Log Ride Press Kit

Log Ride Press Kit

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Knott’s Updates A Classic
Timber Mountain Log Ride Will Undergo Major Renovation

Buena Park, CA – One of the oldest log flume rides in the country will be the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar refurbishment and restoration project that will begin this January. The classic attraction, which opened at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1969, remains as one of the most elaborate log flume rides in the U.S.
The $3.5 million attraction was originally funded entirely by its designer Bud Hurlbut who had previously designed Knott’s Berry Farm’s classic Calico Mine Ride. Hurlbut, a pioneer in the theme park attraction industry, wanted his flume ride to be a completely immersive experience. The Calico Log Ride, as it was originally named, takes guests through an 85-foot-high by 330-foot-long mountain range themed to a nineteenth-century lumber camp. The ride, housed in an eight-story building, includes 24,000 gallons of water that circulates free floating logs past a variety of mechanical figures and taxidermied animals culminating in a forty-two-foot free fall.
The much anticipated attraction opened in July 11, 1969 with screen legend John Wayne taking the inaugural ride. The Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride remains the most popular ride in the park, surpassing all of Knott’s other attractions in ridership.
“The Timber Mountain Log Ride not only embodies the spirit of Knott’s Berry Farm, but it also set the bar for all themed attractions that came after,” says Raffi Kaprelyan, Knott’s general manager who worked for Bud Hurlbut from 1979-1983. “Bud Hurlbut made numerous contributions to Knott’s Berry Farm, but I think that the Timber Mountain Log Ride remains his crowning achievement.”
Garner Holt Productions of San Bernardino will assist in the revitalization project that is expected to take five months. Garner Holt is the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of animatronics for theme parks, museums, dining and retail locations and has built nearly 3,000 animatronic figures and hundreds of animated props and show action systems. Garner Holt will work with the Knott’s team to upgrade all the ride figures and sets as well as add new scenes and characters to enhance the ride experience while still maintaining the original theming and storyline of the attraction.
The Calico Log Ride is scheduled to re-open to the public on May 30, 2013.

About Knott’s Berry Farm:
Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.

About Cedar Fair:

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels.

The History of the Timber Mountain Log Ride

Five years before the construction of the Calico Log Ride began, Bud Hurlbut and his father, Ray Hurlbut, began working on the idea. Bud had already successfully opened the Calico Mine Ride in 1960 which focused on the plight of the gold miners and what they endured. Digging into California history again, they discovered the connection of the lumber industry with the gold rush. After thousands had flocked to California in search of gold, two problems arose: the scarcity of building materials for the new settlers and the eventual scarcity of gold. Having lived with the problems imposed by practically non-existent building materials, many disillusioned miners turned to the lumber industry. They found potential wealth equal to, or greater than, they could obtain from the nearly depleted gold streams.

The first sawmills were built on riverbanks. Lumberjacks felled the trees along the banks, rolled the logs into the water and floated them to the mill. When this supply of trees had been cut, the lack of equipment to handle heavy logs and haul them from the back in the hills to the stream led to the development of the flume or artificial stream.

As an amusement expert, Bud demanded a faithful reproduction in his historically – based attractions. Enormous engineering problems were met and solved in the planning of the Log Ride, which Bud wanted to be as thrilling as the rides taken by the loggers, yet completely safe.

Walter Knott was originally not interested in the idea of the Log Ride. Bud originally planned on designing the attraction as a roller coaster that would appear as if it were floating in a trough, but after talking with his friends Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon of Arrow development it was proposed that the ride be a free-floating conveyance in a water-filled trough. Together they created a model of the attraction and once all the issues of gravity were worked out, the idea was once again presented to Walter Knott, who turned it down again. This gave Bud the opportunity to work out all the bugs in the project and get his finances in order, while Arrow Development sold the log-ride system to Six Flags Over Texas in 1963.

Unlike Six Flags Over Texas, Bud wanted Knott’s Log Ride to have a completely themed environment and he designed a full-scale model of his proposed attraction. He described in detail to Walter each proposed scene, lighting, sound and action. This time Walter gave Bud the green light for the attraction and construction began.

The Timber Mountain Log Ride took nearly a year to construct and cost over 2.5 million dollars. Housed in a mountain 300 feet long and 75 feet high, the Log Ride’s flume, which carries the logs, is 2,100 feet long and six feet wide. The fiberglass logs, weighing 450 pounds apiece, carry four to five passengers, enabling 1,800 passengers an hour to board the 36 logs for the thrilling 4 minute journey. The “free float” system of the logs did not employ any mechanical device to regulate passage. Fluid drive – water current controlled by a pair of 125 horse-power pumps circulating 24,000 gallons of water per minute, cause the logs to rush through the flume at speeds ranging from 8 to 22 feet per second. A reservoir of 350,000 gallons of water is required to maintain the flow.

Once aboard passengers see and experience what might have happened to actual loggers at the turn of the Century. The mountain is constructed in three levels. From the point of departure, logs are lifted 36 feet by chains to the entrance of the Calico Log and Lumber Company. Passengers then float into the mill to witness the operations, complete with mechanical and hand equipment, animated figures and true-to-life sound effects. After being “stripped” of their bark and “sawed” in the mills, the logs carrying passengers soar down a five-foot waterfall, land in the flume and begin their free-floating journey.

Sweeping through the water on their own power, the log passes picturesque scenery and realistic settings while surging around, over and through the mountain. Passing a forest of Ponderosa pine, wild animals are seen lurking in the thick underbrush. Floating under a waterfall, the logs slip along a trestle “precariously” clinging to the side of a cliff overlooking a deep ravine. Two animated lumberjacks are interrupted as they busily pit saw a giant log in front of their old cabin. On the mountainside above, the logs travel to a crest, then roar down 20 feet, with a tremendous flash of high water, quickly winding around the curves and over canyons.

Periodically, the log takes an exciting surge as though it is passing over rapids, but the big thrill comes at the end of the ride as the log shoots down a 42 foot incline, plunging with a big bow wave into the mill pond below. This last plunge lets our guests know just how the daring loggers felt when they had successfully completed a journey in their hollowed-out logs.

The Calico Log Ride opened on July 11, 1969 with screen legend John Wayne and his son, John Ethan, taking the first ride down the flume. It continues to be the most popular attraction in the park carrying over 2.7 million guests every year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:                                                                                                                                            Jennifer Blazey
(714) 220-5131

Knott’s Berry Farm Harvests Fresh Family Fun All Summer Long

BUENA PARK, Calif. (Summer 2013) – Knott’s Berry Farm, Southern California’s friendliest theme park, will be offering new rides, new entertainment and new food options this season making it the ideal family destination.
    The Boardwalk Pier is open for business with three new attractions for all ages. The new Coast Rider will have everyone clinging to the handrails as they ascend 52 feet for a harrowing journey down a 1,339 foot track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. The focal point of the Boardwalk area, Coast Rider, is a great family coaster and will give you the feeling of riding along the California coast. The Surfside Gliders let guests take the ride into their own hands as they pilot their two-man aircraft for a bird’s eye view of the entire Boardwalk area. Rounding out the trio of attractions is the Pacific Scrambler where everyone gets caught in the spin.
    Making its summer debut over at the Charles Schulz Theatre is “Snoopy…..Unleashed!” Snoopy is off the chain and ready for action – going where he wants to go, doing what he wants to do in a way that only Snoopy can. This spectacular ice skating production includes the Peanuts characters, professional ice skaters, elaborate sets and music that will have you singing along.
    Also new this summer is “Boom Town” where the Wild West, at the peak of the Gold Rush, becomes a Cirque performance that really strikes it rich. A cast of nine amazing acrobats brings to life what it was like to live in the small town of Calico in the 1860s. You’ll be inspired to pick up your picks and pans and hop in an ore cart and come along for the ride!
     “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” returns for its fourth season and is bigger and brighter than ever. When darkness falls over Knott’s Berry Farm, Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular brings Camp Snoopy to life with a continuous light show filled with PEANUTS’ figures, themed music, sound effects, and colorful projections. In “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” guests will see their favorite characters in scenes that personify them – Lucy’s dream of being a Hollywood starlet, Schroeder’s musical genius, even Woodstock gets into the act as he and Snoopy go on a camping adventure.
For the younger set, “Hooray for Hollywood” tells the story of the PEANUTS® Gang as they try to make it big in Tinseltown. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and their friend JT pay homage to the golden days of Hollywood in a show that’s sure to delight kids of all ages.
    Back by popular demand are the Citizens of Ghost Town. Sherriff Jebedeiah Smith, Beau Regard the Saloon owner, the delightful Sweet Adeline and others will again be roaming the streets of Ghost Town to make guests feel as if they have stepped back in time to the 1890’s.
    Live musical entertainment will be farm-wide from morning till night with performances by Jumpin’ to the Beat which combines jump roping gymnastics with a heavy drum beat, and the ever popular Big Fat Steve Band on the Boardwalk Midway. To entertain guests while they dine al fresco the interactive country, blue grass quartet, the Ghost Town Miners, will be returning to Spurs Restaurant.
     Just across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Soak City is ready for another fun-filled season starting Memorial Day weekend. Cool off in Tidal Wave Bay or take a ride through Pacific Spin’s 132-foot long tunnel.
     For hours on the day you plan to visit call (714) 220-5200 or check the Knott’ Berry Farm website at www.knotts.com, where you can also save time and money with Knott’s online tickets.

