Knott’s Berry Farm announces re-opening date of classical Calico Mine Ride and revitalized Camp Snoopy


This Summer, Knott’s Berry Farm will be re-opening the classical Calico Mine Ride and a revitalized Camp Snoopy. Both the Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy are big parts of Knott’s Berry Farm’s history. The Calico Mine Ride opened back in 1960, making it a 54 year old attraction. Camp Snoopy has also been around for quite some time, as it is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year.

Earlier this year, Knotts closed the Calico Mine Ride in order to complete a refurbishment of the attraction.

Calico Mine Ride - Bud Hurlbut in engine, ca 1960

“Camp Snoopy and Calico Mine Ride have delighted guests for decades and are classics that families come back time and again to experience together” said Raffi Kaprelyan, Knott’s Berry Farm’s vice president and general manager. “The revitalization of these areas will once again demonstrate our commitment to Knott’s heritage and will preserve these experiences for a new generation of guests to enjoy.”

Video: Calico Mine Ride prior to refurbishment

Restorations to the Calico Mine Ride include:

  • Nearly 50 animatronic humans

  • Dozens more historically accurate animatronic animals like a donkey, vultures, a playful dog and more will populate the updated adventure

  • More than 120 characters spread through classic and re-imagined scenes

  • State-of-the art lighting

  • The mountain’s robust exterior has also been restored with fresh new succulents, extended and repainted rockwork and detailed lighting added to enhance its façade

  • Digitally Re-recorded audio

  • All-new special effects throughout the mine

  • Original special effects have been lovingly re-created, like real steam in the Bubbling Pots scene

  • A revamped ending in the explosion tunnel that is sure to excite guests of all ages

In the history of the Calico Mine Ride, no animatronic miner has ever found gold, but in the refurbished attraction, guests will see one miner striking gold! This will be the first of many new additions to the attraction, including  new wildlife, like a canary which was taken down into mines to warn miners of dangerous gases. A brand new sound system has also been installed on the attraction with an all-new ride narration, based on the original 1960 script. Knott’s has also re-recorded the original sound track and freshened up the paint parts of the attraction.

The Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy will both re-open on June 14th.

Camp Snoopy is turning 30 this year and to celebrate the 30th anniversary, Knott’s Berry Farm has revitalized the entire area. The area will feature three brand new attractions: Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, and Linus Launcher.

  • Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer invites campers to “fly a kite” with Charlie Brown and soar above the land’s winding paths and babbling streams – but watch out for the kite-eating tree! This 32-passenger adventure allows guests to sit side-by-side on 16 swings for a spin that whisks riders up to 18 feet above the ground. As the tree rises, good ol’ Charlie Brown is revealed upside down and all tied up in kite string! Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer will replace Snoopy Bounce.

  • Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies lets tykes climb aboard their very own all-terrain vehicle for an adventurous ride around the High Sierras. Six four-seater ATVs will spin, bounce, and bump up to 24 guests at a time, while Pig Pen looks on from his center perch. Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies will replace Log Peeler.

  • Linus Launcher recreates that classic Peanut’s moment when Snoopy grabs Linus’ blanket and launches him on a wild ride. On Linus Launcher, guests lay on one of twelve “blankets” as they fly round and round. Up to 24 guests lay side-by-side while Snoopy launches them up almost 10 feet in the air. Guests will enjoy a Woodstock’s-eye view of Huff ‘n Puff, The Grizzly Creek Lodge, and all of Camp Snoopy below! Linus Launcher will replace Charlie Brown’s Speedway.

Video-Get a sneak peek at the all new Camp Snoopy with a look at work of Garner Holt

For more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit the official website by clicking here.

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