Knott’s Berry Farm begins the two day event known as West Coast Bash, this is my second year attending West Coast Bash, and just like last year it looked like Knott’s had an amazing day lined up for us. Last year was the year of the redone Timber Mountain Log Ride and we got a tour of the ride and even got to walk in the flume. Plus the ride and refurbishment was incredible, so immediately after the log ride was completed rumors started swirling that Calico Mine was due for a refurbishment next. Well indeed that was the case and the event this year included a tour of the mine, so let’s check out the incredible day (as always) at Knott’s Berry Farm.
The day at Knott’s always starts bright and early but that means front parking spot!
No worries though, this crossing guard was making sure everyone was safe. Even though this was no traffic to be found. Impressive! haha
And here we are at the iconic entrance to Knott’s Berry Farm.
Ready for West Coast Bash to begin!
Oooh ahh Silver Bullet is so pretty, and still looks like an amazing paint job. Six Flags could take some cues from Knott’s on painting coasters. More on that later.
Our event badge for the day.
And the lineup of everything planned for the day. As you can see it’s a pretty full schedule.
So let’s get started shall we. First stop is Calico Mine behind the scenes tour of the new refurbishment.
Bill Butler of Garner Holt (The company who did the refurbishment) was our tour guide.
Oooh track and wheels. 😛
The first animatronic we see on the tour.
First look at the rainbow room.
Some cave lighting, for the rainbow room.
Looking into the bottom of the glory hole, fun fact we learned the only way to get new animatronics into the bottom of the glory hole was through this passageway, it was the only way in and out of the glory hole. Garner Holt said this definitely made things tricky down there to work on upgrades.
It was a short neat tour, I’m sure the structure is very tightly packed so there’s not much room to move around in the mine but the little bit we did see was very cool. Now what’s up next?
Back outside I spot a log ride.
A Timber Mountain one at that!
Timber Mountain log ride is incredible! I experienced the upgraded version last year for the first time and I was blown away. Now I never experienced the original version but I’m sure it was good too. Remember this is the ride that inspired Walt to build Splash Mountain at Disneyland, so I’m very glad Cedar Fair gave it the love it very much deserved last year with the upgrades it received. And you know me I always prefer the original so I can very easily say Timber Mountain Log Ride is by far my favorite log flume I’ve ever been on.
Took an early morning spin on the log ride and I’ll definitely be back for more later on..
Where’s that steam coming from?
From the train of course!
Being able to walk around Knott’s Berry Farm in the morning when no one is in the park is definitely a very cool moment.
Who’s ready for some Silver Bullet?
Let’s take to the sky!
Climbing the lift!
Vertical loop looking just as awesome as it does on every other B&M invert.
Here’s a layout picture of the beginning of the ride.
The Bullet zooms on by.
The iconic cobra roll that you see from the main entrance to the park.
One of the corkscrews of the ride.
Here’s an aerial shot of most of the ride.
Silver Bullet is one of my favorite B&M inverts, super smooth and packs a decent amount of force. Plus it has that super neat element that tilts the train after the vertical loop. Yeah it’s not as forceful as say Raptor or Batman but it’s a much more re-rideable ride than the older versions. Could ride this over and over again!
I think it’s time to accelerate now!
Since Xcelerator was not part of the morning ERT session our group was first in line for the day when the ride opened.
One of the employees went for a test ride and looks like everything is clear to open.
And everyone is super excited!
Xcelerator is the precursor to rides such as Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point and the launch is just as incredible even if it’s not as fast.
Also the speed it has is pretty incredible.
A short ride but very fun indeed.
Park is still pretty empty this morning.
Who’s ready to ride some Ponys?
One of the most unique ride vehicles and ride make a great combination for this fun little coaster.
And check out the detail on those cars even down to the fake legs.
The ride launches you into a little bit of twisted track around the western area of Knotts.
The launch section of the ride.
You start off by going up the hill and into the tunnel and then back around. Short ride but definitely very unique.
I think it’s time to get Sideways!
The trains and seats on Sierra Sidewinder are unique as well, with the riders sitting back to back and some spinning is definitely involved.
I didn’t take many pictures of the ride because I was trying to ride as many rides as I could that morning, but here’s one I did take that shows a little of the layout.
A shot of the station for the ride.
And that folks is Sierra Sidewinder!
Next up was Jaguar in the Aztec area of the park but first here’s a look at their carousel.
As you see the architecture in this area of the park looks quite different from the rest of the park.
Jaguar has one of the those stations that are really confusing.
The seats are also a little small, but it’s a fun mine train family coaster.
Sadly yet again I did not take many pictures of the ride or the shuttle coaster in the area Montezooma’s Revenge. What was I thinking?!? Haha busy riding I’m sure but you’ll see Zoma from the aerial shots coming up so it’s not a complete loss. 😛
Calico Mine anyone?
The Rainbow Room now seen from the ride.
As you can see there’s a lot of animatronics in here.
Looking for some gold.
Looks like this guy is a little wet.
The top of the glory hole.
Whoa there sir.
The ride gives a look at the outside from the top of the mountain.
As we venture onward into the mine.
Looks like they’re having fun on the log ride.
After the mine ride it was time to head to lunch.
Random teepee on the way to lunch.
West Coast Bash!!!
Had to get a picture with Snoopy!
A look at the buffet line for lunch.
During lunch we had Garner Holt talk to us about their work done on the mine and log rides at the park.
And in typical Knott’s fashion it was time to play some games.
There was even a little dance off.
No Thank You Knotts.
Sigh…. Ghost Rider which has been closed the past two West Coast Bash’s due to maintenance. Maybe sometime I’ll get to ride this.
Ghost Town a staple of Knott’s.
Nothing to see here move along. haha They’re actually getting ready for their Knott’s Scary Farm stage show The Hanging, which is a big pop culture joke fest. Another thing I need to see live one day.
This park is not your typical Cedar Fair park it’s more along the lines of a Dollywood and Silver Dollar City in which there’s a lot more to see inside the park than just the rides.
Ghost Town is a city itself with plenty to see and do!
Did I mention the carriage rides?!?
They’ll take you on a fun little tour of Ghost Town.
A fountain by the Boardwalk section and by our next event the Q&A with park management!
Jeff comes on stage every year in the white jacket.
At lunch we wrote on note cards questions to be asked. He also promises to read every single question asked, and he does.
Time for the jacket to come off let’s get to work.
Our lovely panel, most of them Knott’s Scary Farm managers and designers with Ride Operations team on the very right.
After Jeff is done with the questions we move onto some of the new things for Scary Farm this year.
First up is Elvira is back!
A little info on the Green Witch, returning this year.
New this year is Infected.
A zombie laser tag maze. Sounds awesome!
Let’s hear it for Knott’s! Always a great time and the Q&A session is always very entertaining.
Back outside here’s another look at the Pony Express tunnel and the rapids ride below.
Must be nice on a hot day like today.
More of Ghostrider. 😦
The massive lift.
For our backstage Haunt tour we were told to meet by the exit of GhostRider.
The main room of the Vampire haunt.
Posing for more pictures.
A few more art from inside the maze. It’s neat to see these with the lights on and appreciate all the detail. Because once they open it’s dark and you don’t get to see much.
Sigh I’ll get a ride someday hopefully.
As night approaches the park is starting to get more crowded.
There’s plenty of areas to explore inside the new Camp Snoopy.
Even fun little bridges to walk over.
The detail is very awesome in this side of the park.
Timberline Twister! I got this credit last year and it was pretty intense for a kiddie coaster.
Beware not as mild as it appears.
This kids area is very scenic and one of the better ones I’ve seen.
Snoopy waiting at one of the entrances to Camp Snoopy.
I’ll pass on this one today.
Now entering the Boardwalk!
This area new for 2013 is very appealing and was a great addition to the park. The new dark ride next year looks to play into this area as well and that’s exciting.
CoastRider at the end of the Boardwalk is a great fun wild mouse coaster.
Not the worst of Boomerangs but I’ll still pass on this today already got the credit.
Sky Cabin for some aerial views?
Boomerang and the Boardwalk section of the park.
Silver Bullet, Supreme Scream, Jaguar, and Montezooma’s Revenge in the background there, the green shuttle coaster.
The top of Supreme Scream with the iconic Knott’s logo.
Xcelerator’s top hat in all it’s glory.
Xcelerator zooming on by.
A close up of CoastRider, a longer than average Wild Mouse.
So you saw Supreme Scream from the air, what does it look like from the ground?
Pretty tall! Definitely a fun drop tower.
More of those carriages again.
Back in Ghost Town there’s fun activities going on for kids.
Ghost Town is one of my favorite areas in any amusement park.
Train ride anyone?
Lost souls of Ghost Town.
Wave to the attendant.
Whoa looks like we’re enduring a train robbery!
You got any money?
Better cooperate or else!
Passing by the underside of Xcelerator.
Ahh palm trees, you know you’re somewhere warm when you see these.
People already getting terrified before their drop.
Silver Bullet at sunset.
Went and grabbed dinner outside the park and by the time I returned it was dark.
This no longer exists at Knott’s. Wonder how long it’ll last at Cedar Point.
Sigh no GhostRider….
Knott’s 2014 Calico Mine Co and Camp Snoopy!
The iconic entrance at night time.
LOVE the Ghost Town sign at night!
The Mine ride at night.
Log Ride time?
Love the look of the log ride at night.
The lights add so much to the ride!
The top of the first lift.
The line is much longer now but it’s worth it.
The ride is even better at night! Still my number one log flume!
The Xcelerator sign even looks good at night!
Same shot from earlier but now much harder to see the coaster in the dark.
The back half is lit up though!
The Boardwalk area at night.
Knott’s Berry Farm from the air at night. Sorry for the blurriness the Sky Cabin windows are not the best to take pictures from.
CoastRider station during the night time.
Let’s check out the Boardwalk at night.
The reflection of the lights on the water is definitely a neat sight.
Scarmbler trying not to be out done by the flyer’s lights.
The train taking one last night lap.
Well goodnight Knott’s it’s been fun, until the next West Coast Bash!
Knott’s Berry Farm is one of my favorite parks, it’s different enough from all the other Cedar Fair parks that if you have a platinum pass and you haven’t been it’s worth the flight out to LA, plus all the other theme parks in the area! Can’t wait to ride the new dark ride the next time I’m at Knott’s. The park just keeps getting better and better! Next up day two of West Coast Bash at Six Flags Magic Mountain!