About Knott’s Berry Farm:
The Knott’s Berry Farm property includes the Knott’s Berry Farm 160 acre theme park with dozens of rides, shows and attractions; the 321 room Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel with 20,000 square feet of meeting space; the Knott’s Marketplace shopping and dining area and the 13-acre Knott’s Soak City Water Park.

About Cedar Fair:
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels.

Destination Fact Sheet

What Is Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park?
What began as a roadside berry stand and Chicken Dinner Restaurant in the 1920s has evolved into one of Southern California’s most popular theme park destinations, attracting more than five million visitors each year. At Knott’s, fun is always in season, with dozens of rides, shows, and attractions in five themed areas. Knott’s is also home to one of the only water parks in Southern California, Knott’s Soak City Water Park, Knott’s Marketplace for all your dining and shopping needs, and the full-service Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel.

Where Is Knott's?
Located in Buena Park, Orange County, California, ten minutes from Disneyland and 30 minutes from the John Wayne Airport, downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach Airport, and LAX.

How Did Knott's Begin?
The Knott Family arrived in Buena Park in 1920 to farm 20 acres of land. The famous berry stand and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant followed, attracting visitors from near and far. In 1940, Walter began building Ghost Town as a diversion for the thousands of hungry guests lining up each day – and the rest is history!

What is new for 2014?
Knott’s Berry Farm is proud to announce two major projects for 2014 that continue reinvestment in the park’s rich history and heritage. Camp Snoopy celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the revitalization of the entire land of High Sierra fun. The classic Calico Mine Ride, Knott’s first major attraction and theme park industry icon, will undergo an all-encompassing refurbishment complete with new state-of-the-art animatronic figures and enhanced scenery. Camp Snoopy’s area beautification and the revitalized Calico Mine Ride are slated to open early summer of 2014.

What are the Five Themed Areas?
Camp Snoopy remains the most beloved children's wonderland anywhere. This summer, Knott’s will unveil a newly refurbished six-acre kids' paradise featuring over 30 attractions for the young – and young at heart! Attractions include the Camp Snoopy Theatre, home to a variety of shows starring Snoopy and the PEANUTS Gang, Snoopy’s Red Baron airplanes, the spinning coaster Sierra Sidewinder, and many other adventures.

Old West Ghost Town, the heart and soul of the Park, is a rough 'n' ready 1880s Old West Boom Town of cowboys, gun fights, can-can dancers, stagecoaches, a steam train and panning for real gold. Ghost Town is also the home of Pony Express-The Ride and Silver Bullet, Knott’s first suspended coaster. Other Ghost Town adventures include Bigfoot Rapids, a tempestuous outdoor white-water river excursion and Mystery Lodge, a multi-sensory journey into the Native American West. GhostRider®, a spectacular wooden coaster, and the classic, Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Ride, round out this spectacular area.

