Knott’s Berry Farm recently completed updates to the Calico Mine Train ride and the Camp Snoopy area in an effort to keep the classic attractions looking brand new. On your next trip to the California theme park, be sure to check out the revitalized experiences. Here’s what you can expect:
Calico Mine Train
Originally opened in 1960, the Calico Mine Train ride was in need of a new paint job, a new sound system and new lighting. Each train was refurbished and repainted with new colors. The figures and set design throughout the ride were also repainted and updated. New lights were installed and the music and recordings throughout the ride were re-mastered with a digital program for clearer sound. The Calico Mine Train also received a new miner figure who will greet riders as they enter the mine’s upper level. A few additional figures, such as vultures, were also added throughout. Lastly, the explosion at the end of the ride got a reboot and is now more spectacular than ever.
With the addition of three new rides — Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, Charlie Browne’s Kite Flyer and the Linus Launcher — Camp Snoopy is more kid-friendly than ever. The area, which opened in the 1980s, is geared toward younger, elementary children and is a popular play area for families visiting Knott’s Berry Farm. The entire area was refurbished and the Grand Sierra Railroad received a facelift and scenes of Peanuts characters playing together were added throughout.
Pig Pen’s Mud Buddies
One of the three new rides in Camp Snoopy, Pig Pen’s Mud Buddies puts riders in ATV’s that spin, bounce and bump around Pig Pen. Children must be 36 inches or taller to ride or must be accompanied by an adult.
Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer
The second new ride in Camp Snoopy takes kids flying around a large tree. Riders will sit in swings and soar through the air up and down. Kids must be 42 inches or taller to ride or be accompanied by an adult.
The last of the three new Camp Snoopy rides, the Linus Launcher has riders lay down and fly through the air on Linus’s “blankets.” Riders are on their stomachs and the ride takes them up 10 feet in the air. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall to ride.
According to Raffi Kaprelyan, vice president and general manager of Knott’s Berry Farm, the park will continue to evolve and plans to revitalize other areas are in place.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz