beer with a CF exec on Saturday and this is confirmed. The South-East backstage area south of Ghostrider is being opened up.
Tue 6/12/2012 10:43a
"It was this attitude that saw Kingdom of the Dinosaurs shut down and sit empty for almost a decade."

That was the ride i was thinking about. I dont know why they shut it down anyways? it really wasnt a horrible dark ride in my opinion. Anyways, this is great news i still like Knotts and hopefully there will be more reason for me to return.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Tue 6/12/2012 11:14a
It's been a looooooooong time since Knott's built a dark ride and technology has become very sophisticated and expensive. They are really going to have to deliver if they want to compete with rivals Disney and Universal.
Tue 6/12/2012 1:08p
So yeah, but what sort of theme? Character theme could only be the Snoopy Gang since they never went too far with Boysenberry & Girlsenberry (thankfully). I would be surprised if they ever pull the Peanuts card again.

So then what? Old West theme? Okay, but to what sort of story line? The biggest Q would be what classification of dark ride?

Low and slow Onmnimover or Flume? Or something much more updated like a Kuka Arm mounted on a linear trackway?

To quote a line from Dirty Harry; "I got's to know."
Jim in Merced CA
Tue 6/12/2012 1:32p
Let's hope that DON'T try and revive 'Knott's Bear-y Tales'

Don't get me wrong. It was a fun dark ride back in 1975, but I think my memory of it is far more interesting than what it actually was. :)

(Also, see 'America Sings')
Tue 6/12/2012 5:32p
Ohhhhh Jimmy!! You downer!

I'm just the opposite - I'm hoping they do look at a revival.

That ride was packed with Charm .. and the perfect Family-Friendly experience.

I think the point that is being made these days with Matt Oimet in charge now .. Is that Knott's is getting away from the "Edgy Thrill" ride experiences .. and putting emphasis on what Knott's was like - Pre - Thrill Ride era.

>>(Also, see 'America Sings')

but I think my memory of it is far more interesting than what it actually was. :)

Saying this - tongue in cheek fashion :~) .... I too have memories of both - And I'm not so jaded in this heavily cynical era we are currently living in ... to knock these attractions into Sillyland.

They were wonderful .. and if around today ... would have their audiences.

Tue 6/12/2012 5:53p
I agree with Jim. Time for something new.
Tue 6/12/2012 6:09p
"Boysenberry & Girlsenberry"

Oh my freakin god!!! LOL!!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Tue 6/12/2012 7:46p
That ride was packed with Charm .. and the perfect Family-Friendly experience."

LOL! You need to watch this:

I could bear-ly bear to watch it.

Jim in Merced CA
Tue 6/12/2012 8:11p
^^^That's all I'm sayin' Hans.

It was cute for its time and place, but no way would it fly in today's theme park world.

It's like arguing to bring back 'Mission to Mars.'

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