Fiesta Village, the prowling grounds for Knott's Jaguar! roller coaster, is a festive salute to California's rich Spanish legacy, complete with architecture, food, eye-catching works of art, and spicy rides including La Revolución, Wave Swinger, and Dragon Swing.

The Boardwalk pays tribute to the celebrated Southern California beach lifestyle and a retro era that never was but always will be. In 2013, three exciting new attractions opened in a re-imagined section of the Boardwalk area, including Coast Rider, a family coaster, Surfside Gliders, on which riders pilot their own two-person aircraft for a scenic view of Boardwalk Bay, and the return of the classic Pacific Scrambler. Boardwalk is also where you’ll find thrill-seeker favorite, Xcelerator, which sends daredevils screaming 0-80 mph in just 2.3 seconds! Other gravity-defying thrills include roller coaster fun on Boomerang, Supreme Scream®, and Rip Tide. The 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre rounds out the fun as it hosts spectacular Broadway style ice shows in the summer and holiday seasons.

Indian Trails celebrates the lore, legends, crafts, music and dance of Native American tribes with participatory learning adventures for all ages.

What Kinds of Entertainment Does Knott's Present?
Dozens of stages throughout the Park offer nonstop live entertainment, including big-stage seasonal productions in the 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre; legendary Wild West Stunt Shows in the Wagon Camp; spirited saloon shows at the Calico Saloon; and Native American dances and presentations in Indian Trails. Summers at Knott’s mean a host of live entertainment, including DJs spinning the favorites and rock bands belting out the classics.

What About Food?
While Berry Market preserves and food products are known the world over, guests will find more than 40 unique in-park places to eat. Knott’s is widely applauded for serving the finest food at any theme or amusement park anywhere.

You'll find what your appetite craves -- from grilled hot dogs and flame-broiled hamburgers to flank steak sandwiches, spicy Mexican fajitas, open-air barbecues, roasted corn, delicious boysenberry desserts and the recipe that started it all over seventy-five years ago, Mrs. Knott's Famous Fried Chicken!

Johnny Rockets restaurant, located in the Knott’s Boardwalk area, is the largest in North America and features simple, great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favorites, including juicy hamburgers, freshly baked apple pie, hand-dipped shakes and malts…always served with a smile!
T.G.I. Friday’s, located just outside the park in the California Market Place, is one of the first American casual dining chains established in 1965. T.G.I. Friday’s offers an unsurpassed menu selection of food prepared to perfection, served in a lively, friendly atmosphere. In here, it’s always Friday.
Knott’s is the proud home of the first Orange County location of Pink’s Hot Dogs. Located in the California Market Place, Pink’s Hot Dogs has been a staple of LA food culture for over 70 years.

Where Can I Shop?
More than 50 shops offer everything from classic souvenirs to PEANUTS collectibles, fine gifts and Native American handmade crafts. Favored shopping destinations include GhostRider® Goods and the elegant Gold Trails Hotel and Mercantile in Ghost Town.

Knott’s MarketPlace, a free-admission dining and shopping complex outside the Park's gates, is the home of Virginia's Gift Shop, The Berry Market, the delightful Snoopy Headquarters, and the emporium, where it’s Christmas all year long.

Does Knott's Have Real Thrill Rides?
Absolutely! Knott’s is packed with exciting thrill rides like Silver Bullet, the park’s first suspended coaster; XceleratorSM, a high-speed 1950’s themed coaster that catapults guests from 0-82 mph in 2.3 seconds and GhostRider®, the longest wooden coaster in the Western U.S. For still more thrills, try Supreme Scream®, Boomerang, Montezooma’s Revenge®, and Rip Tide.

