Yesterday we were invited out to Knott's Berry Farm for the Calico River Rapids Media Night. The latest "plussed" ride at Knott's definitely does not disappoint. And just like they did with the Mine Train, Log Ride and Peanut's Train, they've kicked up the rapids ride to the next level.
Let's head in and have some fun!!
Written by Gregg Condon
As we usually do when there is an evening media night at Knott's, I took a half-day of work so we could at least beat "some" of the traffic down. And of course, have some fun in the park.
While we were trying to figure out what to have for a late lunch, we headed over to the ride to get some daytime pics (we ended up having a fabulous meal at Boardwalk BBQ).
The ride looks amazing!!
Hi Walter The Salmon!!! (there is a story here, but that comes later)
More on these later as well. =)
After a quick lunch we decided to ride a few things since the park was pretty empty.
We took a LOT of video during the day, the first was a slo-mo of HangTime. Because why the heck not.
Hadn't done the Dragon Swing in a LOT of years, so decided to give it a spin. Great ride.
The stage is set for the opening of the ride!!
Before you even get to the ride, the queue is simply spectacular. So much to see.
There were some questions about the height requirement, so here you go. 46". Not sure if this is the same as Bigfoot Rapids. Can anybody confirm?
We did a walk-through of the queue of course.
The detail is amazing, and the smell of fresh wood is everywhere.
Hey little guy!!
Remember the old switchbacks from Bigfoot Rapids?
Well, this is them now.
The cabin looks amazing
So much detail to take in
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck ... oh, woodpecker!! =)
For when you need to take a nap (totally don't take a nap here)
Even the ride loading area got some love
Armed and ready to go for our POV's!!
The ride is seriously so much fun. I think it's evident by our video that it is. We've never been one for ultra super duper 5000k versions of videos, it's just not us. But we've always liked to show just how fun stuff is. And as you can see from the video, with each subsequent ride, we got a bit sillier.
So the story behind Walter the Fish.
The Citizens of Calico were out and about the entire night, showing off their new adventure and having fun with the media. Note, can't wait to see the interactions in this area for Ghost Town Alive.
One of the interactive parts is exploding of "dynamite" (as you'll see in the video below).
In talking to one of the citizens, they asked if we lost anybody on our voyage. And we of course said yes. Gabe (from Theme Park Duo) said his name was Walter and that he ended up in the mouth of a bear.
And then, without missing a beat, the citizen asked if it was a Salmon.
And thus, Walter The Salmon was born.
Sadly, we didn't get this interaction on video, but as you can see below, we had a great time blasting people on the ride. As I'm sure you will all have as well!!
They also had Pony Express open for us, and because it was Media Night, we were able to get a POV of this as well. Score!!
As the sun went down we were able to get some nice night shots of the ride.
As well as a quick interview with Garner Holt who talked about the ride and the other creations he's done for Knott's.
To say we were impressed and blown away with the updates to the ride would be an understatement.
I think with this one, the upgrades are definitely more jarring than they were with the Log or Mine Ride (because, let's face it, those rides have always had a great story).
Bigfoot Rapids was always fun, but it's story was that it was just a Rapids Ride. Now? The ride fits squarely in with the rest of Calico and has a great story and theme. And it's still the fun rapids ride you remember.
Lastly, we'll leave you with our Nighttime POV. Sure it's kind of hard to see, it's night and we're using GoPro's with no lighting. But SO fun to ride at night. We seriously can't wait to ride this on those warm summer nights. Or those scorching Knott's Scary Farm nights.
Thanks again to Knott's for having us out, we had a blast as usual. We can't wait for Ghost Town Alive in a couple of weeks. Make sure you head out and ride Calico River Rapids!!
Over the weekend we headed down to Knott's Berry Farm to check out Ghost Town Alive 2018. Now in it's third year this event is bigger and better than ever.
Follow along with the continuing story of this great event.
Written by Gregg Condon
First, let's check out some awesome video of the event!
Welcome to Ghost Town
Happy Founder's Day!!
The citizens of Calico are out and about
Roger Rabbit Yell!!!
Of course, we couldn't go to Knott's without spending some HangTime ...
This years event is really amazing yet again, we really do need to just go down on a day we don't have to work the next day and take it all in.
This past weekend we FINALLY made it out to Knott's Berry Farm to check out this years Ghost Town Alive. Oddly enough for Fathers Day the park was pleasantly empty which meant a fun day for us and the awesome characters of Ghost Town.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Berry Farm
Be careful or you might find yourself in jail
Somebody stole the Catawampus
Or did it escape?
It was an absolutely gorgeous day at the park
We spent some time trying to solve some crimes and get edumacated ...
Maybe we'll find the Catawampus on Boot Hill
Excuse me sir, do you know where we can find Catawampus
After wishing up a happy Fathers Day the Calico Gazette broke the news that Mayfield has been captured. Fake News?
At the end of the day all is peaceful in Calico
There are also some projects going on around the park
Boardwalk BBQ is coming along quite nicely
Over on the other side, lots of room for something ...
Hopefully we'll hear what's going here very soon
Last but not least, some Scary Farm prep has begun
That's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed. This week we'll be heading up for our (mostly) "Great White North" trip with visits to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, Canada's Wonderland on Monday, Seabreeze on Tuesday and Darien Lake on Tuesday Night/Wednesday. Be sure you're following along all weekend.