Knott’s is the park that doesn’t seem to stop growing. Every year, the whole resort seems to get a new major addition and this year is definintly no exception. Last year Knott’s revamped the iconic Ghost Rider roller coaster and celebrated Ghost Town’s 75th Anniversary. This year, the biggest additions will not be in the park itself but across the street at Soak City where the aging water park will receive it’s first major expansion in almost a decade. That’s not to say the theme park won’t see anything new, they have lots planned through the year! Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming new additions and festivities that the park has planned.
The largest new addition to the theme park will be Sol Spin (pictured above) this spinning flat ride will take the place of the ever-vacant former location of Windseeker in the Fiesta Village adjacent to Jaguar.
Sol Spin will bring brand new hair-raising thrills to the Fiesta Village area of the park next season. The new ride will send brave guests on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over 6 stories high as they rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms. Sol Spin will be the newest addition to the theme park’s world-class line up of more than 40 rides and attractions when it opens in spring 2017.
In addition to Sol Spin, Knott’s has also announce the return of two of it’s most popular offerings, The Boysenberry Festival, which will be expanded to 23 days in 2017 (amazing!) as well as the return of Ghost Town Alive! If you did not get the chance to experience Ghost Town Alive in 2016, you must do it in 2017. It’s one of the best executed theme park interactive experiences you’ll ever encounter in the heart of Ghost Town.
The citizens of Calico return to take guests on an immersive journey back in time to the old west of the late 1800s when bandits and cowboys battle for control of the west. This summer the wild- west gets a little wilder, as new story lines and plot twists will be revealed throughout the season insuring guests will never experience the same adventure twice. Ghost Town Alive! offers something for everyone in your posse.
Also, coming to the park next summer, is the all new Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant located in the Boardwalk area of the park near Xcelerator. This new fast-casual dining location will offer various BBQ favorites including smoked pork ribs, tri-tip and rotisserie chicken along with a selection of sandwiches and side dishes. Boardwalk Barbecue will also be featuring a selection of local and well known craft beers. The restaurant will include a new covered seating area with a stage for live entertainment. The location will replace the existing Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant. Construction is set to begin this year.
Across the street at Knott’s Soak City USA, the water park will be receiving two brand new slide towers being placed in the parking lot and current location of Pacific Spin.
Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the tower will feature an Aqua-Launch chamberwhich will innovatively launch guests as the floor under their feet drops them into an almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The height requirements for Shore Break slides are 48 inches. The Wedge slide tower will take the location of the current Pacific Spin and will be an open air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and unexpected drops. The minimum height requirement is 40 inches and 40 – 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person. The expansion project will also include updated shaded seating areas, cabanas and a remodeled Longboards’ Grill. Guests will be able to experience both water slide towers when Knott’s Soak City Waterpark opens for the summer season in May 2017.
Are you looking forward to the brand new Knott’s Berry Farm offerings as much as us?!
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