Wow, where do we begin with Knott's Scary Farm 2017.
To say that Knott's Scary Farm is hitting on all cylinders this year would be an extreme understatement. From top to bottom this is probably the strongest Scary Farm in a decade. The mazes are amazing, the scare zones are amazing, scares around every corner and more fun and screams are lurking in the fog than ever before
Pictures by Matthew Nelson and Gregg Condon
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Scary Farm
This year unlike the past few years, the entire park is full of decorations
Look at that beautiful glorious fog
New for this year, Trick or Treat Light's Out
They've taken what was already one of our favorite Scary Farm mazes and improved it by turning the lights off and giving everybody flashlights.
Back for it's third year is Paranormal Inc
The maze is still amazing. Only thing we'd say here is maybe for next year a different pre-show storyline. They've done an amazing job of freshening up mazes with tweaks and this one could use a couple of tweaks to make it even better than it is.
Still one of the most technologically advanced mazes at the farm
A behind the scenes look at how we film and shoot Scary Farm
Welcome to Knott's Berry Farm by day
Dark Ride by Night!!!
Honestly, we aren't sure what we can say about Dark Ride that wouldn't make it sound like we were just blowing Haunt Fog up Jon Cooke's ass
This maze is simply perfect. Take everything we love about amusement parks and scary events and mash them together.
We really felt like we were in an episode of Scooby Doo (not the crappy movie, the awesome original cartoon). It was just fun and scary and perfect.
We know a lot of you don't like scary things, but we implore you, go to Scary Farm ... walk through Dark Ride. You'll fall in love with it.
So a couple final thoughts on Dark Ride:
First, we can't believe this wasn't a concept that wasn't thought of before. It seems kind of like a no brainer. Why it hasn't been done before is beyond us, but we're glad it hasn't been because this feels fresh and fun.
Second, the cool thing about Dark Ride is, and I'm sure it's something the maze designers have already thought of, they can keep the general "theme" of the maze but they can change out the actual "Dark Ride" part of it. I mean, could you imagine them re-creating Knott's Beary Tales as the "Dark Ride" part? People would freak, in a good way.
All in all this is probably in my top 5 Scary Farm mazes of all time. And that's saying A LOT. Because there have been some amazing mazes throughout the years.
Ghost Town in the fog is always amazing
New this year
It's simply brilliant and fun both during the day and at night
Surprise, she's still here!!
Sometimes it's the little touches that make this an all around amazing event
Red Barn ... we really enjoyed it last year, some small tweaks and it's even better this year
Let the bodies hit the floor
Amazing decorations in The Hollow
You'd think after the heaps of praise we just did on Dark Ride that would mean the other new maze for 2017 Pumpkin Eater would have been a tremendous let down. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The amazing 1, 2 punch of these new mazes using classic scares scattered with new technology are amazing. You can really feel the difference between the two given their two designers but yet they both totally work in the grand scheme of Knott's Scary Farm as a whole.
So some final thoughts on Scary Farm 2017 ...
We know it's still early in the season, and we have a LOT of events to go to still, but it's going to be REALLY hard for any event to top Knott's Scary Farm. From the time you walk through those gates you are immersed in everything scary.
The team this year has really outdone themselves and the original quite frankly is still the best.
We were hard-pressed to come up with a maze ranking this year because everything was so solid. Even a couple of mazes we were kind of 'meh on last year had comeback years. It honestly seems almost unfair to rank these mazes.
Yes, Dark Ride was obviously our favorite, but everything else is really a solid #2. There is not one "bad" maze. We didn't have one bad experience in any of these mazes. All were filled with fun and scares. Each time we went through the mazes over our two nights of Scary Farm they were all solidly on-point.
So do yourself a favor, get to Knott's Scary Farm. You won't be disappointed.
Yesterday was a huge day for coaster announcements throughout the Cedar Fair Chain. While much of the attention went to Cedar Point as always, it was the west coast of the chain that had a couple of announcements later in the day that proved to be worth the wait.
We were invited to the announcement event at Knott's Berry Farm, Here is our story. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
After spending a few hours in the park enjoying National Rollercoaster Day it was time to head over to the Boardwalk BBQ for some yummy food, drinks and music.
Oh, and some kind of announcement thing.
Of course Dan from Westcoaster had to curse the new ride before it was even announced.
We were all pretty happy the new ride had nothing to do with Wind.
We had a front row seat
Here are some highlights from the announcement.
