We’ve been following the refurbishment of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Camp Snoopy with excitement. Knott’s announced the planed complete renovation of the Calico Mine Ride along with Camp Snoopy this past winter. Since then, Knott’s Berry Farm has been reinventing, sprucing up, and soon, installing new attractions in phases throughout Camp Snoopy.
Some attractions will be removed, a few new ones will be added and the remaining attractions will be painted, cleaned and re-themed to be more inline with the ‘camp’ theme.
Rapid River Run
Lucy’s Tugboat, a spinning, see-saw style ride which reaches heights of 21 feet, is being re-themed as a white water rafting adventure. A tugboat didn’t ever really belong in a ‘camp’ environment in the first place. When the attraction reopens in early summer 2014 it will be known at ‘Rapid River Run’.
Woodstock’s Air Mail, Red Barron and Camp Snoopy Theater
The bouncy kid favorite ‘Woodstock’s Air Mail’ attraction will stay in place and keep its current theme. The queue will be moved to the south side of the attraction, closer to the Camp Store. This will help alleviate the congestion problems between the line and the Camp Snoopy Theater entrance.
The Red Barron airplane ride is a Camp Snoopy classic. I remember when this ride was part of the Roaring 20’s Airfield back near the Wacky Soapbox Racers (I may be showing my age now). When it was moved to Camp Snoopy it was themed for the Red Baron Snoopy cartoon scene. Although the attraction will close temporarily for repaving of the nearby walkways, it will reopen with a new name. ‘Flying Ace!’
The Camp Snoopy Theater sits between the Red Barron (soon to be ‘Flying Ace!’) and the Woodstock’s Air Mail rides. The small outdoor theater hosts Peanut’s gang stage shows throughout the day. The theater will remain and will also receive a new shade structure, which is VERY welcome. The Camp Snoopy Theater is currently closed and will reopen spring of 2014.
Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies and Linus Launcher
In January Knott’s Berry Farm announced three new attractions for Camp Snoopy. Each will be located on the north side of Camp Snoopy, near the entrance to Fiesta Village. Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies and Linus Launcher will replace Charlie Brown’s Speedway, a NASCAR car race; Snoopy Bounce, an inflatable bouncer; and the Log Peeler, a mini scrambler ride. These three attractions will close for good on Monday, February 24, 2014.
Also closing for removal on February 24th will be Joe Cool’s GR8 SK8. Knott’s Berry Farm has not yet said what will be replacing this skateboard themed ride, only saying that something will be announced soon.
The Timberline Twister is a kid friendly roller coaster. When it opened in 1983 it became the longest children’s coaster in the world. The ride underwent a small refurbishment which included a new pinewood look for the roller coaster car. The new Timberline Twister is now open!
Knott’s Berry Farm is promising more announcements in the coming months leading up to the summer 2014 relaunch of Camp Snoopy. I’m excited to see what will be done with the Balloon Race and the Grizzly Creek Lodge, which are both in need of attention. I am also hoping for new exciting food options and more healthy choices and snacks.
I am also holding out hope that Knott’s will soon announce the return of the Camp Snoopy suspension bridge …
… but I think that may be a stretch.