When Is Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park Open?
Knott’s is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas day) at 10:00am, with extended evening hours during spring break, summer, and the holiday season.
How Much Does Knott's Cost?
The best ticket deals can always be found online, but ticket prices are adjusted seasonally. For full pricing and annual pass information, please visit knotts.com/tickets/

Can I Get There Without a Car?
Anaheim Resort Transportation offers affordable public transportation
(888) 364-ARTS (2727) or www.RideArt.org

Southern California Gray Line services most hotels in the Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove area.
(714) 978-8855 or graylineanaheim.com

Are There Any Free Things to Do?
Knott’s Independence Hall is an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original in Philadelphia. Walter Knott’s personal labor of love, it is the nation’s only exact replica of the Philadelphia landmark. The Hall was built by the Knott Family as a permanent, free-admission reminder of two famous events: the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the U.S. Constitution. An avid proponent of American history and values, Walter Knott constructed the building for the millions of West Coast families unable to travel to Philadelphia to tour the original.
During the Holiday season, relax and unwind in Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village as it transforms Ghost Town into a shopping wonderland filled with dozens of local artists and artisans selling their unique wares, including a chainsaw sculptor and glass blower. Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Mondays through Thursdays.

What About Knott's Special Events?
Fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm with special seasonal events year round. Knott’s hosts some of the most famous events in the amusement park industry!
Springtime means Knott’s Berry Bloom, a celebration of spring with a variety of offerings, including the Search for the Easter Beagle scavenger hunt, which invites kids to scurry across the park to find Snoopy, and Peanuts’ Party in the Park, which gets everyone dancing in the streets in a new interactive live musical revue.
September and October nights mean the annual return of Knott's Scary Farm, the world's largest, most haunting experience in the world. With 12 mazes, seven sinister shows, and over 1,000 monsters lurking in the fog, there’s nowhere to hide at Knott’s Scary Farm.
For Halloween fun for everyone on weekends in October, Camp Spooky offers a daytime, non-scare celebration of cheer rather than fear, is the social event of the season with shows, activities, and of course, trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11.
While in November and December, the Park becomes Knott's Merry Farm®, home of the season's brightest holiday shopping, dining and entertainment.

What is Knott’s Soak City?
Knott’s Soak City is a separately gated, 13-acre water adventure park adjacent to Knott’s Theme Park. Whimsically themed to Southern California beach towns of the 1950s, Soak City boasts 16 speed, tube and body slides; the 75,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool; the one-third-mile Sunset River; and the three-story Toyota Beach House. Pacific Spin offers action-packed adventure with its 132-foot-long tunnel that drops riders 75 feet into the mouth of a six-story funnel. Designed for maximum family appeal, Gremmie Lagoon is a hands-on water playground for our pint-sized surfers complete with giant-sized turtles, crabs and a mischievous submarine-swallowing octopus.

Knott’s Soak City is open May through September and requires a separate admission ticket. For more information and pricing, please visit https://www.soakcityoc.com/.

Can I Stay at Knott’s?
Yes you can! The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel offers world-class accommodations for business and leisure. The first hotel owned by and located at Knott’s, this 321-room deluxe property features a SNOOPY-themed wing, fitness center, pool with children’s activity area, lighted sports courts, and many other amenities. Onsite dining options include Amber Waves, specializing in All-American fare, and room service. A variety of affordable family vacation packages, including admission to Knott’s Theme Park and Soak City Water Park, are available year-round.

How Do I Make Reservations?
(866) 752-2444 or (714) 995-1111

Does Knott's Have Facilities for Private Parties?
Knott's offers unsurpassed facilities for themed in-Park parties, private and corporate events for groups of 200 to 20,000. In addition to an onsite Catering Department and world-famous food, Knott's offers a state-of-the-art Picnic Center with Western, Luau, and Mexican Fiesta themes (minimum 50 guests required). Our Church of Reflections is the site of more than 200 weddings each year. Plus, the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel offers 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space. For private event information, call (714) 220-5163.

How Do I Get Park Information?
(714) 220-5220 for Knott's information
(714) 220-5200 for recorded information
Download the Knott's Berry Farm app available for smartphones

Who Owns Knott's?
Knott's is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. In addition to Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates 11 other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, and six hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract.

Matthew A. Ouimet is Chairman, President and CEO of Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The publicly traded partnership (PTP) is listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “FUN.”

Who Manages Knott's?
Raffi Kaprelyan is Vice-President and General Manager of Knott's Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City

Who Is The Media Contact:
Leidy Arevalo, Public Relations Representative
(714) 220-5130 or PR@knotts.com