We were all pretty excited when we saw this
The always popular Ride Stats
Some logo and art, looks sweet. Can't wait to see it lit up at night.
After the announcement we were given a little tour of the site.
They are going to start pouring the foundations on August 28. So that means when we go back to the park for the Knott's Scary Farm event on the 31st we should have some nice construction shots too.
Been a few years since we've seen a big plot of dirt at Knott's, it's a great thing!
This view is going to look way different very soon
As seen a few hours earlier, they are already hard at work in the area.
We did try to find out from the dippin dots gal a few hours ahead of time, but she wasn't talking.
After our tour it was party time!!
The gangs all here!! Hang Loose!!
The Boardwalk BBQ really is great and we can't wait to try more food in the near future.
Thank you Knott's for another great event, we can't wait to Hang 10 on HangTime in 2018!!
For more information on HangTime be sure to click here for the full press release.
Cedar Fair Parks announce all New Attractions for 2018 Season
Be sure to check back here all day for the running tally of all Cedar Fair parks announcements. We already have our first announcement from Canada's Wonderland.
We think it's pretty safe to say that the big "announcement events" at Kings Dominion, Cedar Point. California's Great America and Knott's Berry Farm will be for larger attractions. While announcements of smaller capital improvements will come out as press releases, as Canada's Wonderland did. This is a pretty good strategy we think.
6:00am Pacific - Canada's Wonderland Announces two new flat rides and Splash Works expansion for 2018 season
Lumberjack is a thrill ride that will take guests soaring to heights of 75 feet (21m) on two swinging axe pendulums, propelling them into a looping 360 degree experience.
Flying Canoes is an interactive family ride that will allow riders to control their journey of flight in two-person canoes that rotate speedily around a circuit.
Splash Island’s children’s pool in Splash Works will be expanded to double its size and feature all-new interactive spray features.
6:45am Pacific - World's of Fun Announces Nordic Chaser
On Nordic Chaser, guests of all ages will board mini ships that rotate speedily around a circuit. The ride captures the imagination as guests experience the sensation of rising and falling along ocean waves. The ride will be placed in the park’s Scandinavia themed area.
“The new Nordic Chaser ride will allow parents and children the opportunity to make lasting memories together,” said Tony Carovillano, general manager, Worlds of Fun. “We strive to provide new and exciting changes at Worlds of Fun every year, and look forward to having more families experience every aspect we have to offer at the park.”
7:00am Pacific - Carowinds Announces Camp Snoopy Expansion
The Camp Snoopy playtime spot will feature five new rides:
7:00am Pacific - Valleyfair Announces Delirious
Valleyfair will introduce Delirious, a 70-foot looping thrill ride for its 2018 season.
Delirious will coil riders upside-down on a seven story, 360-degree freestanding structure with a high capacity, high speed train.
8:00am Pacific - Kings Dominion Announces Twisted Timbers for 2018
Twisted Timbers sits at the edge of Candy Apple Grove and gives riders a one-of-a-kind experience. Plummet down a 109-foot-tall barrel roll drop that sends you twisting across 3,351 feet of track with two more inversions and 20 airtime hills at speeds of 54 miles per hour. Hold on tight, because this is a ride with a twist… this is Twisted Timbers.
9:30am Pacific - Cedar Point Announces Steel Vengeance for 2018 Season
This Wild West thrill comes action-packed with a height of 205 feet above the prairie, a 90-degree initial drop down to the earth, almost 30 seconds of airtime (the most on any roller coaster on Earth), 4 head-over-boots inversions, ricocheting movements left-to-right, up-to-down and side to side…it’s a roller coaster only Cedar Point could build – and you have the chance to saddle up and take the ride of your life beginning in 2018!
11:00am Pacific - California's Great America announces Railblazer for 2018
RailBlazer will lift riders to a height of 106 feet before plunging them face down at a 90-degree angle. Throughout the 1,800 feet of track, riders will travel 52 miles per hour, experience an abundance of airtime and steeply banked turns, undertake three inversions and twist through a zero gravity roll.
8:00pm Pacific - Knott's Berry Farm Announces Hang Time for 2018 Season
HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a raised 96-degree drop - the steepest drop in California. The coaster’s train will come to a halt once the highest peak is reached, and will leave riders suspended at the crest for several seconds at a 60-degree angle, giving the illusion of a disappearing track. Then the train will suddenly descend in a beyond-vertical drop, through 2,198 feet of steel track and five gravity-defying inversions. HangTime will be only the second rollercoaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders the sensation of floating.